New York’s freezing temperatures during the winter might not be to everyone’s liking, but nothing feels more festive and seasonally appropriate than strapping on some blades and hitting one of the city’s ice rinks for some good, old-fashioned family fun. So, where should you go in the city for some icy adventures this winter? Here are five suggestions.
Residents of The Marquand, who live close to Trump Rink, are more likely to know this place as the Wollman Rink; however, despite the name change, Central Park’s popular ice-skating spot remains virtually the same and is still open between October and April. Not only is it the most picturesque rink in the city, it acts as an ideal daytime activity for kids, a romantic date spot on Friday and Saturday nights when it stays open until 11p.m. and a great place to learn how to handle the ice, with classes available for children and adults. Fantastic fun.
The Standard Ice-Rink
848 Washington St
As one of the nation’s hippest hotel chains, it’s a stroke of genius on The Standard’s part to put a rink outside their High Line Hotel during winter. Sure, it’s packed with kids during the day, but this place stays open until 1a.m. and serves delicious hot chocolate that’s laced with bourbon and Bailey’s, which is great for grown ups looking for a little winter-based, night-time fun.
For all your Midtown-on-ice needs, such as for those living at 305 East 51 Street, there’s the Pond at Bryant Park! Probably the most festive of all the winter rinks, thanks to the many holiday shops and gift stands, this outdoor ice-field is also wonderful because it has the rink-side Celsius restaurant—the perfect place for parents to watch over their kids’ skating activities without having to stand in the cold. Open from late October until early March, this Bryant Park gem is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, so great for night owls too. Also, the only thing you’ll pay for is skate and locker hire—use of the actual rink is free.
Pier 61, Chelsea Piers
There are two major bonuses to going to Chelsea Piers. The first is that there are two full-size, indoor rinks there, so it’s ideal for people who want to skate without braving the actual, real-life elements. The second is that it’s open all year round, so those who live at 500 West 21 Street, for example, can head there and hit the ice, even in the middle of July. With some top-notch, in-house trainers, skaters who mean serious business choose Sky Rink. The rinks’ views of the Hudson are merely a side-perk.
601 Fifth Ave.
The most famous of New York City’s ice rinks, this annual favorite still has the best atmosphere of all the ice parks, despite being the trickiest to skate thanks to its relatively small size and multitude of tourists. If you’re looking to indulge in a NYC tradition though, and don’t take your skating too seriously, soak up the frivolity under Rockefeller’s always-gigantic holiday tree and re-create scenes from romantic movies like Splash and Serendipity.