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Ice It at These Skating Rinks Around the DMV

Skating under the stars at Washington Harbour in Georgetown



As the weather cools down, ice skating rinks throughout the DC area open up! A few start welcoming skaters in October, and the rest will follow suit by mid-November. Going for a glide on ice is a quintessential way to enjoy some active fun outdoors during the cold months. Of course, it can be a great activity indoors, too! So, lace up your skates and get out there — this list has the scoop on where and when to ice skate around the DMV!

Outdoor

DC

Canal Park Ice Rink
Where: 220 M Street SE | Capitol Riverfront, DC
Open: November 6 – mid-March
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 12-10pm, Fri 12-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm
Cost: $9/adult, $8/child, $5/rental
Bonus: They offer skating aids for beginners to push around the rink. And after you work up an appetite from all the skating, you’ve got your pick of eateries in the Navy Yard neighborhood where you can grab a bite and warm up.

Washington Harbour Ice Rink
Where: 3050 K Street NW | Georgetown, DC
Open: November 18 – March 15
Hours: Mon–Tues 12-7pm, Weds-Thurs 12-9pm, Fri 12-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm
Cost: $10/adult, $9/child, seniors, military, $6/skate rental
Bonus: Location, location, location. Not only do you get a lovely view of the Potomac, you’re right in Georgetown, where there’s great shopping and places to eat, so you can really make a day and/or night of it. Also, with push penguins available, it’s a good rink for newbie skaters. Be sure to check the website for special on certain days/times! Look for an admission discount here.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink
Where: 7th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
Open: November 15 – March 15
Hours: Mon–Thurs 10am–9pm, Fri 10am-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am–9pm
Cost: $9/adult, $8/child, $4/skate rental (ID required)
Bonus: You can check out some art on your outing — the rink is literally in the middle of the Sculpture Garden that showcases many big, bold works of art. You can also plan to visit a museum before or after your skating session; it’s easy enough to pop in to one of the free Smithsonian galleries. For some fuel, the Pavilion Cafe is also located within the Sculpture Garden and offers light fare, including warm beverages. (NOTE: This location is closed during the government shutdown.)

Enchant Ice Skating Trail
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: November 22 – December 29
Admission: $20-34/adult, $17-27/age 14-17, $15-25/4-13

Find enchantment at every bend as you glide on a river of silvery ice through spectacular, larger-than-life light displays. (Ice skate rentals are available on-site and come in all sizes – elf to adult.) Then warm up with a cup of hot cocoa or mulled wine, watch a film at the Enchant Cinema, take in some live music or a show, then meet the jolliest elf of them all, Santa.
Bonus: The Ice Skating Trail is part of the larger Enchant holiday attraction, which includes the world’s largest Christmas light maze and market.

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District Wharf Ice Rink
Where: Transit Pier, Water Street Southwest
When: November 26 – Late February
Hours: Mon-Tues 12–7pm, Weds-Thursday 12–9pm, Fri 12–11pm, Sat 11am–11pm, Sunday: 11am–7pm
Cost: $10/adult, $8/12 & under, $6/skate rental
Bonus: The rink at The Wharf is located on the Transit Pier, so you’re practically skating over the water. When you’re done zipping around on blades, warm up by the cozy fire pit, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, browse the shops, or hang out and enjoy the views of the Anacostia River.

Maryland

Silver Spring Veteran’s Plaza Ice Rink
Where: 8523 Fenton Street | Silver Spring, MD
When: Mid-October – Mid-March
Hours: Mon–Thurs 12am–10pm, Fri 12pm-12am, Sat 10am–12am, Sun 10am–10pm
Cost: $9/adult, $8/child, $5/skate rental
Bonus: The rink is right in downtown Silver Spring, surrounded by restaurants, shops, and plenty of parking. It’s also an easy walk from the Metro.

Rockville Town Square Ice Rink
Where: 131 Gibbs Street | Rockville, MD
When: November – Mid-March
Hours: Mon-Thur 12-10pm, Fri 12-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-7pm or 10pm
Cost: $9/age 13 and up, $8/age 12 and under, $4/skate rentals
Bonus: Skate in the largest outdoor ice skating rink — 7,200 square feet! — between Baltimore and Washington DC. While you’re at the Town Square, take advantage of the selection of restaurants and shops, or spend some downtime at the Rockville Library or VisArts Center.

