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Monday, October 31, 2011

NYC Today - Skating the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center

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Skating the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center 
In case the four inches of snow this weekend didn’t deliver the memo, not only is Fall upon us, it is quickly turning into Winter. Lucky for you, NYC has several ways to handle brisk winter chill. For example, there are over a dozen public ice skating rinks throughout the city, many of which have already opened for the season.

The most well known is The Rink at Rockefeller Center which is celebrating its big 75th Anniversary this year. As famous as it is crowded, skating at the rink under the statue of Prometheus is about as iconic NYC as you can get.  While it’s not the biggest rink in the city, it does have the advantage of being smack in the middle of Midtown. Apparently, the 250,000 people who visit the outdoor Ice Skating rink every year agree.

They keep the lines long and ice relatively spacious by only allowing 150 people to lace up at a time. The secret? Go early in the season and dodge the massive, massive December crowds. Right now, there is a $6 midday deal for lunch skating from11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, and crowds are usually minimal before 4:00 PM.  Also, all skating sessions are only $10 for weekdays and $14 on weekends through November 3rd. Not quite the Scott Hamilton of the Big Apple? The Rink also offers private lessons and group events. 

When: Rink is open now through April, Discounted Skate through 11/3. 9:00 AM- 10:30 PM Monday-Thursday. 8:30 AM- Midnight Friday-Sunday.
Where: Rockefeller Center on 48th Street between 5th Avenue & 6th Avenue
Cost: Between $6 and $14 depending on the session.
Category: Outdoor, Classic NYC, Sports, Tourists
Good For: Groups, Kids, Savvy Tourists,

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