The Rink at Rockefeller Center

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

The Rink at Rockefeller Center
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9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
About
The Rink at Rockefeller Center is the classic NYC ice skating experience. This world famous ice skating rink is located in the middle of Rockefeller Center, accompanied by the iconic backdrop of the famous Prometheus statue and the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center during the holiday months. The Rink offers a variety of ticket packages ranging from a VIP Skating experience to skating lessons for the kids. Visit the Rink at Rockefeller Center to enjoy a once in a lifetime ice skating experience.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
How to get there
  • 47–50 Sts – Rockefeller Center • 4 min walk
  • 5th Ave / 53rd St • 5 min walk
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See what travelers are saying
  • travbud1
    Toronto, Canada680 contributions
    Fun experience
    Overall it was a great experience and enjoyable. Having said that the service could be significantly better, especially with the VIP ticket. Yes, the sakes aren’t sharp, but you aren’t going for hockey practice. However, the people working there would prefer to be anywhere else. This should be a fun and friendly experience, but just getting in, getting the skates, etc., is such an ordeal. Regardless, great fun on a pleasant day…but it might be time to train the staff.
    We're sorry to hear about your experience with us. We appreciate you taking the time to leave this feedback so that we can make improvements moving forward. Glad it was fun but we wish it could have been even better. Have a great day!
    Written March 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 2, 2023
  • Paul Legate
    United Kingdom20,374 contributions
    Iconic ice rink in the heart of Midtown Manhattan
    The Rink at Rockefeller Center is an iconic venue in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. The ice rink was founded in 1936 and opens every year during the winter season. It is in an incredible position within the Rockefeller Center complex. Whenever we were in the area of the rink it was always busy, unfortunately we didn't have the time to skate on the rink on our latest visit to New York. It is one of the highlights of the city and is situated between West 49th and West 50th Streets and a short walk from Times Square.
    Thank you for leaving this informative review! We hope you get a chance to skate with us during the next RINK season.
    Written March 15, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 15, 2023
  • Livius
    Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida2 contributions
    Impolite and no flexibility from staff
    Too rigid for a place that is supposed to be fun. My daughter could not join her brother because they only allow to get in at the half hour… even with us agreeing to pay for the full hour and stay less. Note: the rink was far beyond capacity! Also: staff should be better trained and not be on a bad mood.
    We're very sorry to hear about this experience. Please feel free to give us a call at 212-698-2000 during standard business hours so we can better understand the situation. Thanks!
    Written March 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 18, 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,734 contributions
    Roller Rink in Warm Weather
    Roller skating in the spring! Yes, they convert the ice skating rink to roller and then play roller disco, which I love, on the sound system. Such fun and the crowd loves it. Plus lots of rainbow flags for June, looks great. One of the best urban design places in the city.
    We love this review! Thank you for taking the time to write it and we hope you visit us again soon.
    Written July 1, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • NYC Edge
    Queens, New York291 contributions
    An Iconic Skate But Pricey and Brief
    Came over to Rockefeller Center an an early weekday to skate on the Famed Rockefeller Center Rink. Although I am a native New York, I think the last time I skated on this Rink was back in my twenties. Things to know, you cannot buy tickets at the Rink. First, you must buy them in advance on the website and you must pay for skate rentals the same way. Second, you can only arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled skate time. So, give yourself enough time to get skates (if you need them) and lace up, get a locker and get out on the ice. Third, you DO NOT NEED A LOCK. Lockers are provided with the skating admission and you set your own code as you lock the door. Nice convenience! There are several downsides. One is the price. On a weekday morning, the cost was $46 per person with $11 skate rental per person. It is more expensive on the weekends and at night. Also, you can only skate for 1 hour. You get a sticker with you time slot and when you time is up, there is an announcement that anyone with such and such colored ticket must exit the rink. (Jimmy Fallon was the recorded announcer when we were there) Finally, the ice. It's a small rink. Smaller than Bryant Park and Wollman Rink. Also, I don't know when they Zamboni the ice but it was not Zamboni'd for some time before we got on the ice, after we got off the ice and for some time as we walked around Rock Center watching others skate. During the Christmas Season, it is a great Holiday event, but choose your time and date wisely, if you can.
    This is great advice for out of town visitors. Thank you for taking the time and we hope to welcome you back soon!
    Written December 27, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 23, 2023
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JeanBaptiste111
45 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
We visited from Florida, and this was our first time skating. The process after purchasing the tickets online is quick and simple. You have to wait in line until your time slot opens up, so I wouldn’t recommend coming in very early.

The skating shoes were terrible and hurt our feet. I had to readjust mine several times and noticed other people doing the same as we were in pain. It’s not due to selecting the wrong size; the shoes are just of poor quality and performance. The employees are not very engaging, nor do they appear to be very enthusiastic to be there. Mind you, this was on December 31st – where’s the holiday happy experience.

