That is the word I’d use to describe the outdoor ice skating at the Rockefeller Center. As a child on mid-winter vacation days I often joined my father in his office not far from the Rockefeller Center. I absolutely loved watching the skaters gliding across the ice in the outdoor rink. The many flags representing the United Nations add to the festive feel of the rink. The rink is not especially large and can get a bit crowded although they do cap the amount of skaters at 150. Private skating lessons are also offered at the rink.
The rink opens quite early in the season but it is always good to check online for their public skating hours. Because of the excellent location skating at the Rockefeller center can be combined with other activities nearby.
The big glass windows of the restaurant adjacent to the rink offers diners close up views of the rink. In the summer months when it is too warm for the outdoor ice rink the restaurant places tables for outdoor seating where the ice was.
Posted: December 1, 2019
Information, prices and hours posted here are current as of the posted or updated date. It is advisable to call ahead or check online to confirm hours and prices.
600 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10020
212 332 7655
Check online for public skating hours:
Approximate Distance from:
Brooklyn Bridge: 15 minutes
Lakewood: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Monsey: 1 hour
Adult General Admission:
Peak Holiday $35
Children under 11 and seniors (all dates): $17
Skate Rental (adults and children): $18
15 person minimum, advanced reservations required. Not available during Holiday Season
Skate Rental: $10