Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink and a seasonal favorite at Penn’s Landing
Opens May 27, 2016
Open til 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
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.
Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack
New this year is Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack, a summertime-only, 200 seat bar and restaurant, will take over the lodge at Summerfest.
The restaurant will serve 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. The seafood options include fried shrimp, hard shell crabs, steamers and a seafood feast for two (clams, crabs, hot shrimp and more).
Beyond food, the crabshack will serve Chickie’s and Pete’s exclusive collaboration IPA with Sly Fox Brewing Company, other craft beers and tasty cocktails.
Lastly, a naturalistic playscape and arcade will offer kids more play opportunities when they need a break from skating.
This year, RiverRink Summerfest debuts a nine-hole mini-golf course that will be located right next to the roller skating rink. Each of the nine holes have been designed by a local artist with recycled materials.
Mini-golf costs just $5 per person for each game.
An urban beach area will overlook the Delaware River, complete with lounge chairs and picnic tables. There will be plenty of shaded seating thanks to beach umbrellas, and also plenty of sun-soaked seats for those looking to catch some rays.
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, 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.
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