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The Best Ice Skating Rinks In New York City, Mapped

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As temperatures drop across New York City, we've got ice-skating on the brain. Check out the best skating rinks across the city, from Central Park to Staten Island.

The first harbinger of the holiday season in New York City: ice skating. The city's many outdoor rinks open to the public earlier and earlier every year, with the first few welcoming skaters at the beginning of October—yes, really. (Damn you, seasonal creep!) But now that there's actually a chill in the air, the time feels right to lace up a pair of skates and start practicing some pirouettes. And would-be skaters aren't limited to the tourist-clogged rinks in Manhattan: there are plenty of less crowded places to skate in the outer boroughs, including a pretty little outdoor rink in Staten Island. Read on for more of our favorites, in handy map form.

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1. The Rink at Rockefeller Center

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Rockefeller Center
New York, NY 10112

The city's most famous rink is also its most crowded, so if you want to avoid huge groups of stumbling skaters, try getting a ticket for the 7 a.m. "first skate" of the day. It's also fairly pricey, with tickets running the gamut from $25–$32, plus a $12 skate rental fee. [Photo by rscreativeworks / Shutterstock.com]

2. Trump Wollman Ice Skating Rink

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830 5th Ave
New York, NY 10065
(212) 439-6900
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If you're looking for an Instagram-worthy experience, you won't do much better than this iconic rink (which, yes, now bears Donald Trump's name). It has one of the prettiest backdrops of any of the Manhattan ice-skating rinks, particularly during night sakes. [Photo by Young Sok Yun/Curbed Flickr Pool]

3. LeFrak Center at Lakeside

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171 East Drive
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 462-0010
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Prospect Park's patch of ice, which was totally renovated as of 2013, offers public skating hours, along with figure skating lessons, hockey competitions, and even curling sessions, should you want to learn how to do that. [Photo via Lakeside BKLYN/Facebook]

4. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

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42nd St.
New York, NY 10018
(212) 768-4242
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Bryant Park's ever-popular ice-skating rink is surrounded by its annual holiday bazaar, so you get the biggest bang for your buck here. (Especially considering that skating is free, albeit with a $15–$19 rental fee.)

5. The Standard, High Line

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848 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 645-4646
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The High Line-hugging luxury hotel will roll out a revamped ice-skating rink during Thanksgiving week. The new space will measure 3,000 square feet, and will apparently be inspired by the "golden age of apres-ski lifestyle."

6. Lasker Pool & Ice Rink

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10826 East Dr
New York, NY 10026
(212) 534-7639
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Central Park's other ice-skating destination is less of a tourist trap than the rink at the southern end of the park. But thanks to its size—there are two, NHL-regulation-sized rinks—it's especially popular with youth and adult hockey leagues. [Photo via Lasker Rink/Facebook]

7. The Rink At Brookfield Place

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250 Vesey St
New York, NY 10080
(646) 656-1384
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This pop-up rink, located behind the mall at Brookfield Place, affords gorgeous views of the Hudson River while you glide along. This year, newbie skaters can take classes with former Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petkhov. [Photo via The Rink at Brookfield Place/Facebook]

8. World Ice Arena

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125-40 Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY 11368
(718) 760-9001
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Unlike many of the other rinks on this list, World Ice is indoors, and therefore operates year-round. Predictably, the price to skate is higher during the holidays ($9 versus $6 in the off-season), but if your goal is simply to skate without distraction, you can't go wrong. [Photo via World Ice Arena/Facebook]

9. Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

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61 Chelsea Piers
New York, NY 10011
(212) 336-6100
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Another year-round rink, the Chelsea Piers ice-skating space offers room for parties, along with private skating lessons and public skating hours. [Photo via Sky Rink/Facebook]

10. Abe Stark Ice Skating Rink

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1902 Surf Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11224
(718) 946-3135
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Here's an excuse to go to Coney Island in the winter (beyond chowing down on Totonno's sans lines): this small rink, which is popular with local hockey teams, is open from October through March.

11. Ice Rink At Riverbank State Park

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679 Riverside Dr
New York, NY 10031
(212) 694-3642
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This uptown skating palace, part of the larger Riverbank State Park complex, is a covered space that operates as a roller rink in the summer. There are open skating hours on weekends, along with clinics for beginners (both young and old) throughout the season.

