Rink Up! 11 of the Best Places to Ice Skate

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There are so many ways to enjoy the winter weather; sledding, snow tubing, skiing and more. But you don’t have to leave town to partake in one of our favorites: ice skating! Whether you need a penguin to lean on, a refresher course or a place to practice your triple lutz, there’s a rink for that near Washington, DC. Here are 11 ice skating rinks to take a spin on —don’t forget to reserve your spot online! 

 

Enchant Christmas

The Enchant forest is a breathtaking trail through millions of shimmery holiday lights on ice. After you finish gliding through the ice trail, take the kids to meet Santa, check out the giant light maze, and play in the kids play place. For parents, end the adventure with a little shopping in the Christmas market. Masks are not required but you must sign a safety waiver before entry. They also have cubbies available for storage. And if parents aren't skating, they can hang out at the nearby bar and still keep an eye on the kiddos. 

Cost: General Admission: $29-39/adults; $29/children ages 3-17; no cost for children under age 2; Skating: $10/person
Where: 1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Online: enchantchristmas.com

The Sculpture Garden Ice Rink

This rink boasts "best back drop!" Ice skate among the grand architecture of national museums and contemporary large-scale sculptures in the Sculpture Garden Ice Rink. Through March 6th, reserve your ticket that grants you two 45-minute skate sessions. When you've had your fill of icy temperatures and skating, head to the Pavilion Cafe for a warm drink, bowl of soup or other tasty treat. There are also a variety of skate lessons to choose from for those less experienced. Masks are not required on the rink but are required inside the cafe. 

Cost: $10/adults; $9/children (12 & under) and seniors (60 & over); $5/skate rental; $225/season pass
Where: 7th St and Constitution Ave NW
Online: pavilioncafe.com

Washington Harbour Ice Rink

This winter, Washington Harbour Ice Rink morphs from fountain to ice skating rink until mid-March. Twirl and swirl in hour-and-a-half increments before the rink is closed for a quick cleaning and refresh before the next session. Rent a penguin for little skaters who aren't yet steady on their blades. Masks are required at all times indoors. 

Cost: $10/adults, $9/children (12 & under)/Seniors/Military, $7/skate rental
Where: 3000-3050 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Online: tinybeans.com 

Ice & Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run

Cameron Run Regional Park has transformed itself into a magical winter village, complete with light displays, fire pits, a holiday market filled with holiday treats, and an ice skating rink. Through January 2nd, admission includes both the village and one hour of skating. From January 2nd through February 27th, 2022, only the ice rink will remain and it will be open weekends and holidays only. While admission to the village only can be purchased at the door, skating tickets must be purchased online in advance. Skating tickets are non-refundable but can be changed to another date and time before your scheduled session. 

Cost: $22.03/person through January 2nd, $14.07/person January 2nd - February 27th (includes 1 hour of skating and skate rental)
Where: 4001 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria VA 22304
Online: tinybeans.com 

photo: Village of Rosemont

Color Burst Ice Rink

The new Color Burst Ice Rink at Merriweather District makes a great family-friendly outing. Admission is limited to encourage physical distancing so be sure to buy your tickets in advance. And don't forget your masks, they are required while skating.

Insider Tip: Every Monday, first responders and their immediate families can skate for half-price!

Cost: $14/person
Where: 6000 Merriweather Dr., Columbia, MD
Online: tinybeans.go-vip.net

photo: iStock

Columbia Ice Rink

You can enjoy public sessions and lessons at this rink where reservations are not required. Masks are not required if you are fully vaccinated; if unvaccinated, a mask and continued social distancing are required.  

Insider Tip: CA Fit&Play, Play, 5Day Golf&Play, and Golf Fit&Play members skate free during public sessions, and all other CA members get $2 off admission. Skate rental fee remains the same for both. 


Cost:
$9.25/person, $3.75/skate rental
Where:5876 Thunder Hill Rd., Columbia, MD
Online: columbiaassociation.org

photo: iStock

Reston Town Center Ice Rink

This shopping and dining area turns its open-air pavilion into an ice rink every winter. The skate shop has more than 500 pairs of skates in figure skating and hockey styles, plus double-bladed, flat-edge skates for beginners. Masks are required inside the skate shop and strongly encouraged outside. 

Insider Tip: All sales are nonrefundable but you can reschedule your session as long as you email them prior to your scheduled session time. 

Cost: $17/adult w/skate rental, $16/child 12 and under and seniors over 55 w/skate rental, $10/adult admission only, $9/child 12 and under and seniors over 55 admission only
Where: 11900 Market St., Reston, VA 
Online: restontowncenter.com/amenities/ice-skating

photo: iStock

Silver Spring Ice Skating at Veterans Plaza

Enjoy some loops around a rink that sits in the middle of a shopping and dining center. You must purchase your ticket before your arrival; reservations can be made two weeks in advance. Guests are asked to wear masks both on and off the ice. 

Cost: $10/person 13 and up, $9/seniors and kids 12 &  under, $5/skate rental
Where: 8523 Fenton St., Silver Spring, MD
Online: silverspringiceskating.com

photo: iStock

Rockville Town Square Ice Rink

At 7,200 square feet, this outdoor rink is said to be the biggest between Baltimore and Washington. Rockville Town Square has shops, restaurants and even a spa (just saying) to peruse after you hang up your blades. Reservations are required and can be made up to two weeks ahead of time. Masks are not required, but social distancing is. 

Cost: $11/person 13 and up, $10/seniors and kids 12 & under, $5/skate rental
Where: 131 Gibbs St., Rockville, MD
Online: tinybeans.com

Glen Burnie Outdoor Ice Skating

Music sets the tone for skaters making loops around the rink situated in the Glen Burnie Town Center. This rink, like the others, offers skating lessons. Masks are not required but you will not be allowed to enter the facility if you have symptoms, have been exposed in the last 10 days, or have tested positive in the last 10 days or are awaiting results. Reservations are required and can be made up to two weeks in advance. 

Cost: $9/adult ages 12 and up, $8/child under 12 and senior 55 and up, $3/skate rental
Where: 103 Crain Hwy., Glen Burnie, MD
Online: glenburnieiceskating.com

Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating

This ice rink is a whopping 6,840 square feet – the largest outdoor rink in Northern Virginia and the second largest in the state. Little ones can grab a penguin aide, and youth skating and hockey lessons are available. Reservations are required and can be made up to two weeks in advance. Masks are not required but social distancing is, including on the ice and while waiting to enter the facility. 

Cost: $11/adult, $10/seniors and kids 12 & under, $5 skate rental 
Where: 1201 S Joyce St., Arlington, VA
Online: tinybeans.com

— Meghan Yudes Meyers, Ayren Jackson-Cannady and Stephanie Kanowitz

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