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The D.C. area’s best ice-skating rinks, mapped

These venues offer classes, competitions, and kid-friendly fun

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Temperatures are starting to drop below freezing in D.C., so what better time to scope out the best ice-skating venues in the area?

We’ve mapped two dozen rinks, from Haymarket, Virginia, to Laurel, Maryland. Some of these are open year-round, while others only seasonally, usually beginning in November and ending in March.

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1. Haymarket Iceplex

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15155 Washington St
Haymarket, VA 20169

In historic Haymarket, Virginia, you can take weekly skating classes, free hockey lessons, or have your child attend a holiday skating camp at the Haymarket Iceplex. The venue's calendar can be seen here.

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2. Ashburn Ice House

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21595 Smith Switch Rd
Ashburn, VA 20147

For public skating, the Ashburn Ice House is open daily. You can check out the hours here; note that all sessions have a capacity limit and the rink’s schedule may change.

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3. Prince William Ice Center

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5180 Dale Blvd
Woodbridge, VA 22193

At Prince William Ice Center, skaters are able to play hockey, free-style, and even join a synchronized skating program. The center also has a cafe. Its schedule is here.

4. Reston Town Center Pavilion

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1818 Discovery St
Reston, VA 20190

From November to March, the pavilion floor of Reston Town Center turns into an skating venue.

On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, this venue offers skate events, including “Rock the Rink,” “Cartoon Skate," and "College Night.”

5. SkateQuest

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1800 Michael Faraday Ct
Reston, VA 20190

This Reston venue is perfect for figure skaters, hockey players, and recreational skaters. Open all year round with ongoing classes, it features both an Olympic-sized rink and an NHL-sized rink.

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6. Fairfax Ice Arena

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3779 Pickett Road
Fairfax, VA 22031

This Fairfax spot offers a location for hockey, freestyle skating, and skating camps. There are hours for public skating every day. The rink closes annually in March.

7. Rockville Town Square Ice Rink

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131 Gibbs St
Rockville, MD 20850

Spanning 7,200 square feet, this is the largest outdoor ice-skating rink between Baltimore and Washington and the largest in all of Montgomery County. The rink is open daily with extended hours on holidays.

8. Cabin John Regional Park Ice Rink

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10610 Westlake Dr
Rockville, MD 20852

This ice rink offers three total rinks as well as a shop with skating equipment, apparel, and repair services. It’s one of two indoor skating facilities in the Montgomery Parks system.

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9. Kettler Capitals Iceplex

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627 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203

Located on top of the Ballston Common Mall parking garage, this facility is known for being the official home of the Washington Capitals. Throughout the year, the venue offers public skating, figure skating, and hockey programs.

10. Mount Vernon Recreation Center

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2017 Belle View Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22307

Along with an indoor heated pool and spa, you can also find a rink at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center. Check out the Ice Skating Calendar to find out the hours as they vary daily.

11. Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating

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Metropolitan at Pentagon Row, 1401 S Joyce St
Arlington, VA 22202

Need some extra help staying balanced while ice-skating? This skating venue offers "Penguin Skating aids" on a first come, first served basis. The rink is open every day including all holidays.

12. Washington Harbour Ice Rink

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3000 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

This 11,800-square-foot rink is Washington’s largest outdoor ice-skating spot. Prices vary from $9 for children, seniors, and military members to $10 for adults. Every week, it also hosts skating events like two-for-one admissions on Tuesday afternoons and "Rock the Rink" on Saturday evenings.

13. Wheaton Ice Arena

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11717 Orebaugh Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902

For big-time skaters, the Wheaton Ice Arena is open all year round. Public skating sessions are offered throughout the week, and two party rooms are also available for rent.

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14. The Wharf

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690 Water St SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

The Wharf will offers the city's first rink on a pier. The venue is be open every day from December to February, pending weather conditions. The price ranges from $10 for adults to $8 for those under 12. Skate rentals cost $6.

15. Silver Spring Ice Skating

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8523 Fenton St
Silver Spring, MD 20910

The price to skate at this venue is $8 for a child, $8 for a senior, and $9 for an adult. Skate rentals are $5. The venue is open daily with varying hours.

