While the winter season is known for its cold weather, shoveling snow off driveways and dusting off the heavier jacket, it also brings some pleasant news. After all, what’s better than outdoor ice skating?
Philadelphia has embraced the ice skating spirit and has opened up quite a number of indoor and outdoor rinks that appeal from budding hockey players to first-time figure skating fans.
The outdoor Blue Cross RiverRink celebrates its 20th anniversary with a complete makeover that includes a new winter wonderland setting. This new look also features a light show, the Art Star Holiday Market and a new pop-up restaurant.
If you’re looking for a new rink, Skate At The Piazza is a pop-up rink that features entertainment and winter-themed movies as well.
If you don’t have any skates, that is definitely no excuse to get on the ice. Most rinks offer rental skates as well as skating lessons for adults and children.
Here’s a rundown of the new and old rinks in the city of Brother Love.
Blue Cross RiverRink
Market Street & Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia PA
At this open-air, Olympic-size rink on Penn’s landing, skaters get a great view of the city while prancing along the Delaware river. The aforementioned light show takes places every hour from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and there is also a warming tent that can accommodate up to 400 peope at one time. The rink is open until March 2.
Skate At The Piazza
1001 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia PA
The city’s newest outdoor rink offers 5,000 square feet of artificial ice. During the Sochi Olympics in February, the rink (located at Northern Liberties’ Plaza at Schmidts) will feature live DJs, classic movies, a weeknight curling league and a winter food market. The rink is open until February 23.
Class Of 1923 Rink
3130 Walnut St., Philadelphia PA
The Class of 1923 Rink is home to several local college teams and features many youth and adult hockey programs. If you need skating lessons, this is the best place for you to get your feet wet.
Flyers’ Skate Zone
10990 Decatur Rd., Philadelphia PA
This rink is primarily intended for budding slapshot artists as there are a variety of practice sessions available for perspective hockey players to hone their skills.
IceWorks Skating Complex
3100 W. Dutton’s Mill Road, Aston PA
The IceWorks Skating Complex offers four skating areas including one Olympic-sized rink and three that are NHL sized to keep both hockey players and figure skaters on the ice all year long. Lessons cover all skill levels and the pro shop inside all sells a full line of equipment. For parents who prefer to just watch their kids participate, there is a café and pub available inside as well.