Manhattan's Ultimate Guide to Ice Skating

As the winter season and snow inches closer to New York City, as does the winter tradition of ice skating. With iconic and popular skating locations everywhere from Bronx, Queens, and of course, Manhattan, it's certain you and your family will find the perfect area for ice skating. Below are just a few featured in the Manhattan area.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

This world famous rink is a great tourist spot for those visiting New York. This rink located right in Manhattan is also home to the famous Rockefeller Christmas tree and NBC. It's the perfect rink for everyone looking for the quintessential New York City ice skating experience. However, this rink does have some of the biggest drawbacks. Since it is so popular, it's usually pretty crowded. There's also a 90 minute skating schedule so it's common to experience long wait time.

Ice Skating in New York

Lasker Rink

Ice Skating in New York

Located right at the north end of Central Park, this rink will give both locals a less crowded skating experience in New York City. It offers classes for those who need lessons in skating with professional instructors. Plus, there are many hockey programs locals can participate in. The only drawback with this rink is that due to these hockey programs, public skate hours are a bit limited, so it's best to check out the holiday hours for public skating before heading out. Also, for those just watching, beware of the spectator fee.

Wollman Rink in Central Park

Donald Trump's Wollman Rink in Central Park sits in one of the most scenic parts of New York City. In fact, this rink is known for its appearance in the movies Serendipity and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Here both locals and visitors can skate from October to as late as early April. Complete with views of the iconic New York skyline everyone is welcome to skate and enjoy a great time with family and friends. Best of all, this rink isn't just for skating. During the off-season, it turns into the Victorian Gardens. The only thing people have to keep an eye out for is the $5 spectator fee.

The Rink at Winter Village at Bryant Park

This year, Bryant Park will be home to the Winter Village. Here, both visitors and natives all over the area can enjoy the full winter experience in New York City with a tree lighting and of course an ice skating experience. Best of all, admission here is free. There's also a great area for shopping for those still looking to finish up their holiday shopping lists. This area is open as late as March 1, 2015 and it's a great place to skate without having to deal with the larger crowds at Rockefeller Center.

Ice Skating New York

New York City is home to amazing holiday events and areas perfect for locals and tourists looking for wonderful winter fun to spend with the family. So be sure to check out the festive rinks listed above located perfect for tourists and those living in Queens, Manhattan, and Bronx. We're sure you'll not only experience that iconic ice skating experience everyone craves for in New York City, but you'll make memories that will sure to be remembered forever. 

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