Whether you prefer ice skating, roller skating, or are a year-round skater, Brooklyn has plenty of rinks. Three of the best are located in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Floyd Bennett Field, and Prospect Park. Bring your own skates or rent them there, and enjoy the day gliding on blades or wheels.


Pier 2 Roller Rink at Brooklyn Bridge Park (Brooklyn Heights)
A roller and inline skating rink with fantastic views of Downtown Manhattan? It’s as much fun as it sounds. The Pier 2 Roller Rink is located along the Brooklyn waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s available for open skating, recreational league play for roller hockey and roller derby, and private parties. You can rent roller skates right on site for a minimal fee, and there are hours when you can skate for free. This rink is made with an epoxy skate-friendly surface that’s softer than concrete and gentler if you fall.

How to get there: The rink is located on Pier 2 inside Brooklyn Bridge Park, close to 150 Furman Street. To get there, take the A/C to High Street, the F to York Street, or the 2/3 to Clark Street (the closest subway stop).

Details: Be sure to check the website for the most recent hours, as the rink closes during the cold season. Typically the rink is open from April through the fall. There are free admission hours every season — typically on Monday and Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is $3 on Monday 6:30 to 10 p.m. and Thursday 5 to 10 p.m.; $5 on Monday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and $8 on Friday 6:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday noon to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday noon to 7:30 p.m. Skate rentals cost $6.

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