There are various indoor and outdoor ice skating options in the New York City area.
The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers offers public skating
, figure skating, youth and adult hockey, skating classes, private lessons, birthday parties, and public skating. There are two ice sheets. The facility is located on Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers and is open seven days a week.
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Skating in Central Park is a New York City tradition. Wollman Ice Rink in Central Park has been has been open since 1950 and is open seven days a week from November through March. Skate rental, lockers, and lessons are available. All skaters must pay to skate and spectators must also pay a fee. An after-school skating program is offered in January, February, and March.
Lasker Rink becomes a public swimming pool in the summer and has two oval rinks. Hockey programs go on at one of the Lasker rink ice sheets.
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The City Pond in Bryant Park
is not as crowded as the Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center
. There are no lines and skaters can skate for hours and hours. Skating is free and complimentary lockers are available. Those who use the facility should bring their own locks, but locks are also available for purchase. There is a snack shop next to the rink.
The Riverbank Skating Rink, a large full-size skating rink, is part of the Riverbank State Park located above the Hudson River in Harlem. The facility also includes athletic fields, pools, and picnic areas. From November to March, the arena is open for ice skating, and in the summer, the rink becomes a roller skating rink. Admission and skate rental
Long Island's City Ice Pavillion and Flushing's World Ice Arena are sister skating rinks. Both rinks offer figure skating, public skating
, learn-to-skate classes, private lessons, and birthday parties.
Liberty View Ice Rink, located near the Statue of Liberty, is considered one of New York City's newest attractions. Located in Battery Park, the rink offers public skating sessions, birthday parties, learn to skate programs, hockey, and private skating lessons
It has been said that Aviator Sports is Brooklyn's answer to the Sky Rink in Chelsea Piers. The rink has two ice sheets and is open seven days a week for public skating. The arena also offers figure skating programs, group rentals, private and group skating lessons
, and ice hockey programs.
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Staten Island's only year-round indoor skating rink offers public skating, figure skating, private and group lessons, hockey programs, private ice rental, group programs, and birthday parties
The Abe Stark Rink at Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk in Brooklyn is only open during weekend and holiday afternoons from late October through late March. It is recommended that skaters arrive at the rink just before it opens since the sessions can become quite crowded. Skaters can skate for about three hours. Skate rental is available.
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Staten Island's World War 2 Memorial Ice Skating Rink is open on weekends and holidays from late October through late March. The cost of skating is reasonable and skate rental is available. The arena is operated by City of New York Parks and Recreation. The arena opened in 1995 and is meant to be a tribute to U.S. war veterans. Patrons can rent the entire arena for group events.