Ice rink by winter, carnival ride park by summertime? Only in New York. And only by Donald Trump! (As some may know: Donald Trump owns and runs Wollman Ice Rink – the home of Victorian Gardens) The view of Midtown Manhattan skyscrapers from the rink is picturesque as you wave to your little ones spinning around on carnival rides at this lovely site.
We took our pre-schoolers to Victorian Gardens and had a great night. My daughter is already asking when we can go back. With twelve rides and two carnival games, this amusement park offered the perfect mix of choices without being overwhelming for our young and active family. I would highly recommend Victorian Gardens to anyone with children five years and under looking to escape for a couple of hours.
Both my kids loved the Mini Mouse Roller Coaster, Jump Around Frogs, Hydro Racer Boats and Convoy rides. My three-year old daughter could go on all four of these rides independently which she loved. The minimum height requirement on all rides is 42 inches. Children must ride with an adult if below the minimum. Although my son would meet the height limits he is a bit too young to stay put with the seat belts so either my husband or I accompanied him. There is room for adults albeit a little snug for those of us with longer legs.
We went on a perfectly breezy summer night but I have heard that it can get pretty hot if you head over in the daytime since there is not much shade for the riders and their doting parents so remember to pack hats and sunblock. There are refreshments sold on-site, but they were perfectly fine with us toting in our own water bottles, sandwiches and snacks.
Since the park is using the Wollman Rink space there is a permanent building there with clean, indoor bathroom facilities and space to park strollers. The park is also available for birthday parties and private groups for a fee.
Victorian Gardens is open Mon-Thurs 11am-7pm, Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 10am-9pm and Sun 10am-8pm. I’d suggest calling the park (212) 982-2229 or visiting their website www.victoriangardensnyc.com to check on their schedule before planning your visit.
Prices are reasonable with two options. Either pay as you go with a $6.50 and $1 per ticket charge (all rides are 2 tickets and games are 3 tickets) or Unlimited ride for $18.50.
Directions: The easiest way to get to Wollman Rink is to enter Central Park from 59th Street & Sixth Avenue. Its about a 10 minute walk north in the Park on a paved path that is easy to navigate with kids and strollers.
That’s IT Mommy friend, Jill