Pandora Ice Rink
Where: 201 E. Pratt Street | Baltimore, MD
When: November 1 – January 20
Hours: Mon-Thurs 12-10pm, Fri 12-11pm, Sat 10am – 11pm, Sun 10am – 8pm
Cost: $10/adult, $9/child, $4/skate rentals
Bonus: Located at the Inner Harbor, where there are several great attractions for kiddos — Port Discovery, Maryland Science Center National Aquarium, and more — you could easily add this to a whole day or even weekend spent in Charm City. Head to the Little Italy area, too, for a delicious post-skate meal!

Virginia

Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
Where: 1201 South Joyce Street | Arlington,VA
When: Late October – Mid-March
Cost: $10/age 13+, $9/$12 & under, $5/skate rental
Hours: Mon–Thurs 12–10pm, Fri 12–11pm, Sat 10am–11pm, Sun 10am–10pm
Bonus: Recently renovated and expanded, it’s a good choice for kiddos learning to skate — Penguin Skating aids are available at the rink kiosk. Also located amid many shopping and dining options. Skate in the snow December 7 – January 1, when “snow” falls nightly on the ice rink. And be sure to check the calendar for occasional special events.

Reston Town Center Ice Skating
Where: 11900 Market Street | Reston, VA
Cost: $10/age 12+, $9/11 & under, $7/skate rentals
Hours: Sun-Tues 11am-7pm, Weds-Thurs 11am – 10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Open: November 8 – March 15
Bonus: The Town Center is like a mini downtown, so you can do some shopping, have a bite to eat, check off some errands, even see a movie along with your skating excursion. Look for an admission discount here.

Making the rounds at Fort Dupont Ice Arena

Indoor

DC

Fort Dupont Ice Arena
Where: 3779 Ely Place SE | Anacostia, DC
Cost: $5/adults, $4/children, $3/skate rental
Hours: Fri 12-2pm, Sat 1-3pm, Sun 2:30-4:30pm

Maryland

Herbert Wells Ice Rink
Where: 5211 Paint Branch Parkway | College Park, MD
Cost: $6/adult, $5/child ($1 off for PG County Residents), $2/skate rental
Hours: Weds 12-2pm, Fri 3:15-5:15pm, Sat 2:30-4:30pm & 8-10pm, Sun 2-4pm
Open: Late October through mid-March

Cabin John Ice Rink
Where: 10610 Westlake Drive | Rockville, MD
Cost: $8/age 11+, $5/age 3-4, $7/age 5-10 $4/skate rental
Hours: Vary by day, view the current schedule here
Open: Daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas

The Gardens Ice House
Where: 13800 Old Gunpowder Road | Laurel, MD
Cost: $7.70/adult, $6.60/student, $4.15/skate rental
Hours: Vary by day, see the schedule here

Wheaton Ice Arena
Where: 11717 Orebaugh Avenue | Wheaton, MD
Cost: $8/age 11+, $5/age 3-4, $7/age 5-10 $4/skate rental
Hours: Vary, see calendars here

Virginia

MedStar Capitals Iceplex
Where: 627 N. Glebe Road | Arlington, VA (8th Level of Ballston Parking Garage)
Cost: $9/adults, $8/children, $5/skate rental
Hours: Vary by day, view the current public skate schedule here.

The St. James Ice House
Where: 6805 Industrial Road | Springfield, VA
When: September 2 – January 5
Cost: $10/members, $12/non-members, $5-6/rentals
Hours: Vary by day, so view online and see special holiday hours here.


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Recreation on Ice: The 2017-18 Skating Season Around the DMV

Skating under the stars at Washington Harbour in Georgetown



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The weather may not be an indicator, but outdoor ice skating season around the area has begun! A couple of local rinks have already opened, and more will welcome skaters over the next few weeks. As long as the surface isn’t melting beneath your blades it’s a super cool way to enjoy some active fun, especially during the cold months. So, lace up your skates and get out there — this list has details on where to glide under the sky (and indoors, too) around the DMV!

Outdoor

DC

Canal Park Ice Rink
Where: 220 M Street SE
Cost: $9/adult, $8/child, $5/rental
Hours: Mon-Tues: 12-7pm, Weds-Fri 12-9pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-7pm
Open: November 17 – mid-March
Bonus: They just started offering skating aids for beginners to push around the rink. The Park Tavern restaurant is closed until later in December, but will be reopening as a pizzeria. There are also several eateries and a Starbucks across the street and even more restaurants at the nearby Yards Park.

