Abe Stark Skating Rink
Price: $9, skate rental $5
Hours: Usually Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 3:30pm, but check the website for updates
Think Coney Island is all about cotton candy, roller coasters, and boardwalk strolls in the summer sun? Think again. The Abe Stark rink is the hidden gem of New York’s skating scene, with a vast indoor surface for all ages and abilities -- from pro skaters escaping the city crowds, to first-timers who’d rather slip and tumble with fewer bystanders failing to suppress chuckles in the background. The snag is that local hockey teams book up much of the schedule, so check availability before you go (or alternatively, prepare to battle 30 angry guys with giant sticks for some time on the ice).