With news that another polar vortex is setting its sights on the contiguous US, thoughts are naturally turning to winter and its cool-weather pursuits.
Three outdoor ice-skating rinks in Washington, DC, are getting ready to open up and herald the arrival of the most wonderful time of year. Rockefeller Center may get all the attention, but the public rinks 200 miles southwest are even more exhilarating!
The Washington Harbour Ice Rink will open in a few days and run through March. The rink–normally a large fountain–is larger than that other rink in NYC, and it only costs $10 to skate. Located in historic Georgetown, Washington Harbour is surrounded by restaurants, fine shopping, and an unbeatable view of the Potomac.
The ice rink at Canal Park is a smaller venue than Washington Harbour, but its track-inspired layout is a fun alternative to the usual circular expanse of ice. Located in Southeast DC, Canal Park is $9 and offers ice-skating classes for ages 3 and up. Opened on November 8.
National Gallery of Art
The one near and dear to my heart. Located in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden on the National Mall, the NGA’s ice-skating rink–with its easy Metro accessibility–is the most convenient of the three DC options. It’s also the most cultured rink, with famous and provocative statues by Miró, Lichtenstein, and more just feet away. Skating is $8 and opens on November 14.