Two awesome seasonal attractions make way to open this Friday at Dilworth Park near City Hall.
On November 11, the Rothman Institute Ice Rink returns for its third season of skating and other festivities just steps outside of City Hall and adjacent to the brand new Dilworth Park Wintergarden and Maze, which opens to the public the same day.
- The Rothman Institute Ice Rink and America’s Garden Capital Maze both open Friday, November 11.
- A kick-off celebration will commence at 11:45 a.m. on Friday.
- Admission to the rink is $5 for adults and $3 for children (10 and under); Skate rental is $10.
- The Wintergarden and maze area is free to explore.
Serving up seasonal cocktails, warm beverages and tasty eats, the popular Rothman Institute Cabin will also reopen.
A grand daytime event is scheduled to celebrate the kick off, featuring the unfurling of a 20-foot-by-40-foot American flag across the Rothman Institute Ice Rink and a performance by the Philly Pops Festival Brass Quintet.
Read on for all you need to know about the Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Wintergarden at Dilworth Park.
Opening Day Celebration
Coinciding with Veterans Day, the grand reopening of the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park will kick off with a Salute to Veterans celebration featuring patriotic music and an honorary ceremony.
Look for American flags to be distributed to all who attend, free admission and skating for all soldiers past and present (with military ID) and the unfurling of a 20-foot-by-40-foot American flag across the Rothman Institute Ice Rink.
To add to the patriotic festivities, a performance by the Philly Pops Festival Brass Quintet will take place along with the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Technical Sergeant Cristina Thompson. A Boy Scout color guard troupe will also perform.
After the opening festivities, take as many laps around the rink as you wish and then head to the Rothman Institute Cabin for a post-skate cheers with a soldier or vet. As part of the Sam Adams Pour One Forward program, visitors can buy a Sam Adams beer for a soldier they meet or pay one forward to the next past or current military member who steps into the Rothman Cabin and orders a drink.
Rothman Institute Ice Rink
As the weather gets chilly, action at cold-weather attractions heats up in the City of Brotherly Love. The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park is one of these incredible Philly winter wonderlands, opening for its third year of seasonal skating right in the heart of the city.
Head to the rink to skate just beneath the eyes of William Penn atop City Hall, taking in skyline views as you cruise.
The ice rink is open to skaters of all levels and all ages, and those who aren’t so familiar with ice skating can take part in a $99, five-class learn-to-skate lesson on Sunday mornings.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under. Those who do not have their own ice skates can rent a pair for $10.
Rothman Institute Cabin
Returning to keep you warm after a nice, brisk skate, the Rothman Cabin will once again offer a heated tent, located at the tip of the ice rink. Enjoy hot, seasonal cocktails, a variety of craft beer and a food menu from Air Grille by Brûlée Catering, including hearty items like poutine and chili.
Beginning in January, the Cabin will also host 12 weeks of free garden-related programing as part of the new America’s Garden Capital Maze pop up. Read on for more information.
Dilworth Wintergarden and Maze
New this year, America’s Garden Capital Maze brings a festive winter garden refuge to Dilworth Park. The area was created in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Gardens as a way to celebrate what was William Penn’s original center square and the 32 regional gardens and arboreta that make the Greater Philadelphia region America’s Garden Capital.
The Wintergarden features willow-branch archways, a variety of seasonal perennials, trees and shrubs and several topiary sculptures. Detailed décor is used to showcase all 32 of the public gardens, arboreta and historic landscapes that are located within the 30-mile region of Philadelphia.
A charming maze invites those of all ages to wander through the garden’s winter plantings, adorned with twinkling lights and other seasonal ornamentation.
Anchoring the center of the maze is a welcoming gazebo, perfect for snapping a photo with friends and family. Admission to the Wintergarden is free.
Pull out your jacket and get ready for a day of seasonal fun in the center of the city.