The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers offers skating lessons and open skate sessions. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Piers
The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers offers skating lessons and open skate sessions. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Piers

Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in New York City for Every Season

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 on the ice or is practicing their hockey or figure skating moves. Many offer birthday party options, skating lessons, and rentals—plus, most are open in summer if you ever need to cool down.

The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers. Photo by Sara Marentette Nighswander


Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers – Chelsea
Chelsea Piers-Pier 61, 23rd Street and the Hudson River
Open year-round, times vary. Visit the website for a complete schedule.
$13; $7 for skate rental; $5 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. Bonus: Score two-for-one admission with your IDNYC card.


City Ice Pavilion – Long Island City
47-32 32nd Place between 47th and 48th Avenues
Open year-round, times vary. Public sessions are ONLY held on Wednesdays and Sundays. Visit the website for a complete schedule.
$7 on Wednesdays $10 on Sundays and holidays; $6 for skate rental. Note: Helmet rental not available; must bring your own
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.

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World Ice Arena. Photo courtesy of the rink

World Ice Arena – Flushing
13135 Avery Avenue in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Open year-round, times vary. Visit the website for a complete schedule.
$7 on weekdays, $10 on weekends and holidays; $6 for skate rental
Located on the northeastern edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, World Ice Arena offers the most public skating sessions of any rink on this list, along with skating lessons, parties and hockey leagues. World Ice Arena is a sister rink to City Ice Pavilion.

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Aviator Sports and Events Center Ice Skating Rink. Photo courtesy of Aviator Sports


Aviator Sports and Events Center Ice Skating Rink – Marine Park
Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Avenue
Open year-round, times vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
$12 for adults, $10 for children; $6 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
Open Saturday, November 10, 2018-Sunday, March 30, 2019: Saturdays and Sundays only 2-4pm
$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.

Staten Island Skating Pavilion. Photo courtesy of the venue

Staten Island

Staten Island Skating Pavilion – Staten Island
3080 Arthur Kill Road
Open year-round Friday 8-11pm, Saturday 2:40-4:40pm & 7:30-9:30pm and Sunday 3-5pm; special public skating hours on school holidays. Check the schedule here
$13 for adults, $11 for children; $7 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.

This post was originally published in December 2010, but it is updated annually.

Staten Island Skating Pavilion
3080 Arthur Kill Road
New York, NY 10309

Abe Stark Rink
1902 West 19th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11214

Aviator Sports and Events Center Ice Skating Rink
3159 Flatbush Avenue Floyd Bennett Field
Brooklyn, NY 11234

World Ice Arena
13135 Avery Avenue Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11355

City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32nd Place
Queens, NY 11101

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
23rd Street and 11th Avenue Pier 61
New York, NY 10011