Few things speak to the most wonderful time of the year more than ice skating during the holiday season. Whether you’re making it a friend or family outing, or adding a bit of romance by gliding across the ice with your favorite guy or gal, it’s a beautiful (albeit sometimes chilly) way to spend some time doing something sweet and fun with people you love.
All around the DMV area, ice skating rinks are popping up for the season, allowing folks to get their skate on all winter long. Outdoor ice skating rinks are becoming very popular in the area, and though, of course, they’re dependent on the sometimes-iffy weather we’ve come to know and (maybe not) love, most of the ice rinks are open from mid November to early March.
Those in or close to the District can put the ice skating rink at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden (7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW) to good use for just $7 per person ($6 for seniors and kids, and skate rentals are an extra $3). The skating season continues through mid-March, if the weather behaves. The Pavilion Café offers a panoramic view of the Sculpture Garden and ice rink as well as a variety of food and beverages.
Canal Park Ice Rink (2nd & M St. SE), located in the new park in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, and Washington Harbour Ice Rink (3000 K St. NW) are other D.C. options. Canal Park is also $8 for admission (kids, seniors and military are $7, and skate rentals are $3). Washington Harbour is $9 for adults (children, seniors and military are $7) and $5 for skate rentals.
Silver Spring Ice Rink at Veterans Plaza (8523 Fenton St.) is located in the center of Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. There are eateries and shopping galore—seriously, a plethora of delicious restaurants to fit any budget—so you can eat and shop between turns on the ice. Adults skate for $8, children (and seniors and military) skate for $7 and you can rent skates for $3. Rockville Town Square Ice Rink (200 E Middle Lane) is the largest outdoor rink in Montgomery County. Admission is $8 for the 12 and under, $9 for the 13 and up, and you can rent skate for $4.
Pentagon Row Ice Rink, Reston Town Center Ice Rink and Tysons Corner Center Ice Rink are all in Northern Virginia. Most rinks offer skating lessons, but Pentagon (1201 South Joyce St.) also offers ice hockey lessons. Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for children and seniors (skate rentals are $3). Reston (1818 Discovery St.) is extremely family friendly, with events such as Rock ‘n’ Skate and Cartoon Skate. Adults are $9, children (under 12) and seniors are $7 and skate rentals are $5. Tysons Corner’s rink is 5,200 square feet of fun! It’s open until March 1 during regular mall hours. Admission is $10 for adults and $9 for kids, seniors and military. You can rent skates for $6.