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Ice skating at famous Rink at Rockefeller Center

Kidsday reporters, from left, Sandra Netburn, Cecelia Albertina,

Kidsday reporters, from left, Sandra Netburn, Cecelia Albertina, Sara Lehman and Tyler Maggio at The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

If it is starting to get colder, then it is time to go ice skating! One of the best places to visit and skate is The Rink at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan (600 Fifth Ave.). We have seen this skating rink so many times on TV, but it is really great to be there in person.

Just walking into the skating rink area is exciting. You see all the flags of nations flying overhead, and then you look down at the rink and you see all the skaters. We went skating the first weekend it was open to the public, and we had a great time.

We were so excited. The rink was huge and not really that crowded (they limit the crowd size for safety and ease of skating). For Cecelia it was easy. She was the only one not afraid or nervous about falling down. We did see a lot of others in the session before us falling down, and there were a lot of almost crashes. We think that is because there are a lot of beginners or first-time skaters on the ice. Sara and Cecelia began skating right after they laced up their rental skates. Tyler was zipping around the ice almost immediately. For Sandra, it was her first time (and her first time on a train to get into the city). At first she did more holding onto the railing than skating, but she got better as the session progressed. We were all there to help her. We liked that about halfway through the session we were able to skate together as a group and even went hand in hand.

This adventure was a lot of fun and one you shouldn’t miss. They have a “Breakfast With Santa” package and so many other things to make it even better. And when you are done, remember you are in New York City and there are so many other great things to do.

For more information and to reserve skating time, visit

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