Indoor Ice Skating Rinks For Every Season in NYC

The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers is open for lessons and hockey programs. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Piers
The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers is open for lessons and hockey programs. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Piers

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 ice skating rinks let NYC kids skate year-round. Some in-the-know parents with young skate enthusiasts say they prefer indoor ice skating rinks because the ice's quality is better, making for a smoother glide, which is especially helpful for newbies.

Here are six NYC indoor ice skating rinks to check out. While public skating sessions are extremely limited due to the pandemic, kids can get ice time with learn-to-skate classes or by joining a hockey team.

Find more indoor places to play in our Guide to Indoor Play Spaces and Fun Zones.

Editor's note: Please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. All the skating rinks require adults and children over age 2 to wear masks and maintain social distancing when possible. In many cases, spectators are not allowed. The venues have implemented COVID health and safety regulations. Make sure to check their websites for the most up-to-date information about hours and pricing before you head out.

Aviator Sports Rink has plenty of ice to glide on
Aviator Sports and Events Center houses a pair of ice skating rinks.

Aviator Sports and Events Center Ice Skating Rink – Marine Park, Brooklyn

2021 update: Open skate time is suspended indefinitely, though Aviator's rink is open for learn-to-skate and youth hockey programs. Most of Aviator's other drop-in programs are also on hold.
3159 Flatbush Avenue in Floyd Bennett Field
Open year-round, times vary; visit the website for a complete schedule.
Adults, $12; Children, $10; Skate rental, $6
In this airport hanger turned mega sports center, there are 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). This 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. Ice skating birthday parties are available, too.

City Ice Pavilion – Long Island City, Queens

2021 update: City Ice Pavilion's public sessions are on hold until further notice. The ice is only available to patrons in its regular on-ice programming. Follow its Facebook page for updates.
47-32 32nd Place between 47th and 48th Avenues
Open year-round, times vary. Public sessions are held on Wednesdays and Sundays; visit the website for a complete schedule.
Wednesdays, $7; Sundays, $10; Skate rental, $6. Note: Helmet rental is no longer available; you must bring your own.
Located on top of a mattress store in Long Island City, this rink is very popular with Queens residents. Its proximity to Manhattan means 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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Chelsea Piers Sky Rink is open year round.
The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers is a popular destination no matter the season.

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers – Chelsea

2021 update: No public free skate sessions are currently offered. Private lessons and camps are available. Freestyle sessions are available for 50-minute sessions only for trained skaters. Advanced registration is required here. Private rentals of the facility, though pricey, are available.
Chelsea Piers-Pier 61, 23rd Street, and the Hudson River
Open year-round, times vary; visit the website for a complete schedule.
Offseason, $13 (April to August); Peak season, $14 (September to March); Skate rental $7; Helmet rental $5
The Chelsea sports complex boasts two ice-skating rinks that are open year-round and offer drop-in skating nearly every afternoon. These programs include figure skating lessons, skating school, youth hockey, locker, skate, and helmet rentals on-site. The Sky Rink also offers ice-skating birthday parties.

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The Staten Island Skating Pavilion is one of a handful of indoor ice skating rinks now open
The Staten Island Skating Pavilion offers all-ages fun.

Staten Island Skating Pavilion – Staten Island

2021 update: Public sessions are now open on a first-come, first-served basis. Skate school, mini-camps, and hockey clinics are available.
3080 Arthur Kill Road
Open year-round; visit the website for updated hours.
Adults, $14; Children, $12; Skate rental, $7
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.

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Take a spin—or a lesson—at World Ice Arena.

World Ice Arena – Flushing, Queens

2021 update: Operating on a reduced schedule. Must register in advance here. All skaters must bring their own skates as rentals are not available. Sessions are drop-off/pick up only. Parents must register and pay if they wish to stay with their children.
131-35 Avery Avenue inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Open year-round, times vary; visit the website for a complete schedule.
All skaters, $10
Located on the northeastern edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, World Ice Arena offers more public skating sessions than any rink on this list, along with skating lessons, parties, and hockey leagues. World Ice Arena is a sister rink to City Ice Pavilion.

Abe Stark Rink – Coney Island, Brooklyn

2021 update: Closed until further notice.
Coney Island Boardwalk and West 19th Street
Open October-March on Saturdays and some holidays, 2-4pm
All-ages, $10; Skate rental, $5
Skate on the Coney Island boardwalk this winter at this decades-old rink. Open Saturdays (and some holidays) only, this popular destination gets crowded. The Greater New York City Ice Hockey League has its home here and offers ice hockey lessons.

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

Photos courtesy of the rinks

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