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Roller Skate at Dilworth Park this Spring!

The new Rothman Roller Rink opens April 30 in Dilworth Park.

Since its transformation last decade, Dilworth Park has been a reliable and exciting destination, especially for families. As the seasons change, we know the drill: skate in the winter, splash in the summer. But this week, a new attraction breaks that dichotomy and ushers in a new era of fun. On April 30, Dilworth Park will debut a roller skating rink!


The new Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink will offer outdoor roller skating at Dilworth Park from April 30 through June 27, and tickets are on sale now for hour-long skating sessions. 


If you walk around City Hall right now, you’ll notice hula hoops in the air and a giant checkerboard floor. Philadelphia’s Lucky Dog Studio designed this retro-inspired space, which will light up at night and provide whimsy in the day, even if you’re just a spectator. And for sprayground devotees, don’t worry: sections of Dilworth Park’s interactive fountain will remain active on either side of the roller rink (you can also go across the street to LOVE Park’s fountain once things heat up for the season).


In addition to the recreational features, there will be a pop-up beer garden with burgers, fries, cocktails to-go, and more. The Dilworth Park Café will also be open with a variety of options, including desserts and snacks for the kids.


Skating sessions are available in one-hour blocks, with 15-minute buffers between each session. Advanced tickets are highly recommended, as capacity is limited due to Covid restrictions. Limited in-person sales may be offered onsite, but popular times (like weekends) will definitely sell out, so if you have your heart set on an outing, plan ahead.


Locks and lockers are available to rent on site as well, to store your shoes and other belongings. Socks are required, and will not be available on site, so be sure to bring your own. Masks are required in the roller rink area at all times.


Admission is $8 for children 10 and younger, and $10 for adults; roller skate rental is $5. Guests with their own skates will receive a $5 discount. If you’re looking for even more of a discount, book your session on a Monday or Tuesday between 11 am and 5 pm, when they’re offering a $5 off matinee discount. 


Rothman Roller Rink will be open from April 30 through July 11 at Dilworth Park, located at 1 S. 15th Street in Center City. The rink will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11 am – 8:45 pm, and on Friday and Saturday from 11 am – 11:15 pm. 





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