The Ultimate Guide to Ice Skating Around Philadelphia

Ice skating season is here, and we've got you covered on the best rinks in the area.

We’ve got you covered on where to go ice skating this winter. / Photograph courtesy of Flight on Ice 2021.

Ice skating is a quintessential winter fitness activity to get your body moving — and have fun while you’re at it. Just because the temperature outside may be dropping, it doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate. Although you may not be the next Olympic figure skater, you can still perfect your moves on ice (hopefully with minimal falling).

We compiled a list of the best places to go ice skating in Philly, the ‘burbs, and beyond. From skating on an actual creek (be careful!) to rinks that offer alcoholic beverages in warm cabins and ones that offer free skating admission, we’ve got you covered for all the best venues. Check out the complete guide below for all your winter ice skating adventures.

Ice Skating in Philadelphia

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Old City

Winterfest at the Blue Cross RiverRink provides the perfect landscape for skating as it overlooks the Delaware River. This winter wonderland is celebrating 28 seasons as one of Philly’s premier skating destinations. The rink is open seven days a week (including all holidays) until March 6th. Your experience comes with warming cabins, physically-distanced fire pit stations and a Ferris wheel ride, for an additional $5. Skating admission is $5 and $10 for a skate rental. Get your tickets here.

Penn Ice Rink
3130 Walnut Street, University City

Enjoy 16,330 square feet of ice skating as you glide (or fall) on the ice of the University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 1923 Ice Rink. It’s important to note that masks are required in all areas of this indoor space, even while on the ice. The rink is open for public skating from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. General admission is $8 with $4 skate rental.

Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink at Dilworth Park
1 South 15th Street, City Hall

Want to skate with City Hall as your backdrop? Look no further than the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, which runs through February 27th. This rink also offers late-night skate hours, making it perfect for date night. If it gets too cold under the city lights, head into the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin for a seasonal beverage and some snacks by fire pits. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under, plus $10 for a skate rental. Bonus: Show your SEPTA Pass or Key for $1 off skating admission. Information on open skate hours can be found here.

Wissahickon Skating Club
550 West Willow Grove Avenue, Chestnut Hill

Since 1956, the Wissahickon Skating Club has been one of 8 skating clubs in the United States to own their own skating rink. In 1998, this club hosted the US National Figure Skating Championship, making it a marquee destination for Philly skating. Currently, they offer public skating every Saturday afternoon from 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Admission costs $7, plus $3 for skate rentals.

Ice Skating in the ‘Burbs

Ice Line
700 Lawrence Drive, West Chester

Ice Line in West Chester primarily serves as a rink for hockey clinics and ice skating lessons. The rink is home to a pro shop, offering a variety of hockey and skating equipment, as well as The Grille, with food options to feed large groups. General public skate admission is $10 with an additional $3 for skates. Check their monthly schedule for available skate times.

Flight on Ice
4889 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square

This outdoor ice rink is new to the area this year, bringing a whole winter wonderland — including skating, a heated tent for light bites and drinks, and festive pop-ups like brunch with Santa — to Delaware County. Hours for skating are 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. (The rink will open at 10 a.m. on weekdays from December 20th through 31st.) A single ticket costs $12, with rentals an additional $10. They also offer limited season passes and family four-packs. Open through February; more info here.

Neshaminy Creek
101 Swamp Road, Newtown

Skating on an actual body of water can be tough to come by in the Philly area. At Neshaminy Creek in Tyler State Park, when the weather is just right — and by just right, we mean really, really cold — ice-skating is permitted on this creek. This may be of interest to more seasoned skaters as ice thickness is not monitored, so definitely be safe if you venture out. Also, you’ll have to BYOS (bring your own skates).

Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society
220 Holland Avenue, Ardmore

Back in 2014, we named this rink as the best place to ice skate — and it’s still easy to see why. The Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society, which claims to be America’s first skating club, is a pristine rink that stays true to its ice-skating roots. You can become a member or check here for their public skate hours. Admission is $10 and $5 for the skate rental.

Premier Orthopaedics IceWorks
3100 Dutton Mill Road, Aston

This Aston-based rink, known for its detailed membership package and figure skating lessons, also offers public skating hours. The rink is massive and even features a beer pub with a pretty impressive draft list. Entry for adults is $10, while children four and under are free. Skate rentals are $2, but you might want to look into heading over on a Wednesday, because that’s when skates are free. Public skating hours vary by day and holiday, which you can consult here.

