Top Ice Skating Rinks in Philadelphia

Ice Skating is a great way to get some exercise, go on a date or spend time with family. In Philadelphia, there are a couple new rinks that have popped up along with some older rinks in the region. Whether it is competitive ice hockey or just for entertainment, ice skating is all the rage.

The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park is the latest addition to Philadelphia's skating scene. It is located on the west side of City Hall. This rink offers a unique experience in an urban setting. Skate rentals and lessons are available, but people are more than welcome to bring their own skates and swirl around. There are "sled skating" sessions for everyone including the disabled community on Saturday mornings. For people watchers, the Rothman Cabin offers food and hot beverages. Ice skaters can access the cabin without removing their skates. The entire rink is also available for special events. Hours of operation change daily, so visit the website for more information.

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is located across from Penn's Landing on south Columbus Boulevard. There are all types of festivities coupled with traditional ice skating at this indoor-outdoor venue. Winter warming cottages are available for skaters wishing to take a break from the ice and sip warm drinks. Multiple fire pits are away from the ice for people who want to stay warm while watching instead of skating. There are a few different dining options at the rink as well. The Garces Group has the village burger and the taco stand offering many meal items for meat-lovers and vegetarians, including gluten-free and nut-free items. And the Franklin Fountain Confectionery Cabin has a slew of sweet treats including ice cream, baked good and hot drinks. The RiverRink offers a full calendar of special events plus varying hours of operation. Check the website for more information.

The Penn Ice Rink at the Class of 1923 Arena offers traditional free skating and ice hockey for all ages and levels of skill. The rink is considered more traditional in its style. There is public skating and private times for figure skating with lessons. There is also an annual Ironman Ice Hockey tournament played pond-style and any team can compete. The rink has youth, college and adult leagues, along with referee assignments. The ice rink can also be rented for a wide variety of special events from birthday parties to live concerts. The arena is 17,000 sq. feet. The University of Pennsylvania manages the rink. More information can be located on their website.

Rizzo Ice Rink is an indoor-outdoor "hybrid" located on Front Street in South Philadelphia. While the original mission of the rink was to provide a competitive ice hockey venue for the youth of Philadelphia, currently the rink is also open to the public and has special programs for adults like roller hockey. Rizzo Rink is also the most affordable public ice skating rink in the area with FREE admission and just $4 to rent skates. There is a concession stand with hot sandwiches like cheesesteaks, burgers and more. There is a candy machine in the warming station where skaters can also bring their own goodies. They do not host special events, but for kids' birthday parties, families are welcome to bring a cake during public skating. Visit the website for more information.​

Author's bio: Stasia DeMarco is a native Philadelphian. She has been a freelance journalist and content strategist for 20+ years.​

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