Winter Wonderland: The Top 5 Ways to Play in the Snow in Philadelphia

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If the past few weeks have been any indication, Philadelphia is on tap to get more than a dusting of snow this winter. Block the images of you shoveling out your driveway or slip-sliding down 95 out of your head, and instead focus on the new array of cold-winter sports that are at your disposal. Invigorating and energizing, these activities are exciting enough to make winter worth it. Don’t worry, you can always warm up with hot chocolate afterward.

1 Ice skating at the Blue Cross RiverRink

Show off your Olympic-style moves with a few turns around the city's favorite ice skating rink. Bring down the family to burn off some steam during the day, or head down in the evening for a romantic turn with the city lights twinkling overhead.

Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106


2 Sledding at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

So the sledding isn't exactly marketing by the museum as an attraction, but stop by any snow day and you'll see that the masses have found there is an art to riding the main stairs. Just as Rocky pushed his way up, you'll feel empowered as you shoot down towards the road with only a few bumps along the way.

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia, PA 19130

3 Cross COuntry Skiing at Fort Washington State Park

While many know this quaint park for it's observation deck and massive picnic area, come after the storm for a peaceful glide through the trees on your cross country skis. Both novices and old pros will enjoy the 1.7-mile loop through the Militia Hill Day Use Area.

500 South Bethlehem Pike

Fort Washington, PA 19034


4 Snow Tubing at Bear Creek Mountian Resort

Sure, your local hill provides a bit of a thrill, but for some serious speed head to this mountain resort, not too far in Chester County. With 1,000 feet of trails, it's a wild ride for the entire family.

101 Doe Mountain Lane

Macungie, PA 18062


5 Walking in Fairmount Park's Forbidden Drive

It may not involve speed or daring, but a quiet walk down one of the city's best trails is peaceful and beautiful after a snow. Enjoy the horseback riders that pass you at a clip and the icy water of the Wissahickon Creek as it bounces off the rocks.

Wissahickon Valley Park

Enter at Lincoln Drive or Bells Mills Road

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