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Pure Winter Fun in NYC!

Thinking about ice skating in NYC this winter? Here are some tips for avoiding the line.

What means winter fun in NYC more than ice skating? A big bonus – it’s a sure stress-buster for all family members. This is definitely on my must-do list this winter! Check out the scoop – including how to avoid stress-inducing lines – at CitiPond in Bryant Park (free admission!), Wollman Rink in Central Park, and of course, the iconic Rink at Rockefeller Center:

CitiPond in Bryant Park
Location
: 40th to 42nd Street b/w 5th and 6th Avneues
Hours:
Opens daily at 8 a.m.
Closes at 10 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday
General Admission: Free
Skip the line with FastPassRegister online here
Skate rental fee: $14
Locker rental fee: $9
Phone: 212-661-6640 (give a call for info on VIP admission, party  details, or skating lessons)

Wollman Rink in Central Park 

Location: Enter park at West 59th Street and 6th Avenue (roughly a 5-minute walk to rink)
Hours:
Opens daily at 10 a.m.
Closes at 2:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, at 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday,  at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday
General Admission:
Adults – $11 from Monday to Thursday, $16 from Friday to Sunday
Children (under 11) – $6 from Monday to Thursday, $6 from Friday to Sunday
Skate rental fee: varies
Phone: 212-439-6900 (give a call for info on lessons and parties)

The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Location: 
5th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets
Hours: 
Open daily at 7 a.m.
Click here for exact schedule including break times
General Admission:
Adults – $25
Children (under 11) – $15
Skate rental fee: $10
Skip the line with Express Skating at The Igloo: 
$95 per person includes admission and skates, pre-order online here.
Phone: 
212-332-7655 (give a call to set up a lesson)

For lots more info on family outings, visit www.tipsfromtown.com.

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