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The Best Ice Skating Rinks in New Jersey + New York City

by Erica Commisso
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It’s no secret that one of the best winter activities to enjoy the season is ice skating. Previous experience isn’t required to have a good time, and learning can be just as fun as watching pros glide around the ice and perform tricks. Whether you want to brush up on your blades or are just there for a good time, ice skating can be a great way to spend an afternoon. Read on for a list of ice skating rinks in New Jersey and New York City to enjoy the winter weather outside.

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New Jersey

Ice House | 111 Midtown Bridge Approach, Hackensack

The largest facility of its kind in the tri-state area, Ice House has four NHL-sized rinks for various purposes. Passes are available for the public skating sessions, the dates of which are updated monthly on the rink’s website. The main attractions at this rink are figure skating and hockey.

The Ivy at Chatham

Ice Rink at Newark Winter Village | 162 Mulberry Street, Newark

In downtown Newark, an open-air festival is held every year during the holiday season. Activities from go-karting to hanging out in an igloo are some of the activities visitors can partake in here. This festival also has an outdoor ice rink. Online registration is required to reserve a spot for ice skating. The rental fee is $15, which includes the skates for adults or children. There is an option for guests to bring their skates for a reduced admission fee of $10.

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Mackay Ice Rink | 130 West Englewood Avenue, Englewood

Mackay Ice Rink has public skating, learn to skate, hockey programs, and birthday parties. Registration and payment are exclusively online in Englewood’s CommunityPass program.

Montclair State University Ice Arena | 1 Arena Drive, Little Falls

Skate rentals are included in the $20 fee for public skating at Montclair State University Ice Arena, located on Montclair State’s campus. Public skate sessions take place Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with additional sessions available each week. Online registration is required and non-refundable, so ice time is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Newport Skates | 95 River Drive South, Jersey City

Located right on the Jersey City waterfront, Newport Skates is open from November to March, weather permitting. It has lessons as well as public skate sessions, and rentals are $7. Residents of the Newport complex get discounted admission.

The Rink at American Dream Mall | 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford

The NHL-sized arena is just one of the many offerings at American Dream Mall, but tickets must be purchased days in advance. Prices for a one-hour skating slot vary depending on age and peak versus non-peak day. Helmets and skate aids are available but limited.



New York City

Chelsea Piers | 61 Chelsea Piers

The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers has been in operation since 1969. Preregistration is required, so head to their website to check out for more information. Skate rental is available on-site.

The Rink at Brookfield Place | 230 Vesey Street

Voted the best place to skate in New York City by multiple publications, this outdoor rink has city views during public skate time that’s available every day and on holidays. An hour-long session is $15, and skate rentals are an additional $5 during weekdays. Prices change on weekends, so be sure to check on their website for more information.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center | 600 5th Avenue

One of the most iconic rinks in Manhattan, the Rockefeller Centre ice rink has views of the entire plaza and is seasonally decorated. The first and last skates of the day are discounted, and free lockers are available to keep your things safe while you skate.

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Winter Village at Bryant Park | 5th Avenue

Visitors to the Winter Village can break up their shopping spree with some time on the ice.  Time slots must be booked online, regardless of whether or not patrons are renting skates.

Wollman Rink at Central Park | 830 5th Avenue

Public skating is offered every day at this historic rink, complete with amazing skyline views. Public skating tickets can be purchased online or in person, and prices can range for adults, seniors, and children depending on the day of the week.

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