Take in the breathtaking wintertime view overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Bridge at the Blue Cross RiverRink, open all season long, just one of a handful of public ice skating options in the city. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)
Little-known fact: there are actual several places to ice skate during the winter in Philadelphia, and many for free.
Besides the hugely popular Blue Cross RiverRink, the only outdoor public rink, there are additional options to suit your every skating need.
And hopefully in the future, the newly revamped Dilworth Plaza at City Hall will also include an outdoor ice rink, right in the middle of Center City.
Check out our pocket guide to ice skating in Philadelphia, the perfect holiday pastime:
• Public Ice Skating on the Winter Classic Ice Rink at Citizens Bank Park: Citizens Bank Way and Pattison Avenue. As part of Winter Classic Week at Citizens Bank Park, the Flyers will be hosting public skating sessions on the outdoor ice rink at the ballpark on January 3 and 7. Talk about a very unique and very cool opportunity — you now have the chance to skate on the same ice that the Flyers and the Rangers will be battling on just days before!
• Blue Cross RiverRink: Market Street and Columbus Boulevard. Enjoy a rejuvenating outdoor adventure at this Olympic-sized ice rink at Penn’s Landing. And don’t worry if it’s a little brisk; the RiverRink features a heated pavilion with a snack bar and game room. A live DJ is featured every Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m.-midnight to keep you moving.
• The Penn Ice Rink at the Class of 1923 Arena: 3130 Walnut Street. The Penn Ice Rink has been serving the Penn and local communities for more than 40 years. In addition to being home to collegiate hockey teams from Penn, Wharton, Drexel and St. Joe’s, the rink hosts Public Skating, Figure Skating, Broomball, Roller Sports and other group events open to the public. This Saturday and Sunday, December 17-18, enjoy a Holiday Skate Session from 5:45-7:15 p.m. free with a Toys for Tots donation!
• Laura Simms Skate House: 63rd and Walnut Streets. Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider, Mayor Nutter and other community leaders gathered recently to celebrate the re-opening of a newly converted indoor ice rink in West Philadelphia. The Laura Simms Skate House will be open 365 days a year. Snider Hockey provides free “learn to skate” programs, public skating opportunities, ice hockey instruction and league play.
• Rizzo Ice Rink: 1101 S. Front Street. Self-dubbed as “The best kept secret in town,” the Rizzo Rink is open for public skating every day of the week except for Mondays, and all you have to pay is a $3 skate rental fee! The rink is soon to be renovated by Snyder Hockey.
• Scanlon Ice Rink: 1099 E.Venango Street. Kensington has an ice skating rink, too. Play on an ice hockey team, take lessons or just skate on your own.
• Simons Ice Rink: 7200 Woolston Avenue. This rink in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia has been completely re-constructed and fully enclosed, making it operational year-round thanks to Snyder Hockey.
• Tarken Ice Rink: 6250 Frontenac Street. Admission is always free, and you can even participate in free Learn To Skate Clinics, offered Every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.