Thursday, October 30, 2014

How to be a Savvy Skater

One of the best parts about Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is that it's the only free public ice skating rink in the whole city! You can skate for hours at The Rink without ever taking your wallet out of your pocket. For those of you who want to take full advantage of just how free this rink really is, we've provided some useful tips and tricks to make sure your trip is as free as can be.

Tip #1: Bring your own skates
Although admission to The Rink is completely free, we do charge a small fee for skate rentals. If you'd like to avoid this fee, bring your own skates and skate completely free of charge! We won't ask an admission fee and your skating time is completely unlimited - we won't kick you off the rink (unless we need to resurface it or it's closing time).

Many people show off their customized skates that they brought from home
Tip #2: Bring your helmet from home
We recommend that our skaters, particularly the younger among us, wear helmets to protect themselves on the ice. Although we do offer helmet rentals for $6, bring your helmet from home (a regular old bike helmet will do!) to keep the penny pinching going.

Tip #3: Leave your bag at home or bring a lock
As a safety precaution for all our skaters, we do not allow bags of any size on the ice. If you want to avoid paying the fee for our bag check service, we recommend that you utilize our lockers, which are provided free of charge. To stay cost savvy during your trip, bring your own lock to avoid paying the small fee for a lock rental.

Tip #4: Check out Ice Bites
Once you work up an appetite skating and walking around the Holiday Shops, step inside and warm up in the Skating Pavilion for some snacks and treats at Ice Bites. This food option is perfect if you want to grab a quick bite to eat while only spending a few bucks. Or, bring your own from home.

Tip #5: Buy a Season Pass 
If you're someone who knows you'll be skating often, the Season Pass is a perfect way to save some time and money while still taking advantage of all Winter Village has to offer. If you don't own your own skates but are wary of paying for skate rentals each time you visit, the Season Pass (for the full season or the half season) gives you a discount on skate rentals, VIP access to the rink, and a free lock to use for the season.

The Rink
Daily, 8am - 10pm

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