The Rink at Rockefeller Center, New York City

A winter in New York City wouldn't be complete without ice-skating at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, especially beautiful in the evenings around New Year's Eve when the big Christmas tree lights up. Even if you don't skate, this NYC landmark will make a lovely background for your Christmas photos. Reserve the tickets for the skating upfront to avoid long wait lines. You can warm up with a cup of hot chocolate in between skating sessions or while waiting for your turn. For travelers who use our international travel planner, New York City holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Rink at Rockefeller Center and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Wonderful experience. We did the VIP experience. Not sure how much more expensive it is than regular, but it was nice to be able to have a place to rest in the warmth, have hot cocoa or coffee, a cook...  more »
  • Our teenager daughters and cousin skated at this NYC landmark on a warm January night and couldn’t have asked for a more memorable experience. Rent skates for a nominal $12 charge (or bring your own)....  more »
  • Rockefeller center is one of my favorite places in New York City. This is why I wanted to do a few laps of skates on the ice. That's why I reserve for a VIP skating with the included skates activity. We had access to a small shelter where we chaussions the pads. We could leave our boots safe. In addition we had access to water in bottle, coffee or chocolate warm. It was really nice and we were able to enjoy the spectacle of the Christmas tree, etc. Really glad I did. On the other hand, the ice was really poor and it was difficult to skate. So if your goal is to have a place to make the beautiful patinge, this is not the case. If you go there it is for the "trip" to skate at this place. According to me the Briant park ice was bigger, more beautiful and less expensive, but it wasn't at the Rockefeller center! Good skating.
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  • Let me start by admitting that I wasn't a skater here, but a watcher. Everyone looks like they are having a fun experience. The view of the huge, beautiful Christmas tree and surrounding decorations is worth the visit. I keep warm and cozy in the Rockefeller center building Starbucks, on the lower concourse level, drinking something warm. Enjoy looking at the tree and all the festive Christmas decorations. Go for it skaters.
  • For a place in NYC this big and popular, the ice skates could've been 100% better. Firstly, the blades did not have a toepick at the very bottom, so stopping was impossible. Not to mention that half of the blades I tried were uneven and one skate didn't even have a 4th peg! This is ridiculous! If I'm going to pay $37 for just myself, I would like more out of that! Also, the ice rink was uneven which is dangerous! Rockefeller! Step up your game!
  • DISCRIMINATION in every way. ****Please read all reviews with low ratings because it's true and NO CHANGES were made. My child & I decided to go yesterday morning before it got crowded, and I must admit that this was one of the WORST EXPERIENCES we've ever had in NYC. There were old timers on the ice (that knew how to skate), but they treated the staff there like their personal assistance (they were COCKY & RUDE). Especially the male that wore a silver puffer jacket, green skate guards - and he brought his aluminum coffee mug on the Rink (trailer trash). Also the old timers treated the non-whites like they should not be on the ice. There was one Plump female with a white & green graffiti hat - bullying people. We stayed less than 30 minutes, because my child was ready to leave - her foot was hurting from the skates. Make some Rules & Policies, and one should be no discrimination point blank period.
  • Amazing experience, however i only have two things to say: 1. BRING YOUR OWN SKATES!!! The rentals are horrible. Not much else to say because if you've rented skates before you know theyre all horrible. 2. Stay off the wall. The ice is horrible by the wall but decent near the center.
  • What an amazing experience! First the staff was friendly, attentive, and made you feel comfortable. They helped pick the right skates and made exchanging sizes very easy. The rink was well maintained, cleaned at regular intervals, and the staff were non intrusive. Skating on the ice felt like you were not in the middle of NYC, and I didn't even really notice all the people looking down from the street level. The family had a great time and I would definitely go back.
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