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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!

2020 Update:  Many ice rinks are not open for the 2020-21 season, including all rinks in DC. (However, you’ll still see them listed for future years.)   Those that are open are implementing safety measures for Covid-19, including limited capacity that requires advanced ticket purchase, masks required, and extra cleaning.

 

Outdoor

Maryland

Silver Spring Veteran’s Plaza Ice Rink
Where: 8523 Fenton Street | Silver Spring, MD
When: Early December – Mid-March
Hours: Mon–Fri 12am–10pm, Sat-Sun 10am–10pm
Cost: $10/adult, $9/child, $5/skate rental for one hour
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. (2020 Note:  Opt for takeout and outdoor seating at restaurants.)

Rockville Town Square Ice Rink
Where: 131 Gibbs Street | Rockville, MD
When: Late November – Mid-March
Hours: Mon-Thur 12-10pm, Fri 12-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm
Cost: $10/age 13 and up, $9/age 12 and under, $5/skate rentals for one hour
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. (2020 Note:  Opt for takeout and outdoor seating at restaurants.)

Color Burst Ice Rink
Where:
Merriweather District | Columbia, MD
When:
November 21 – February 28
Hours:
Mon-Thurs 4-9pm, Fri 4-10pm, Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-8pm
Cost:
$14/skate & rental
Bonus:
You can pair an ice skating outing with a visit to Symphony of Lights during the holiday season. Plus, there are eateries and arts offerings to take advantage of in safe ways. (2020 Note:  Opt for takeout and outdoor seating at restaurants.)

Pandora Ice Rink (Closed for the 2020-21 season)
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: Tues-Fri, 12-10pm Sat-Mon 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. (2020 Note:  Opt for takeout and outdoor seating at restaurants.)

Reston Town Center Ice Skating
Where: 11900 Market Street | Reston, VA
Open: Mid-November – Mid-March
Cost: $10/age 12+, $9/11 & under, $7/skate rentals
Hours: Mon-Tues 11am – 8pm, Wed-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am – 11pm, Sun 10:30am – 8pm
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. (2020 Note:  Opt for takeout and outdoor seating at restaurants and maybe skip the movie.)

 

DC (2020 Update:  None of the DC rinks are opening this season!)

Canal Park Ice Rink (Closed for the 2020-21 season)
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 (Closed for the 2020-21 season)
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 (Closed for the 2020-21 season)
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.)

District Wharf Ice Rink (Closed for the 2020-21 season)
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.

 

Making the rounds at Fort Dupont Ice Arena

Indoor

DC

Fort Dupont Ice Arena (Closed for the 2020-21 season)
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: Sun 3:30-5:15pm, Wed 12-1:45pm, Fri 2:30-4:15pm, Sat 1:30-3:15pm & 9:45-11:30pm
Open:  October to April

Cabin John Ice Rink (No public skating for the 2020-21 season)
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 (No public skating for the 2020-21 season)
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 (No public skating for the 2020-21 season)
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 (No public skating for the 2020-21 season)
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 (No public skating for the 2020-21 season)
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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