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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink and a seasonal favorite at Penn’s Landing

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is the home of warm-weather fun, with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events. Credit: Matt Stanley for DRWC

Description

Dates:
Opens May 27, 2016
Open til 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Overview

The area that housed this past winter’s Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will transform into a warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events throughout the season.

Opening Memorial Day weekend, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest will be free and open to the public daily.

The Roller Rink

The popular ice-skating rink from Winterfest will be repurposed into an awesome roller skating rink for the summer.

The rink will be set against a summertime landscape — think summer camp on the Delaware River — and skating will be a ticketed activity (as ice skating was in the winter) with tickets that will be available for purchase in advance online or on-site.

Plus, the rink will feature all brand-new skates, a hockey-grade flooring system and a leafy island in the center that will not only provide shade and seating but will also help with rain collection.

As during the winter, all Independence Blue Cross Cardholders will receive free skating admission.

The Lodge

The super-cool lodge from Winterfest is returning for Summerfest as well — but with a few seasonal changes.

As opposed to a ski lodge, visitors can expect a boathouse feel, complete with canoes, paddles, fans, misters and more — for Summerfest. Think air conditioning, amazing décor and great views of the river and the skaters

The wrap-around porch along the outside of the lodge with rocking chairs will also remain, making it an ideal place to enjoy the weather (and maybe a beer).

Speaking of food and drink, Garces Group and other Philadelphia restauranteurs will be serving boathouse-related fare that complements the ring and summer vibe.

Lastly, a naturalistic playscape and arcade will offer kids more play opportunities when they need a break from skating.

Getting There & Parking

Like all of the waterfront attractions, Summerfest is super accessible via public transportation, bike and by foot.

To arrive by foot, head over the Market Street Bridge and you’ve arrived.

By SEPTA, take the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street. Numerous SEPTA buses stop at or near Summerfest and Penn’s Landing, as well as the Philly PHLASH this summer.

By car, look for parking lots located at Lombard Circle, Walnut and Market Streets at Columbus Boulevard.

For more info on getting there and parking, click the button below.

directions to summerfest

Spruce Street Harbor Park

As expected, Spruce Street Harbor Park, last year’s enormously popular summertime village along the Delaware River, is returning for a second year. Even better news: Spruce Street Harbor Park and Summerfest will seamlessly connect via a path along the river.

That means only a five-minute walk will separate you from lounging in a hammock in Spruce Street Harbor Park to showing off your moves in the skating rink at Summerfest.

The best part: Both parks will be open seven days a week for the entire summer season.

For more on the second season of Spruce Street Harbor Park, click the button below.

spruce street harbor park

More Info To Come

Keep an eye out here for more information on Summerfest as it becomes available.

For more information on the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, click the button below.

blue cross riverrink summerfest

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