When winter arrives in Philadelphia, there’s no reason to be glum. There are plenty of fun activities to keep you (and the entire family!) entertained from November to March. Whether your idea of winter fun is breaking a sweat on the slopes, or sipping hot chocolate by a cozy fire, there’s something for everyone in Pennsylvania’s largest city. We’ve put together a list of Philadelphia’s top winter attractions to help you stay smiling all winter long.
Skate Your Way Through a Winter Wonderland
With several top-rated skating rinks, Philadelphia is a dream-come-true for ice skaters. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is the largest skating rink in the city, and it’s guaranteed to keep you entertained for countless hours. It has plenty to offer besides ice skating, including cabins, fire pits, an arcade, and delicious food.
If you’re looking for something without all the bells and whistles, check out Rothman Ice Rink. This beautiful skating rink is located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia at Dilworth Park. As an added bonus, after you’re done skating you’ll be able to head right over to our next attraction—America’s Garden Capital Maze!
Admire the Beauty of Nature at Dilworth Park
America’s Garden Capital Maze at Dilworth Park is open from November to February, and it’s a great way to get in the winter spirit. It features plants from over 30 gardens from the Philadelphia area, and it looks absolutely stunning after a fresh snowfall. You’ll be able to stroll through a charming variety of plants while admiring the beautiful, snowy landscape of the Wintergarden. If you’re interested in learning how to cultivate your own garden, there are even informative workshops offered several times a month.
Escape From the City at Spring Mountain Ski Area
Everyone needs a break from the hustle and bustle of the city once in a while, and there’s no better way to unwind than hitting the slopes. Located just 35 miles from downtown Philadelphia, a trip to Spring Mountain is a winter adventure you’ll never forget. You’ll be able to try your luck at skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and even rock climbing. There are 8 exciting ski trails to choose from, as well as two tubing trails. They even offer equipment rentals and lessons for newbies.
Visit With Animals in the Snow
The Philadelphia Zoo is open all year, and even offers discounted winter tickets. The animals don’t let the cold weather get them down. In fact, they’re ready to keep you amused all winter long! The winding, snowy paths through the zoo are beautiful to explore during the winter months. And if you’re looking to escape from the cold for a while, you can check out the Small Mammal House or the Reptile and Amphibian House.
Take It All In From the One Liberty Observation Deck
No matter what time of year it is, Philadelphia is a beautiful city with countless sights and experiences to offer. Sometimes, it’s best to just take a step back and appreciate the view from afar. And there’s no better place to do this than the One Liberty Observation Deck. You’ll enjoy an all-encompassing view of Philadelphia in the snow, and you’ll experience a newfound appreciation for one of the most beautiful cities in America.