Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in New York City for Every Season

Ice Rinks in New York City that Kids Can Enjoy in Winter and Summer

As much as we love ice skating outside, sometimes it's just too cold, hot or rainy for New York City's seasonal outdoor rinks. Indoor alternatives let NYC kids skate year-round. Some in-the-know parents with young skate enthusiasts tell me they prefer indoor rinks because the quality of the ice is better, making for a smoother glide, which is especially helpful for newbies.

Here are six NYC indoor ice skating rinks to check out whether your kid is just starting out or even practicing their hockey or figure skating moves. Many offer birthday party options, skating lessons and rentals and most are open in summer if you ever need to cool down.

Manhattan

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers – Chelsea
Chelsea Piers-Pier 61, 23rd Street and the Hudson River
212-336-6100
Open year-round, times vary. Visit the website for a complete schedule.
$10; $5 for skate rental; $4.25 for helmet rental
The Chelsea sports complex boasts two ice-skating rinks that are open year-round and offer drop-in skating nearly every afternoon. Other attractions include figure skating lessons, skating school and youth hockey, plus locker, skate and helmet rentals onsite. Sky Rink also offers ice-skating birthday parties.

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Queens

Tip: Bundle up as the temperatures are kept low for the ice rink.

City Ice Pavilion – Long Island City
47-32 32nd Place between 47th and 48th Avenues
718-706-6667
Open year-round, times vary. Visit the website for a complete schedule.
$6 on weekdays, $9 on weekends and holidays; $5 for skate rental.
Located on top of a mattress store in Long Island City, this rink is very popular with Queens residents. Thanks to its proximity to Manhattan, plenty of families I know take the short subway ride to skate here, too. The rink offers public skating times, youth hockey, lessons of all kinds and birthday parties.

World Ice Arena – Flushing
13135 Avery Avenue in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
718-760-9001
Open year-round, times vary. Visit the website for a complete schedule.
$6 on weekdays, $9 on Friday nights, weekends and holidays; $5 for skate rental
Located on the northeastern edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, World Ice Arena offers the most public skating sessions of the lot along with skating lessons, parties and hockey leagues. World Ice Arena is a sister rink to City Ice Pavilion.

Brooklyn

Aviator Sports and Events Center Ice Skating Rink – Marine Park
Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Avenue
718-758-7567
Open year-round, times vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
$11 for adults, $9 for children; $5 for skate rental
In this airport hanger-turned-mega sports center, there are not one but two giant ice rinks with lots of public skating sessions to choose from, including extended hours on weekends. Additionally, Aviator offers hockey leagues, figure skating lessons with skate rentals and free lockers (just bring a lock). The spot makes for a great daylong destination: If the kids get tired of skating they can check out rock climbing (ages 5 and up), pickup basketball and tons of other drop-in activities. There are ice-skating birthday parties, too.

Abe Stark Rink – Coney Island
Coney Island Boardwalk and West 19th Street
718-946-6536
Open Saturday, October 31-Sunday, March 27, 2016: Saturdays and Sundays only 1-4pm
$10; $5 for skate rental
Skate on the Coney Island boardwalk this winter at this decades-old rink. Open weekends only, this popular destination gets crowded. The Greater New York City Ice Hockey League has its home here and offers free ice hockey lessons to young first-timers every September.

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Tip: call ahead to find out what size skates are available.

Staten Island

Staten Island Skating Pavilion – Staten Island
3080 Arthur Kill Road
718-948-4800
Open year-round Friday 8-11pm, Saturday 2:30-4:20pm & 7:30-9:30pm and Sunday 2-3:50pm; special public skating hours on school holidays
$11 for adults, $10 for children; $5 for skate rental
This busy rink only offers public skating on weekends (though extra sessions are added during school breaks). The weekdays are taken up with lessons, events and games. There's lots for skaters here, including hockey league play and learn-to-skate instruction for tots and older kids. Birthday parties are also on tap.

Photos by Steven Depolo via Flickr.

This post was originally published in December 2010.

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Staten Island Skating Pavilion
3080 Arthur Kill Road
10309 New York , NY 40° 32' 37.626" N, 74° 13' 56.2728" W
New York
Abe Stark Rink
1902 West 19th Street
11214 Brooklyn , NY 40° 34' 46.4736" N, 73° 59' 11.3208" W
New York
Aviator Sports and Events Center Ice Skating Rink
3159 Flatbush Avenue Floyd Bennett Field
11234 Brooklyn , NY 40° 35' 20.1552" N, 73° 53' 59.2764" W
New York
World Ice Arena
13135 Avery Avenue Flushing Meadows Corona Park
11355 Queens , NY 40° 45' 7.704" N, 73° 50' 14.82" W
New York
City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32nd Place
11101 Queens , NY 40° 44' 29.7708" N, 73° 55' 59.6676" W
New York
Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
23rd Street and 11th Avenue Pier 61
10011 New York , NY 40° 44' 55.9248" N, 74° 0' 25.0992" W
New York