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MAP: Fun and Festive Ice-Skating Rinks Around DC

Sprint around these festive outdoor rinks, or glide indoors.

Washington's highest-elevation ice rink sits on the top of the Watergate hotel. Photograph courtesy of the Watergate.

Holidays are about giving, family, and joy—and falling flat on the ice. Dress in your coziest mitts and coats to brave the chill while slip, slide, or (hopefully!) glide around these indoor or outdoor rinks.

National Gallery of Art

546 Constitution Ave. NW

Glide across the ice among larger-than-life works by Sol LeWitt and Roxy Paine at this atmospheric ice rink on the National Mall.

Washington Harbour

3050 K St. NW

The largest rink in DC rests right on the Potomac River—and is surrounded by shops for last-minute gifts.

Canal Park

200 M St. SE

Osteria Morini + Ice Cream Jubilee + skating along the riverfront = A perfect (albeit cold) date night.

The Wharf

960 Wharf St. SW

The newest neighborhood development is pulling out all the stops for holiday cheer, including this small rink right on the water. Note: They only accept card payment, and are open Saturdays.

The Watergate

2650 Virginia Ave. NW

If you think skating along a waterfront is pretty, try gliding 157 feet up on the hotel’s rooftop. A skate-up bar can help calm a fear of heights.

Fairmont Hotel

2401 M St. NW

The tiny rink fills the hotel courtyard, featuring fire pits and festive decorations.

Fort Dupont

3997 Ely Pl. SE

This indoor rink—with classes and camps for kids—offers regular public skating hours on weekends and weekdays.

Veterans Plaza

8523 Fenton St., Silver Spring

Skate under the rainbow lights until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights at this outdoor rink.

Rockville Town Center

131 Gibbs St., Rockville MD

Surround yourself with decorated trees and, if you’re a regular, enjoy season passes or a group discount.

Tysons Corner

1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean VA

Take a break from your holiday shopping and skate with the family. If your kids need assistance, snowman and penguin pals are available, too.

Reston Town Center

1818 Discovery St., Reston VA

Twinkling lights adorn the moon-roof-like pavilion—it’ll feel like you’re skating under the stars, even if it’s cloudy out.

Pentagon Row

1201 S. Joyce St., Arlington VA

This rink is the largest in Northern Virginia, featuring a stone fireplace where you can lounge when you need a breather (or some warmth).

Herbert Wells

5211 Campus Dr., College Park MD

A 600-seat ice arena in College Park offers a place to skate October through April.

Cabin John

10610 Westlake Dr., Rockville MD

This Montgomery Parks-run rink is a year-round classic, popular with families and high schoolers.

The Garden Ice House

13800 Old Gunpowder Rd., Laurel MD

Children can learn to skate at this ice arena, which also hosts kid and adult hockey leagues.

Rockville Ice Arena

50 Southlawn Ct., Rockville MD

In addition to hockey leagues, this ice arena offers public skate and “stick times” for games.

Mount Vernon

2017 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria VA

Fairfax County’s only publicly-owned indoor ice arena operates year-round for kids and adults alike.

Harris Pavilion

9201 Center St., Manassas VA

A pretty outdoor pavilion in historic downtown Manassas transforms into an ice rink for winter, complete with music and twinkling lights.


1800 Michael Faraday Ct., Reston VA

There’s plenty to do at this indoor ice arena, which offers public skate sessions that include a DJ on Friday nights.

Kettler Capitals Iceplex

627 N. Glebe Rd., Arlingont VA

This “iceplex” is home to the Caps training rink, but anyone can head over for public skate sessions, pick-up hockey, and broomball.

Fairfax Ice Arena

3779 Pickett Rd., Fairfax VA

A busy ice arena offering public skating for the whole family.

Ashburn Ice House

21595 Smith Switch Rd., Ashburn VA

“Where Ashburn skates” is the slogan for this community-oriented rink, offering hockey (league and pick-up), parties, and public sessions.

Rosa is a senior editor at Bitch Magazine. She’s written for Washingtonian and Smithsonian magazine.

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