Bryant Park's ice skating rink sets itself apart from all others in New York City because it is free! Of course, that only applies if you bring your own skates, but even with the cost of skate rentals it's one of New York City's most affordable ice skating options.
If you're looking for some ice skating options in midtown Manhattan, but want to avoid the lines and crowds at Rockefeller Center's Ice Rink, ice skating in Bryant Park can be a good choice. Bryant Park's ice rink is nicely sized and if you have your own skates, it's free to enjoy skating in one of New York City's great parks. Sponsored by Bank of America, skating and lockers are free, but you'll have to pay if you need to rent skates($15) or if you want to check bags ($8-10) or need to buy a lock for your locker($9). Still, you'll be able to enjoy as much time as you like skating (unlike Rockefeller Center, where rental rates are per session). If you're not skating, you can enjoy the holiday market or refuel with some refreshments and snacks at Ice Bites or Celsius: A Canadian Lounge, both located adjacent to the skating rink.
Season: The rink at Bryant Park opens November 1, 2013 and remains open until March 2, 2014
Ice Skating Hours: The rink opens daily for skating at 8 a.m., closing at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. (Weather permitting.)
Bryant Park Ice Skating Lessons: Private, semi-private and group lessons are available.
Winter Village Basics: