Where to Go Ice Skating in NYC This Winter

From iconic classics at Central Park and Rockefeller Center to festive newcomers and indoor options.

Ice skating at Rockefeller Center
Ice skating at Rockefeller Center | Tito Slack/Shutterstock
Ice skating at Rockefeller Center | Tito Slack/Shutterstock

When winter temps start dipping towards the single digits, New Yorkers tend to flock to the heated indoors for fun. But between shopping at our favorite small businesses, exploring the latest immersive art experiences, and grabbing a pint at local breweries, one beloved outdoor seasonal activity to show off your newest winter fit is ice skating.

Here, in the Big Apple, there’s a plethora of ice skating rinks that run the gamut so no matter what type of skater you are, there’s a sheet of ice with your name on it. From spots with holiday markets like the Bryant Park Winter Village to indoor rinks where you can escape the glacial winds, here are the best ice skating rinks in NYC to head to this winter.

The Rink At Manhattan West
Photo courtesy of The Rink at Manhattan West

Returning for its second year, The Rink at Manhattan West is a sleek option for skaters of all levels and features impressive offerings like private lessons hosted by Olympic figure skaters and clinics led by the New York Rangers. To kick off their winter season, head over on Tuesday, November 29, from 2 pm to 7 pm, for a day of free skating, holiday treats, and special performances at the Manhattan West Community Day. After working up an appetite, explore nearby spots like the must-try Italian restaurant Ci Siamo (one of our fave best new restaurants); swanky cocktail joint Chez Zou (one of our fave best new bars); Citizens NYfood hall; an outpost of Daily Provisions; and more.
Price: $20 for weekday entry, $5 for weekday skate rentals
Hours: Monday through Friday from 2 pm–9:15 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10:15 am–10:30 pm

South Street Seaport Rink
Photo courtesy of Ice Rink at The Seaport

Boasting a celestial light display and free skating, the Ice Rink at The Seaport returns this year with a new location and a freshly reimagined look. Now located between Piers 16 and 17, guests can push around the rink while (carefully) gazing up at the overhead Aurora light show designed to emulate the Northern Lights. Additionally, for any Chase Sapphire Preferred and Reserve cardmembers, there’s rinkside access to a cozy heated bungalow with lockers and phone chargers dubbed the Sapphire Cabin. After your skating expedition, take some time to explore the major glow-ups that are redefining the The Seaport neighborhood.
Price: Free for entry, $23 for skate rentals
Hours: Monday through Thursday 3 pm–10 pm; Friday 12 pm–11 pm; Saturday 10 am–11 pm; Sunday 10 am–10 pm

Governors Island
The ice rink at Governors Island Winter Village | Photo by Julienne Schaer

This winter, opt for a quick getaway (via a ferry ride from Manhattan or Brooklyn) to escape the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle at the Governors Island Winter Village. In addition to seasonal touches like sled rentals, fire pits, sparkling holiday lights, and interactive games like cornhole and Jenga, the island also sports a 7,500-square-foot skating rink. To warm yourself up on a chilly afternoon or evening, the vendor, Little Eva’s, serves up comfort classics like Cheez Fries and a selection of soups, and Joe Coffee offers hot teas, coffee, and baked goods. Also, drop by on Thursdays for free rink admission.
Price: $12 on weekdays and $13 on weekends, $9 for skate rentals
Hours: Thursday and Friday 12 pm–5:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10 am–5:30 pm

Abe Stark Rink

Coney Island

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 City’s skating scene, with a vast indoor surface for all ages and abilities—from pros looking to escape the city crowds to first-timers who’d rather slip and tumble in private. The rink is mostly booked up by local hockey teams, but the Saturday afternoon public skating session offers some time to get on the ice.
Price: $10 for entry, $5 for skate rentals
Hours: Saturday from 1:30–3:30 pm

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Winter Village at Bryant Park | Photo by Angelito Jusay for Bank of America

With a twinkling Christmas tree, holiday market, and a 17,000 square-foot ice skating rink, it’s no wonder why Bryant Park is such a popular winter destination. Admission to the rink is free, but visitors will need to make a reservation in advance and pay a fee to rent skates and learn-to-skate equipment on site. After you wrap up on the ice, the Bank of America Winter Village has plenty to offer including a market with more than 170 vendors that’s perfect for holiday shopping, a lodge with post-skate hot cocoa and other treats, and a curling experience where you can try your hand at the sport and kick back in a cozy hut afterward.
Price: Skating admission is free, $15-50 for skate rentals
Hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 am–10 pm; Friday through Sunday from 8 am–11:30 pm

City Ice Pavilion

Long Island City

This indoor rink has plenty of space to skate, whether you want to practice twirls and jumps or just need some extra real estate to cling onto. At City Ice Pavilion in Long Island City, expect public skate sessions on weekend afternoons when the space isn’t being used for local hockey games and there’s also a studio rink available for figure skaters to rent a dedicated practice area.
Price: $12 per session, $8 for skate rentals
Hours: View schedule here

IC Ice Rink

Industry City

Right in the center of Industry City’s bevy of restaurants, bars, and shops, an open-air skating rink will once again take up residence this winter. The rink is situated under twinkling lights and next to an outdoor bar operated by Frying Pan Brooklyn that'll serve up hot cocoa and snacks, so there are plenty of opportunities for holiday cheer.
Price: $15 per person, $10 for skate rentals
Hours: Thursday from 4pm–8 pm; Friday from 12pm–8 pm; Saturday from 11 am–8 pm; and Sunday from 11 am–6 pm

LeFrak Center

Prospect Park

The southeast end of Prospect Park is home to not one, but two ice rinks at the LeFrak Center. The open-air rink is perfect for brisk afternoons or taking in holiday lights, while the covered option is ready for days when the weather refuses to cooperate. The rink also offers rentals and skating classes that range from a 15-minute crash course to a multi-day clinic. And when you’re ready for a break, The Bluestone Cafe is located onsite offers hot cocoa, Brooklyn Brewery beers, and other refreshments and bites.
Price: $7.50 on weekdays and $11 on weekends, $8 for skate rental
Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 am–7 pm; Friday and Saturday from 9 am–9 pm; and Sunday from 9 am–7 pm

This rink on the banks of the Hudson River has one standout feature: It is indoors, so you can enjoy it even as snow falls or the temperature drops to stay-inside numbers. Its Upper Manhattan location is easily accessible but still far enough away from the holiday decorations and destinations in Midtown, so you don’t have to worry about this spot becoming an overcrowded, touristy rink.
Price: $5 for entry, $6 for skate rentals
Hours: Friday from 6pm–9 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 1pm–4 pm and 6pm–9 pm

Rockefeller Center

Midtown East

Perhaps one of the city’s most iconic venues, the Rockefeller Center rink offers plenty of ice for skating under the glow of the legendary Christmas tree and bronze statue of Prometheus. The Rink first opened on Christmas Day in 1936 and was meant to be a temporary installment, but it remains one of the Big Apple’s most popular places to lace up. With opportunities to skate with Santa, decked-out shops nearby, the Rockettes performing just down the street, and a world-famous tree with twinkling rainbow lights, this is a one-stop shop with everything you need to channel your holiday spirit. Also, if you’re looking for a post-skate place to dine, drop by the newly debuted Rink Level eatery, Jupiter, for seasonal Italian pastas and wine.
Price: Tickets (which include a skate rental) from $20-$54
Hours: Daily from 7 am–midnight

While this indoor destination is often used for hockey games and figure skating practice, the Staten Island Skating Pavilion shifts its focus to offer a few public skating sessions throughout the winter. Its regulation size means there’s plenty of elbow room to learn, and the rink offers lessons for all ages through Learn to Skate USA, an organization endorsed by US Figure Skating, USA Hockey, and US Speedskating. Check the website for special events throughout the holiday season, like hot cocoa skating sessions or opportunities to hit the ice with Santa or the Grinch.
Price: $15 for admission, $7 for skate rentals
Hours: Friday from 8:10am–10:10 pm; Saturday from 2:30pm–4:30 pm and 8 am–10 pm; Sunday from 2:30pm–4:30 pm

Wollman Rink

Central Park

For a quintessential NYC skating experience, look no further than Wollman Rink to have your own main character moment. This picturesque stalwart located in Central Park features daily skating sessions, rental skates, and gorgeous views of the park, plus the rinkside cafe offers a menu from Harlem’s iconic soul food spot, Melba’s, that includes Crispy Fish Strips, the restaurant’s famous mac ‘n cheese, a Brown Butter Ice Cream & Eggnog Waffle Sandwich, and more.
Price: $15 off-peak or $25 during peak times and holidays, $10 for skate rentals
Hours: Monday and Tuesday from 10 am–2:30 pm; Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am–9 pm; Friday and Saturday from 10 am–10 pm; and Sunday from 10 am–9 pm

Izzy Baskette is a Staff Writer for Thrillist New York. Find her on Instagram.
Liz Provencher is an associate editor at Thrillist.