Since my freshman year of high school, almost 10 years ago (0_0) , I’ve made it a point to go ice skating every winter. Usually, I head down to Wollman Rink or World Ice Arena in Flushing, but I am so glad the Bronx finally has an ice rink of its own with the Van Cortlandt Park Ice Rink. Plus, with a location right by the 242nd St. stop on the 1 train and the Bx 9 bus stop a few feet away, it is super easy to get to (because you guys know how much I hate lengthy cross-borough commutes).
On weekends, it’s $8 for admission and $5 for skate rentals, but if you can manage to go on a weekday, admission is only $5.
It’s definitely smaller than the other ice rinks I’ve been to in NYC, but it didn’t feel crowded at all. The staff were all friendly and helpful. At a lot of ice rinks, the on ice staff can be really annoying, swerving in front of you and doing fancy tricks to show off, but these guys seemed to actually be focused on doing their jobs – helping up small children and making sure the ice was safe.
Another huge bonus is that Lloyd’s Carrot Cake has concession stand here (complete with the carrot mascot wearing a striped scarf and ice skates on the sign).
All in all, VCP Ice Rink is a great addition to the Bronx.