Grab your ice skates, a ton of money and get ready to go ice skating in New York City.
Bryant Park is one of the best places to go ice skating in Manhattan. Not only do you get to skate in a cool setting surrounded by Christmas markets and an outdoor bar…it’s free. The only catch is that you have to bring your own ice skates or renting them will cost you a whopping $19. Open November to March.
Many people consider ice skating at Rockefeller Center the quintessential NYC Christmas experience. The rink was originally built as a temporary attraction to entice people down to the shops below, but it was so popular it became an annual fixture. The rink is tiny as it stretches just 122 feet long and 59 feet wide, and can only accommodate up to 150 skaters a time. Set against the backdrop of the infamous Rockefeller Christmas tree, skating in this iconic rink will set you back a whopping $27. If you have loads of cash and want to skip the line, going VIP will cost you $105…but hey, they will throw in a free hot chocolate and some cookies. And if you want to make it a special occasion, for $350 to $1000, they’ll clear the ice so you can propose in front of thousands of camera wielding tourists who will splash your picture all over Facebook and Twitter. Rockefeller rink is open October to April.
Now the most picturesque setting for ice skating in New York is Central Park. The Wollman Rink is located on the east side, close to the Central Park Zoo. New Yorkers and tourists come here each winter to glide across the ice with skyline in the background. What a lot of people don’t know is that there’s a second rink called The Lasker Rink, located between 106th and 108th St. Skating Central Park will cost you $11.25 Mon-Thurs and $18.00 Fri-Sun PLUS skate rentals at $8. And shockingly, if you’re a spectator and want to watch from below, that will even cost you $5.