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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: Photo courtesy Matt Stanley for DRWC

Description

Dates:
May 26 – September 3, 2017

Overview

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

An urban beach area overlooks the Delaware River, complete with lounge chairs and picnic tables. There is plenty of shaded seating thanks to beach umbrellas and also plenty of sun-soaked seats for those looking to catch some rays.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is free and open to the public daily through Labor Day.

The Roller Rink

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

The rink is set against a summertime landscape — think summer camp on the Delaware River — offering skating as a ticketed activity (as ice skating is in the winter). Tickets are available for purchase in advance online or onsite.

The rink features brand-new skates, a hockey-grade flooring system and a leafy island in the center that not only provides shade and seating but also helps with rain collection.

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

Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack

Returning for a second year, Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack, a summertime-only, 200 seat bar and restaurant, takes over the lodge at Summerfest.

The restaurant serves many of the Chickie’s and Pete’s staples you know and love — crab fries, wings, cheesesteaks and more — in addition to seafood-centric menu items.

Beyond food, the Crabshack serves an array of craft beers and tasty cocktails, too, so get ready to kick back and relax on the waterfront.

Lastly, a naturalistic playscape and arcade offers kids more play opportunities when a break from skating is needed.

Mini-golf

In addition to skating, RiverRink Summerfest hosts a nine-hole mini-golf course that’s located right next to the roller rink. Each of the nine holes were designed by a local artist with recycled materials.

The Midway

Debuting at Summerfest for the first time ever on June 23, The Midway brings a carnival-style amusement park to the Delaware Waterfront. Colorful lights and sounds will fill the The Midway grounds, which will host five boardwalk-style games, a carousel and an array of rides. Guest can look forward to a 60-foot-tall ferris wheel and The Pharaoh’s Fury, a ship that swings in an arc that reaches as high as 50 feet into the air.

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.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

As expected, Spruce Street Harbor Park, the enormously popular summertime village along the Delaware River, returns this season. Spruce Street Harbor Park and Summerfest are seamlessly connected via a path along the river, making it easy to visit both awesome summertime destinations.

In other words, only a five-minute walk separates you from lounging in a hammock in Spruce Street Harbor Park after you’re done showing off your moves on the skating rink at Summerfest.

Both parks are open seven days a week for the entire summer season.

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