Washington Harbour Ice Rink
Where: 3050 K Street NW
Cost: $10/adult, $9/child, seniors, military, $5/skate rental
Hours: Mon–Tues 12-7pm, Weds-Thurs 12-9pm, Fri 12-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm
Open: November 18 – March 11
Bonus: Location, location, location. Not only do you get a lovely view of the Potomac, you’re right in Georgetown, where there’s great shopping and places to eat, so you can really make a day and/or night of it. Also, with push penguins available, it’s a good rink for newbie skaters.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink
Where: 7th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
Cost: $8/adult, $7/child, $3/skate rental (ID required)
Hours: Mon–Thurs 10am–9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm, Sunday 11am–9pm
Open: Mid-November – Mid-March, except December 25 and January 1
Bonus: You can check out some art on your outing — the rink is literally in the middle of the Sculpture Garden that showcases many big, bold works of art. You can also plan to visit a museum before or after your skating session; it’s easy enough to pop in to one of the free Smithsonian galleries. For some fuel, the Pavilion Cafe is also located within the Sculpture Garden and offers light fare, including warm beverages.

Top of the Skate Ice Rink
Where: Watergate Hotel Rooftop, 2650 Virginia Ave. NW
Cost: $20/adult, $10/12 & under (includes skate rental)
Hours: Wed-Fri 5-10pm, Sat-Sun 1-10pm
Open: November 16 – Mid-March
Bonus: There the obvious: The views, which are unmatched by any other rinks in the area. And adults can skate right up to a bar and order a cocktail!

Where: District Wharf Ice Rink
Transit Pier, Water Street Southwest
Cost: $10/adult, $8/12 & under
Hours: Mon-Tues 12–7pm, Weds-Thursday 12–9pm, Fri 12–11pm, Sat 11am–11pm, Sunday: 11am–7pm
Open: Early December – Late February
Bonus: The rink at the just opened Wharf is located on the Transit Pier, so you’re practically skating over the water. When you’re done zipping around on blades, warm up by the cozy fire pit, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, browse the shops, or hang out and enjoy the views of the Anacostia River.

Maryland

Silver Spring Veteran’s Plaza Ice Rink
Where: 8523 Fenton Street, Silver Spring
Cost: $9/adult, $8/child, $5/skate rental
Hours: Mon–Thurs 12–10pm, Fri-Sat 10am–12am, Sun 10am–10pm
Open: Mid-October – Mid-March
Bonus: The rink is right in downtown Silver Spring, surrounded by restaurants, shops, and plenty of parking. It’s also an easy walk from the Metro.

Rockville Town Square Ice Rink
Where: 131 Gibbs Street, Rockville
Cost: $9/age 13 and up, $8/age 12 and under, $4/skate rentals
Hours: Mon-Thur 12-10pm, Fri 12-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm
Open: Mid-October – Mid-March
Bonus: Skate in the largest outdoor ice skating rink — 7,200 square feet! — between Baltimore and Washington DC. While you’re at the Town Square, take advantage of the selection of restaurants and shops, or spend some downtime at the Rockville Library or VisArts Center.

Pandora Ice Rink
Where: 201 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore Inner Harbor
When: Late October – Mid-March
Cost: $9/adult, $7/child, $/skate rentals
Open: Mon-Thurs 3-8pm, Fri 3-11pm, Sat 11am – 11pm, Sun 11am – 8pm
Bonus: Located at the Inner Harbor, where there are several great attractions for kiddos — Port Discovery, Maryland Science Center National Aquarium, and more — you could easily add this to a whole day or even weekend spent in Charm City. Head to the Little Italy area after for a yummy bite!

Virginia

Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
Where: 1201 South Joyce Street, Arlington
Cost: $8/adult, $7/children, $3/skate rental
Hours: Mon–Thurs 12–10pm, Fri 12–11pm, Sat 10am–11pm, Sun 10am–7pm
Open: Mid-November – Mid-March
Bonus: Recently renovated and expanded, it’s a good choice for kiddos learning to skate — Penguin Skating aids are available at the rink kiosk. Also located amid many shopping and dining options. Skate in the snow December 7 – January 1, when “snow” falls nightly on the ice rink. And be sure to check the calendar for occasional special events.

Reston Town Center Ice Skating
Where: 11900 Market Street, Reston
Cost: $10/adults, $9/children, $5/skate rentals
Hours: Sun-Tues 11am-7pm, Weds-Thurs 11am – 10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Open: Early November – Mid-March
Bonus: The Town Center is like a mini downtown, so you can do some shopping, have a bite to eat, check off some errands, even see a movie along with your skating excursion.

