Roller Skating Rinks for Kids in NYC and the 'Burbs
City dwellers seem to go crazy for ice skating season, but once the ice thaws and spring is upon us, where's a skater to go? It's time to introduce the kids to the old-school art of roller skating at one of these roller rinks within city limits and just beyond.
In addition to retro skating fun, many of these spots offer extras, including arcade games, bounce houses, and party packages. So lace up your skates and get moving at these roller rinks!
Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. If you arrive at a venue that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. Keep in mind, many indoor attractions now require advance ticket purchases or timed-entry reservations, so plan accordingly.
Beginners and experts are welcome at Prospect Park's LeFrak Center Rink. Photo courtesy of The Prospect Park Alliance
Roller Rinks in NYC
LeFrak Center at Lakeside – Prospect Park
We raved about this skating spot when it debuted. One of its two rinks is converted into a 16,000-square-foot roller rink during warmer months, while the other hosts a seasonal splash pad. Although the rink is covered, the floor is cement instead of traditional wood and stands up better to the elements. In addition to public skating hours, lessons are available. The rink transforms into Dreamland Roller Disco for some grown-up fun, a 21-plus themed skating dance party with nostalgic fun and prizes. A schedule for this summer has not yet been announced but bookmark the schedule to see if it's happening.
Pier 2 Roller Rink – Brooklyn Heights
Friday, April 16-October
2021 update: To ensure socially distanced skating, a limited amount of tickets will be sold for each session and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are released in one-week blocks.
This rink, in the heart of amenity-filled Brooklyn Bridge Park, offers regular FREE admission hours. The rink is 180 feet by 75 feet and has a poured epoxy skate-friendly surface that's reportedly softer than concrete (good if you're a faller). Pier 2 has become quite the summer destination with bocce, shuffleboard, handball and basketball courts, picnic tables, and a half-acre of play turf.
Riverbank State Park Roller Rink – Harlem
Riverbank State Park's roller rink—the only one in Manhattan—was recently remodeled to feature a new concrete floor, white dasher boards, acrylic glass sides, and other cosmetic upgrades. When you're done skating, there's plenty of other fun to be had at this uptown spot.
It's throwback indoor fun at RollerJam in Staten Island. Photo courtesy of RollerJam.
RollerJam USA – Staten Island
2021 update: This rink is currently operating at 25% capacity, and tickets must be purchased in advance.
This Staten Island party spot offers more than just roller skating—there are bounce houses and arcade games, too. The rink looks as if it came straight out of the Saturday Night Fever era with disco lights synchronized to music and a smoke machine. On Friday nights, patrons also get $1 pizza slices from 7-9pm. The rink offers additional hours during school breaks, so check the website for schedule updates.
Dreamland Roller Rink – Sunset Park, Brooklyn
2021 update: The rink is currently closed until further notice. Check the website for updates on re-opening.
This awesome indoor roller rink in Industry City offers fun for the whole family. They host regular family skate days plus various themed skate events throughout the year, so check its website for more information. Tickets can be bought on-site, or you can purchase in advance. Admission includes rentals and coat check.
Outdoor NYC Roller Skating Options
Central Park Dance Skaters Association – Central Park
2021 update: The association hopes to have skaters back at the skate circle by April 2021.
You don't have to merely watch these skaters; you can join them at their public events in Central Park's Skate Circle, which includes a DJ but no skate rental.
An East Coast version of a California skate park sits on the edge of the Hudson River in Chelsea. Photo courtesy of NYC Parks
Pier 62 Skate Park – Chelsea
This Hudson River Park skate park also encourages rollerblades and roller skates, along with boards. There are no rentals, of course, so it's completely DIY and frills-free, but for those looking for a dedicated skating spot free of bikes and walkers, this 15,000-square park with gentle slopes and hills might do the trick. Find more skate park options here, or read through the NYC Department of Parks' listings of skate parks that allow skating.
New York City Inline Skating Guide – Citywide
For a rundown of public paths and parks where skaters are welcome, this site has it all—citywide and beyond. It also highlights rules you need to know before you put on your gear, as well as information on local skate shops and meeting times for group skates.
Roller Rinks Beyond City Limits
E.J. Murray Memorial Skating Center – Yonkers, Westchester County
Though this skating center is covered in ice for most of the year, it does offer a limited roller skating season during summer. Public skating session times will be announced closer to the season-opening date.
United Skates of America – Seaford, Nassau County
United Skates is the perfect answer to your desire for throwback fun. You'll be welcomed by the carpeted countertops and mini-lockers of your youth. In addition to a roller rink large enough for 500 skaters, there is an on-site snack bar and arcade. Open-skate times are held for youth, teens, and adults.
The Castle Fun Center – Chester, NY
2021 update: The Castle reopens Friday, March 26.
After closing its doors for months, this local amusement park is set to re-open this spring. The park includes a 10,000-square-foot roller rink that dazzles with its own lighting and sound show, but the fun doesn't end there. The Castle also has a laser tag arena, go-karting, miniature golf, and a rock-climbing wall.
This post, originally published in April 2012, has since been updated.
Places featured in this article:
LeFrak Center at Lakeside
Riverbank State Park
Pier 2 Roller Rink
The Castle Fun Center
E.J. Murray Memorial Skating Center
United Skates of America
Dreamland Roller Rink