Ice Capades: DC's Best Outdoor Rinks

If you've watched the Winter Olympic Games, oh, ever, then you already know the figure-skating competition is pretty much the best part. The theatrics, the athleticism, the costumes — it's all there, people. So, since you’re already in awe of those magnificent leaps and spins, why not run with the inspiration and try it for yourself?
The DMV's outdoor rinks promise beautiful settings, the (no-pressure) chance to practice your skills, and classic, calorie-burning fun. Don’t have skates? No problem — all of our picks provide rentals. Never skated before? Most offer lessons, too.
Hopefully, watching the Games will inspire you to channel your inner Michelle Kwan and take a spin on the ice. And, for that, you'll get perfect 10s from us.
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Photo: Courtesy of Reston Town Center.
Reston Town Center’s open-air pavilion transforms into a party on ice every winter. On Fridays, skaters can listen to a DJ spin tunes; on Saturdays, bring your littlest friends (or your parenthood-embracing pals) and share the ice with beloved cartoon characters like Scooby-Doo and the Cat in the Hat.

Reston Town Center, 1818 Discovery Street, Reston; 703-709-6300.
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Photo: Courtesy of Washington Harbour.
Georgetown’s Washington Harbour rink boasts impressive credentials, even by D.C. standards. At 11,800 square feet, it’s larger than New York City’s Rockefeller Center rink, and skaters get an impeccable waterfront view, to boot. If you’re game, you can host parties here. How’s that for a truly memorable fete?

Washington Harbour, 3050 K Street NW; 202-706-7666.
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Photo: Courtesy of National Gallery of Art.
Art and exercise collide at the National Gallery of Art’s ice rink. Glide past some incredible works in the sculpture garden as you circle around this only-in-D.C. spot. If you’re a beginner, or need to brush up your skills, lessons are available, too.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW; 202-216-9397.
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Photo: Courtesy of Canal Park.
If you need another excuse to visit the District's up-and-coming Capitol Riverfront development, here it is: the Canal Park Ice Rink. Take some leisurely laps around this rink that has been graced with the presence of the Capitols' mascot, Slapshot — so you know it's legit.

Canal Park Ice Rink, 202 M Street SE; 202-554-6051.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rockville Town Square.
Glide on the ice while surrounded by trees decked out in festive lights at this Rockville spot. Sounds like a perfectly dreamy winter date, right?

Rockville Town Square, 131 Gibbs Street, Rockville; 301-545-1999.
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Photo: Courtesy of Silver Spring.
At Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, you can skate beneath an awning that lights up with bright colors at night — think outdoor Studio 54, sans disco ball. Insider’s tip: Parking is free on weekends and after 8 p.m. during the week, making this an ideal late-night spot in downtown Silver Spring.

Veterans Plaza, 8523 Fenton Street, Silver Spring; 301-588-1221.
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Photo: Courtesy of Pentagon Row.
Lace up your skates, take a few laps around Pentagon Row’s outdoor rink, and then cozy up next to a fire pit until you feel toasty again. Don’t own skates? You can rent a pair for $3 — making this the cheapest night out, ever.

Pentagon Row, 1201 South Joyce Street, Arlington; 703-418-6666.