Winter Wonderland on Ice: Twirling Through NYC's Top Rinks
This winter, as the cold weather blankets New York City, take advantage of Manhattan’s transformation with a twirl or two on the city’s best ice rinks. If you’re staying at The Lucerne, you have easy access to an array of free and ticketed ice rinks in this winter wonderland. Embrace a timeless winter tradition and blow off some steam with a visit to these destinations, which offer unique blends of sophistication, enchantment, and winter joy.
Wollman Rink at Central Park
Make your way to Wollman Rink for a peaceful skate in the picturesque setting of Central Park. Here, you’ll be surrounded by the park’s serene, snow-covered landscapes, offering a tranquil escape from the bustling city. Open from late October to early April, Wollman Rink allows skaters to revel in the crisp winter air while enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding trees and city skyline.
Adults can skate starting from $15 and children can skate for $10, though prices are higher on weekends.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Possibly the most iconic winter sight in Manhattan, the Rink at Rockefeller Center is a tradition for New Yorkers and visitors alike. This quintessential symbol of New York City is nestled beneath the iconic Christmas tree and the radiant Art Deco architecture of Rockefeller Center, providing a truly upscale skating experience. The Rink has been an annual occurrence since 1936, thanks to the popularity of its twinkling lights, towering Prometheus statue, glittering surroundings, and iconic memories.
Prices vary based on time and day, but tickets generally start at around $21; you can also rent skates here.
Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
Situated within the renowned Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex, Sky Rink offers a premier ice skating experience available year-round. Sky Rink is geared more towards regular skaters, though it can be enjoyed by anyone. Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Hudson River, skaters can revel in the breathtaking views while speeding around the two NHL-sized rinks. Sky Rink provides a professional and climate-controlled environment for a refined skating experience, starting at $30 a session.
The Rink at Manhattan West
Operating from November to March, The Rink at Manhattan West provides visitors with a modern and upscale ice skating experience. This sleek, contemporary rink is part of the Hudson Yards development, quite close to the Upper West Side, offering a stylish setting for winter fun. With a chic design and panoramic views of the city, this is the perfect spot for those seeking a sophisticated skating experience. Two Olympian skaters also offer private lessons and other programming here.
Glide at Brooklyn Bridge Park
As the sun sets over the Manhattan skyline, venture to Brooklyn Bridge Park for a mesmerizing ice skating experience at Glide, which stays open for a while after dark. With the Brooklyn Bridge as a backdrop, this rink is the ultimate romantic winter escape. Open from late November to early March, Glide allows skaters to enjoy the beauty of the waterfront and the city lights, and tickets are available for 50-minute sessions.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
The ultimate holiday destination, the rink at Bryant Park is surrounded by a bustling Christmas market and towering skyscrapers. Enjoy après skate cocktails at the Winter Village or enjoy the wintry scenery of the park after your skate session. The best thing is that it’s free to skate here with your own skates, though skate rental prices will vary based on how busy it is.
The Rink at Brookfield Place
Nestled in the heart of the Financial District, The Rink at Brookfield Place transforms the waterfront into a winter oasis. Open from late November to early March, this rink offers skaters stunning views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty. With a mix of classic charm and modern amenities, it's a perfect destination for those seeking a blend of tradition and sophistication.
Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink
Escape the urban hustle and head to Riverbank State Park, perched above the Hudson River. The park's ice skating rink provides a serene and family-friendly environment, surrounded by the park's greenery. Open from late November to early March, skaters can enjoy the crisp winter air while engaging in a joyful winter pastime.
World Ice Arena
For a unique and upscale ice skating experience, venture to the World Ice Arena in Queens. This state-of-the-art facility boasts two NHL-sized ice rinks and offers a range of activities, including figure skating and ice hockey. With its modern amenities and professional-grade facilities, World Ice Arena provides a top-tier ice skating experience for enthusiasts of all levels.
Indulge in the magic of winter as you glide across the ice at these upscale and enchanting rinks scattered throughout New York City. Whether you choose the iconic setting of The Rink at Rockefeller Center or the modern allure of Manhattan West, each rink offers a distinctive experience. Lace up your skates, embrace the winter wonderland, and create memories that resonate long after the ice has melted.
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