Penn’s Landing RiverRink Offers Public Outdoor Ice Skating


2012 Update – Penn's Landing RiverRink – Virtually Everything Below, Is Exactly the Same, This Year!

THE BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK IS NOW OPEN! 7 Days a Week Through March 4, 2012.


The Penn's Landing RiverRink first opened its doors for the 1993-1994 winter season - and this year, 2010-2011, marks its 17th season, as the only public ice skating rink in Philadelphia. Here's the basics on enjoying your visit:

Penn's Landing RiverRink - Frequently Asked Questions

When Does Penn’s Landing RiverRink Open to the Public, During 2010-11?

Penn’s Landing RiverRink re-opens officially on Black Friday, November 26, 2010, at noon. It will not close for the season until Sunday, March 6, 2011.

When Can I Skate at Penn’s Landing RiverRink?

During its season, Skating Sessions - i.e., when the RiverRink is open to the public - take place every day, seven days a week, including Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Presidents' Day (although hours on those days are substantially shortened, understandably).

What Are the Fees and Admission?

Admission is $8.00/person for most skating sessions. However, on Friday and Saturday nights, it is $9.00/person, and for special events such as New Year's Eve, it rises substantially.

If you need to rent skates, the rental fee is $3.00/person. And if you want to park, rather than take SEPTA, it's $10.00 to park.

How Long May I Skate For the Price of Admission?

That depends on what day of the week you decide to skate, and whether there are other events taking place.

Penn’s Landing RiverRink Skating Session Hours

Monday-Thursday

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (a single, three-hour Skating Session)

Friday

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
11:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Saturday

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
11:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Sunday

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Is Penn’s Landing RiverRink Open For Extended Skating Hours During Christmas Week 2010?

Yes. Here are the additional skating hours, from December 26 – December 30, 2010:

10:00 AM – 12:00 noon
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Is Penn’s Landing RiverRink Open For Extended Skating Hours During New Year’s Eve 2010?

Yes, most emphatically. There is a special schedule for New Year’s Eve 2010, including the ability to skate in the New Year at midnight.

New Year’s Eve 2010 Skating Sessions

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
11:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Note: You’ll need to purchase tickets in advance, for the 5:00 PM and 11:00 PM skating sessions.)

Where is Penn's Landing RiverRink Located?

Penn's Landing RiverRink is located on the Delaware River, at the intersection of Columbus Boulevard and Market Street - i.e., Penn's Landing. It is easily accessible, via SEPTA, on foot, and by taxicab, from Center City Philadelphia.

How Can I Take SEPTA There?

If you are coming from Center City, the easiest way is to take the SEPTA Blue Line - also known as the Market-Frankford Line, or more colloquially, "the el" - to its 2nd Street Station, which is located at 2nd and Market. From there, just follow signs for Penn's Landing on foot, and you'll get there.

However, if you are coming from one of the outlying neighborhoods of Philadelphia, or from the suburbs, you probably will need to take SEPTA Regional Rail, first.

Take your SEPTA Regional Rail train to Market East Station, located at 11th and Market Streets, about ten blocks away. From Market East, you can easily connect with the Blue Line, at its 11th Street stop. Take the Blue Line "Eastbound to Frankford", to 2nd Street, and follow the directions above.

As A General Rule, Though, We'd Recommend Driving To Penn's Landing RiverRink - NOT Walking or Taking SEPTA - Due to Safety and Weather Considerations

Despite its easy location, we generally would recommend driving, rather than SEPTA or walking, for your experience at Penn's Landing RiverRink. Here's why:

By Definition, Penn's Landing RiverRink Is Only Open During the Cold Winter Months

Walking to Penn's Landing in spring, summer, or fall, is fine. But braving the elements to walk all the way down there in the cold won't be that much fun. Especially because you're then going to spend the next couple of hours in the cold, ice skating.

For The Most Part, It's Also Only Open at Night, When It's Dark and Foreboding

Penn's Landing RiverRink is generally open only at night, except on weekend afternoons and during special events like Christmas week. Obviously, it's colder at night - and it's more desolate. Penn's Landing, regrettably, is not as well incorporated into the street grid as we'd like it to be. And for females, especially, the desolation can be unnerving - especially so when you're coming back, it's late at night, it's cold, and you're tired from skating.

So, bottom line - Drive to Penn's Landing RiverRink, pay your $10, and relax while on the ice. Because you'll know that no matter how many times you fall on the ice, you'll have a short walk to your car, and a warm, cozy ride home once the ignition is on. The $10 parking isn't a bad deal by Center City standards, especially given how close you'll be to the RiverRink.



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