Advice for Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center:
Ice skating at Rockefeller Center is a quintessential New York City winter experience. The Rink at Rock Center first opened on Christmas Day in 1936. It can accommodate approximately 150 skaters at a time and the rink is 122 feet long and 59 feet wide.
While ice skating at Rockefeller Center is an experience that many New York City visitors desire, keep in mind that you're paying a premium to be able to say "I skated at Rockefeller Center," despite the small skating surface and the often crowded atmosphere. Ice skating prices at Rockefeller Center are most expensive during peak holiday periods, and the rink is at its busiest at those times as well. Tip: Early morning during holiday periods and weekdays before 4 p.m. tend to be the quietest times at the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center. It's also less crowded earlier and later in the season, compared to the peak season, which runs from Thanksgiving through New Years.
If the you're interested more in ice skating than in saying you ice skated at Rockefeller Center check out Ice Skating in New York City for some other options.
When It's Open: The rink at Rockefeller Center typically opens Columbus Day weekend and stays open through early April.
Where It Is: The Ice Rink is in the center of the Rockefeller Center complex of buildings between 47th and 50th Streets and 5th and 7th Avenues. See our Rockefeller Center Map.
Skating Sessions: Skate rentals and admissions are charged per session. Time your visit appropriately to get the most skating for your money.
Admission: This year they have streamlined rates, which means it matters less when you skate, but costs more overall. Adult admission is $27 and children under 11 and seniors are $15.Skate Rentals are an additional $12. Group rates offer significant discounts (but are not available from November 8-January 7, 2013. Check the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center website for the most current information.
Ice Skating Lessons: Half-hour private lessons are $35 per person and include one hour of skate time in addition to the lesson. Appointments can be reserved by calling 212-332-7655.
Nearest Subways: F, B, D or Q to 47-50 Streets-Rockefeller Center; 6 to 51st Street; 1 to 50th Street.