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
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 FastPass: Register 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)
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
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
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.