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.
Skate and enjoy Winterfest at the Blue Cross RiverRink. Photo courtesy of the Delaware River Waterfront
Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks Near Philly
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest –– Philadelphia
November 26, 2021 - March 6, 2022
Monday - Thursday: 1pm - 11pm
Friday: 1pm - 1am
Saturday: 11am - 1am
Sunday: 11am - 11pm
Admission $5; skate rentals $10, pay-as-you-go activities
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. Take a spin on the Ferris wheel for unbelievable views of the city. Reservations for 90-minute skating sessions, as well as cabins and fire pits are suggested.
Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink at Dilworth Park –– Philadelphia
November 5, 2021 - February 27, 2022
Monday - Thursday: 12pm - 9pm
Friday: 12pm - 11pm
Saturday: 1130am - 11pm
Sunday: 1130am - 9pm
Adults $5; Children 10 and under $3; skate rental $10
Located at City Hall, skaters can enjoy an urban skating experience 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. Timed skating sessions are 90 minutes maximum and can be booked in advance online.
Tinseltown –– Oaks
November 26, 2021 - January 2, 2022
Daily 5pm - 930pm (last entry time is 9pm)
Adults $20 with skate rental, $10 without skate rental. Kids $15 with skate rental, $5 without skate rental
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.
Flight on Ice –– Newtown Square
December 3, 2021 - February 27, 2022
Monday - Friday: 3pm - 10pm
Saturday: 11am - 10pm
Sunday: 11am - 8pm
Holiday Hours: December 20th - 31st, open at 11am
90-min skate session $12; skate rentals $10; packages vary
Another new outdoor ice skating rink and winter village is open in Newtown Square. Flight on Ice brings festive lights, holiday shopping, a heated tent to enjoy food and drinks, and a 6000 square foot rink to Delco. Special programming is planned throughout the winter season for Christmas, the Super Bowl, and Valentine's Day.
Spring Mountain –– Spring Mount
Through winter, closing date TBD
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 6pm-8pm
Friday: 7pm-9pm (student night discount)
Weekends: 1230pm-230pm, 3pm-5pm, 530pm-730pm
$12 skate session; skate rentals $5
A brand-new addition to this popular skiing and snowboarding park, the ice rink at Spring Mountain just opened in 2021. If purchased with lift tickets, ice skating is only $8. Lessons are available with pre-registration, and online booking is recommended for public skating hours.
WinterFest Ice Skating Rink at Cooper River –– Cherry Hill, New Jersey
November 26, 2021 - February 21, 2022
Thursdays: 5pm - 9pm
Fridays: 5pm - 9pm
Saturdays: 12pm - 10pm
Sundays: 12pm - 9pm
Adults $7.50; Children (5-12) $5.50; skate rental $6
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. Check the website for holiday hours throughout the season.
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. The state parks listed below are all open from sunrise to sunset and admission is free.
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.
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.