Skatium
1002 Darby Road, #3616, Havertown

This rink, has built a loyal following of ice skating lovers since opening in 1974. They offer lessons, open skate times, and clinics. Their eatery, Have-A-Burger, offers burgers (of course!), breakfast, salads, and sandwiches. The rink posts their public skating hours weekly, so be sure to check the weekly schedule before heading over. Skating price is $8 for adults, $6 for children six and under, and there’s a skate rental fee of $2.

Springfield Ice Skating Rink
400 West Sproul Road, Springfield

This ice rink offers limited public skating hours from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission will cost you $8, with skate rentals an additional $2.

Tinseltown Spectacular Rudolph’s Rink
100 Station Avenue, Phoenixville

As part of the Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular in the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Rudolph’s Rink is a synthetic skating rink open through January 2nd. Adult tickets are $20 with skates included and $10 without; while kid tickets are $15 with skates included and $5 without. As a note, your ticketed, 30-minute skating sesh is a separate purchase from Tinseltown Spectacular’s general admission ticket.

Ice Skating in New Jersey

Flyers Training Center
601 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees

If you’re a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers, this is the place for you to skate. Of course they offer hockey lessons, but they also have public skating at various times during the week and weekend. (Check this calendar for specific times.) Admission is $10, plus an extra $5 if you need to rent skates.

Hollydell Ice Arena
601 Holly Dell Drive, New Jersey

Besides being home to the Hollydell Figure Skating Club, this ice arena offers a bunch of open skate times throughout the week. Admission is $10, plus $4 if you need skates.

Igloo Ice Rink
3033 Fostertown Road, Mount Laurel

Focused on the development of hockey players and figure skaters, the Igloo Ice Rink offers limited public skating hours, a pro shop and a restaurant to refuel and replenish. No need to bring your own skates, as skate rentals are complimentary at the rink; just pay the admission fee of $16 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. Military and group rates are also available.

WinterFest Ice Skating at Cooper River
Cooper River Park at Cuthbert Boulevard and Park Drive, Cherry Hill

WinterFest Ice Skating at Cooper River transforms part of the NJ park into a winter wonderland. Open Thursday through Sunday until February 21st, WinterFest features outdoor ice skating (obviously!), and seasonal treats and warming options inside their lodge. Rink admission costs $7.50, with discounts for children, seniors, and vets. Skate rental is $6.

Free Ice Skating Around Philadelphia

Laura Sims Skate House
210 South 63rd Street, West Philly

Not only is this skate house an icon in the Cobbs Creek community, but it also boasts free admission for skating (you’ll just pay $3 for the skate rental). The public skate hours are as follows: Monday and Wednesday, 7 p.m. through 9 p.m.; Fridays, 7:45 p.m. through 9:45 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 p.m. through 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. through 7:30 p.m. The facilities also offer skating lessons and an open hockey option.

Rizzo Ice Rink
1001 Front Street, South Philly

The self-proclaimed “Best Kept Secret in Philadelphia” has been serving the South Philly community for over 30 years. With a strong focus in getting youth into hockey (which they also proclaim is a “religion and way of life”), this rink brings the traditional Philly-grit that your skating experience may have been missing. The best part: It’s free to skate with a $5 skate rental fee. Check here for their public skate hours.

Scanlon Ice Rink
1099 East Venango Street, Kensington

Situated in the Kensington section of the city, this rink focuses on giving back to the community by bolstering a positive atmosphere. The major focus at this rink is hockey; however, they do offer public skate hours at various times, based on availability. Skating here is free with a $3 skate rental fee. You should call the venue for specific hours of operation: 215-685-9893.

Simons Ice Rink
7200 Woolston Avenue, West Oak Lane

This West Oak Lane rink is open year-round and features a lot of availability for open skating. Check out all the times you can lace up and glide here. (Note, there is no public skate held on Mondays.) There are also free hockey programs available offered by the Ed Snyder Youth Hockey Foundation. There is no admission fee, but there is a $4 skate rental fee.

Tarken Ice Rink
6250 Frontenac Street, Oxford Circle

A Philadelphia Parks and Recreation facility, Tarken Ice Rink hosts their year-round Snider Hockey After School Excellence Program, plus public skate hours. Admission is free and there’s a $3 skate rental fee. Check their Facebook page for the schedule and latest updates before heading over.

This page has been updated since it first posted in 2018, with additional research and reporting by Laura Brzyski.