Ice skating is one of the most popular activities in New York City during the holidays. There are multiple rink options to choose from ranging from the South Street Seaport Ice Rink in the Financial District all the way up to Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink in Harlem. The rinks at Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan are some of the most popular, but my favorite is Wollman Rink (now technically called Trump Rink) in Central Park. Whether it’s because of Gossip Girl, Serendipity, or due to the rink’s classic New York City feel (It’s been around since 1949!), skating at Wollman Rink made my bucket list at lucky number 13.
A couple weeks ago, my friend Nick and I decided to lace up some skates for the first time in ages in honor of the holiday season. It happened to be snowing the day we planned to meet up, but we didn’t mind. We enjoyed experiencing Central Park with its light dusting of snow (and a sprinkling of random baby snowmen hidden around…). Plus, by the time we got to the rink, the snow storm had ended as if on cue. It was perfect.
Ice skating in Central Park was a blast! It was fun just gliding around, talking, listening to music, and taking in the beautiful, city skyline views. It was a pretty good workout too! The best part was that there weren’t crowds of people like one would find at the Midtown rink locations.
After our Central Park adventure, we headed over to Serendipity 3 on the Upper East Side for a warm dinner and some frozen hot chocolate. I love Serendipity’s cute and cozy feel. It’s hard not to feel like a big kid in there while dreaming about the dessert menu. I wish I had a photo of their frozen hot chocolate for you, but we dug in too quickly! #sorryboutit Instead, I’ll leave you with this video of the $1,000 ice cream sundae that Serendipity serves. We were going to order it, but unfortunately we didn’t call ahead 48 hours in advance. Maybe next time though…
Stay fit and fabulous (but always have dessert!),