Tysons Corner Center Ice Rink
Where: 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean
Cost: $10/adults, $9/children, $6/skate rentals
Hours: Mon-Tues: 3-7pm, Wed-Thurs: 3-9pm, Fri: 1-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-7pm
Open: November through Mid-March
Bonus: Tack on a skating session to some shopping at the mall — or vice versa.

 

Indoor

DC

Fort Dupont Ice Arena
Where: 3779 Ely Place, SE
Cost: $5/adults, $4/children, $3/skate rental
Hours: Fri 12-2pm, Sat 12:45-1:45pm

Maryland

Herbert Wells Ice Rink
Where: 5211 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, Md
Cost: $6/adult, $5/child ($1 off for PG County Residents), $2/skate rental
Hours: Friday 12-2pm, Saturday 1-3pm, Sunday 2:30-4:30pm
Open: Late October through mid-March

Cabin John Ice Rink
Where: 10610 Westlake Drive, Cabin John Regional Park
Cost: $7/age 11+, $4/age 3-4, $6/age 5-10 $3.50/skate rental
Hours: Vary by day, view the current schedule here
Open: Daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas

The Gardens Ice House
Where: 13800 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel
Cost: $7.70/adult, $6.60/student, $4.15/skate rental
Hours: Vary by day, see the schedule here

Wheaton Ice Arena
Where: 11717 Orebaugh Avenue, Wheaton
Cost: $7/age 11+, $4/age 3-4, $6/age 5-10 $3.50/skate rental
Hours: Vary, see the schedules here

Virginia

Kettler Capitals Iceplex
Where: 627 N. Glebe Road, Arlington – 8th Level of Ballston Parking Garage
Cost: $9/adults, $8/children, $5/skate rental
Hours: Vary by day, view the current public skate schedule here.


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Giveaway! See Amazon Adventure 3D at the National Museum of Natural History

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Amazon Adventure 3D tells the epic, true story of explorer Henry Bates’ fascinating 11-year journey through the visually stunning and biodiverse Amazon rainforest as a young man who risks his life for science in the 1850’s.

As in any great detective story, audiences will experience, in immersive IMAX®, the compelling clues Bates unearths in his major discovery of the phenomenon of mimicry, whereby certain animals adopt the look of others that helps them deceive predators and gain an advantage to survive.

Little known to the public, Bates made other crucial contributions to biology: identifying 8,000 species new to science and, most importantly, putting the first ever case for the creation of a new species, which Charles Darwin called the “beautiful proof” for Natural Selection.

Audiences will be wowed by the mind-boggling examples of camouflage and mimicry and inspired by Bates’ endless curiosity and determination to explore the wilds of nature from the time he was a young boy.

Amazon Adventures 3D is playing at the Johnson IMAX Theater in the National Museum of Natural History. Running time is 45 minutes. Tickets are available online or at the Box Office located on the main floor of the museum.

Giveaway: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see Amazon Adventures 3D at the Johnson IMAX Theatre (tickets must be used by June 1, 2017), simply leave a comment below or on the KidFriendly DC Facebook (enter on both for two shots at winning) page naming your child’s favorite Amazonian creature. This giveaway will run through April 28, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


This post is sponsored by Smithsonian Enterprises, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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Enter to Win a 4-Pack of Passes for Skating at Montgomery Parks Ice Rinks!

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Did you know Montgomery Parks has two indoor ice rinks? That’s right, no matter the weather or the season, you can skate at Wheaton Ice Arena and Cabin John Ice Rink. Both offer public skating sessions during the week and on weekends — all year ’round!

Several types of public sessions take place at both rinks, including a Family Cheapskate and Parent & Tot Skate that are perfect times to bring little ones. And if your kids are newbie skaters or want to learn new skills, you can sign them up for lessons, everything from group instruction to ice hockey.

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Even more, there is also space for affordable and fun parties, a great option for celebrating kids birthdays any time of year!

Wheaton Ice Arena is located at 11717 Orebaugh Avenue in Wheaton, MD, and Cabin John Ice Rink is located at 10610 Westlake Drive in Rockville, MD. Regular admission is $7/ages 11 and up, $5.50/ages 5-10, $3.50/ages 3-4. Skate rentals are $3.25. Admission rates vary during some special skate sessions.

Giveaway: Want a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of passes, each good for one public skating session and skate rental at Cabin John Ice Rink or Wheaton Ice Arena? Simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to stay active with the kids in the winter. To be eligible to win, you must like KidFriendly DC on Facebook and subscribe to the blog (see sign-up to the left). The giveaway will run through this Friday, November 27, and a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Montgomery Parks, however, I only promote programs, activities, and products that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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