14 Ice Skating Rinks Near DC for Family Fun

The popular Sculpture Garden Ice Rink returns November 19, 2021. Photo courtesy of The National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden
The popular Sculpture Garden Ice Rink returns November 19, 2021. Photo courtesy of The National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden

On a beautiful winter day, what could be more enjoyable than skating around on a fresh sheet of ice? In 2021, DC skaters will have plenty of ice skating options, as most of the ice skating rinks near DC — many of which were closed last year due to the pandemic — have reopened (or plan to reopen in the coming weeks).

Weather permitting, outdoor ice skating rinks near DC remain open through February or March. Call or check the websites for weather- or Covid-related questions. Otherwise, lace up your skates and enjoy one of our favorite winter activities.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks Near DC

1. The Pavilion at Reston Town Center — Reston, VA

Opening November 5, 2021, the ice skating rink at Reston Town Center offers daily public skating, with extended hours for the holidays. The skate shop has over 500 pairs of skates for rent in both figure and hockey styles, ranging from toddler size 8 through men’s size 15. Beginner skaters can try double-bladed, flat-edge skates to walk across the ice until they’re ready to advance to single- bladed skates.

Pentagon Row Ice Rink is the largest outdoor ice skating rink in Northern Virginia. Photo courtesy of Pentagon Row Ice Rink, Facebook

2. Pentagon Row Ice Rink — Arlington, VA

This 6,840-square-foot rink in Pentagon City is the largest outdoor ice skating rink in Northern Virginia and the second-largest in the state. During breaks, skaters can warm up by the outdoor, two-sided stone fireplace. Kids' and adult skating lessons are also offered.

3. Ice & Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run — Alexandria, VA

From November 19, 2021 through January 2, 2022, Cameron Run Regional Park transforms into a winter village with holiday light displays, a holiday market and treats, fire pits, and an ice skating rink. The rink alone will then be open for ice skating on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from January 8 through February 27. Skaters must book a one-hour skating session online ahead of time, which includes the skate rental.

4. Rockville Outdoor Ice Skating — Rockville, MD

Skating tickets at this Rockville Town Square ice skating rink are good for one hour on the ice for up to two people per reservation. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Skating lessons for both kids and adults are also available.

5. Washington Harbour Ice Rink — Washington, DC

On November 12, 2021, Washington Harbour Ice Rink completes its transformation from an outdoor fountain into an ice skating rink. The rink offers recreational skating every day, including holidays. The ice rink is open until March 2022, when it turns back into a fountain.

Ice skate through a trail of dazzling lights in Nationals Park. Photo courtesy of Enchant Christmas

6. Enchant Christmas — Washington, DC

This amazing Christmas event is back in DC this year, transforming Nationals Park into a winter wonderland complete with a giant light maze and a dazzling ice skating trail. After ice skating, guests can meet Santa, play in the kids' play place, and visit the holiday market with its 60-plus vendors. Enchant Christmas is open daily from November 26, 2021 through January 2, 2022. Visitors can purchase tickets ahead of time online.

7. The Sculpture Garden Ice Rink — Washington, DC

The National Gallery of Art's ice skating rink is open daily for public skating from November 19, 2021 through March 6, 2022, weather permitting. Skate rentals and lessons are available, as well as figure skating and hockey programs. After ice skating, visitors can enjoy a bite at the Pavilion Café while taking in views of the Sculpture Garden.

Enjoy ice skating with a view at The Wharf Ice Rink. Photo courtesy of The Wharf Ice Rink

8. The Wharf Ice Rink — Washington, DC

Enjoy gorgeous views of the water and the DC monuments while ice skating at this rink right outside The Anthem at the District Wharf. The rink, open daily from November 26, 2021 (the day after Thanksgiving) through February 2022, also hosts special events such as curling and broomball. Rent skates or bring your own, then grab a bite at one of the Wharf's restaurants.

Indoor Ice Skating Rinks Near DC

9. Fairfax Ice Arena — Fairfax, VA

Fairfax Ice Arena offers public skating sessions every day of the year, with extended public skating hours on holidays. Skate rentals are available, and advance reservations are not required. Fairfax Ice Arena also offers lessons, figure skating camps and competitions, and hockey clinics.

10. Medstar Capitals Iceplex — Arlington, VA

The practice home of the Washington Capitals offers public skating sessions on certain afternoons and evenings. Click here to view available sessions and to purchase tickets, as advance registration is required. Skate rentals are available. Medstar also offers skating lessons and hockey leagues, lessons, and clinics.

11. Mount Vernon Rec Center Ice Arena — Alexandria, VA

Mount Vernon Rec Center is home to the only publicly owned indoor rink in Fairfax County. Amenities include a warming room, a pro shop, locker rooms, and more. Public skating is offered daily with discounted 10-visit passes available. Children age 4 and under can skate free with a paying adult, and skate rentals are available.

Cabin John Ice Rink is open daily to the public. Photo courtesy of Cabin John Ice Rink, Facebook

12. Cabin John Ice Rink — Rockville, MD

Cabin John Ice Rink, one of two indoor skating facilities in Montgomery County, has three rinks, a pro shop, a snack bar, three party rooms, and a dance studio. There is also an on-site cafe with refreshments and free Wi-Fi. Public skating is available every day, along with weekly family and teen skating sessions and adult and youth hockey. Everyone entering the facility must fill out a Covid waiver online ahead of time.

13. Wheaton Ice Arena — Wheaton, MD

The second Montgomery County indoor ice rink, Wheaton Ice Arena, offers a pro shop, a workout center, a snack bar, and two party rooms available for rent. Public skating is offered throughout the week, as are freestyle, dance, and Parent & Tot sessions, pick-up hockey, and puck shoots. Classes and camps are available for figure skaters or hockey players regardless of ability, and there are skating exhibitions throughout the year. Everyone entering Wheaton Ice Arena must fill out a Covid waiver online ahead of time.

Fort Dupont Ice Arena is the only public ice skating rink in the city of DC. Photo courtesy of Fort Dupont Ice Arena

14. Fort Dupont Ice Arena — Washington, DC

Fort Dupont Ice Arena is the only public ice rink in the city itself. Located in Southeast DC, it provides free or subsidized skating programs to children with a mission to empower young people through development on the ice. Lessons, hockey programs, and skate rentals are available, and there are public skating sessions on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through the winter.

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