New York City is a great place to ice skate. The five boroughs are home to numerous outdoor and indoor rinks, so you won’t have to go far to try out your triple salchow.
Read on for a list of skating venues in New York City.
Don’t forget to check out the 2010 Olympic slideshow to see what outfits made their debut at the men’s figure skating short program. You may find inspiration for your next trip to the rink!
Most visitors think of ice skating in New York City as a holiday activity, which explains the long lines at area ice rinks during the Christmas season. Fortunately for off-peak tourists and locals who want to avoid the crowds, many of Manhattan’s outdoor ice skating venues remain open throughout the winter months.
The Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center is open through April 2010. This iconic midtown rink is framed by skyscrapers and adjoins the famous “30 Rock” building, home of NBC. Adult admission costs $12-$16 (depending on the day of the week) in February, but prices drop to $10-$14 in March and April. Another benefit of waiting until late March to skate? You may have the surreal experience of skating outdoors on a sunny day. Consult the price list for information on skating lessons and ticket discounts.
The Wollman Rink in Central Park is open through March 2010. This popular rink is located in Central Park, so skaters can enjoy fresh air while taking in the Manhattan skyline. The rink can be entered at 59th Street and 6th Avenue and is close to many subways. It is especially popular with New York City children, probably due to the affordable price: $5.50 for children and $10.25 for adults on the weekdays. Weekend rates are $5.75 for kids, and jump to $14.75 for adults. For more information, visit the rink’s website .
SLIDESHOW – Outrageous outfits from men’s figure skating
Check out these Olympic figure skating fashions before hitting the ice rinks in New York City. You just might find inspiration for your skating debut!
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The Lasker Rink in Central Park is also open through March 2010. This is the less expensive option for ice skating in Central Park. Admission is $6.25 for adults and $3.50 for children– on any day of the week. The rink is situated between 106 and 108 Streets near the center of the park. The Lasker Rink shares the same website as the Wollman rink in Central Park.
The Wollman Rink at Prospect Park is located in Brooklyn, and is open until March 14, 2010. Prices are affordable; adult admission is $5 and children’s admission is $3. A current “skate for free” promotion provides a coupon for a free future rink admission with the rental of one pair of skates or the purchase of $15 or more at the Snack Bar. The rink can be reached via subway (Q, S or B trains) or car (there is a parking lot). Visit the website for details.
The Pond at Bryant Park is, unfortunately, closed for the season and reopens in November.
The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan is open year round and offers general skating six days a week (not on Wednesdays). Prices are higher here than at the outdoor rinks, but there’s no risk that adverse weather will ruin your session. Admission is $13 for adults and $10.50 for children/seniors. The rink is also available for birthday parties and lessons. Check the website for details.
City Ice Pavilion in Long Island City, Queens, offers general skating every day of the week. Admission is $5 from Monday-Thursday and $8 from Friday-Sunday. The rink is a short ride on the subway from midtown Manhattan; just take the 7 train to 33rd St.-Rawson St. Station. Visit the website for more information.
The World Ice Arena in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, is a modern facility and offers public skating every day. Admission is $5 on weekdays and $8 on weekends. This rink is further from Manhattan than the City Ice Pavilion, but is accessible via the 7 (local) subway. See the website for driving directions.
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