Rockefeller vs. Central Park’s Wollman Rink

Ice-skating in New York City is the ultimate winter experience! Whether you’re skating at the world famous Rockefeller Center or Central’s Park Wollman Rink, you will be part of a beloved winter tradition. However, each rink has differences that should be taken into consideration.

The Rockefeller Center Ice Rink is located in the center of the complex of the buildings between 47th and 50th streets and 5th and 7th avenues. It is opened October 10, 2015 through April 2016 from 8:30 A.M. through midnight. Adult tickets ranges from $25.00 – $32.00 depending on the time of the year. Children under 11 years old and seniors’ tickets are $15.00. Skate rentals are $12.00 throughout the season.

Maria Holbrook said, “The only reason why I go to The Rink at Rockefeller Center because I love skating under the big Christmas tree with my friends. I love to feel the Christmas spirit. It makes my day feel jolly.”

Wollman Rink is located in Central Park South (59th street) and 6th avenue. It s opened October 24, 2015 through April 2016. Monday and Tuesday it is opened from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday it is opened from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday it is opened from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday’s it is opened from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday ticket prices are $11.25 for adults, $6.00 for children under 12 years old, and $9.00 for seniors. Skate rentals are $8.00 throughout the season.

Judie Smith said, “I prefer going to Central Park Wollman Rink because some of my kids are afraid to skate so they go in as a spectator and sit in the warm café building with snacks and watch me and the other kids skate.”

Overall, the Central Park Wollman’s Rink prices are cheaper than The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Even at Central Park Wollman Rink, you can skate all day. However The Rink at Rockefeller Center has time sections. At the building where you rent your skates by Central Park Wollman Rink, you’ll find lockers, restrooms, and a snack bar where they also serve delicious hot chocolate and candy apples. So if your feeling cold, hungry, and tired for skating so long on the ice you can take a break and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.

Sign posted at the ticket booth of the hours and admission costs of Wollman's Rink in Central Park.

Sign posted at the ticket booth of the hours and admission costs of Wollman’s Rink in Central Park.

The crowd of skaters at Wollman's Rink in Central Park.

The crowd of skaters at Wollman’s Rink in Central Park.

Wollman's Ice Skating Rink in Central Park.

Wollman’s Ice Skating Rink in Central Park.

Wollman's Ice Skating Rink in Central Park.

Wollman’s Ice Skating Rink in Central Park.

The crowd of skaters at the Rink at Rockefeller Center.

The crowd of skaters at the Rink at Rockefeller Center.