Ice is nothing more than water that won't let people swim in it. Such stubbornness deserves comeuppance in the form of sharp metallic blades that merrily criss-cross to and fro across the frozen surface. For $6, today's Groupon gets you one admission and skate rental at City Ice Pavilion (up to a $13 value) in Long Island City. City Ice Pavilion gives ice-capaders a chance to spend a day skating on a well-maintained NHL-sized rink. During the Pavilion's public skate schedule, skating novices and grizzled ice-slicers alike can practice their triple-axel, flawlessly perform a butterfly jump, or fantasize about drilling a slap shot right past their goateed evil twin. The City Ice Pavilion is open year-round and easily accessible, just two blocks from the 33rd St. – Rawson St. station. Parking is also free.
- What a hidden gem! I've been to quite a few ice rinks all over NYC and Queens. This place is the best so far. – Sandy C., Yelp. 1/31/10
- Great place to skate. Queens needed this. Both my kids play hockey and they absolutely love the place. Staff couldn't be nicer and the instruction is great. Free parking too. – Erik E., Yelp, 10/24/09
City Ice Pavilion
City Ice Pavilion's NHL-sized rooftop rink is open to ice-capaders year-round. That's thanks, in part, to the large weatherproof dome that curves over the the interior and gives it a cavernous feel, much like the ancient ice skating rinks found in pyramids. Aspiring skaters can take lessons, then try out their new skills during public skate sessions or adult or youth hockey leagues. Besides classes and open skating times, the Ice Pavilion also hosts a wide range of skating-themed events, including a regular morning coffee club for experienced adult skaters.
47-32 32nd Pl.
Long Island City, New York 11101Get Directions