Now in its 7th year, 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 ($14) it's one of New York City's most affordable ice skating options.
Citi Pond Basics:
The Pond Season:
The rink at Bryant Park opens October 26, 2012 and remains open until March 3, 2013
The Pond in Bryant Park Ice Skating Hours:
The Pond 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.
Ice Skating at Bryant Park:
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 on The Pond 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 Citibank, skating and lockers are free, but you'll have to pay if you need to rent skates($14) or if you want to check bags ($7-10) 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 Fetes de Noel holiday market or refuel with some refreshments and snacks at The Pond Snack Shop or Celsius: A Canadian Lounge, both located adjacent to the skating rink.