While knife throwing remains popular among travelling magicians and carnival spouses, ice skating is America's number-one bladed activity. For $10, today's Groupon gets you a skate rental and a place to use them at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers (a $20.50 value).
Sky Rink's facilities are clean and well maintained, and the indoor twin rinks offer a wintery reprieve to sun-shunners of all ages. The location on Pier 61 boasts amazing views over the Jersey Separator, aka Hudson River, providing a soothing backdrop for triple lutzing, double axeling, and single honey-baked hamming. Since the general skating sessions are available all summer, fans of juxtaposition will get a kick out of the temperature difference between the ice beneath and the sunny sky above. Though not valid with your Groupon, Sky Rink also offer ice-skating and ice-hockey camps for extra-icy fun throughout the summer.
Ice skating provides an opportunity to impress a date by showing off Olympic-quality moves or challenge a bitter rival to a staring contest on ice. The rink is open for general skating four days a week: Monday and Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3:50 p.m. Check the online schedule for any seasonal schedule changes.
- Sky Rink is a great place to skate. The staff is friendly and helpful... The river view at night is beautiful. – April F., Insider Pages
- The Sky Rink is a great place to go ice skating and spending the day. They keep the place in good condition and the staff are very nice. – Susan L., Insider Pages
- Adult skating school at Sky Rink offers a great way to improve your skating skills in the comfort of a setting surrounded by your peers. I could hardly stand up on my skates when I started... After only a few lessons, I'm very impressed with my improvement and have been having fun in the process! – ptcollins123, Citysearch
The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers
As part of the Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex, located at the historic Chelsea Piers, the Golf Club perches over the same port that once welcomed ships into New York City. Now, golfers tee up in the driving range's 52 heated and weather-protected stalls, which overlook the glinting waters of the Hudson River. Automatic tee-up systems position balls for launch across the 200-yard, net-enclosed fairway. A putting green allows patrons to improve their short game, and two Full Swing simulators encourage them to take hacks in virtual environs, transporting them to famous courses across the country or fifth-grade birthday parties where they missed the piñata.
Children and adults alike can enlist in Golf Club at Chelsea Piers’ classes, which stratify students by experience level. The coaching staff includes PGA and LPGA professionals, and sessions take place in a 2,000-square-foot teaching academy.
23rd St. & the Hudson River
New York, New York 10011Get Directions