As the chill settles into the Philadelphia area, it's tough to think of a more traditional outdoor winter activity to do with the family than ice skating. Getting bundled in hats and scarves, lacing up your skates, and warming up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate after a spin on the ice is sure to please kids young and old. This year, ice skating might be more popular as families search for safe and entertaining activities out of doors and away from electronic devices.
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, most 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 other great ideas on ways to spend these winter months, browse through our Winter Fun Guide for Philadelphia Families. It's filled with the best spots to ski, tube, sled, and visit when the weather is cold.