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Ice Skating in New York City

The Rink at Rockefeller Center is a popular choice if you want to ice skate in New York City, but did you know you have other options? Central Park, Prospect Park, Bryant Park and these other spots are home to great skating options.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Ice skating at Rockefeller Center is an iconic New York City experience. Let me help you make the most of your time there with helpful insight and tips.

Ice Skating in Bryant Park
New York City's only free ice skating rink is a fun and popular way to enjoy winter in New York City. Although you'll have to pay to rent skates, Winter Village offers skaters an affordable alternative to some of NYC's pricier skating options right in the heart of midtown.

Wollman Rink in Central Park
Wollman Rink is another popular skating choice and is apt to be crowded during peak times (especially weekends). Access to the rink for the full day is $11 ($6 children) during the week and $17 weekends ($6 children). Ice skate rentals are $7. Wollman Rink is located off Central Park East between 62nd and 63rd Streets.

Lasker Rink in Central Park
Another Central Park ice skating option is Lasker Rink located mid-park between 106th and 108th Streets. Ice skating will cost you $7.50 (children under 12 are $4) and ice skate rental is $6.50. Like Wollman rink, admission is good for a full day of access.

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers offers ice skating year-round. Skating sessions are $10/person for all ages. Skate rental costs $5 and helmet rental is available for $4.25. The Chelsea Pier Sports and Entertainment complex is located at 23rd Street & the Hudson River.

Standard Ice Rink
The Standard Plaza in front of the eponymous Meatpacking District hotel will return again with public ice skating and their Alpine Kaffeeklatsch serving drinks and snacks that are particularly suited for after skating.

The Rink at Brookfield Place
Skating sessions are $15 and rentals are $5 at this downtown rink that can accommodate up to 250 skaters. Sessions last 1.5 hours and the rink is open from 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily.

See/Change Ice Rink
South Street Seaport will be home to an ice rink for the winter of 2013-2014 at See/Change on the corner of Fulton and Front Streets.

Lakeside Rink in Prospect Park
New this year, the Lakeside Rink will open in late December 2013.

Riverbank Ice Skating Rink
Located on the Hudson River at 142nd Street, Riverbank Ice Skating Rink is a covered ice skating rink that offers skating sessions on Fridays from 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. and from 5-8 p.m from November through March. Adults are $5, children are $3. Ice skate rentals are $6. Call 212-694-3642 for details.

McCarren Park Ice-Skating Rink
Another new rink, this Williamsburg rink is open from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. Skating sessions are $8 for adults and $4 for children. Skate rentals are $5.

City Ice Pavillion
This roof-top ice skating rink is located in Long Island City, Queens and has daily public skating sessions, in addition to offering figure skating, ice hockey and private rentals. Skating sessions are $5 Monday - Thursday and $8 Friday - Sunday. Skate Rental is $5.

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