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16. National Gallery and Sculpture Garden Rink

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Constitution Ave & 6th St
Washington, DC 20565

The ice-skating season doesn't end at this rink until March (weather permitting). While open daily, the hours of operation vary from around 10 a.m. to around 11 p.m.

17. Canal Park Ice Rink

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1100 New Jersey Ave SE #1000
Washington, DC 20003

This outdoor rink is open daily from November through February, including holidays. Adult admission is $9, child and senior admission is $8, and skate rentals are $5. Skate along the Anacostia Riverfront!

18. Fort Dupont Ice Arena

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3779 Ely Pl SE
Washington, DC 20019

Lessons with all equipment are provided to children ages five to 18 years old through the “Kids on Ice” community program. Be sure to check the calendar on their website to know when the rink is open to the public.

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19. Herbert Wells Ice Rink

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5211 Paint Branch Pkwy
College Park, MD 20740

This location features a regulation size standard NHL ice rank. The Herbert Wells Ice Rink is open from fall through spring.

20. The Gardens Ice House

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13800 Old Gunpowder Rd
Laurel, MD 20707

The Gardens Ice House is a great location for hockey, figure-skating, and public sessions. The calendar is

available here.

21. Bowie Ice Arena

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3330 Northview Dr
Bowie, MD

Open from July through April of each year, the Bowie Ice Arena offers a facility for all ages with discounts to Bowie residents, groups, and families.

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1. Haymarket Iceplex

15155 Washington St, Haymarket, VA 20169
A child and an adult are ice-skating at a rink. Shutterstock

In historic Haymarket, Virginia, you can take weekly skating classes, free hockey lessons, or have your child attend a holiday skating camp at the Haymarket Iceplex. The venue's calendar can be seen here.

15155 Washington St
Haymarket, VA 20169

2. Ashburn Ice House

21595 Smith Switch Rd, Ashburn, VA 20147
A child is ice-skating in a rink. He has a blue jacket and a striped hat. Shutterstock

For public skating, the Ashburn Ice House is open daily. You can check out the hours here; note that all sessions have a capacity limit and the rink’s schedule may change.

21595 Smith Switch Rd
Ashburn, VA 20147

3. Prince William Ice Center

5180 Dale Blvd, Woodbridge, VA 22193

At Prince William Ice Center, skaters are able to play hockey, free-style, and even join a synchronized skating program. The center also has a cafe. Its schedule is here.

5180 Dale Blvd
Woodbridge, VA 22193

4. Reston Town Center Pavilion

1818 Discovery St, Reston, VA 20190

From November to March, the pavilion floor of Reston Town Center turns into an skating venue.

On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, this venue offers skate events, including “Rock the Rink,” “Cartoon Skate," and "College Night.”

1818 Discovery St
Reston, VA 20190

5. SkateQuest

1800 Michael Faraday Ct, Reston, VA 20190
A young child sits on an ice-skating rink, wearing skates. Shutterstock

This Reston venue is perfect for figure skaters, hockey players, and recreational skaters. Open all year round with ongoing classes, it features both an Olympic-sized rink and an NHL-sized rink.

1800 Michael Faraday Ct
Reston, VA 20190

6. Fairfax Ice Arena

3779 Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22031

This Fairfax spot offers a location for hockey, freestyle skating, and skating camps. There are hours for public skating every day. The rink closes annually in March.

3779 Pickett Road
Fairfax, VA 22031

7. Rockville Town Square Ice Rink

131 Gibbs St, Rockville, MD 20850

Spanning 7,200 square feet, this is the largest outdoor ice-skating rink between Baltimore and Washington and the largest in all of Montgomery County. The rink is open daily with extended hours on holidays.

131 Gibbs St
Rockville, MD 20850

8. Cabin John Regional Park Ice Rink

10610 Westlake Dr, Rockville, MD 20852
A person’s legs are shown ice skating on an ice rink. Shutterstock

This ice rink offers three total rinks as well as a shop with skating equipment, apparel, and repair services. It’s one of two indoor skating facilities in the Montgomery Parks system.

