It’s a bit early and the snow has not fallen yet but when it does, New Yorkers are filled with excitement at the prospects of ice skating on the city’s designated rinks. As soon as the ice is strong enough, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation designate outdoor safe skating areas across the five boroughs. These ice skating areas are clearly signposted around the city, informing the residents that they are safe for winter sports.
There are several options to skate in the city’s numerous ice skating rinks throughout the winter.
- Abe Stark Rink, located at the Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn is open until April, on weekends.
- Kate Wollman Rink is located on Prospect Park and runs through to March. The rink is open all day, throughout the week and provides plenty of extras such as a gift shop and cafeteria.
- Lasker Rink, in Manhattan’s Central Park, is open ’til April, during the week and on weekends.
- The Pond at Bryant Park is a free-entrance ice skating rink offering lessons, birthday party solutions and even skate sharpening service.
- Wollman Rink, just north of Central Park, is open until April. This rink is open throughout the week and also has special ice dance sessions. The Wollman’s Skating School is associated with the rink.
- World Fair Ice Skating Rink is open throughout April and located in the Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
- Staten Island War Memorial Rink is located in Clove Lakes Park, until April, on weekends.
- Rockefeller Center Ice Arena is an exclusive ice skating rink located at the Rockefeller Center and offers exciting options like marriage proposals on the ice rink and romantic dinner-skate combinations.