During the winter months, New York City certainly sees its fair share of snow and ice and, when weather conditions conspire, walking and driving conditions themselves can become rather slick. This holiday season The Roosevelt is giving you a list of some of the best places to enjoy a little bit of seasonal magic in the form of ice skating around the city. Add a little fun to your holiday stay at the hotel and practice for future inclement weather with this list of some of our favorite places to skate in the city that are often overshadowed by the popular rink at Rockefeller Center.
Perhaps as iconic as the Rockefeller Rink itself, Wollman Rink in Central Park is frequented by casual skaters looking for a leisurely session on the ice. For those who don’t take to skating naturally, Wollman is the perfect beginner’s spot, featuring the world’s largest learn-to-skate program in the country.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink
When it comes to the holidays, the Winter Village at Bryant Park has it all and, between shopping and sampling delicious dinners, a little bit of skating is all that’s needed to make the season right. The ice-skating rink is always free and open late, but those without skates will need to rent a pair. Crowds vary depending on the time of day but during off-peak hours the rink offers plenty of space to try your hand at some tricks.
Abe Stark Rink
Switch up the scenery with this seaside skating rink, offering weekend revelry for all who wish to enjoy some slippery fun. Originally a saltwater pool, this transformed rink keeps the Coney Island excitement going during the holiday season when the theme parks are closed. Sessions last for three hours, giving new and experienced skaters alike plenty of time to show their skills.
Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
Hockey may be most closely associated with the holiday season, but at the Sky Rink there’s no need to wait until the temperature drops. Open year round this indoor ice rink welcomes skaters of all levels, as well as hockey players and figure skaters to help both beginnings and pros alike hone their skills.
World Ice Arena
The holiday season transforms the World Ice Arena into something a little more magical than its normal classes and skating education. Weekends bring an exciting opportunity to skate with Santa while Christmas Day invites guests from all over the area to enjoy a white Christmas gliding across the ice.
Staten Island Skating Pavilion
While this indoor skating rink is also open year round, it caters only to hockey teams and freestyle figure-skaters during the week. Public sessions are available on the weekend, however, providing ample time to get acquainted with slick surfaces that may appear around the city.
City Ice Pavillion
Skate above the rest of the city on the only rooftop rink in the big apple. Featuring a separate second synthetic rink to help with spillover, this enchanting rink helps those who want to do laps stay safe from the more aggressive skaters looking to play around with a stick and puck.
Aviator Sports and Events Center
Ice skating is just part of the adventure waiting for visitors to Aviator Sports. Beside its two large skating rinks, this complex features a gym, arcade, rock wall, bungee jumping, and air hockey, turning it into a veritable winter wonderland of entertainment for kids and thrill seekers of all ages this holiday season.
Ice-Skating at LeFrak Center
Prospect Park is full of ambitious projects, and the Lakeside area may be one of it’s most ambitious. With various seasonal activities all year long, the LeFrak Center offers visitors a chance to enjoy the scenery year round, but only offers ice skating during the colder months. Enjoy the holidays surrounded by the scenic views of Lakeside and witness one of the city’s largest projects brought to life in holiday splendor.