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Ice-skating is a great and active alternative to binge-watching Netflix from the confines of your dorm room.  A synthetic ice-skating rink is set up on Sullivan Square in New Town until Jan. 26.  The rink is open on weekends, from Friday afternoon to Sunday night.  Admission is $5 if you bring your own skates and $7 including skate rentals.  Season passes can be purchased for $35.

Skating is a fun activity for a romantic date — couples can bond by holding each other up on the ice. Alternatively, you can also enjoy the experience with friends. To unwind after skating, there are nearby dessert places like the IT’SUGAR candy store and Panera Bread.  The Williamsburg trolley has a direct route to New Town from campus.  The trolley is free for students and runs until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.