Manhattan isn’t exactly overloaded with ski resorts and sled runs, but great winter recreation can be found even in the heart of the city. For your next family outing in New York, gather up the gang and take them to Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. The little ones will pick up on the magic of the setting instantly. An enormous ice rink stretches across the park, framed by towering skyscrapers. If you can’t make a photo op work in this environment, your kids need to confiscate your camera. Bring your own skates and you’ll hit the ice for free. Otherwise, rentals are conveniently available, and you can pick up a lesson, too. When you hit the ice, a cool soundtrack adds to the energy. Your faces flush as you start to really cruise. Maybe there’s a little supportive hand holding, or maybe you’ll feel the pride of watching a child go it alone for the very first time. If you’ve got the skills, you can show off a crossover turn or an ice-spraying hockey stop—just don’t body-check random strangers into the boards. There might be a slip or two, but that’s all part of the adventure. When you need a break, head to Celsius, a pop-up restaurant with prime views of all the action on the rink. The kids can work over a mac ‘n’ cheese and hot chocolates. Mom and dad might opt for an Irish Winter, blending whiskey, Kahlua, and coffee. After all that exertion, you’ll have earned it.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

Avenue of the Americas New York NY 10036

(212) 768-4242

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