Is there any more quintessential winter activity than ice skating with the kiddos? So lace up those skates, but consider skipping the crowds at Rockefeller Center. We've rounded up four alternative places to hit the ice in NYC.
Head to Midtown's Bryant Park for some admission-free time on the ice. Centrally located but not as mobbed as Rock Center, there's plenty of space to show off that cool spin you've been working on.
The Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District has an adorable ice rink in the plaza throughout the chilly months. Bonus: grab a hot chocolate at their cafe, or better yet a mug at their biergarten.
Mix high-end shopping with your skating at Brookfield Place, overlooking the Hudson River. Located right outside the shiny new mall, this rink has killer views and a gourmet food court after you've worked up an appetite.
When the weather outside if frightful (and when isn't it?), scurry to the indoor Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, which offers lessons as well as hosts birthday parties. Afterwards, score some strikes at the bowling alley or shoot 'em up in laser tag.