Ice Skating in Central Park

Ice skating in Central Park is easily one of the most picturesque activities to be enjoyed on a winter’s night. Unlike the somewhat overwhelming confines of the Rockefeller Center rink you can actually see stars at the Wollman rink. Feel the cold tingle of New York’s crisp winter air, listen to the music, and take in the incomparable surroundings as you glide (gracefully or not so) around the rink.

Wollman Rink was built in 1949 when Kate Wollman donated $600,000 for its construction. In the early 1990’s, it was purchased and is now run by Donald Trump. It has been a success from the day it opened – over 300,000 skaters glided across the ice in its first year of operation. In use the year round the summer months find hundreds of in-line skaters taking lessons or perfecting more advanced skills.

Thirty years ago Wollman rink was also the site of a very popular music series. Beginning in 1967 and through the early 70’s, the F & M Schaefer Brewing Co. sponsored Concerts in Central Park. The concerts offered something for everyone. At $2.00 for first come/first serve orchestra seats, the shows were popular and usually sold out. Hundreds would spend the day on line at the Wollman Rink to socialize and get the best seats. Some of the acts to appear there included Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers, Dave Brubeck, The Byrds and Billy Joel. Sadly, pressure from the neighborhood eventually forced the shows to the west side Piers and much of the appeal was gone.

In the Summer Wollman Rink is the site of Victorian Gardens amusement park

Since its construction Wollman rink has been one of Central Park’s most popular attractions and more than 4,000 skaters use it daily.

Location: East Side between 62nd and 63rd Streets

* Ice Skating November through March
* Skate Rental and Lockers available
* Lessons available

Rink Hours
Monday – Tuesday: 10am – 2:30pm
Wednesday – Thursday: 10am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 9pm

Admission Fees
Monday – Thursday: Adults: $12.00 Children (11 & under): $6 Seniors: $5
Friday – Sunday & Holidays: Adults: $19 Children (11 & under): $6 Seniors: $9

Skates: $9
Locks: $5 + $6 refundable deposit

Check the Wollman Rink website or call 212.439.6900 (ext. 12) for up-to-date details and announcements.

Central Park Winter Jam 2016

DSC_0192Winter Jam

NYC’s Ultimate Snow Day

Saturday January 23, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Central Park, Manhattan
Bandshell Area

Enter at 72nd Street

Get Directions 

Free Event for All Ages
Snow, rain or shine!

Presented by NYC Parks, Lake Placid, I Love NY,  and I Ski NY, Winter Jam NYC is the ultimate snow day: a free winter sports festival for New Yorkers of all ages! Our partners at Gore Mountain will blow lots of fresh snow in the heart of Manhattan, so there will be plenty for all to enjoy!

Want to help out? Learn about volunteering at Winter Jam!

Featured Venues

  • Lake Placid Snow Field
  • Snowshoeing
  • Learn to Ride: Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Kicksledding
  • Taste NY Winter Market
  • Sledding

Equipment provided at no cost, or bring your own snow sports gear and enjoy the terrain! Please note: lines for activities may close early.

Participants in snowshoeing, kicksledding, and in snowboarding/skiing lessons must sign a waiver and provide photo identification before participating in any of these activities. The waivers will be provided at the event. Participants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present with photo identification to sign the waiver. Waiting lines for the activities are subject to close early.

For more information, call (212) 360-8213.

Ice Skating on Wollman Rink

One thing to enjoy about the weather finally turning freezing is Wollman Rink.  Ice skating in Central Park is easily one of the most romantic and picturesque activities to be enjoyed on a winter’s night. Unlike the somewhat overwhelming confines of the Rockefeller Center rink you can actually see stars at Wollman Rink – feel the cold tingle of New York’s crisp winter air, listen to the music, and take in the incomparable surroundings as you glide (gracefully or not so) around the ice.

Wollman Rink

Wollman Rink















Skating Hours
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Holiday The rink will open for public skating from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Christmas Day, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

Adults: $11.25 Mon.-Thurs.; $18.00 Fri.-Sun. and holidays

Seniors (60 & older): $5.00 Mon.-Thurs.; $9.00 Fri.-Sun. and holidays

Children (12 & under): (11 and under) $6.00 Mon.-Thurs.; $6.00 Fri.-Sun. and holidays

Skate Rental: $8.00 (tax included)

Lock Rental
$5.00 + $6.00 deposit
(Deposit will be returned to the customer after lock is returned.)

Freestyle sessions: Weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Spectator Fee: $5.00

2014 New York City Marathon in Central Park

Watching the NYC Marathon in Central Park

Finish LineThe New York City Marathon has a very close relationship with Central Park. The original Marathon, run in 1970, took place entirely in the park.  Runners covered over four grueling loops of the park, including the daunting hills at the northern end, and out of the 127 that entered only 55 actually completed the course.  Now, after wending its way through all five boroughs, the race enters the park at E. 90th Street. and Fifth Ave. and, after a brief sprint outside along Central Park South, finishes at Tavern on the Green.

For spectators Central Park also offers one of the best places for watching the race.  While being cheered on by the over two million fans anywhere along the course is exhilarating and inspiring and few runners ever forget the thrill of running along First Avenue. in Manhattan and being urged on by the screaming throngs (especially the ones that have spent the afternoon in one of the many bars that line the avenue) it is along the last few miles inside the park that the encouragement is most appreciated.

As you might imagine the finish line is bit crowded and you actually have to purchase tickets to watch the runners cross the finish line.  However the east side of the park, from 90th Street. down, offers lots of great places to view the race and cheer on the runners.  There are just a few simple suggestions that might be worth remembering.

1)  Stay behind the barricades – they’re there for the runner’s protection as well as your own.  There is nothing quite as heartbreaking as getting to mile 24 only to trip over a spectator stepping out onto the park drive.

2)  Get an ETA if you’re waiting for a specific runner – you can usually predict with some degree of accuracy by taking the runner’s projected pace and multiply by the mile marker you’re nearest.

3)  What to bring – individually wrapped hard candy is a favorite, sugar helps even near the end, and you can make yourself extremely useful just by bringing a roll of paper towels and passing them out to runners as they go by.  After sweating and swilling water on the run for a few hours things can get pretty soggy.

4)  The New York Road Runner’s Club and the thousands of volunteers do a brilliant job helping runners reunite with friends and family.  Besides being proud and sore at the end of the race participants are HUNGRY.  A pat on the back is appreciated – a bag of Fritos and you’re a hero.

5)  If you can’t find the time to attend the race, or are not near enough, you can always follow your favorite runner’s progress over the internet.  You can track up to ten different runners on the New York Road Runners Website.  All you need is the number of the microchip that each runner wears on their shoe.  With that information you can tell every time the runner you’re tracking crosses over one of the mats along the route.

In any case it’s important to get out and give any support that you can – marathon runners spend many months training and, in some cases, travel from all over the world to participate in the New York Marathon.  You can miss brunch and NFL football one Sunday.  Especially if you’re a Jets fan.