The experience is all the more magical at night, with the glittering cityscape well within view.
The rink first opened in 1950 thanks to a gift from Kate Wollman, but skaters had been lacing up in Central Park for nearly a century prior. During the Park’s planning, locals demanded a place to skate since the City’s major waterways rarely froze. The Lake opened for ice skating in 1858, and the Pond quickly followed suit. Though both man-made bodies were eventually closed to skaters, the picturesque Wollman Rink has kept the beloved seasonal tradition alive.
To keep busy during warm months, Wollman Rink transforms each summer into the Victorian Gardens Amusement Park.