Lace up your skates and hit the ice at the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. Photo courtesy of Center City District
Lace up your skates and hit the ice at the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. Photo courtesy of Center City District

Outdoor Ice Skating Around Philadelphia

Of all the fun activities the holiday season brings, ice skating is at the top of the list. Bundling up in hats and scarves, lacing up those skates, and warming up with cider or hot chocolate after a spin on the ice is sure to please kids young and old. Recently, outdoor ice skating has gained in popularity as families seek safe and entertaining winter activities outside.

Several outdoor ice rinks have set up in the Philadelphia area this season, providing unique settings for this winter activity. Many Pennsylvania state parks also offer ice skating when the conditions are right. In the current COVID environment, some spots require masks, and capacity is limited to promote social distancing. Be sure to check directly with the location for the latest updated information.

For more ways to enjoy everything this season has too offer, check out our Philadelphia Holiday Guide, filled with the best Christmas events and activities, as well as events for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and more.

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Skate and enjoy Winterfest at the Blue Cross RiverRink. Photo courtesy of the Delaware River Waterfront 

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Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks Near Philly 

Blue Cross RiverRink –– Philadelphia

This scenic location along the Delaware River opens the day after Thanksgiving and runs through the beginning of March. The annual Winterfest celebration offers more than just ice skating, with various amusements including boardwalk games, private cabins, and fire pits to roast marshmallows. Reservations for both ice skating and cabins and fire pits are suggested.

Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park –– Philadelphia

Located at City Hall and open through February 27, 2022, skaters can enjoy an urban skating experience adjacent to City Hall and surrounded by Center City skyscrapers. Skate rentals and lockers are available, as well as skating aids for children 10 and younger. Discounts are available for college students. While you're there, check out the park's Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market, Wintergarden, and the Deck the Halls Light Show.

Tinseltown –– Oaks

This brand new venue at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center is home to Rudolph's Rink, an eco-friendly synthetic skating rink where visitors can book 30-minute sessions. The venue also counts a massive walk-thru light display, holiday market, and visits with Santa among its many amenities.

Winterfest Ice Skating Rink–Cooper River –– Camden, New Jersey

Winterfest Ice Skating returns to Cooper River the day after Thanksgiving and runs into February. Lessons are available, and the rink plans to host special programming throughout the holiday season, such as skating with Santa. A heated concession stand will offer dining and arcade games. Details continue to be finalized, so stay tuned to their Facebook page and the Camden County website for updates.

Outdoor Ice Skating at State and County Parks Near Philly

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources posts a weekly winter activities report with ice skating conditions at several state parks. The website also posts ice skating safety tips from December until the spring thaw. In general, skaters should test the ice prior to skating. The recommended thickness is four inches. Other advice includes spreading out on the ice, and avoiding areas with logs, debris, and cracks. Don't forget to check the weather forecast in advance. Philly-area state parks with outdoor ice skating (conditions permitting) include:

French Creek State Park—Elverson

This park in Berks County offers the natural ice of two lakes, which can be skated upon when conditions permit. Ice thickness is not monitored by the park so use caution.

Green Lane Park—Green Lane

Located in Montgomery County, this park offers a small family outdoor ice skating area, conditions permitting.

Marsh Creek—Downingtown

In addition to sledding and cross country skiing, Marsh Creek offers outdoor ice skating, which is permitted on the natural ice. It's important to check conditions as ice thickness isn't monitored.

Nockamixon State Park—Quakertown

Skating is permitted on the lake when the ice is at least four inches thick at this Bucks County park. The thickness of the ice is not monitored.

Tyler State Park—Newtown

Ice skating is allowed near the boathouse warming area when the Neshaminy Creek freezes. Ice thickness is not monitored.

This post has been updated for 2021.

 

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