7 Places to Ice Skate in NYC Other than Rockefeller Center


Looking for a winter adventure in New York City? Look no further! Ice skating in NYC is one of the best ways to get out and enjoy the winter weather. While hitting the ice in the Big Apple used to be synonymous with the rink at Rockefeller Center, there are lots more options now. With the plethora of new places to glide and twirl, plus a host of old favorites, there is no excuse for not strapping on your blades and seeing some ice action this winter!

With ice hockey, a skating school, public skating, and one of the most picturesque settings in the city, the Wollman Rink at the south end of Central Park has long been a favorite of New York City families.

Lasker Rink (which becomes a swimming pool in warmer weather), a double rink facility tucked at the north end of Central Park, offers a youth hockey league, ice skating school, and public ice skating.

The rink at Bryant Park tends to be busy because of its Midtown location. But if you're around during the holiday season, it is worth a look: admission to the rink is free!

For year-round skating, check out the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, which has youth hockey, figure skating, general skating, and more.

The Riverbank State Park rink is a hidden gem that offers reasonably-priced public skating hours throughout the winter.

Outside of Manhattan, head over to the City Ice Pavilion in Long Island City, an NHL-style dome with an ice skating school, ice hockey training, and free public skating. Or try Aviator Sports & Recreation, a mega-sports complex in Brooklyn with two NHL regulation-sized ice rinks that offers skating classes as well as beginning and advanced hockey. A cafe is on the premises, too.

Victoria Otto Franzese is a proud New Yorker who owned, operated, and wrote for a successful online travel guide for 15 years. Now, thankfully, all of her travel is purely for fun. See more of her winter adventure ideas at @VOFranzese.