Ever since we were tiny lil Bitches, one of our favorite tings about the winter is ice skating. It makes us nostalgic for mom’s hot cocoa, seventh grade birthday parties, and couples skating. We won’t lie- it’s pretty hard to do if you’re a Bitch on a Budget- but nothing says winter like skating arm-in-arm with your girls.
If you’re looking for places to get your skate on, we can help! No matter where you reside, there’s a place to hit the ice.
Check out some of our favorites!
Wollman Rink in Central Park, Central Park East between 62nd and 63rd Sts: While it’ll always be crowded during peak hours (on the weekends), you can still pay for all-day access ($10.25 during the week, $14.75 on weekends). Ice skate rentrals are $6.25
Rockefeller Center: Yes, a major tourist attraction, but it’s something every New Yorker should do at least once. Since it opened on Christmas Day in 1936, the Rink attracts millions of tourists each holiday season, who love to skate and stare at the tree. Coordinate your outfit with your friends (tourists are always rocking the matching parkas), bring your camera, and skate away the afternoon. Skating is $8 per two-hour session. The Rink accepts Cash Only.
The Pond in Bryant Park, Skate, shop and sip hot chocolate at this uptown skating complex. Extended holiday hours allow skating from 8a-midnight, starting December 18th. If you need to take a break from skating, enjoy pizza, hot dogs, and nachos under the heat lamps. The Pond is FREE FOR ALL SKATERS, making it one of our favorite places to skate.
The Polar Rink at the Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side: This skating rink has the best view around, especially at night. Enjoy the illuminated Rose Center for Earth and Space and a 17-ft tall sparkling polar bear. Tickets are $10 for adults and include skate rentals- but each skating session is 45 minutes only.
Seaport Ice, South Street Seaport: Enjoy the ice at the Seaport from December 12th to February 28th from 10a-10p. The ice skating rink is 8000 square feet, and admission is $5 on weekdays/weekends. Skate rental is $7. Definitely Bitch on a Budget approved!
Riverbank Ice Skating Rink, 142nd St/Hudson River: The Riverbank Ice Skating Rink is a covered ice skating rink that offers skating sessions on Fridays from 6p-9p and weekends from 12p-3p and 4p-7p (November to January). Adults are $5, and skate rentals are $5.
City Ice Pavilion, Long Island City: is a rooftop skating rink in Queens. It has daily public skating sessions, figure skating, and ice hockey. Skating is $5 during the week, $8 during the weekend. Skate rental will set you back $6.
Lasker Rink in Central Park, Mid-Park between 106th and 108th Sts: If you find yourself in Central Park and want to avoid the craziness of Wollman Rink, check out this smaller rink. Skate rental is only $5.50, and the $6.25 entrance fee allows all day access, similar to Wollman.
Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, Head to Chelsea Piers if you want to enjoy outdoor sporting activities, classy-style. The Sky Rink has year-round skating, at $13 per session. Skate rental costs $7.50 and helmets are even available for $4. The Chelsea Pier Sports and Entertainment complex is located at 23rd St and the Hudson River.
Kate Wollman Rink in Prospect Park (near parkside & Ocean Aves): Even the Brooklynites can go ice skating! Skating costs just $5 and skate rentals are $6.50. Lockers are free to store all of your things, just bring your own lock.