Explore these friendly towns one ice rink at a time.
Heading to the Philadelphia suburbs? Don’t forget your skates! There are tons of amazing ice rinks — both indoor and out — in the area. Check out these go-to spots as you’re exploring the towns.
If your kids are into figure skating, Ardmore is the place to be. This town is home to the country’s first skating club, the Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society. Locals can sign up for a membership and get daily access, lessons and the chance to join a competitive team.
But you don’t have to be a seasoned skater to enjoy this rink. Public skating hours are offered on Fridays and Sundays. All are encouraged to come on Sundays and this is a great time to meet others from the town.
The Springfield indoor ice rink is perfect for beginners. Anyone can use the skating aids for free and they also offer lessons from a former Disney on Ice professional skater. Your kids can even participate in the Springfield Hockey League with no experience.
Every weekend the rink hosts public skating hours. You can also host your child’s birthday party on site.
The Skatium has been the place for all things ice since 1974. This rink offers everything from youth hockey leagues to skate sharpening to public skating hours. The Skatium is also popular for skating lessons, open to all ages.
For seasonal skating, head to the Winterfest Ice Skating Rink in Cooper River Park. You may even have a chance to skate with Santa — check the calendar for the latest event dates.
After spending some time on the ice, head to the heated tent to sip hot cocoa or play arcade games. If you move to town, head back to the park in the warmer months for waterfront bike rides.
Local outdoor enthusiasts love having Marsh Creek State Park in their backyard, as they head here in the summer to swim and picnic. In the winter, this is one of the best spots around for sledding and cross country skiing. When it gets cold enough, you can skate on the park’s natural ice.
Newtown locals have access to a natural rink in Tyler State Park. Weather permitting, residents can glide on the frozen Neshaminy Creek. This park offers year-round fun for residents. Even if it’s not quite cold enough to skate, this is the place to go for hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and more.
If you’re exploring Delaware County this holiday season, bring the whole group to the ice rink in Newtown Square. This outdoor pop-up winter destination will feature holiday lights, hot cocoa, and, of course, ice skating.
And if you decide to settle in the area, keep this rink in mind for next winter. They also offer group season passes so you can turn skating into regular outings.
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