In existence for 40 years, Penn Ice Rink blankets 18,000 square feet with frozen water-diamonds primed for glide-mining. Open-ice sessions are held every day except Tuesday and Thursday, giving frosty foot-bladers numerous opportunities to join a hot date or a lukewarm family member for an afternoon or evening of triple axels and skating gingerly while gripping the wall. Peek at the schedule for public-skating times.
As the sun sets and the skyline's lights dance across the waters of the Delaware River, there's hardly a prettier place to be than the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest?and that's before the twice-hourly musical light show starts. From the afternoon late into the night, families whirl around an ice rink built right beside the river as the trees come alive with twinkling color and crackling fire pits.
Even when the temperature drops, visitors might easily be tempted to stay for hours. The Lodge Restaurant and Bar and the Fireside Cafe are two popular spots to cozy up with snacks, hot chocolate, or hot cocktails. Or you can warm your hands yourself with s'mores supplies and fire pits in the Winter Garden.
Walking into Rolling Thunder Skating Center feels a lot like walking into an indoor carnival: there are rides inside, an arcade with video games and skeeball, and there's even a mural of a rollercoaster on the walls. Still, the center's core identity pulses on the groove of pure roller fun, boasting an expansive rink and its own pizzeria. Around the whole scene, skaters can glide and groove to Top-40 tunes. Parents can join kids on the rink, or watch from the booths in the seating area to ensure that their kids are safe and aren't mouthing any lyrics to Will Smith's Parent's Just Don't Understand.
The carefully maintained rink at Wissahickon Skating Club has been inspiring hockey players and figure skaters since 1956. One of the only skating clubs in the U.S. to own its own facility, Wissahickon also hosted the 1998 U.S. National Figure Skating Championship. Today, the club offers public and members-only skating sessions as well as lessons, clinics, and camps.
The perfect weapon to stave off a boring afternoon, Maple Sports Arena invites visitors to zip around its inline skating rink, hit up the arcade, or explore its indoor jungle gyms. Kids can glide around the rink during open skate before refueling at the snack bar with personal pizzas and sodas. After that, they're welcome to swap out skates for sneakers to conquer five-story Marple Mountain?a technicolor climbing landscape that's littered with ropes, obstacles, and ladders?or head to the indoor rock wall to conquer vertical space and claim the wall as your own with your family's flag.
Millennium Skate World is one of the few places where it's socially-acceptable to strap wheels to your feet and take a spin on someone else's polished wood floors. Lively music sets the tone at this family-friendly hub as lights flicker and dance in time, and skaters whirl past a vibrant mural of the Las Vegas strip, with the famous Las Vegas sign adapted to reflect Millennium Skate World instead. Skating is also a great opportunity for families to be active and healthy together, providing a great workout for all ages. When it's time to take a break from looping around the rink, skaters can grab a bite at the on-site cafe or belly up to games at the arcade.