Battery Park City
Price: $15 for a 90-minute session, skate rentalS $5
Hours: Weekdays from 1pm to 8:30pm; weekends from 10:15am to 9:30pm
The Hudson River runs alongside this rink, and the views are so gorgeous you might feel like skating right into them and over to New Jersey. Don’t try it, of course, unless it’s been a really cold winter, or you don’t mind swimming with skates on. In the other direction, you’ll see the World Trade Center, and it’s a short walk to Battery Park for a glimpse of Lady Liberty pre- or post-skate. The rink is owned by US Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov, who frankly deserve a medal for the premium skating experience on offer -- it’s one of Manhattan’s less-crowded rinks too, because its limited opening hours keep it off the tourist trail. You can take private or group lessons with the cryptically named Learn to Skate USA, or buy a seasonal pass if you plan to blade-up regularly.