by Diane Malone
22 November 2008

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   The American Museum of Natural History has unveiled their long awaited state-of-the-art outdoor skating rink, The Polar Rink, which will remain open from November 22, 2008 thru February 28, 2009. It is their first skating rink in their 140 plus-year history. 
   The Polar Rink can accommodate up to 200 skaters (in one-hour sessions) and is made of a non-toxic synthetic ice that is 100% recyclable. The rink measures 150 x 80 feet and is located on the Arthur Ross Terrace (the north side of the Museum). Skaters are invited to glide around the decorated 17-foot-tall polar bear that twinkles in white holiday lights as dusk falls.
   The atmosphere where the Polar Rink is situated is pleasant with the nearby Polar Rink Cafe located in the North Galleria, which is glassed-in, and serves snacks and hot beverages. The Polar Rink Cafe is open 1pm–8pm Friday, 12 noon–8pm Saturday, Sunday and holidays. The surrounding views include the Rose Center for Earth and Space, the Theodore Roosevelt Park, and plenty of benches under the lit trees on the Terrace.
   Skaters are welcomed to bring their own skates but it does not reduce admission fees of $10.00 adults, $8.00 children, $9.00 seniors (with discounted fees for AMNH members).   
   The American Museum of Natural History is located at 79th Street at Columbus Ave.  

Photo: (c) AMNH\D. Finnin 2008