Blue Cross River Rink ice skating, Philadelphia

Blue Cross RiverRink has been Philadelphia’s winter tradition for the last 25 years. Based at Winterfest, a seasonal winter park with various activities, the ice rink is great fun. We were guests of Blue Cross Rink for this adventure but all opinions are our own.

A winter wonderland greeted us. Overlooking the river, there was an ice rink to our left as we walked past winter huts housing eateries, bars and an arcade. Outside were fires for making smores and games such as bean bag toss and a giant connect 4. We headed past these to the ice rink check in. Inside we were given our tickets to get ice skates. The skates were surprisingly comfy for rental skates and once we were sorted and had put our valuables in a locker we headed outside to the ice.

We took with us a push along frame as my daughter wasn’t sure about skating. She started off with a combination of that and holding onto the side and by the end of the hour we were skating she managed to get round slowly by herself. My son spends most his life on heelys so found it a bit easier to balance and managed to skate straight away. We had a really fun hour skating and surprisingly all managed to stay on our feet.

When we had finished skating we played a game of bean bag toss before heading back to the car.

Taking an autistic child ice skating at Blue Cross River Rink?

There was a car park nearby, this costs $20 to park but allows you to park so you don’t have to walk alongside a road.

There were fires for making smores which are obviously hot.

There was an arcade on site.

There were restrooms at the venue.
There was music playing as we skated, this wasn’t too loud.

The rink wasn’t busy during our visit, we went at 1.30pm on a school day.
Ice can be a great sensory experience for sensory seekers.


Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is open seven days a week including all holidays from November 23, 2018 through March 3, 2019. Skating is available Monday to Thursday between 1pm and 10.30pm, Friday 1pm to 12.30am and Weekends 11am to 10.30pm (12.30am on Saturdays).

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