10610 Westlake Dr
Rockville, MD 20852

9. Kettler Capitals Iceplex

627 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203

Located on top of the Ballston Common Mall parking garage, this facility is known for being the official home of the Washington Capitals. Throughout the year, the venue offers public skating, figure skating, and hockey programs.

627 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203

10. Mount Vernon Recreation Center

2017 Belle View Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22307

Along with an indoor heated pool and spa, you can also find a rink at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center. Check out the Ice Skating Calendar to find out the hours as they vary daily.

2017 Belle View Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22307

11. Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating

Metropolitan at Pentagon Row, 1401 S Joyce St, Arlington, VA 22202

Need some extra help staying balanced while ice-skating? This skating venue offers "Penguin Skating aids" on a first come, first served basis. The rink is open every day including all holidays.

Metropolitan at Pentagon Row, 1401 S Joyce St
Arlington, VA 22202

12. Washington Harbour Ice Rink

3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

This 11,800-square-foot rink is Washington’s largest outdoor ice-skating spot. Prices vary from $9 for children, seniors, and military members to $10 for adults. Every week, it also hosts skating events like two-for-one admissions on Tuesday afternoons and "Rock the Rink" on Saturday evenings.

3000 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

13. Wheaton Ice Arena

11717 Orebaugh Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902
A person’s legs are shown ice skating. Shutterstock

For big-time skaters, the Wheaton Ice Arena is open all year round. Public skating sessions are offered throughout the week, and two party rooms are also available for rent.

11717 Orebaugh Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902

14. The Wharf

690 Water St SW, Washington, D.C. 20024

The Wharf will offers the city's first rink on a pier. The venue is be open every day from December to February, pending weather conditions. The price ranges from $10 for adults to $8 for those under 12. Skate rentals cost $6.

690 Water St SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

15. Silver Spring Ice Skating

8523 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD 20910
A pair of ice skates shown on ice. Shutterstock

The price to skate at this venue is $8 for a child, $8 for a senior, and $9 for an adult. Skate rentals are $5. The venue is open daily with varying hours.

8523 Fenton St
Silver Spring, MD 20910

16. National Gallery and Sculpture Garden Rink

Constitution Ave & 6th St, Washington, DC 20565

The ice-skating season doesn't end at this rink until March (weather permitting). While open daily, the hours of operation vary from around 10 a.m. to around 11 p.m.

Constitution Ave & 6th St
Washington, DC 20565

17. Canal Park Ice Rink

1100 New Jersey Ave SE #1000, Washington, DC 20003

This outdoor rink is open daily from November through February, including holidays. Adult admission is $9, child and senior admission is $8, and skate rentals are $5. Skate along the Anacostia Riverfront!

1100 New Jersey Ave SE #1000
Washington, DC 20003

18. Fort Dupont Ice Arena

3779 Ely Pl SE, Washington, DC 20019
A child is seen skating on an ice rink from the waist down. Shutterstock

Lessons with all equipment are provided to children ages five to 18 years old through the “Kids on Ice” community program. Be sure to check the calendar on their website to know when the rink is open to the public.

3779 Ely Pl SE
Washington, DC 20019

19. Herbert Wells Ice Rink

5211 Paint Branch Pkwy, College Park, MD 20740

This location features a regulation size standard NHL ice rank. The Herbert Wells Ice Rink is open from fall through spring.

5211 Paint Branch Pkwy
College Park, MD 20740

20. The Gardens Ice House

13800 Old Gunpowder Rd, Laurel, MD 20707

The Gardens Ice House is a great location for hockey, figure-skating, and public sessions. The calendar is

available here.

13800 Old Gunpowder Rd
Laurel, MD 20707

21. Bowie Ice Arena

3330 Northview Dr, Bowie, MD
A pair of ice skates on an ice rink. Shutterstock

Open from July through April of each year, the Bowie Ice Arena offers a facility for all ages with discounts to Bowie residents, groups, and families.

3330 Northview Dr
Bowie, MD