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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Neighbourhood: 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 • 3 min walk
  • 5th Ave / 53rd St • 4 min walk
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California17,076 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 1 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
  • NYC Edge
    Queens, New York301 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 27 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 December 2023
  • worldtraveler952015
    Naples, Florida237 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice excursion, but needs an upgrade overall
    The service is poor, the skates hurt so much, and the rink is small. I would try the VIP Route next time though. We did enjoy skating around the rink, even in the light rain. The entire place needs an upgrade in quality and experience though.
    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We apologize for the discomfort you experienced with the skates and the size of the rink. We are constantly working towards improving the quality and experience for all our guests. We hope to see you again to provide you with a better skating experience.
    Written 25 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 March 2024
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worldtraveler952015
Naples, FL237 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The service is poor, the skates hurt so much, and the rink is small. I would try the VIP Route next time though. We did enjoy skating around the rink, even in the light rain. The entire place needs an upgrade in quality and experience though.
Written 14 March 2024
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Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We apologize for the discomfort you experienced with the skates and the size of the rink. We are constantly working towards improving the quality and experience for all our guests. We hope to see you again to provide you with a better skating experience.
Written 25 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JeanBaptiste111
47 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 16 January 2024
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Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We're sorry to hear that you found the skating shoes uncomfortable and that our employees didn't meet your expectations. Your feedback is valuable to us, and we will address these issues to ensure a better experience for all our guests. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to improve.
Written 7 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Aldo M
North Miami Beach, FL195 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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 28 December 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 10 January 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

NYC Edge
Queens, NY301 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 23 December 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 27 December 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Joe K
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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 21 December 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. We're glad the tree was cool!
Written 27 December 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Eli B
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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 13 December 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 27 December 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Chad S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 12 December 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 27 December 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ray Wolf
Lago Vista, TX205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 6 December 2023
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Thank you for this wonderful review! We hope to welcome you back soon.
Written 27 December 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

John and Stevi P
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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 1 December 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 27 December 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

TinoNYC
New York37 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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 20 November 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 27 December 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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