The Ultimate Guide to Ice Skating Around Philadelphia

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Ice skating at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is fun for the whole family. / Photograph by Matt Stanley.

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 ice skating on an actual creek in Newtown (!) to a rink that sells UGG boots in their skate shop, we’ve got you covered for all the best venues. Check out the complete guide below for all your winter adventures.

Ice Skating Around 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 also celebrating 26 years as one of Philly’s premier skating destinations. The rink is open seven days a week (including all holidays) until March 8th. Besides skating, there is also outdoor seating with fire pits, warming cabins (if the cold gets to you), and a lodge with food and beverages. Skating admission is $4 and $10 for a skate rental. Get your tickets here.

Flyers Skate Zone
Multiple locations, including Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsauken, and Voorhees

If you’re a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers, this is the place for you to skate. This rink is surrounded by Flyers branding so you’ll feel like you’re on the ice at the Wells Fargo Center. Of course they offer hockey lessons, but they also have a daily open skate. Public skating times vary across locations, so check this calendar. Admission is $10, plus an extra $5 if you need to rent skates.

Penn Ice Rink
3130 Walnut Street, University City

Ice hockey has been a vital part of the University of Pennsylvania experience since the winter of 1898, and this rink has been apart of that history since 1968. Public skating, which runs every day except Tuesday and Thursday, costs $6 per session ($3 for skating 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 Orthopaedic Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. 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. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 10 and under, plus $10 for a skate rental. Show your SEPTA Pass or Key for $1 off skating admission Sunday through Thursday. Information on open skate hours can be found here.

Wissahickon Skating Club
550 West Willow Grove Avenue, Chestnut Hill

For over 60 years, this skating club has been dedicated to serving the community. In 1998, they hosted the US National Figure Skating Championship, which further solidified their spot in the Philly skating scene. Currently, they offer public skating every Friday night (8:30 p.m. through 10:30 p.m.) and Saturday afternoon (12:45 p.m. through 2:15 p.m.). Admission is $9 on Friday and $7 on Saturday, plus $3 for skate rentals. Check here for more information.

Ice Skating in New Jersey and the ‘Burbs

Hollydell Ice Arena
601 Holly Dell Drive, New Jersey

If you’re in South Jersey, look no further than the Hollydell Ice Arena in Sewell. Besides being home to the Hollydell Figure Skating Club, it also offers a bunch of open skate times throughout the week. Admission is $10, plus $4 if you need skates.

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. Not only does this rink offer public skating, but they also sell UGGs in their skate shop. 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

Besides hockey and figure skating lessons, this rink also offers public skating. This Aston-based rink is massive and even features a beer pub with a pretty impressive draft list. Adults are $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. Find out more information on open skating here.

1002 Darby Road, #3616, Havertown

Tucked in the suburbs of Havertown lies the Skatium. This rink opened in 1974 and since it’s built a loyal following of ice skating lovers. They offer lessons, open skate times, and clinics. Their new 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 website before heading over. Skating price is $8 for adults, $6 for children six and under, and there’s a skate rental fee of $2.

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 17th, the WinterFest features outdoor ice skating (obviously!), arcade games inside the heated tent, and even Intro to Curling lessons for $10. Rink admission costs $7, with discounts for children, seniors, and vets. Skate rental is $4.

Free Ice Skating Around Philadelphia

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

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.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. through 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. through 7:30 p.m.

Rizzo Ice Rink
1001 Front Street, South Philadelphia

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 $4 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 still offer public skate hours. 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 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 bring something positive to the community. Besides the year-round Snider Hockey After School Excellence Program, this rink hosts public skate hours. Admission is free and there’s a $3 skate rental fee. Check here for the schedule and latest updates before heading over.

This page has been updated. Additional reporting by Laura Brzyski.

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