The Five Best Places to Lace Up a Pair of Skates in Philly

Whether you're looking to impress a date, find a pick-up hockey game or satisfy your daredevil streak, we've got you covered.

Skating at Blue Cross RiverRink. Photograph by Matt Stanley

The best places to lace up a pair of skates, whatever the occasion:

To impress a date:
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

The longtime outdoor rink boasts plenty of distraction from wobbly skating skills: fire pits galore (and s’mores kits from Franklin Fountain’s Confectionary Cabin), arcade games and cocktails in the lodge. 101 South Columbus Boulevard, Old City.

To show off Philly:
Rothman Ice Rink

The prime City Hall views served up alongside this Dilworth Park rink are fail-proof at wowing out-of-towners. Drive the good impression home with a spiked hot chocolate in the rink-side cabin. 1 South 15th Street, Center City.

To prep your kid for the 2030 Winter Olympics:
Philadelphia Skating Club

This membership-based Ardmore skating club is the stuff of Olympian-wannabe dreams: lights made for twirling, a wall of mirrors to watch yourself do it, classes galore, and cred as the former gliding ground of Scott Hamilton and Dick Button. 220 Holland Avenue, Ardmore.

To find a pickup hockey game:
Penn Ice Rink

The 2,500-seat arena nestled on Penn’s campus hosts open hockey sessions (novices welcome — just bring gear) perfect for satisfying your inner Claude Giroux. 3130 Walnut Street, University City.

To say you did it:
Neshaminy Creek

When’s the last time you skated on an actual body of water? Never? Thought so. When temperatures allow — and it’s got to be really cold — ice-skating is permitted on this creek (near the boathouse) in Tyler State Park. 101 Swamp Road, Newtown.

» See Also: The Know-It-All Guide to the Winter Olympics

Published as “Get Your Games Face On: You, On Ice” in the February 2018 issue of Philadelphia magazine.