[Constructed 1950] Hours:
Mon - Tues: 10:00am - 2:30pm
Wed - Thurs: 10:00am - 10:00pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00am - 11:00pm
Sun: 10:00am - 9:00pm Season:
October 15 - March 31 Admission Weekdays:
Adults $8.50 and Children $4.25 Admission Weekends:
Adults $11.00 and Children $4.50 Skate Rental: $3.75 Locker Rental: $3.75 + $6.25 deposit (212) 439-6900
The most popular outdoor ice-skating
rink in New York City is the Central Park
Funds for the rink were donated by
philanthropist Kate Wollman in memory
of her parents and siblings.
The Wollman Rink opened in 1950 and
replaced part of the Pond when the Lake was no longer used for skating. The original
ice- skating rink was proved to be insecure
and was substituted by the present one in
1987. The Rink was loved from the start
and continues to bring excitement to
hundreds of thousands of patrons each year.
Situated northwest of the Pond, the
33,000-square-foot Wollman Rink offers
skaters of all ages and skills many happy
hours gliding across the ice in a spectacular
location. As the invigorating music plays,
skaters test their dance moves as they
twirl around the Rink.
Visitors find the picturesque setting and
the awesome New
York City skyline to be spellbinding. During
the autumn the Rink is surrounded by a
colorful array of red, orange and yellow
foliage that boldly stands out against the
white of the Rink.
Yet, you don’t have to be on the ice to have
all the fun. Admiring spectators can enjoy
watching the people on the ice fully clad in
their colorful outfits as they glide around
the Rink’s gentle oval. The young ones look
adorable, all dressed up in their brightly
colored snowsuits with knit hats and mittens
as they try not to fall.
As the winter approaches, so do the crowds
of people especially in the middle of the
holiday season. Parents enjoy bringing their
children as a delightful way to spend
cherished moments together on the ice.
Nighttime adds an added bonus of excitement
and romance as the City’s bright lights dazzle
the sky. Due to its size and appeal, many
youth hockey and skating programs are
offered at the Wollman Rink. In between a
few rounds on the ice, skaters can warm their
bodies at an informal cafe that serves assorted
fast food, snacks and hot drinks.