There are so many advantages to living in New York City that it's almost impossible to list them all. However, one thing are residents are able to do throughout the winter months is to go ice skating in a number of different locations around the city. The following are just a few of the more popular ice rinks that you should visit:
- Rockefeller Center - The ice rink over at Rockefeller Center is probably the most famous ice skating rink in the city. This does make it difficult to get onto the ice since only 150 people are allowed on at any given time - but this also makes waiting well worth it since you'll have plenty of room to skate around in. The rink opens at 7:00 AM, which is around the time that you'll want to show up if you don't want to stand in line for more than a couple of hours. You can, however, make reservations. General admission is between $25 and $32 for adults and $15 for children 11 and under. It costs $12 to rent a pair of skates.
- Winter Village - The Bank of American Winter Village at Bryant Park is a great place to not only go ice skating but to also explore the many holiday shops and kiosks. The rink is 17,000 square feet and holds 500 people at a time, which means that you'll have plenty of room to skate around in. General admission is free, although you will have to pay between $15 and $19 to rent a pair of skates if you don't bring your own.
- LeFrak Center - Located at Lakeside in Prospect Park, the LeFrak Center consists of 26 acres and is home to two ice-skating rinks, one of which is open-air and the other which is covered. The center also provides skating lessons to kids at their Skate School and even provides clinics for hockey, curling and broomball. Admission is only $6 during the week and $8 during the weekends, while skate rentals will only put you back $6.
- Brookfield Place - The ice skating rink at Brookfield Place is located on the plaza in front of the World Financial Center Winter Garden. The rink is an impressive 7,350 square feet, making it larger than the famous Rockefeller Center ice skating rink. You can also take ice skating lessons taught by Olympic medal-winning ice skaters. There are also ice hockey lessons. General admission is $15 and it costs $5 to rent a pair of skates.
- Trump Wollman Rink - The Wollman Rink is located right in the heart of Central Park, which means that going here for an ice skating session will provide with a stunning view of the city peeking above the world-famous park. This is also a great rink to take your kids since you can sign them up to the learn-to-skate program, which is the biggest in the country. General admission is $11.25 for adults and $6 for children. It costs $6 to rent a pair of skates.
- Staten Island War Memorial Ice Skating Rink - This ice skating rink is a bit of a hike for Manhattan residents, but well worth it. The ice skating rink is located in Clove Lakes Park, which is home to some of the state's few remaining wetlands. It is one of the most scenic ice skating rinks that you can visit and general admission is only $10, while skate rental is $5.
You can't go wrong visiting any of these ice skating rinks. For more information about the New York City area, contact us at our Stuyvesant Town apartment community today.