We struggled our way around the ice skating rink a few times and were on our way. It was okay. Go to say you did it, but nothing special.
Written January 16, 2024
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Aldo M
North Miami Beach, FL195 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We have been coming for over 2 decades to skate here. Always getting the super expensive VIP which was nice as you were in a private chalet, where they served hot chocolate, coffee and cookies
The chalet was never crowded and it was a pleasure
Last week when we went the chalet was gone, the skates were of terrible quality, we were in the general area totally crowded. The service was far away from nice until we asked for a manager
Avoid it safe money and aggravation
Written December 28, 2023
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Thank you for providing this feedback. We're sorry to hear that this most recent experience was not as enjoyable as past visits. We will take this information into account when making improvements to the Rink. Have a great day!
Written January 10, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

NYC Edge
Queens, NY291 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Came over to Rockefeller Center an an early weekday to skate on the Famed Rockefeller Center Rink. Although I am a native New York, I think the last time I skated on this Rink was back in my twenties.
Things to know, you cannot buy tickets at the Rink. First, you must buy them in advance on the website and you must pay for skate rentals the same way.
Second, you can only arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled skate time. So, give yourself enough time to get skates (if you need them) and lace up, get a locker and get out on the ice.
Third, you DO NOT NEED A LOCK. Lockers are provided with the skating admission and you set your own code as you lock the door. Nice convenience!

There are several downsides. One is the price. On a weekday morning, the cost was $46 per person with $11 skate rental per person. It is more expensive on the weekends and at night.
Also, you can only skate for 1 hour. You get a sticker with you time slot and when you time is up, there is an announcement that anyone with such and such colored ticket must exit the rink. (Jimmy Fallon was the recorded announcer when we were there)
Finally, the ice. It's a small rink. Smaller than Bryant Park and Wollman Rink. Also, I don't know when they Zamboni the ice but it was not Zamboni'd for some time before we got on the ice, after we got off the ice and for some time as we walked around Rock Center watching others skate.

During the Christmas Season, it is a great Holiday event, but choose your time and date wisely, if you can.
Written December 23, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
This is great advice for out of town visitors. Thank you for taking the time and we hope to welcome you back soon!
Written December 27, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Joe K
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Couples
Access to rink and skate rental is way overpriced!!

Rink is very small and was over crowded.

Employees couldn’t give a ****

After 10 minutes on the ice, we were told to get off and to come back on in 10 minutes. Not what you want when you’ve paid so much for a service.

Tree was pretty cool though.
Written December 21, 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. We're glad the tree was cool!
Written December 27, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Eli B
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Family
Paid for the tickets for the weekend and as others not received an email confirmation for my tickets. Does anyone know if you can go and show your confirmation number which I took a photo of?
Written December 13, 2023
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Thank you for providing this feedback and we're sorry for the inconvenience. Your order number will allow our staff to find your order, have you received any response on getting tickets resent to you?
Written December 27, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Chad S
2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
We had a scheduling snafu. The Rink customer service was prompt and so helpful. Ice skating in front of the tree was excellent. Thank you!
Written December 12, 2023
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We're very glad we were able to resolve the issue! Thank you for leaving this wonderful review, have a great day!
Written December 27, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ray Wolf
Lago Vista, TX204 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
One floor down surrounded by Christmas decorations, and under the a beautiful lite tree you can to transverse the ice on skates. All of those standing and skating have big smiles, as the time spent on the ice requires you to feel no more than twelve years old in your heart. The process of getting skates and using the locker room is pretty easy with plenty of benches. The only downside is that inside this simulated snow glob time moves by quickly.
Written December 6, 2023
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Thank you for this wonderful review! We hope to welcome you back soon.
Written December 27, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

John and Stevi P
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Couples
I had a similar experience to others where it took payment for my ticket and no tickets were sent. The rink will not answer emails or phone calls to help me with my issue. Unacceptable, fix your online system.
Written December 1, 2023
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Hi John, thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. We apologize for the inconvenience you experienced with our online system. We understand how frustrating it can be when you don't receive the tickets you paid for. We take customer satisfaction seriously and are actively working to address this issue. We appreciate your patience and will strive to provide a better experience in the future.
Written December 27, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

TinoNYC
New York37 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
When we were courting, my wife and I had 2 wonderful holiday skating experiences at Rock Center rink. It was magical. The VIP experience was def worth the extra money: semi-private “igloo”, right off the ice, where you could leave stuff, adjust skates, rest, enjoy cocoa & cookies. What a change to our most recent family experience! Crowded, noisy, dirty facilities, indifferent staff, horrible skates. And “VIP” experience is complete rip-off with no relief from any of the foregoing. Whoever runs the rink is totally free riding on the attraction of the venue and making no added investment or value. Have fun watching the skaters (for free) but, if you want to skate, go to Bryant Park or Central Park.
Written November 20, 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. We will review this to help make improvements to the Rink. Have a great day!
Written December 27, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Paradise63456935467
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Family
Booked tickets online on the 9th November for the 19th November and payment was taken!
However, I did not receive any tickets or confirmation of my booking.
I have emailed multiple times to get confirmation of my booking or an email with my tickets but have had NO RESPONSE!
EXTREMELY POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE and I will be looking to get my money back.
Written November 15, 2023
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We are very sorry for this inconvenience, and for a delay in response during our busiest season. Can you please let us know if this issue has been resolved?
Written December 27, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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