Thrilling Places To Skate In NYC

Bryant Park, photo by asterix611 on Flickr
Although it’s near the infamous High Line, The Standard Ice Skating Rink is one of the least crowded pop-ups in the city. With an Alpine-themed food stand serving seasonal spiced apple cider and sweet and sour crepes nearby, it’s definitely a hidden gem. 848 Washington Street,

The iconic Trump Rink (also known as Wollman Rink) provides a delightful view of the city. Perform axel jumps and spirals, or opt for one of the special services like skating school, hockey leagues, and figure skating classes during the winter season. Tip: Cash only. Central Park South and Sixth Avenue,

Citi Pond at Bryant Park is the city’s first free-admission rink, charging only for skates and bag check. When you’re not skating underneath the holiday tree, shop at the surrounding pop-up stores or get a bite to eat at the Celsius Restaurant. 41 West 40th Street,

If you’re looking for the classic New York holiday experience, bring the family to the famed Rink at Rockefeller Center this season. It’s one of the pricier rinks to be sure, but there’s nothing quite like whizzing underneath the Swarovski star-topped tree and fluttering flags from around the world. Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets,

Riverbank State Park won’t break the bank even when you take the whole family; adults are $5 and children $3. The outdoor weekend-only venue is covered to protect skaters from snow or rain and also offers hockey and skating lessons. 679 Riverside Drive,

As one of the larger arenas in NYC, Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers actually offers two full-sized indoor ice rinks for winter skating. We love that it has a helmet rental, especially considering the activities like hockey held there. Figure skating and lessons also available. 23rd Street and Hudson River Park,

The Bronx’s newest ice skating rink has finally opened this winter season! The indoor Van Cortlandt Park Ice Skating Rink keeps the cold winds away so you can skate around and watch the youth hockey teams in comfort. Classes available for those looking to up their game, too. 242nd Street and Broadway, Bronx,

Leave the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and head to World Ice Arena in Queens for daily lessons, hockey, or free time on the ice. And just because the rink is indoors doesn’t mean you can’t cozy up with a hot chocolate at the café. 13135 Avery Avenue, Queens,