Outdoors on Ice
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.
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