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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  • 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.
  • The atmosphere and the Christmas decor are great. The ice surface is terrible. This is not the place to skate. With the amount of skaters paying $55/hr. each, you would think they would be able to properly resurface the ice. The ice was very bumpy and uneven. They have a zamboni, but it either doesn't work or they don't know how to use it. Very disappointing.
  • I went when i was younger, i loved it and would love to take my family some day. Its great at christmas but its very crowded. I remember having the best time though. I recommend it being on everyones bucket list ⛄
  • Fantastic experience! Ended up being about $44 including rental. Don't be daunted by the line-- it moves faster than you'd think!
  • This skating rink is part of the Rockefeller Center character. Whether you can skate great or not so great, visiting this rink is a great memory to create.

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