Now that the temperature is dropping, it is time to get your heavy fall clothes out of the closet. While in the back of the closet, make sure to grab your skates because it’s time to go ice skating!
If you hate long lines then I would recommend going before mid November, and booking Bryant Park parking in advance. Early November has the best weather for ice skating. Not too cold, but also cold enough for a light jacket and to enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa after ice skating.
I am a big fan of Winter Village at Bryant Park. The skating rink is perfectly located in Midtown Manhattan with access to a lot of restaurants and parking, just use the ParkWhiz app to find cheap parking. The area also has a natural upbeat rhythm since it is so close to 5th Avenue and Time Square. So you can easily make a day out of it and go shopping, eating, or just exploring before or after your visit to Winter Village.
Starting October 30th, Winter Village will be open from 8am-10pm. General admissions is free if you own your own skates. Don’t worry if you don’t own skates, you can easily rent skates for $15 before November 20th and $19 afterwards. There are several garages in the area that will make parking easy. There are also free lockers for your personal items. Just make sure to bring a lock or you’ll have to pay $9 for one.