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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 11/13/2007

Outdoors on Ice

By Julia Beizer

The National Gallery's Ice Skating Rink opens for the season on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. To celebrate, the rink will give away a free cup of hot cocoa to anyone who buys ice time or rents skates or a locker that day.

Even though it's often crowded, the National Gallery's rink is one of the best in the area. You simply can't beat skating so close to masterpieces like Sol LeWitt's "Four-Sided Pyramid." A two-hour session of rink time costs $7 for adults and $6 for those 12 and younger, 50 and older and students with valid ID. Skate rentals are $3. The rink will be open to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

This news got us thinking about other outdoor rinks in the area. Pentagon Row's rink has been up and running for a few weeks, as has the one at Reston Town Center. Fees for a two-hour session at both Mall-based ice-slicks are $8 for adults and $7 for ages 12 and younger and 55 and older. Each rink rents skates for $3. Fees for a two-hour session at Pentagon Row are $8 for adults and $7 for ages 12 and younger and 55 and older. Skate rental is $3. Skate rental is $4 at Reston Town Center and fees for a two-hour session are $9 for adults and $7 for children and seniors.

We'll have to wait a little longer for Pershing Park, that adorable rink tucked away near the Willard Hotel. A representative for Guest Services, the company that manages the rink, tells me that the rink is tentatively slated to open Dec. 1.


By Julia Beizer  | November 13, 2007; 12:53 PM ET
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What about the Harris Pavilion in Manassas??? And also, how about listing the addresess and nearest Metro stops of each of these rinks. I'm teaching my fiance to skate and we like Kettler Capitals IcePlex and all, but we were thinking about doing some skating outside and want to hit all the outdoor rinks in DC.

Posted by: Jarrod | November 13, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Hi Jarrod, the Archives-Navy Memorial is closest to the National Gallery. Metro Center is closest to Pershing Park. Pentagon City is closest to Pentagon Row. For Reston Town Center, you're on your own! For future reference, the hyperlinks in our blog posts lead to City Guide pages that provide driving direction maps and the name of the nearest Metro stop. Hope that helps!

Posted by: Julia | November 13, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Are there any outdoor rinks left in Montgomery County? Ever since Kentlands closed their rink a few years ago to make way for cement and park benches, there has been nowhere to go!

Posted by: K | November 14, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Wheaton Ice Arena still has an old outdoor rink, but it's covered and mainly used for hockey. Plus, it's kind of run down.

Posted by: Mike | November 15, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse gives all the times, and the extended Holiday hours for Reston Town Center Outdoor Ice Skating.

Posted by: Nan | November 16, 2007 11:35 PM | Report abuse

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