4 Places to Skate in the D.C. Area This Winter

Ice skating

Short program: It really is past time for them to add limbo skating to the Winter Olympics. Come on, people. (stevendepolo via Flickr)

Some people actually like winter, and one of the reasons is you can ice skate outside when it’s cold.

I admit to never having put on ice skates in my life; I have enough trouble as it is, no need breaking an ankle too. But there are plenty of apartment renters out there who do, including (I’m assuming) a good number of northern-state transplants who practically grew up in them … and skis.

Well, for you I’m listing four good ice rinks (two of them outdoor, one semi-outdoor) to skate to your cold little heart’s content.

1. Pentagon Row Ice Skating – Part of shopping, entertainment and apartment juggernaut Pentagon Row in Arlington, the Pentagon Row Ice Skating rink is open until mid-March. Skate times are generally noon to 10 p.m. during the weekday, but they open a little earlier and close a mite later on Friday and Saturday (on Sundays and Saturdays, they open at 10 a.m.; on Fridays and Saturdays, the rink stays open until 11 p.m.). “Come any hour and skate for two hours,” the site says. They also offer to teach you how to skate.

Admission:
Adults – $8
Kids 12 and under/55 and up – $7
Skate rentals, figure or hockey – $3

Location:
1201 South Joyce St.
Arlington, Va. 22202

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2. Kettler Capitals Iceplex – Sitting atop the Ballston Common Mall parking garage, the Kettler Capitals Iceplex serves as the training center for the Washington Capitals, and it also gives you a place to skate. This indoor iceplex advises you to check the public skating schedule in advance. Look for the words “public skate” in the chart for times; I’ve seen both two-hour and one-hour skating slots. They also offer skating lessons. You can even watch the Caps practice here for free, if that floats your iceberg.

Admission:
Adults – $8
Kids 12 and under – $7
55 and up – $6
Skate rental – $4

Location:
4238 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, Va. 22203

3. Herbert Wells Ice Rink – This College Park ice rink is part of the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation. And yes, they too will teach you to skate. You can also play broomball and hockey; since the rink is run by the county, you owe it to yourself to check the site for all their sports offerings. The rink is “semi-enclosed,” and you get to skate for two hours at a shot. The rink closes sometime in March. You should go to the site and call them to find out when public skating is offered, as their online schedule is said to be faulty.

Admission:
Adults – $5 resident/$6 nonresident
17 and under/60 and up – $4 resident/$5 nonresident
Skate rental – $2

Location:
5211 Paint Branch Pkwy.
College Park, Md. 20740

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4. Silver Spring Ice Skating at Veterans Plaza – It would be kinda redundant to say that this outdoor rink in Silver Spring is located at Veterans Plaza, but … this outdoor rink in Silver Spring is located at Veterans Plaza. The rink is open in all weather until March 25. Monday-Thursday hours are noon-10 p.m.; Sunday and Saturday open at 10 a.m.; and Friday and Saturday close at 11 p.m. Click here for the lessons they offer. You can skate for two hours at a time.

Admission:
Adults – $8
12 and under/55 and up – $7
Skate rentals, figure or hockey – $3

Location:
8523 Fenton St.
Silver Spring, Md. 20910

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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