10 Best Ice Skating Rinks in and Around Washington, D.C.

10 Best Ice Skating Rinks in and Around Washington, D.C.

Ice skating is among the most invigorating of the winter sports, and the Washington, D.C. area has some prime opportunities for it. From immaculate sculpture garden rinks to outdoor ice surfaces with riverside views, it doesn’t get much better than all the incredible ice skating spots in and around Washington, D.C. What are you waiting for? Lace up those skates!  

1. Sculpture Garden Ice Rink, Washington, D.C.

The Ice Rink at the National Gallery of Art is one of the most gorgeous ice skating rinks in the country. You’ll skate in the Sculpture Garden, “surrounded by large-scale sculptures by contemporary artists,” according to their official description. The rink is open every day of the week. 

2. Washington Harbour Ice Rink, Washington, D.C.

The Washington Harbour Ice Rink is open from mid-November through March. They offer Learn-To-Skate classes for those that aren’t yet pros, as well as plenty of space for those that prefer to show off their moves. Private rentals, fundraisers, and birthday party packages are available, too. 

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3. Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating, Arlington, VA

Skate in the largest rink in Northern Virginia, just outside of D.C., at the Pentagon Row’s 6,840-square-foot ice skating rink. Check their website for info on their skating school, birthday parties, fundraisers, and upcoming events.

4. Canal Park Ice Rink, Washington, D.C.

Canal Park is one of Washington’s most popular sights by the river. Every winter, the Canal Park Ice Rink opens to the public, open every day of the week. They have Learn-To-Skate sessions, group rates, season passes, and general admission, plus skate rentals.

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5. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, Washington, D.C.

Fort Dupont Ice Arena is an indoor rink designed to “provide increased opportunity, education, and inspiration to the young people of Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area through ice skating and educational activities.” Since 1996, they have provided kids with fantastic ice skating programs throughout the year.

6. MedStar Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, VA

The MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia, is the official practice facility of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals. Skate on the same ice that the team practices on. The rink is open year-round.

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7. The Watergate Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Yes, that Watergate. Experience the history-defining hotel from its rooftop ice rink. Treat yourself to 360-degree views of the Washington Monument, the Potomac River, the Kennedy Center, and more. 

8. Silver Spring Ice Skating at Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD

Silver Spring Ice Skating at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, Maryland, is conveniently located just outside of the capitol but within the Metro area. This outdoor rink has a skate school, birthday parties, fundraising opportunities, and more.

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9. Herbert Wells Ice Rink, College Park, MD

The Herbert Wells Ice Rink in College Park, Maryland, is a seasonal rink open from October through April. The rink is semi-enclosed and includes league locker rooms, a party room available for rental, and a warming hut with a fireplace.

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10. Wheaton Ice Arena, Wheaton, MD

Take a drive outside of the D.C. area to visit Maryland’s Wheaton Ice Arena. It’s a year-round indoor, NHL-size skating rink with two party rooms, a snack bar, and pro shop with equipment rentals.