The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Spin in circles beneath the art deco towers of Rockefeller Center. Sunken beneath the sidewalks, a visit to skating rink is a winter tradition, especially around the holidays when the largest of Christmas trees sparkles with thousands of colored lights. The line may be long, but the experience unforgettable as you whirl—and, if you're really good—twirl past the shimmering gold fountain of Prometheus. Visit the brand-new Igloo Bar for an after-skate cocktail and small bites or treat yourself to the best hot cocoa in the city at La Maison du Chocolat.
For a more rustic experience (well, rustic for NYC), lace your skates up at Central Park's Wollman Rink. Trees and rolling lawns stretch out from the ice in an idyllic winter scene perfect for romance. Want to impress your date? Join one of Wollman's group lessons!
On the Pond at Bryant Park, skaters glide in circles behind the iconic NY Public Library building right in the hustle and bustle of Midtown. Several glass-enclosed structures, housing boutique shops and the restaurant Celsius, make you feel as if you walked into a giant ice sculpture. Admission here is free, making it perfect for kids and first-timers who may not take to the ice.
Where:Rockefeller Center Ice Rink: Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets; Wollman Rink: Central Park South (59th Street) and 6th Avenue; Pond at Bryant Park, between 40th & 42nd Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues.
Cost:Rink at Rockefeller Center: prices vary with season and time of day; Wollman Rink: adults $10.50 weekdays, $15 Fri, Sat, Sun; kids $5.50 weekdays; $5.75 Fri, Sat, Sun; Pond at Bryant Park: free.