A day of Rockefeller Center ice skating is a quintessential New York City winter experience. It wouldn't be winter without a spin around the New York City's most famous attraction. There is nothing quite like the feel, cheer
and festivity of it all. The lights, visitors, flags, gold Prometheus statue, and absolutely SPECTACULAR Christmas tree, just make you feel, well, happy! The surroundings are bound to put a smile on the grumpiest around! It’s contagious.
All said, here is the bad news. I must tell you that the rink is small. It’s about 122 feet long and 59 feet wide. Although it’s my favorite place for the ambience, the small size of the ice rinkmakes it my least favorite for skating. Sorry, that’s the truth.
While ice skating at this favorite attraction is an experience that many New York City visitors desire, keep in mind that you're paying a premium to be able to say you ice skated at Rockefeller Center--despite the small ice skating surface and the often crowded atmosphere. All said, you must skate there AT LEAST once in your life. It is a beautiful experience.
Skate early morning and you'll have a more enjoyable and less crowded experience.
Don't forget to try out NYC's other great rinks including Bryant Park and The Wollman Ice Skating Rink in Central Park to name just a few!
October 8, 2016 Through April 2017
Adults: Standard: $25, Holiday $27, Peak:$32
Children (under 11) and Senior: $15
Skate Rental: $12
1. Check the weather report in advance of your day. 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. I strongly recommend skating in the morning, as there is often a LONG wait for the afternoon sessions.
4. Enjoy the rink's special events such as a visit with Santa.
The Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink opens October 8, 2016 and stays open through April 2017.
8:30 am - l0:00 am
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
10:30 pm - Midnight
Be sure to call in advance for holiday schedules and private event changes.
The Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink is located in the center of a complex of buildings between 47th and 50th Streets and 5th and 7th Avenues.
Take the F, B, B or Q train to 47-50 Streets-Rockefeller Center stop; or take the 6 to 51st Street; or the #1 or #9 to 50th Street. Need more help in determining how to best route out your trip to Rockefeller Center? Use this subway map or automatic trip planner!
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Use your handy street map and follow the easiest route to Rockefeller Center 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 fun in the big apple. Click here and scroll down to the very bottom of the page.