Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink and a seasonal favorite at Penn’s Landing
Through September 5, 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 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.
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 on-site.
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
New this year is Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack, a summertime-only, 200 seat bar and restaurant, that 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. 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 serves 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 offers kids more play opportunities when a break from skating is needed.
This year, RiverRink Summerfest debuted a nine-hole mini-golf course that’s located right next to the roller skating rink. Each of the nine holes were designed by a local artist with recycled materials.
Mini-golf costs just $5 per person for each game.
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.
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, returned for its third year 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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