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. So, we’ve rounded up a list of ice skating rinks in North Jersey and New York City to enjoy the winter weather outside.
Fritz Deitl Ice Rink | 639 Broadway, Westwood
This Westwood arena has been open since 1958 and offers hockey programs as well as skating lessons and free skate time. It also houses a snack bar for a post-skate treat.
Ice House | 111 Midtown Bridge Approach, Hackensack
The largest facility of its kind in the tri-state area, Ice House offers 4 NHL-sized rinks for various purposes, but public skating is suspended for the season. They still offer hockey games, skating lessons, and more.
Mackay Ice Rink | 130 W. Englewood Avenue, Englewood
Mackay Ice Rink offers public skating, learn to skate, hockey programs, and birthday parties. Registration and payment are exclusively online in Englewood’s CommunityPass program.
Montclair State Arena | 1 Arena Drive, Little Falls
Skate rentals are included in the $20 fee for public skating at Montclair State Arena. 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 offered 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 offers lessons as well as free skating, and it costs $8 to skate on a weekday or weekend, and rentals are $7. Residents of the Newport complex get discounted admission.
Pershing Ice Rink | 800 Summit Avenue, Jersey City
This rink is open from Thursdays to Sundays in the afternoons and evenings only. Renting skates cost $5, and prices range from $1 to $5, depending on age and residency. Skating aid rentals are also available for $10 a session.
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.
Town of Secaucus Ice Rink | 150 Plaza Center, Secaucus
While the rink is only open to Secaucus residents on Thursdays, it’s open to the general public from Fridays through Sundays. Admission is $3 and skates can be rented for an additional $2.
New York City
Chelsea Piers | 61 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY
The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers has been in operation since 1969. Preregistration is required for free skates, which are held on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. 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 offers 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.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center | 600 5th Avenue
One of the most iconic rinks in Manhattan, the Rockefeller Centre ice rink offers 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.
Winter Village at Bryant Park | 5th Avenue
The city’s only free admission rink has seen a few changes to accommodate Covid protocols. Time slots must be booked online, regardless of whether or not patrons are renting skates. Non-skaters will not be allowed to wait in the ticketed area to ensure social distancing, and only 3-4 groups will be allowed on the ice at a time. Skate rentals range from $21 to $36, and bag checks are $15.
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 range from $12 – $23 for adults and $5 – $9 for seniors depending on the day of the week. Youth tickets are $6 every day. Skate rental is included in admission, and spectator tickets can be purchased for $6.