The following post was written by my 12 year old son, David, based on his experiences ice skating with a few of his friends this past weekend. This is his Adventure, without parents in tow.
This weekend my friends and I went to Battery Park Ice Skating Rink. I was really excited because I love to ice skate . The price is pretty decent at $13, which includes $10.00 for the admission and $3.00 for the skate rental.
The rink is nice because the ice is very clean and they play music that is like actually good. Also the skating rink is not crowded at all, especially for a Saturday afternoon. The first thing that my friend and I did was try to get the hang of skating because neither of us had ice skated for a long time. We skated around the ice rink.
Not long after the Battery Park staff asked everybody to get off of the ice so they could clean the surface. Though there was a cafeteria on site the wait was long, so we decided to leave and go to Starbucks to get something to eat. There are also other different places to eat nearby. We headed home right afterwards, but we had been there for a few hours already and had a good time.
The next day, another friend and I decided to go to Riverbank Park Ice Skating Rink. At Riverbank the price was $9 for adults and $3 for children. We decided to go to Riverbank because it was closer to our homes. Once we put on our ice skates we headed to the rink. The rink was not as clean as in Battery Park so it made skating a little bit harder.
We had to trade in our skates and get new ones a couple of times because our feet started to hurt. After a while of skating we got something to eat at the cafeteria. The price wasn’t bad, but we were running out of money. I got a cheeseburger and french fries and my friend got the same. The food was not the best but it was good enough. Not long after we ate, they let us get back on the ice. We skated till the skating rink closed which I think it was at like 5:30pm.
Though we had fun at both places, overall, when comparing the two, I liked the Battery Park ice skating rink better because the staff is friendlier and the ice skates are in better condition, even though it is more expensive to get into.Battery Park Ice Skating Rink: West and Murray * 235 Murray Street * New York City, NY 10282 * 1-888-727-5423 Riverbank Ice Skating Rink: 679 Riverside Drive (Hudson River and 145 St.) * New York City, NY 10031 * (212) 694-3600