When the temperature drops, it’s time to strap on the blades and hit the slick stuff. We’ve ranked the top places to go ice-skating in NYC, whether you want to skate in the shadow of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, take in the Central Park views or cap off a shopping trip at the Winter Village at Bryant Park. If exposure to the elements isn’t your style, you can also check out one of the city’s many all-weather indoor rinks.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink
Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but you’ll have to shell out $19 to rent skates (or BYO).
Ice-skating at the LeFrak Center
Prospect Park’s massive new arena transforms from roller-rink to ice-haven come wintertime, with outdoor and indoor ice-skating and figure skating, hockey, curling and bromball. The walk through the park’s foliage is worth the price in admission.
Floyd Bennett Field, Aviator Sports and Events Center
This place may be the most dudetastic thing since the Hot Tub Time Machine: It’s an airline hanger filled with a gym, arcade, rock wall, bungee-jumping, air hockey—basically, everything you need to be a guy (or a 5-year-old girl; this place is popular for kids’ birthday parties). Aviator’s two NHL-regulation rinks offer public skating year-round; at least one open-rink session is held every day.
World Ice Arena
Need some skating tips before you attempt to navigate Manhattan’s obstacle-ridden ice? Head to this Queens arena, where dozens of weekly classes are available in addition to daily open sessions. If you need to refuel after all that gliding, the World Ice Cafe serves rinkside grub during most public-skating hours.
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