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“Bryant Park Ice Skating Rink - Magical Holiday Activity for Kids”
Review of Bryant Park

Bryant Park
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$25.00*
and up
Art Deco and Architecture Midtown Landmarks Tour
Ranked #9 of 1,208 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Bryant Park has a French-style merry-go-round, open year-round, plus a well-maintained lawn, with chairs and tables. The outdoor Reading Room has picture books and summertime story times. In winter. Take a spin on the free ice-skating rink. The park also has clean bathrooms, a rarity in midtown.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed October 31, 2011

My parents were in town with my little nephew at Thanksgiving and we were looking for kid-friendly things to do. After we exhausted the usual attractions (like the not-to-be-missed watching Macy's balloons get blown up the night before the parade - it's better than even the parade itself). Anyhow what we were really looking for was something to tire the kid out. He's four, with energy to spare, and he'd had all he could take of sitting still in restaurants while the adults chatted.

What I thought would be just a ho-hum experience for the adults turned out to be really pretty magical, thanks to the holiday music the ice rink was playing and the curtain of snow flurries that started, seemingly, on cue.

Pros: Free entry fee; $5 skate fee; good concession stand; good music; not too crowded mid-afternoon on a weekday
Cons: Plastic skates very uncomfortable (bring your own if you have them) for adults (kids don't seem to notice); no earphones allowed for those who would like to skate to their own music

Thank minimal4me
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

I loved that this rink is virtually tourist free, no lines and free entry. If you happen to have your own skates then there is nothing to pay. If you need skates, you can rent them there. Lockers are not free, so a good tip is to leave your purse at home and you can't use a camera while on the skating rink.

The staff did a great job keeping everyone safe in the rink.

Love this park in the summer as well.

Thank deepestBlue22
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Love to stop and rest here, snacks and food not too expensive, and there is always shade here in the summer.

Thank BEEBEE4545
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

After a tour of the city library this was a great spot for an impromptu picnic and people watching hour.

Thank Vacaadventures
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

A lovely, well-used park but it was in transition when we saw it. They were in the process of erecting an ice skating area.

Thank glbkge
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