Ice skating at Rockefeller Center is a quintessential New York City winter experience. The Rink at Rock Center first opened on Christmas Day in 1936. It can accommodate approximately 150 skaters at a time and the rink is 122 feet long and 59 feet wide.
Advice for Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center:
While ice skating at Rockefeller Center is an experience that many New York City visitors desire, keep in mind that you're paying a premium to be able to say "I skated at Rockefeller Center," despite the small skating surface and the often crowded atmosphere.
Ice skating prices at Rockefeller Center are most expensive during peak holiday periods, and the rink is at its busiest at those times as well.
When It's Least Crowded:
Early morning during holiday periods and weekdays before 4 p.m. tend to be the least crowded times times to skate in Rock Center. It's also less crowded earlier and later in the season, compared to peak season, which runs from Thanksgiving through New Years.
If you are worried about crowds, there are a couple of options to guarantee access to skating in Rock Center. Their First Skate package is the only way to reserve specific skating time which runs from 7-8 a.m. For the same price as (adult) admission and rentals, you can skate and enjoy complimentary coffee/hot chocolate while you skate. For $10/person more, you can have breakfast at Rock Center Cafe after your skating session with their "Bountiful Breakfast" package.
If early-rising isn't for you, the VIP Skate package (which ranges from $60-125 per person, depending on the date you choose) offers 90 minute long reserved skate sessions, rentals, skating concierge, beverages and fresh baked cookies. If you want to combine skating with some other holiday offerings, the Rockettes + Skating Package is available for select dates starting at $120 and you get free ice skating at Rock Center after having Breakfast with Santa at either the Rock Center Cafe or Sea Grill.
If the you're interested more in ice skating than in saying you ice skated at Rockefeller Center check out Ice Skating in New York City for some other options.
When It's Open: The rink at Rockefeller Center typically opens Columbus Day weekend and stays open through early April.
Skating Sessions: Skate rentals and admissions are charged per session. Time your visit appropriately to get the most skating for your money.
Admission: Adult admission is $25-32 and children under 11 and seniors are $15. Skate Rentals are an additional $12. Group rates offer significant discounts (but are not available from early November until early January. Check the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center website for the most current information.
Ice Skating Lessons: Half-hour private lessons are $50 per person and include one hour of skate time in addition to the lesson. Appointments can be reserved by calling 212-332-7655.
Nearest Subways: F, B and D to 47-50 Streets-Rockefeller Center; 6 to 51st Street; 1 to 50th Street.