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Best Ice Skating Rinks In & Around D.C.

Picture of Kate McMahon
Updated: 9 February 2017
The holidays are fast approaching, and ice skating season has returned! For those in the D.C. area, here are the best ice skating rinks to try out to get into the spirit of the season.
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Sculpture Garden Ice Rink

The National Gallery of Art’s sculpture garden hosts weekly jazz concerts, flowing with sweet sangria in the summer months. When winter rolls around, the garden’s massive fountain is converted into a spectacular ice rink; here you can lutz around the garden with the National Archives and Washington Monument as a backdrop.

National Gallery of Art, Constitution Ave NW & 7th Street, Washington, D.C., USA +1 202 216 9397

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Washington Harbour Ice Rink

Georgetown’s ice rink is a romantic winter wonderland, and it overflows with crowds on Valentine’s Day. The rink sits atop the Washington Harbour, providing sweeping views of the Potomac River and Kennedy Center. The restaurants are dawned in twinkly fairy lights and always have seasonal music playing in the background. While skating around, the scene fills straight out of a collectible snow globe.

The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St NW, Washington, D.C., USA +1 202 295 5007

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Canal Park Ice Rink

A Christmas tree, dawned in festive ornaments, sits in the center of Canal Park’s Ice Rink. The park was designed as an experiment in sustainability and repurposing outdoor spaces. The oddly shaped rink follows the pattern of a figure 8, which makes it all the more exciting.

Washington Canal Park, 200 M St SE, Washington, D.C., USA +1 202 465 7080

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Rockville Town Square Ice Rink

The colossal ice rink offers party rentals and skating lessons, in addition to regular ice time for your leisure. Three separate rinks are often consumed by hockey practices and backwards-skating teens that irritate adults. It’s best to go during the day — you’ll be rewarded with peace and quiet in a serene setting. Practice those axels and fulfill your dream of being an Olympic figureskater.

Rockville Town Square Ice Rink. 31 Gibbs St, Rockville, MD, USA +1 301 545 1999

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Tyson’s Corner Center Ice Rink

Situated on the second floor of the extravagant Tyson’s Mall, this ice rink is the perfect destination for those wanting to multitask. Complete your holiday shopping at Tyson’s, which includes over 300 retailers, and finish the day with a healthy dose of fun and physical activity that’s ideal for the whole family.

Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA, USA +1 703 356 1240

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Pentagon Row Ice Rink

The quaint ice rink is the epitome of festive — a warm fire pit awaits those shivering as they exit the ice, and a heated indoor office offers free winter hats to keep those red ears warm. There’s also plenty of those adorable penguins available for all the tykes trying to skate without holding mom’s hand. Benches surround the rink for spectators, and there’s even snow-making machines.

Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating, 1201 S Joyce St, Arlington, VA, USA +1 703 418 6666

By Kate McMahon