12. WWII Veterans War Memorial Ice Skating Rink

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1337 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10301

This rink is located within Cloves Lake Park on Staten Island. Unlike its Manhattan counterparts, it's actually fairly reasonable to skate here: admission is $10, and skate rental is $5.

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1. The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center, New York, NY 10112

The city's most famous rink is also its most crowded, so if you want to avoid huge groups of stumbling skaters, try getting a ticket for the 7 a.m. "first skate" of the day. It's also fairly pricey, with tickets running the gamut from $25–$32, plus a $12 skate rental fee. [Photo by rscreativeworks / Shutterstock.com]

Rockefeller Center
New York, NY 10112

2. Trump Wollman Ice Skating Rink

830 5th Ave, New York, NY 10065

If you're looking for an Instagram-worthy experience, you won't do much better than this iconic rink (which, yes, now bears Donald Trump's name). It has one of the prettiest backdrops of any of the Manhattan ice-skating rinks, particularly during night sakes. [Photo by Young Sok Yun/Curbed Flickr Pool]

830 5th Ave
New York, NY 10065

3. LeFrak Center at Lakeside

171 East Drive, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Prospect Park's patch of ice, which was totally renovated as of 2013, offers public skating hours, along with figure skating lessons, hockey competitions, and even curling sessions, should you want to learn how to do that. [Photo via Lakeside BKLYN/Facebook]

171 East Drive
Brooklyn, NY 11225

4. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

42nd St., New York, NY 10018

Bryant Park's ever-popular ice-skating rink is surrounded by its annual holiday bazaar, so you get the biggest bang for your buck here. (Especially considering that skating is free, albeit with a $15–$19 rental fee.)

42nd St.
New York, NY 10018

5. The Standard, High Line

848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

The High Line-hugging luxury hotel will roll out a revamped ice-skating rink during Thanksgiving week. The new space will measure 3,000 square feet, and will apparently be inspired by the "golden age of apres-ski lifestyle."

848 Washington St
New York, NY 10014

6. Lasker Pool & Ice Rink

10826 East Dr, New York, NY 10026

Central Park's other ice-skating destination is less of a tourist trap than the rink at the southern end of the park. But thanks to its size—there are two, NHL-regulation-sized rinks—it's especially popular with youth and adult hockey leagues. [Photo via Lasker Rink/Facebook]

10826 East Dr
New York, NY 10026

7. The Rink At Brookfield Place

250 Vesey St, New York, NY 10080

This pop-up rink, located behind the mall at Brookfield Place, affords gorgeous views of the Hudson River while you glide along. This year, newbie skaters can take classes with former Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petkhov. [Photo via The Rink at Brookfield Place/Facebook]

250 Vesey St
New York, NY 10080

8. World Ice Arena

125-40 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11368

Unlike many of the other rinks on this list, World Ice is indoors, and therefore operates year-round. Predictably, the price to skate is higher during the holidays ($9 versus $6 in the off-season), but if your goal is simply to skate without distraction, you can't go wrong. [Photo via World Ice Arena/Facebook]

125-40 Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY 11368

9. Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

61 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011

Another year-round rink, the Chelsea Piers ice-skating space offers room for parties, along with private skating lessons and public skating hours. [Photo via Sky Rink/Facebook]

61 Chelsea Piers
New York, NY 10011

10. Abe Stark Ice Skating Rink

1902 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Here's an excuse to go to Coney Island in the winter (beyond chowing down on Totonno's sans lines): this small rink, which is popular with local hockey teams, is open from October through March.

1902 Surf Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11224

11. Ice Rink At Riverbank State Park

679 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10031

This uptown skating palace, part of the larger Riverbank State Park complex, is a covered space that operates as a roller rink in the summer. There are open skating hours on weekends, along with clinics for beginners (both young and old) throughout the season.

679 Riverside Dr
New York, NY 10031

12. WWII Veterans War Memorial Ice Skating Rink

1337 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10301

This rink is located within Cloves Lake Park on Staten Island. Unlike its Manhattan counterparts, it's actually fairly reasonable to skate here: admission is $10, and skate rental is $5.

1337 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10301