Are you looking for a superlative place to take your family ice skating in Eastern Pennsylvania? If so, I'd like to make a few suggestions. Many of the region's parks offer outdoor ice skating areas that are ideal for families on a strict budget. Here's a quick look at a few of them:
Promised Land State Park
Pike County's Promised Land State Park features two lakes, one of which is suitable for ice skating. Families interested in ice skating should head towards the 422-acre Promised Land Lake. I'd also suggest stopping by Fretta's Italian Food Specialties in Milford and picking up a few picnic supplies. They sell amazing sausages. Families will need to bring their own portable charcoal grills. Picnic tables and restrooms are available onsite. Admission is free and families must bring their own ice skates.
Lackawanna State Park
Lackawanna County's Lackawanna State Park features a 198-acre lake that may be used for ice skating. One of the nice things about this park is that the ice skating area is traditionally maintained. As such, families can oftentimes find out what the ice thickness is before ever leaving their homes. When available, the ice thickness is posted on the park's website. Charcoal grills, picnic tables and restrooms are available onsite too. Park admission is complimentary.
Frances Slocum State Park
Luzerne County's Frances Slocum State Park features a 165-acre lake that is suitable for ice skating. Families will need to bring their own skates and ice rescue gear. The lake's ice thickness is currently not monitored by the park's staff. Restrooms, charcoal grills and picnic tables are available as well. Park admission is gratis.
Marsh Creek State Park
Marsh Creek State Park is located in Chester County. It is home to the 535-acre Marsh Creek Lake, which is suitable for ice skating. However, the ice thickness is not monitored. As such, parents will want to use good judgment. The park has charcoal grills available that may be set up as an impromptu warming station. Restrooms and picnic tables are on premise. There is no admission charge and families will need to bring their own skates.
Hickory Run State Park
Carbon County's Hickory Run State Park is home to Sand Spring Lake. When conditions allow, it is perfect for ice skating. The only downside is that the park's staff generally does not monitor the ice skating area. Families should bring their own charcoal grill to use as a warming site. Picnic tables and restrooms are available onsite. Park admission is free.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys winter sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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