Bryant Park Ice Skating Rink:
Lots More Than Skating!

The Bryant Park Ice Skating Rink is the only FREE rink in New York City. You’ll find a 170’ x 100’ rink (about twice the size of Rockefeller Center’s ice skating rink) and high quality
rental skates! (If you’ve ever rented cheap skates and suffered pained ankles, you’ll appreciate high quality rentals!) It’s an absolutely beautiful place to skate, sip hot chocolate, and enjoy the holiday season under the sun or stars. But don’t plan to just ice skate, there is plenty more to do!
Bryant Park is a really magical place, complete with a HUGE Christmas tree, a fantastic restaurant overlooking the rink, and a delightful, open-air market holiday market. The market offers a unique collection of shops and food kiosks from around the
world. The shops are open from October 29, 2016 through January 2, 2017 until 8:00 pm.

Celsuis is Bryant Park’s elevated, glass-enclosed restaurant offering spectacular views of the ice and Christmas tree. It offers a toasty respite from the cold, and a varied, delicious, reasonably- priced menu. Enjoy a heat lamp-enhanced terrace providing additional beautiful views. Not interested in a meal? Stop in for a drink and enjoy the view and ambiance!

When I last visited, I enjoyed the festive feel of the park. My brother-in-law, sister, and I had a lot of fun just walking around, visiting the shops, watching the skaters, and enjoying hot chocolate.

Don't forget to check out the other wonderful ice skating rinks including Rockefeller Center, and Wollman Rink.


As noted, general admission is free. If you own your own skates, bring them. If not, see if you can borrow a pair from a friend to save even more. Additionally, bring your own lock to save on the price of purchasing a lock for your locker.

General Admission: Free
Skate Rental: $20 
Helmet Rental: $6 

Express Skate Online: $35; allows you to reserve a time/date in advance and skip the line.

Lockers: Free (bring your own lock to save)
Locks: $10.00 (again, bring your own)
Small Bag Check: $10 
Large Bag Check: $12 



1. Check the weather report in advance of your visit. Dress very, very warmly so that you’ll really enjoy yourself.

2. Bring an extra pair of socks to wear with your skates. It will keep your feet warm and provide additional padding.

3. Save time to visit the holiday shops. They are lots of fun.

4. If you don’t have the time or money to eat at Celsius, enjoy a drink or soda. The view is beautiful and the atmosphere is very festive.

5. Bring your own lock for the lockers. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay for one.

6. Lines can get long. Nominate one person in your party to stand in the line while you wait inside. Have them call you when the line widdles down. You can also purchase a "Express Skate Online" which allows you to skip the line. See pricing above. 


The Pond at Bryant Park is open daily, October 29, 2016 through March 5, 2017.

8:00 AM -10:00 PM

All hours are weather permitting


The Bryant Park Ice Skating Rink is located between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues.


By Subway:
Take the 7, B, D, F, or V train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park stop. Need more help in determining how to best route out your trip to the Bryant Park Ice Skating Rink? Use this subway map or automatic trip planner!

For information on subway fares, metrocards and more click here!

By Bus:
If you need more help in determining how to take the bus to the Bryant Park Ice Skating Rink, Use this bus map to help!

By Car:
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By Foot:
Use your handy street map and follow the easiest route to Bryant Park Ice Skating Rink.


When you venture out for a day of skating, be sure to pack the essentials. This will help to enhance your day! Be prepared by checking out my tips in the "what to place in your backpack" section of my packing list! You'll be glad you did!


If you are traveling with children, check out my best tips for keeping crankiness to a minimum! I guarantee that there is AT LEAST one tip that will help you during your day of Bryant Park Ice Skating. Click here and scroll down to the very bottom of the page.

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