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.
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.
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.