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Dec 4 2013

Ice Skating Is Nice Skating In Philadelphia

Lace Up & Celebrate Winter Sports At Philly’s Indoor & Outdoor Rinks

Winter weather is here; it’s time to go ice skating. Even those who don’t know a slap shot from a Salchow can work on their hockey or figure skating moves at indoor and outdoor rinks throughout the Philadelphia region.

On the Delaware River waterfront, the outdoor Blue Cross RiverRink celebrates its 20th anniversary with a makeover—a winter wonderland setting that includes a light show, Art Star Holiday Market, a pop-up restaurant, food trucks and fire pits. Joining the ranks of outdoor rinks is Skate at the Piazza, a pop-up rink that also features entertainment, a market and even winter-themed movies.

No skates? No problem. Most rinks offer rental skates, as well as skating lessons for adults and children. Many also reserve time for club members, so it’s best to call ahead to confirm public skating times.

New Rinks, New Features:

  • Blue Cross RiverRink – At the open-air Olympic-size rink on Penn’s Landing, skaters take in a spectacular view of the city while gliding alongside the Delaware River. Debuting this year, a pop-up holiday winter garden and village called Waterfront Winterfest features craft vendors, music, food and drinks. A new holiday-themed light show dazzles every hour from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. Plus, under a massive 400-person warming tent created from recycled shipping containers, folks enjoy comfort food, holiday cocktails and local beers. The rink offers special events throughout the season. RiverRink, November 29-March 2. Winterfest, November 29-January 5. Market Street & Columbus Boulevard, (215) 925-RINK,
  • Skate at the Piazza – The city’s newest outdoor rink offers 5,000 square feet of artificial ice for skaters who want to show off their best moves. Through the end of the Sochi Olympics in February, the pop-up rink at Northern Liberties’ Piazza at Schmidts will buzz with activity: live DJs, classic winter movies, a weeknight curling league and a winter market headlined by some of Philadelphia’s best food trucks and craft vendors. November 30-February 23. 1001 N. 2nd Street,

Longtime Favorites:

  • Class of 1923 Rink – In addition to being home ice for several local collegiate hockey teams, this NHL-size rink hosts a number of youth and adult hockey programs. The rink also offers group and singles freestyle skating lessons, public skating sessions and freestyle sessions. 3130 Walnut Street, (215) 898-1923,
  • Flyers’ Skate Zone – The draws at this hockey-centric rink: public skating sessions and plenty of opportunities (practice sessions, clinics, teams at various levels) for hockey players to hone their skills on two NHL-size surfaces. 10990 Decatur Road, (215) 618-0050,
  • IceWorks Skating Complex – Four skating surfaces—one Olympic-size and three NHL-size—keep hockey players and figure skaters on ice all year long. Lessons cover all disciplines and skill levels, and the pro shop sells a full line of equipment. Just watching? Guests can catch the action from the cafe or pub. 3100 W. Dutton’s Mill Road, Aston, (610) 497-2200,
  • Oaks Center Ice – Skaters of all levels flock to the three NHL-size rinks during dozens of public skating, freestyle and hockey sessions. Youngsters can get in on the fun of team synchronized skating or compete in the Broadway-style Theater on Ice program. 100 Pennco Road, Oaks, (610) 650-9690,
  • Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society Rink – America’s first skating club is still one of the finest with high-quality ice for skaters of all levels. The former training center for several national and Olympic champs (including Scott Hamilton), PSCHS welcomes skaters for public lessons, synchronized skating and lessons for beginners to elite levels. 220 Holland Road, Ardmore, (610) 642-8700,
  • Rizzo Rink – This covered outdoor rink is devoted mostly to youth hockey. However, people can take advantage of public skating and skating lessons during various sessions, as well as time slots for open hockey and adult hockey. November 29-mid-March. 1001 S. Front Street, (215) 685-1593,
  • Skatium – Staying true to its family-friendly reputation, the Skatium offers programs for all ages and skill levels: hockey clinics, open hockey sessions, figure skating lessons and public skating. 1002 Darby Road, Havertown, (610) 853-2226,
  • Tarken Recreation Center – Youth hockey reigns supreme thanks to team play, clinics and competitions. The recently enclosed rink welcomes a more diverse crowd during several public skating sessions throughout the week. 6250 Frontenac Street, (215) 685-1226
  • Wissahickon Skating Rink – Freestyle, synchronized skating, hockey and public skating sessions and lessons keep this family-focused rink active all year long. The pro shop specializes in equipment and custom blade sharpening. 550 W. Willow Grove Avenue, (215) 247-1759,

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