Take in the breathtaking wintertime view overlooking the Delaware River and Benjamin Franklin Bridge at the Blue Cross RiverRink, open throughout the entire winter. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)
Philadelphia’s only outdoor public ice rink — at least until Dilworth Plaza reopens — is back for the 2012 season starting Friday, November 23.
The Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing is a Philadelphia wintertime tradition in its 19th season.
Featuring an outdoor Olympic size rink overlooking the Delaware River and an indoor heated facility with a snack bar, game room and more, the Blue Cross RiverRink offers skating session hours Monday to Thursday evenings from 6–9 p.m.; Fridays from 1:30-5:30 p.m. (brand new Friday afternoon session!), 6–8 p.m., 8:30–10:30 p.m., and 11 p.m –1 a.m.; Saturday from 12:30–2:30 p.m., 3– 5:30 p.m., 6–8 p.m., 8:30–10:30 p.m., and 11 p.m.–1 a.m.; and Sunday from 12:30–2:30 p.m., 3– 5:30 p.m., 6–9 p.m.
Opening Day, Friday November 23, will have two special additional afternoon skate sessions from noon-2:30 p.m. and 3-5:30 p.m. There will also be a free Q102 Jingle Ball Preview concert featuring Megan & Liz and hosted by Maxwell from Q102.
In fact, DJs keep the party happening every Friday and Saturday night from 9 p.m.-midnight.
Throughout the RiverRink season, you can take private ice skating lessons (complete a skating lesson application online), plan a group party or take part in fun events like Skate with Santa and His Friends, Sunday December 9; Daddy Daughter Skate, Thursday, January 31; or Sweetheart Skate, Thursday February 14.
Skating admission is extremely affordable at $9; skate rental is available for $4. Convenient parking is also available on site for only $12.
New for 2012-2013: you’ll be able to buy tickets to the RiverRink in advance online. The ticket link will be live on the RiverRink site starting this Friday, November 16.
Note: there are special hours for holidays, including Christmas Eve & Day, New Year’s Eve & Day, Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day; info here.
Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing
Where: Columbus Boulevard at Market Street
When: Friday, November 23-Sunday, March 3, 2013
Cost: Admission is $9, skate rental is $4, parking is $12; children under 4 skate for free
More info: www.riverrink.com