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Seasonal Ice Skating in D.C. and Beyond

Ice rinks pop up throughout the region for the holidays and winter months.

When temperatures drop, steaming cups of hot chocolate, cozy sweaters and, of course, outdoor ice skating come to mind. The D.C. area has a variety of options for ice skating, including two new rinks arriving just in time for the 2012-2013 winter season.

  • GEORGETOWN: The Georgetown waterfront's Washington Harbour complex will unveil its brand new ice skating rink just before Thanksgiving.
    • COST: $9 for adults, $7 for children, seniors and military members. Skate rental is $5. 
    • HOURS: Monday through Thursday: noon to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7p.m.
  • NATIONAL GALLERY of ART SCULPTURE GARDEN: Skate amidst the art of the National Gallery's sculpture garden in clear view of the Washington Monument. The rink opens Nov. 17.
    • COST: $8 for adults, $7 for children (under 12)/seniors (55+) or students with a valid school ID. Skate rental is $3.
    • HOURS: Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • CAPITOL RIVERFRONT: Canal Park, a brand new neighborhood gem on Capitol Hill, will offer ice skating during the winter months that is meant to be reminiscent of skating along the canals of Europe. (Closest Metro stations are Eastern Market and Navy Yard). The rink opens Nov. 16.
    • COST: $8 for adults, $7 for children (under 12)/seniors (55+) and military members. Skate rental is $3.
    • HOURS: Monday through Friday: Noon to 9 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There are extended hours for school holidays, consult here.
  •  PENTAGON ROW ARLINGTON: For Virginia readers, this rink is a familiar site during winter months, situated near the DSW Shoe Warehouse and the Harris Teeter. The rink opened in early November.
    • COST: $8 for adults, $7 for children (under 12)/seniors (55+). Skate rental is $3.
    • HOURS: Monday through Wednesday: Noon to 10 p.m., Thursday: Noon to 7 p.m. or 10 p.m.*, Friday: Noon to 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or 10 p.m.* (*If there are ice rink rentals, the rink will close at 7 p.m. and re-open at 9 p.m.)
  • SILVER SPRING:
    • HOURS: Monday through Thursday: Noon to 10 p.m., Friday: Noon to 11 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • COST: $8 for adults, $7 for children (under 12)/seniors (55+). Skate rental is $3.
Margo Heegeman November 11, 2012 at 03:42 PM
And Reston Town Center
Shaun Courtney November 11, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Thanks, Margo! It looks like ice skating starts in Reston Nov. 23 http://reston.patch.com/articles/holidays-march-into-rtc-at-nov-23-parade -Shaun
Rather Be Anonymous November 15, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Love it!! Thanks who ever put together the ice skating rink in Georgetown. Have 4 pre teen and teenage kids.. love to have things they can do on their own (that they can walk to!) They are at Loews movie theater all the time, and running in the fountain across the street.. and now ice skating! Hope the police have found a decent place to train on motorcycles (old use of water front park at Wisc and K) but the park by the water is awesome!! Wouldn't mind a food truck or 2 on K under Whitehurst... but that would be asking for too much!
Shaun Courtney November 16, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Thanks for the comment. If you tweet at them, they will come (re: food trucks!). -Shaun
Eric Herron January 01, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Just visited Pentagon Row. Very nice place and atmosphere! Highly reccomend!-eric

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