Score a 10 with These Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in PA

Enjoy some ice time with outdoor ambience in stunning winter landscapes at these spectacular outdoor skating rinks in Pennsylvania. It’s time to lace up, grab some hot cocoa, don your favorite scarf, and get ready to enjoy some outdoor fun this winter — triple Lutz not required!

1. Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink at Dilworth Park


Each year, the fountain area in Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park is magically transformed into a winter wonderland. Ice skate or sled skate at the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, then relax with some spirited beverages and refreshments at The Rothman Cabin. The rink is welcoming to everyone, with admissions and rentals for Sled Skating free for those with a disability and their support person starting Jan. 2. Whether ice skating or sled skating, reserve your spot before you go and avoid the lines for 90 minutes of fun on the ice!

2. UPMC Rink at PPG Place


Outdoor ice skating near Pittsburgh at UPMC Rink at PPG Place, a festive hub of winter activities and holiday traditions.
UPMC Rink at PPG Place

The UPMC Rink at PPG Place in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh is, without a doubt, the best place for outdoor skating in the Steel City. The rink at PPG Place is bigger than the rink at Rockefeller Center, 67 percent larger to be exact! Order and pre-pay your tickets online to guarantee your date and entry time. Free admission for children begins on Jan. 9 with “Tuesday Family Nights” for each child with each adult admission purchased; just be sure to have the coupon code handy when you order your tickets.

3. Lake Teedyuskung at Woodloch Resort


Outdoor ice skating near Pittsburgh at UPMC Rink at PPG Place, a festive hub of winter activities and holiday traditions.
Lake Teedyuskung at Woodloch Resort

Lake Teedyuskung at Woodloch Resort — rated “Best of the Best” by Traveler’s Choice and a perennial winner of USA Today’s Readers’ Choice award for Best Family Resort — offers a breathtaking ice skating adventure in the Pocono Mountains. Perfect your twizzles or challenge your friends and family to a pickup game of hockey with sticks and pucks available to rent from the skate shop.

4. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest


Holiday environment with all lights and people enjoying skating on Ice rink
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Grab your skates and a friend or two for 90 minutes of a fun-filled ice skating adventure at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Now in its 30th season, Winterfest is one of Philadelphia's favorite winter traditions on the Philly Waterfront. The Olympic-size ice skating rink overlooking the Delaware River comes complete with all the ice-skating amenities, including comforting warming cabins, an outdoor seating area with fire pits, and games for the young and young-at-heart. Ordering tickets online is highly recommended with a limited number of tickets available for each date and time.

5. Parker Lake at Parker Dam State Park


Parker Lake at Parker Dam State Park in the heart of Moshannon State Forest in Penfield offers some old-fashioned, rustic ice skating charm. Park staff clear snow off the ice to make a rink near the summer swimming area and carefully monitor the ice thickness to ensure all have a fun and safe time skating in their winter wonderland. They even provide a heated restroom!

6. The Lodge at Glendorn


group of people skating on ice rink
The Lodge at Glendorn

The Lodge at Glendorn offers the ultimate pampered outdoor ice skating experience. Take a few spins around Skipper Lake, then stop by the warming Schoolhouse for some homemade hot chocolate and s’mores. Skate and repeat! Afterwards, perfect your sweeping skills with a friendly game of curling at the resort’s specially made curling sheet. No need to bring your own skating gear; the resort offers complimentary ice skates for its guests.

7. Skytop Lodge


a person skating on Outdoor rink
Skytop Lodge

Take in the open air on Skytop Lodge’s skating rink and then warm up in this grand resort that has been delighting and pampering guests for nearly a century. Thrill-seeking travelers can check out the resort’s other winter activities including snow tubing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing.

8. The Earl E. Schaffer Bethlehem Ice Rink


kids learning skating on a indoor rink
The Earl E. Schaffer Bethlehem Ice Rink

The Earl E. Schaffer Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink is a great way to have some fun times this winter season in Christmas City. Open November through March conditions permitting, all ages can get in on the fun with public skating sessions and lessons from an expert. If you’re already a pro skater (we’re jealous), try your hand at ice hockey. The rink welcomes both children and adults with special needs to enjoy ice skating fun in a safe and low sensory environment on specified dates and times.

9. The Lodge at Nemacolin


three people on rink
 The Lodge at Nemacolin

Winter is not complete without a session in the rink at The Lodge at Nemacolin. Book your stay at this famed resort and then slide and spin some wintry magic on their outdoor ice skating rink. Located at Lafayette Square, share some charmingly chilly, family-friendly fun at their ice rink or enjoy their other amazing outdoor winter adventures, including dog sledding.

Looking for more ways to have fun this winter in Pennsylvania? If so, check out the visitPA website. Follow us on Facebook, X (Twitter), Pinterest, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on even more great ideas and places to visit around our state.

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