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Skating in NYC

Dec 17th 2013

Glide gracefully (or maybe not so gracefully if it’s your first time) across the ice through the crisp winter air while marveling at your surroundings. As far as winter in the city goes, there isn’t anything quite so classic or more ‘New York’ than skating in the city during the holiday season.

New York has several skating rinks scattered around the city, but these rinks give visitors the true ‘New York’ skating experience.

Rockefeller Center Rink

Open since 1936, this is an iconic New York experience that tops many visitors lists of must do’s over the holiday season. However, the skating rink can be very crowded and have long lines. If you want to forgo the lines you can make a reservation for a fee.

Wollman Rink in Central Park

Featured in the holiday film Serendipity, this popular rink is set amongst the backdrop of New York’s favorite park. Arguably the most picturesque rink in the city, be prepared for lines.

Citi Pond at Byrant Park

Serving as the centerpiece of the Winter Village at Bryant Park, this rink offers tons of festive activities for the non-skaters in your group. Skating is free but lines can be long, so for a fee you can bypass the lines by making a reservation online.

Chelsea Piers Sky Rink

Provides an indoor, year-round alternative to the outdoor seasonal rinks for those who prefer a controlled climate.

Don’t worry about bringing your skates; rentals are available at numerous rinks!