Even though Wollman Rink may not be as popular as Rockefeller Center, it is still a New York tradition for locals as well as tourists. In 1858, the lake was the first part of Central Park to open to the public. That winter it became filled with skaters, but then closed again until Wollman Rink opened in 1950, a 33,000-square-foot venue built with a gift from Kate Wollman.
With its romantic backdrop, Wollman Rink puts visitors beneath the magical New York City skyline by day, and its twinkling lights by night. You can see why Wollman has been featured in films such as Love Story and Serendipity. We were there in fall, and I think it is probably the best time to see the rink. We will have to go back in spring sometime to see if the area is still just as pretty.
Monday - Tuesday: 10am - 2:30pm
Wednesday - Thursday: 10am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 11pm
Sunday: 10am - 9pm
Monday - Thursday: Adults: $11.25 Children (11 & under): $6 Seniors: $5
Friday - Sunday & Holidays: Adults: $18 Children (11 & under): $6 Seniors: $9
Locks: $5 + $6 refundable deposit