A Complete Guide To The Bigger-Than-Ever Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

The waterfront attraction returns with summertime food and drink, roller skating, all-new amusement park-style rides and more...

The Delaware River waterfront becomes a seasonal wonderland this week when Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest opens.

The popular warm-weather attraction opens for the season on Friday, May 26 and continues its run all the way through Monday, September 4.


  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest’s 2017 season runs from May 26 to September 4.
  • Feast on food and drinks from Chickie’s and Pete’s, Franklin Fountain and more.
  • Enjoy roller skating, outdoor bowling, arcade games, carnival rides and more.
  • Admission to the attraction is free; food, drinks and activities are pay as you go.

Look forward to summertime-inspired food and drinks (think cold beer, crabs, cocktails, ice cream and more), arcade games, carnival rides, outdoor roller skating, al fresco bowling and more.

(Photo courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation )
This season, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest returns to the waterfront with a roller skating rink, a mini-golf course, outdoor bowling, games, amusement rides and more.

The Layout

Located at 101 S. Columbus Boulevard at Penn’s Landing and Chestnut Street, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is just a few blocks north of Spruce Street Harbor Park, another popular warm-weather waterfront attraction.

In the summer months, the area transforms into a full-blown roller skating rink surrounded by food and drink options, outdoor seating, games, an urban beach, mini-golf, outdoor bowling (new this year!), carnival-style rides (also new this year!) and more.

New This Year

New this year, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest debuts awesome carnival-style attractions. Yes, a huge 60-foot Ferris wheel, a full-size carousel and boardwalk-inspired games are all a part of Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest at Penn’s Landing this season.

The Midway opens to the public on Friday, June 23 with the Ferris wheel, boardwalk-style carnival rides and arcade games. And an outdoor bowling alley will be set up for even more fun in the sun.

After a couple weeks of the Ferris wheel, the ride will be swapped out for other fun, including a swinging pirate’s boat and a rainbow-style spinner. The Ferris wheel will they return on August 1 for the remainder of Summerfest’s season.

The new games and rides will be installed at Summerfest through Labor Day and will require tickets (for the Midway rides) or cash (for the boardwalk games) to play.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
(Photo by Matt Stanley for DRWC)
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest’s 2017 season runs daily from May 26 through September 4.

Food and Drinks

The dining options at this temporary waterfront park take on a fun boardwalk theme this year.

Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack, a seasonal 200-seat bar and restaurant, will take over the lodge at Summerfest. Look forward to Chickie’s and Pete’s staples like crab fries, wings, cheesesteaks and more in addition to seafood-centric menu items, including fried shrimp, hard shell crabs, steamers and a seafood feast for two.

New this year, Chickie’s and Pete’s debuts an all-you-can-eat snow crab dinner series on Thursday nights.

For dessert fans, Franklin Fountain sets up a summer residency at the attraction. Stop by to enjoy ice cream, milkshakes, floats and more.

As for drinks, the 21-plus set can enjoy beer, cocktails and wine from a number of bars throughout the space.

Chickie's and Pete's Crabshack
(Photo by Steve Legato for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)
The food and drink options at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest include…

  • Crabs
  • Crab fries
  • Ice cream
  • Beer
  • Cocktails
  • And more…

Things to Do

The giant outdoor roller skating rink — Philly’s first outdoor roller rink! — will return to RiverRink Summerfest for the entire summer. The rink will be open daily for roller skating, and roller skate and in-line skate rental will be available, too. Guests who have their own skates are welcome to bring them for use on the rink as well.

Skate rental is $10, but those who have their own roller skates are encouraged to bring their own. Admission to the rink is $3 per person — note that admission to the rink is free for Independence Blue Cross cardholders and employees.

Two additional popular attractions return to RiverRink Summerfest this season. Guests can look forward to visiting both a nine-hole mini-golf course and an urban beach lounge. The urban beach promises plenty of shaded seating thanks to beach umbrellas, and also plenty of sun-soaked seats for those looking to catch some rays.

Make plans to visit this fun-filled waterfront park this season!

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When:May 26-September 4
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go



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