They say we are having a mild winter so far, but I feel like it is pretty cold out! More cold means less park time and outdoor activities. Or does it? Looking for a cold weather activity that will suit the whole family? Take them ice skating! There are some really great ice skating rinks in Jersey City.
I recently tried ice skating for the first time with my 4 year old (I know…where have I been?!) at Pershing Field and it was a great experience. But I learned a few things…
- Bring your little one’s bike/scooter helmet. I didn’t realize this one until we were there. A lot of these places offer helmet rentals, but if you have one, bring one!
- Dress appropriately!Some of these rinks are outdoors or partially covered, so it’s cold in there! Dress little one’s in a snowsuit with layers. If they fall on the ice (which they do…a lot) they will start to get wet, so snow pants are best. But, don’t forget about you. Try double socks to keep your feet warm in the rental skates.
- Leave your bag at home or in the car.I know this one seems obvious, but I found myself at the ice skating rink with a bag and nowhere to leave it. Try just taking the essentials in your pockets or lock your bag in the trunk of your car while skating.
Newport Skates, 95 River Drive, Jersey City (Not Open )
Admission is $7 and skate rentals are $6. Newport Residents and tenants get a discount of half price daily admission with proof of residential or employee ID card. Once you pay, you can skate all day, which is nice if you live locally or have kids that need a lot of time on the ice! Their hours of operation are:
- Monday – Friday from 4pm to 9pm
- Saturday from 11am to 9pm
- Sunday from 11am to 7pm
Pershing Field Ice Rink, 807 Summit Avenue, Jersey City
This local favorite is in Jersey City Heights. They offer a parking lot, so it’s very convenient from downtown if you have a car. This rink is covered, but open to the outdoors. Admission for residents of Jersey City is $3 for adults and $2 for children under 17 years of age. Non-residents is $5 for adults and $3 for kids. Skate rentals are $4 for the figure and $5 for ice-hockey skates. Public skating hours are:
- Thursday 3:30pm – 6pm
- Friday 3:30pm – 5pm / 5:45pm – 7:45pm / 8pm – 10pm,
- Saturday 1:15pm – 3:15pm / 3:30pm – 5:30pm / 5:45pm – 7:45pm / 8pm – 10pm
- Sunday 1:15pm – 3:15pm / 3:30pm – 5:30pm / 5:45pm – 7:45pm
There is a small snack shop located inside the rink offering cookies, candy, hot chocolate and more. Plus, skating lessons are offered for children 8 – 17 and adults, which are free with paid rink entry. Click here for more information.
Richard J. Korpi Ice Rink, 669 Avenue A, Bayonne
If you like the indoor and temperature controlled ice skating experience, this rink is for you. This rink offers public skating sessions just on weekends.
- Friday nights from 5:45pm to 7pm
- Saturdays from 2:15pm to 3:30pm and from 6:45pm to 8pm
- Sundays from 2pm to 3:15pm
The cost for non-residents is $10 per session and includes skate rental. Bayonne Residents are $3 for kids, $5 for adults and $4 for skate rentals. There is limited free public parking offered.
Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain, West Orange
This fantastic, recently renovated, indoor rink is only about a 30 minutes drive from downtown Jersey City. It boats two rinks, a skate rental area, food concession area, locker rooms and more! It is located not far from the Turtle Back Zoo. Public skating session hours vary, so be sure to check the calendar here. Rates are $8/adult and $6/child. Skate rentals are $4. Pass cards are also available to buy for 12 admissions for the price of 10. They offer skating lessons, hockey lessons and various programs, check their website for details. On-site parking is available.
The Rink at Winter Village, Bryant Park, NYC
This 170’ x 100’ outdoor ice rink is located in the center of Bryant Park and skating is FREE! Skating hours are 8am – 10pm daily through March 6, 2016. Of course, if you don’t have your own skates you will have to rent them there. Rental fees are $20 per rental. They also offer helmet rentals for $6, skate aids for $20 . You can even check your bags for a fee. Lockers are available for use for free, but you must bring your own lock or purchase one there for $10. FastPass is an option to skip the line and pay for your family in advance, check the website for details. Skating lessons are offered, but they suggest you schedule the lesson in advance. Private lessons are $60, semi-private lessons are $80 per group and group lessons are $120 per group. All lessons are 30 minutes in duration. Winter Village offers many things including Ice Bites to get some treats during your skate, the Holiday Shops, Celsius restaurant, a fire pit at Southwest porch and even Le Carrousel. Getting there is easy just take the B, D, F, M, 7 to 42nd Street.
Wollman Rink, Central Park, NYC
Located in the southeastern section of Central Park, Wollman Rink has been open to the public since 1949. At this outdoor rink, skating is available through early April seven days a week, with limited hours on:
- Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 2:30pm
- Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 10pm
- Friday and Saturday from 10am to 11pm
- Sunday from 10am to 9pm
Monday – Thursday rates are $11.25/adult and $6/child 11 and under. Friday – Sunday and Holidays rates are $18/adult and $6/child 11 and under. Spectator’s rates are $5/person. Skate rentals are $8. You can rent locks for $5 with a $6 refundable deposit. The rink is cash only, so come prepared. The nearest subways are: A, B, C, D, 1 at 59thStreet/Columbus Circle; N, Q, R at 5th Avenue/59th Street; F at 57th Street and the 4, 5, 6 at 59th Street.
Perhaps one of the most famous ice skating locations in NYC, this outdoor rink is visited by people from all around the globe each winter. The rink is open daily with 8 sessions from 8:30am through midnight. The rates varied from $25 to $32 depending on standard, holiday or peak time, and $15/child under 11 years of age. Skate rentals are $12. You can take skate lessons daily from 9am – 6pm for $50 per 30 minutes private lesson (this also includes general admission to the rink). They also offer group rates with a 15 person minimum and advanced reservations required. Group rates are $15/adult and $10/child, with skate rentals being $8. There are so many things to do once you are there including great food, hot chocolate, shopping and so much more! Take the B, D, F to Rockefeller Center/47-50thStreet.
Sky Rink, Chelsea Piers, NYC
This indoor ice skating rink is open year-round. Skating sessions are:
- Monday and Friday from 1:30pm to 5pm
- Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
- Saturday – Sunday from 1pm to 3:50pm
They are closed on Wednesdays. Rates are $10/person for all ages and $5 per skate rental. Helmet rentals are available for $4.25. Various classes and programs are offered including private skate lessons, hockey tots, adult skate night and more. Check the website for details. Once you are there, Chelsea Piers offers so much including great food, drinks, shopping and more! On-site parking is available for a fee. You can also take the M23, M14-D or M12 buses.
The Rink at Brookfield Place, located on the plaza in front of Brookfield Place Winter Garden
Located on the Hudson River Waterfront, it is open from Monday – Friday from 1pm to 8:30pm, and Saturday and Sundays from 10am to 10pm. The rink offers programs such as Learn to Skate, Mommy/ Daddy & Me, Kick Ice Hockey Fitness and Corporate Skating Events. Single sessions of 90 minutes are $15 and skate rentals are $5.