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Baby, it's cold outside. Make the most of the winter at these top 6 ice-skating rinks in NYC, where skating meets some pretty spectacular atmosphere. Most city rinks stay open from November through March, affording a wide window of time to plan your winter-fun outing, and perhaps sample several rinks. Plus, most rinks offer an assortment of classes, too, if you're looking to channel your inner figure skater or hockey great.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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The Rink at Rockefeller Center
With a gilded statue of Prometheus, the world-famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, and the 70-story 30 Rockefeller Center building towering above, The Rink at Rockefeller Center affords the most atmospheric skating experience in the city (and the priciest, too). Accommodating just 150 skaters at a time for 90-minute skate sessions, the rink is one of the few areas of Midtown where you won't find crowds (though that doesn't extend to the lines, which can be quite long, especially during the holiday season). Entry is first-come, first served, though they do offer VIP Skate, First Skate, and Starlight Skate packages that allow for advance reservations and perks like skate concierges, hot chocolate, and/or breakfast. Season skating passes are also available, for frequent skaters; pass-holders get unlimited access to the rink, plus, they get to skip the lines.
Where: Rockefeller Plaza, 600 Fifth Ave., between 49th and 50th streets.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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The Rink at Winter Village at Bryant Park
Part of the Bank of America-sponsored Winter Village at picturesque Bryant Park, this 17,000-square-foot rink has brought free ice skating to NYC for more than a decade (while access to the rink is free, note that you'll need to pay for skate rentals if you don't have your own). After a spin on the ice, stick around to nosh at the two-story, rink-side pop-up restaurant, Celsius, or browse the 125-plus boutique-style vendor at the Holiday Shops. As Manhattan's only no-cost rink, expect crowds accordingly. Opt-in, at an extra cost, for skating lessons, VIP Fast Passes, or season passes.
Where: Bryant Park, 40th to 42nd sts., between Fifth & Sixth avenuesContinue to 4 of 7 below.
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Wollman Rink in Central Park
Framed by skyscrapers on the horizon, and bucolic Central Park, the Wollman Rink offers atmospheric ice skating at about half the cost of Rockefeller Center. Plus, sign up for plenty of extras, including group and private skating lessons, with learn-to-skate, ice dancing, and figure skating slants, as well as a hockey program. VIP tickets include skate rental, no-wait admission, use of a heated tent, snacks, and locker access.
Where: East Side of Central Park, between 62nd & 63rd streetsContinue to 5 of 7 below.
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The Rink at Brookfield Place
The Battery Park City Rink at Brookfield Place, situated alongside the Hudson River's North Cove Marina in front of the Winter Garden, offers great views of downtown skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty in the harbor. At 7,350 square feet, it's bigger than the Rink at Rockefeller Plaza. In recent years, the rink has partnered up with U.S. ice dancer Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov who will host various skating programs throughout the season. For more immersion on the ice, consider the family learn-to-skate programs, try "kick ice hockey fitness," or sign up for season passes.
Where: Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St. at West St. (on the upper plaza)Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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The Rink at The Standard, High Line
The trendiest rink in town, ice skating has never been so cool, thanks to super-hip hotel The Standard's ice rink, an intimate 3,000-square foot affair, with late-night hours primed for the Meatpacking District crowd. The rink has been redesigned to inspire the "golden age of the après-ski lifestyle," with touches like rocking chair seating and vintage plaid and faux fur blankets. Enjoy some "après-skate" at the rink-side café Skate Shack and indoor Living Room bistro serving up specialties like apple strudel or roasted acorn squash, along with mulled wine, hot toddies, and hot chocolate to wash it all down.
Where: The Standard Plaza at The Standard, High Line hotel; 848 Washington St. at 13th St.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink
Overlooking the Hudson in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood, this covered rink at Riverbank State Park offers a budget-friendly skating experience in a scenic setting, far removed from the bustling crowds further south in Manhattan. Sign up for affordable learn-to-skate, figure skating, or ice dancing lessons; an ice hockey program is scheduled, too.
Where: 679 Riverside Dr., enter the park at 145th St.