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The exterior of Philadelphia City Hall. There is an ice rink in front of the building where people are ice skating. Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Where to go ice skating in Philly

From outdoor rinks by the water to indoor spots that are entirely free

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Editor’s note: This article was last published in December 2016 and has since been updated with the most recent information.

One of Philly’s best winter traditions is back: ice skating. Whether you want to work on your form, just have some fun, or you’re looking for a weekend activity, there are spots all across the city that have you covered.

It’s also a great holiday activity, with many places offering options to skate under holiday-themed lights, hang out with Santa on the rink, or watch a holiday show on ice.

We've rounded up all of the great places to hit the rink in the city—indoors and outdoors—and good news: plenty of them won’t even cost a penny.

Know of another Philly-based ice rink? Leave a comment or send us a tip here and we'll add it to the map.

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1. Laura Sims Skate House

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210 S 63rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19139
(215) 685-1995
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This West Philly rink has been renovated since it opened in the 1960s. It’s adjacent to the Cobbs Creek Recreation Center and offers public skate sessions on every day of the week for free. Skate rentals cost $3 a pop and there’s open skating (complete with treats and gifts for the first 50 kids) on both Christmas and New Years eves.

2. Wissahickon Skating Club

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550 W Willow Grove Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 247-1759
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Looking for some late-night skating? This private club hosts public sessions every Friday from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. It’s $9 per person and $3 for skate rentals. For a cheaper skate, go on Saturday from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m., when rates are $7 per person.

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3. Penn Ice Rink

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3130 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

When it’s not hosting ice hockey games or figure skating lessons, you can hit the ice at Penn's rink during public skating sessions. Check the website for the full schedule. It’s $6 per person and $3 for skate rentals.

4. Rothman Ice Rink

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1 S 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

This outdoor ice rink at Dilworth Park in front of City Hall is now open every day until 24 February 2019. Tickets are $3 for children; $5 for adults; $10 for skate rentals, but if you show your SEPTA Key Card, you can get $1 off most days. Need some help? The rink hosts 4-week long Learn to Skate sessions.

The rink is open until 9 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on weekends, meaning you can skate under the bright lights of the holiday show projected against City Hall.

The Rothman Ice Rink in Philadelphia. There are many people skating on the ice. The rink is in front of Philadelphia City Hall. Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

5. Simons Ice Rink

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7200 Woolston Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19138

After undergoing a major renovation, this West Oak Lane rink is now open year-round, every day of the week at various times. Like the other Parks and Recreation rinks, this one’s free and the ski rental is cheap—just $2 a pop.

6. Rizzo Rink

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1001 S Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Hiding under I-95 at Washington Avenue and Front Street, Rizzo Rink refers itself as the “best kept secret in Philadelphia.” You can skate at the South Philly rink on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at various times. It's free, but $4 to rent skates.

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7. Blue Cross RiverRink

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101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

It’s a winter wonderland over at the Blue Cross Winterfest at Penn’s Landing until March 3. To ice skate, it’s $4 per person and $10 for skate rentals. Besides skating, there are winter cottages, fire pits, a lodge where you can warm up indoors, and a New Years Eve party on ice.

An aerial view of Blue Cross RiverRink in Philadelphia. There are many people skating on the ice. In the distance is a bridge. Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

8. Tarken Ice Rink

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6220 Frontenac St
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Like Simons Ice Rink, Oxford Circle’s Tarken Ice Rink is open year-round with. You can lace up for public skate sessions on Mondays and Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.—for free!

If you’re looking for a good holiday option, look no further. They offer an annual Christmas Eve skate with Santa from 10 a.m. to 12.

9. Flyers Skate Zone

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10990 Decatur Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19154
(215) 618-0050
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Got Flyers fever? This hockey-centric rink in northeast Philly offers public skating sessions every day from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m. Rates are $10 per person and $3 for skate rentals.

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1. Laura Sims Skate House

210 S 63rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19139

This West Philly rink has been renovated since it opened in the 1960s. It’s adjacent to the Cobbs Creek Recreation Center and offers public skate sessions on every day of the week for free. Skate rentals cost $3 a pop and there’s open skating (complete with treats and gifts for the first 50 kids) on both Christmas and New Years eves.

210 S 63rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19139

2. Wissahickon Skating Club

550 W Willow Grove Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Looking for some late-night skating? This private club hosts public sessions every Friday from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. It’s $9 per person and $3 for skate rentals. For a cheaper skate, go on Saturday from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m., when rates are $7 per person.

550 W Willow Grove Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118

3. Penn Ice Rink

3130 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

When it’s not hosting ice hockey games or figure skating lessons, you can hit the ice at Penn's rink during public skating sessions. Check the website for the full schedule. It’s $6 per person and $3 for skate rentals.

3130 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

4. Rothman Ice Rink

1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
The Rothman Ice Rink in Philadelphia. There are many people skating on the ice. The rink is in front of Philadelphia City Hall. Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

This outdoor ice rink at Dilworth Park in front of City Hall is now open every day until 24 February 2019. Tickets are $3 for children; $5 for adults; $10 for skate rentals, but if you show your SEPTA Key Card, you can get $1 off most days. Need some help? The rink hosts 4-week long Learn to Skate sessions.

The rink is open until 9 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on weekends, meaning you can skate under the bright lights of the holiday show projected against City Hall.

1 S 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. Simons Ice Rink

7200 Woolston Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19138

After undergoing a major renovation, this West Oak Lane rink is now open year-round, every day of the week at various times. Like the other Parks and Recreation rinks, this one’s free and the ski rental is cheap—just $2 a pop.

7200 Woolston Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19138

6. Rizzo Rink

1001 S Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Hiding under I-95 at Washington Avenue and Front Street, Rizzo Rink refers itself as the “best kept secret in Philadelphia.” You can skate at the South Philly rink on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at various times. It's free, but $4 to rent skates.

1001 S Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

7. Blue Cross RiverRink

101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106
An aerial view of Blue Cross RiverRink in Philadelphia. There are many people skating on the ice. In the distance is a bridge. Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

It’s a winter wonderland over at the Blue Cross Winterfest at Penn’s Landing until March 3. To ice skate, it’s $4 per person and $10 for skate rentals. Besides skating, there are winter cottages, fire pits, a lodge where you can warm up indoors, and a New Years Eve party on ice.

101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

8. Tarken Ice Rink

6220 Frontenac St, Philadelphia, PA 19111

Like Simons Ice Rink, Oxford Circle’s Tarken Ice Rink is open year-round with. You can lace up for public skate sessions on Mondays and Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.—for free!

If you’re looking for a good holiday option, look no further. They offer an annual Christmas Eve skate with Santa from 10 a.m. to 12.

6220 Frontenac St
Philadelphia, PA 19111

9. Flyers Skate Zone

10990 Decatur Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19154

Got Flyers fever? This hockey-centric rink in northeast Philly offers public skating sessions every day from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m. Rates are $10 per person and $3 for skate rentals.

10990 Decatur Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19154