Places To Lace Up Those Skates
With the weather turning colder, it is time to bundle up and hit the great outdoors!
Hitting the rink is one of the season’s greatest outdoor activities. Fortunately for you, there’s no need to go in search of frozen ponds in order to get your skating fix. You can skate the day away in the middle of Tysons or bust a move surrounded by the beautiful and lively streets of Reston Town Center. Or, if you find yourself in downtown Washington, DC or other areas in Northern Virginia and Maryland, you can choose from a number of fun and picturesque outdoor ice rinks. Check out our list below and get to work on those triple axels!
Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion is open seasonally from early November to mid-March, offering public skating every day and extended hours for all holidays. The skate shop is stocked with over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men’s size 13, in both Figure and Hockey styles. For the beginner skaters, try the double bladed, flat edge skates to walk across the ice until you’re ready to glide into a single bladed skate, available in size Youth 8-13. Skate Events: Rock ‘n’ Skate: Fridays, 8PM – 10PM Cartoon Skate: Saturdays, 11AM – 1PM College Skate Night: Thursdays, 6PM – 9PM, Receive $2 off Admission with a Valid College ID
From November to March, Tysons Corner Center’s beautiful Ice Rink, with just over 6,000 sq. ft. is open daily, offering public skating, learn-to-skate lessons, birthday parties, weekly cartoon skates, Saturday Night Rock ‘n Skate and is perfect for private parties and corporate outings. Tysons Corner Ice Rink is located on The Plaza next to Lord & Taylor on the 2nd Level. Come to shop; stay to skate!
The plaza at Pentagon Row underwent major renovations in 2013 to create an amazing experience for guests. The ice skating rink is 50% larger with an outdoor dual-sided stone fireplace for lounging during skating breaks. Pentagon Row’s 6,840 square foot ice rink is now the largest outdoor rink in Northern Virginia, and the second largest in the state.
Open mid-November through spring. Located on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW, the Ice Rink is a favorite Washington destination, attracting thousands of visitors to skate in the nation’s capital. The experience of skating in the Sculpture Garden, surrounded by the grand architecture of national museums and monuments, is enhanced by splendid views of large-scale sculptures by modern and contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Roxy Paine, Tony Smith, and others from the Gallery’s renowned collection.
Within a one minute walking distance from the Manassas commuter train station located in Historic Downtown Manassas.
Fairfax County’s only publicly owned indoor ice arena is designed for year-round use. It includes an NHL official size rink as well as hockey team locker rooms, warming room, coach’s room, skate rental area, and skate sharpening services.
Annually, mid-November until March. At 11,800 square feet, the Washington Harbour Ice Rink is DC’s largest outdoor ice skating venue. Skate alongside the Potomac River and enjoy a hot beverage from one of the rink-side restaurants.