Discover The 5 Largest Ice Skating Rinks In New York This Winter

Written by Justin Sexton
Published: November 13, 2023
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smiling family holding hands while skating together on an ice rink.

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Now that the holiday season is upon us and the temperatures are dropping, it means that a traditional winter hobby is here: ice skating. Ice skating can be a very fun seasonal hobby. With enough practice, even the clumsiest of individuals can enjoy ice skating. In the state of New York, there are several indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks that people can visit.

1. The Ice Rink At Rockefeller Center

A video of people skating at the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center

The Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center is half the size of an official hockey rink. NHL, short for the National Hockey League, ice rinks are 200 feet by 85 feet. Rockefeller Center’s ice rink is 122 feet by 59 feet (7198 square feet). The Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center can hold up to one hundred fifty skaters at one time. The Rockefeller Center is a popular spot for charity events like HOT 97 done in the past with their school supplies drive at Flipper’s. People who donated were able to rollerskate for free at Flipper’s. The ice rink, however, has an admission of $21 dollars, and skate rentals are $11 dollars.

The rink is famous for its massive Christmas tree seen in many holiday news segments and live holiday shows like NBC News and Saturday Night Live. Their annual holiday tradition of placing a massive Christmas tree began in 1931 when workers placed a twenty-foot Christmas tree at the ice rink. Ever since then, it has grown into a massive tourist attraction and family gathering for the holiday season.

2. Bank of America Village At Bryant Park

A New York City news station covering the grand opening of the ice rink.

The ice rink is the epicenter of the Bank of America Village at Bryant Park. It covers 17,000 square feet and has free admission. Rental skates are available now through November 29th. The space has an open-air market around the rink and has artisan provisions, local crafts, and exquisite gifts from local New York and international businesses. Bryant Park also has a space on the rink where they can use bumper cars. A waiver has to be completed and customers have to read the rules before having fun with the bumper cars.

3. The LeFrak Center At Lakeside Prospect Park

Ice skaters at the LeFrak Center

The LeFrak Center at Lakeside covers 32,000 square feet where people can go ice skating. The rink was first opened in 1961. However, after many years of wear and tear, the rink needed to be reconstructed in the 2000s. It was completed in 2013 and won several design awards in 2015 and 2016. The ice rink project helped with the restoration of Lakeside Prospect Park. In the summertime, the two large ice rinks are converted into a skating rink and a large water-play fountain. The world-class recreational center averages two hundred thousand annual rink visitors.

4. Wollman Rink In Central Park

A video showing plenty of ice skates on the Wollman rink

The Wollman Ice Rink is a family-friendly ice rink that also offers a rink cafe! Visitors can order hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and grilled cheese sandwiches as some of the food choices. They have many vegan options people can order as well. Wollman Rink is 30,000 square feet of ice that people can skate on. It’s fifteen dollars for adults to skate and ten dollars for kids on the weekdays. On the weekends, the adult prices go up to twenty-six dollars, but the kids’ prices remain unchanged.

The rink hosts events all year from pickleball to figure skating and yoga classes. Hockey classes are also available for people. Not only that, ice dancing classes are available. Ever since its opening in 1949, the rink has become a major attraction in Central Park. The rink offers different passes that provide special access and discounts to certain things Central Park has available.

5. Abe Stark Rink

A video giving facts about the Abe Stark Ice Rink

This 17,000-square-foot ice pavilion brings joy to many New Yorkers every winter. The facility is named after Abe Stark, who was a famous Brooklyn resident who loved business and baseball. He served as City Council President from 1954 to 1961. Prior to being an ice rink, the area was a recreational center that had swimming pools, locker rooms, and a sun deck. When the rink opened in 1970, it opened with a parking deck so that Coney Island residents could explore the different attractions in the area. The rink is now used for adult and teen ice hockey games. They also hold public skating sessions for visitors so they can develop and test their newfound skating skills across the ice.

RankIce Rink NameSquare Feet
1LeFrak Center At Lakeside Prospect Park32000
2Wollman Rink At Central Park30000
3Abe Stark Rink17000
4Bank of America Village At Bryan Park17000
5Ice Rink At Rockefeller Center7198
The five largest ice rinks in New York this winter.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Pilin_Petunyia/iStock via Getty Images

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About the Author

Justin is an A-Z Animals Writer that loves to cover places, unique natural disasters, and travel. He has eight years of experience as a writer in the medical and media fields. He wrote for the likes of VCU Health, theMSQshop, PayDay LA, and Comic Book Resources under the penname Jay Guevara. Although he's a full time writer, Justin graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019 with a Bachelors in Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science with a background in Community Engagement. After spending over two decades in Richmond, Virginia, Justin now resides in the suburbs of Rancho Cucamonga, California. He's a dedicated gymrat. He's also a two-time poetry author who's influenced by rappers Joe Budden and IDK along with Dante Alighieri.

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