Empire State Plaza skating rink opens soon

empire state plaza ice skating rink

The ice skating rink on the Empire State Plaza is scheduled to open December 4, the state Office of General Services announced today. (That is weather permitting, of course.) The rink is on the Capitol end of the plaza, near The Egg.

It looks like the details for this season are the same as in years past. The rink will be open seven days a week from 11 am-8 pm. It's free to skate. Rentals for skates are $4 for adults / $3 for kids. And skate rentals are free on Fridays.

The rink will also have free learn-to-skate clinics during the season (with free skate rental). The first is the morning of December 5. These clinics tend to fill up very fast, so keep an eye out for the registration (it's already open for the December 5 clinic).

It's fun to skate on the plaza. It can get a bit crowded on weekends -- we've found the best time is often to stop by after work on weekday. A little early evening skating + dinner downtown is a nice night out.

Tree lighting
OGS announced a whole slate of winter events at the ESP today. And of course that includes the annual holiday tree lighting event, which is December 6 this year.

AOA is a media sponsor of the ESP ice skating rink.

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