Where to ice skate in Philadelphia this winter

Winter has officially arrived in Philly. So that means it’s time to get out the sleds, get the snowman-making materials ready, and put on your ice skates. Sure, you can technically ice skate any time of the year, but rolling around an outdoor ice rink induces seasonal bliss akin to a melting ice cream cone on a summer day. Between temporary outdoor rinks and indoor rinks open year round, Philly has a lot to offer when it comes to skating. Choose your rink, put on your shoes and slide.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Delaware River waterfront

101 South Columbus Blvd.
A true winter paradise overlooking the Delaware River, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is full of atmosphere. Between the twinkling lights, the Ferris wheel, boardwalks, cozy cabins and fire pits, you might miss the NHL-sized rink. But the centerpiece of the space, the ice rink, is open seven days a week until early March with timed tickets required to hit the ice for 90-minute skating sessions. Don’t have your own skates? Don’t worry: you can rent skates there.
Cost: $ 5 skating entry, $ 10 skate rental, $ 1 locker rental, à la carte food and drinks

The Flyers training center
The Flyers training center

601 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees, New Jersey
Come take a ride or two around the rink at the official Flyers training center. Located in South Jersey, the indoor pro rink hosts public skating for 90 minutes each afternoon, as well as Friday evenings. Or if you’re looking to improve your game, you can join a hockey league, take skating lessons, or really get into figure skating.
Cost: $ 10 skating admission, $ 5 skate rental

601 and 150 Hollydell Drive, Sewell, New Jersey
With two neighboring facilities, Hollydell Ice Arena offers double the opportunities for free skating: weekday afternoons at the main facility and weekends at Hollydell North. The South Jersey Rink not only offers free skating sessions, but it also offers open hockey sessions and public batting and puck skills sessions.
Cost: $ 10 skating admission, $ 4 skate rental

10990 Decatur Road
Hockey players, or ambitious hockey players, will appreciate the plethora of programs available here, from youth hockey leagues to hockey free time. For those who prefer casual skating, this northeast Philly rink offers two hours of public skating on weekday afternoons, Friday evenings and weekend afternoons. Then stock up on pizza, cheese steaks and fries from the snack bar.
Cost: $ 16 entry to the skates with skate rental

Laura Sims Skate House in Cobbs Creek Park
Laura Sims Skate House in Cobbs Creek Park

63rd and Walnut Streets
After 12 years of campaigning, Laura Sims, from West Philadelphia, was successful in lobbying city council to open an ice rink in Cobbs Creek in 1985. Today, her namesake Olympic-sized rink holds ice hockey sessions. free skating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from October to May.
Cost: Free entry for skating, skate rental at $ 3

Penn Ice Rink
Penn Ice Rink

3130, rue des Noyers
Located on the Penn campus, this NHL-sized rink offers ample sliding room and plenty of seating for spectators. Public skating takes place every day except Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition, skating lessons and rental of birthday party facilities are available.
Cost: $ 7-8 skating admission, $ 5 skate rental

Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society
Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society

220 Holland Avenue, Ardmore, Pennsylvania
This Main Line skating facility is billed as America’s premier skating club and is specially designed for figure skating: lots of natural light, a wall of mirrors and, most importantly, no hockey team. So if you’re looking to feel like a majestic skater, head to the rink on Sunday for family skating or Friday night for public skating through April.
Cost: $ 10 skating admission, $ 5 skate rental

3100 Dutton Mill Road, Aston, Pennsylvania
With three NHL-sized rinks and an Olympic-sized surface, Premier Orthopedics IceWorks has tons of frozen ground you can slide on, as well as a cafe, restaurant, arcade, and pro shop. . The facility also offers great public skating time – weekdays at noon, Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and weekends at 2:00 p.m. – with annual memberships for unlimited skating.
Cost: $ 10 skating admission, $ 2 skate rental

1001 Front Street South
Hailed as South Philly’s best-kept secret (guess the cat’s out of the bag now), the ice rink under I-95 specializes in youth hockey programs, but Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through. At the beginning of March, the public can stop by for free public outdoor skate sessions. Bundle up and let the noise of air traffic provide a soundtrack.
Cost: Free entry for skating, $ 5 skate rental

Rothman Orthopedic Institute
Downtown District

Dilworth Park
Perhaps one of the most visible outdoor rinks due to its central location in Dilworth Park, the Rothman Orthopedic Rink offers outdoor skating under whimsical fairy lights until the end of February. Make a reservation any day of the week for a 90-minute skating session (lockers and skate rentals are also available), then cool off afterwards in the cabin inspired by a ski lodge, with water. winter foliage, pendant lights and a menu of Maker’s Cocktails with Mark Bourbon and Haku Japanese Vodka.
Cost: Entrance to the skating rink $ 5 to $ 7, skate rental $ 10, locker rental $ 10, à la carte food and drinks

1099 Tioga Street East
The skating rink at the Harrogate-based Scanlon Playground recreation center welcomes student teams, but also opens its doors to the public on weekends until the end of March and Mondays and Wednesdays until mid-April, with plenty of room to frolic and fall.
Cost: Free entry for skates, skate rental at $ 3

7200 Woolston Avenue
First opened as an outdoor rink in the 1950s, the Simons Recreation Center rink is now indoors, but with large windows and bright yellow rafters. Although they are currently closed for repairs, they plan to reopen in January.
Cost: Free entry for skates, $ 4 skate rental

1018 Darby Road, Havertown, Pennsylvania
Opened in the 1970s and named by a 12-year-old who won a competition, Skatium is the local rink for the St. Joseph University ice hockey team. Take a photo under the retro “Skatium” sign during a regular public skating or free hockey program, with schedules updated weekly.
Cost: Skating entry $ 3 to $ 8, skate rental $ 2

6250 Frontenac Street
Northeast Philly’s Tarken Rink has an old-fashioned feel with exposed rafters and a concession stand. Come take a ride (or more) during public hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and on New Year’s Mondays.
Cost: Free entry for skates, skate rental at $ 3

Tinseltown Holiday Show
Tinseltown Holiday Show

Greater Philadelphia Exhibition Center in Oaks
The region’s all-new holiday lights attraction also features its own eco-friendly synthetic ice rink. So as long as no technically an ice rink, it will always look and feel. Explore the space during 30-minute skating sessions overlooking the larger-than-life light structures until January 2. Just keep in mind that a skating ticket doesn’t give you access to Tinseltown (read: the area where all the lights are) and vice versa.
Cost: Skate entry $ 5 to $ 10, skate rental $ 10

Winterfest Ice Skating at Cooper River
Camden County Government

Cuthbert Boulevard and Park Avenue, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Jersey’s version of Winterfest features an outdoor ice rink surrounded by lighted trees, fire pits and a toasty pavilion where tired skaters can stock up on food and drink. Open until mid-February, Winterfest does not require prior reservation and offers skate rental on site.
Cost: $ 5.50 to $ 7.50 skating admission, $ 6 skate rental, a la carte food and drinks

550 Willow Grove Avenue West
Open for more than half a century, the Wissahickon Skating Club recently relaunched its public skating program, offering visitors the opportunity to skate for 90 minutes on Saturday afternoons and, from January 2022, for two hours on Saturday afternoon. Friday night. For serious skaters, memberships are available if you want access to family skating sessions and lessons for children and adults.
Cost: $ 7-9 skating admission, $ 3 skate rental

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Allie Volpe is a Philadelphia-based writer. She hasn’t slept in days. Follow her on Twitter: @allieevolpe.

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