Skate at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden


Are you looking for a cool outdoor adventure in the city that’s kid friendly and also fun for adults? Look no further than ice skating! Great exercise, affordable and a truly entertaining way to spend a few hours (or an entire afternoon), ice skating is something your whole family can enjoy—from young kids all the way up to teenagers and beyond. And for folks living in the greater Washington, DC area, there’s no more exciting and educational place to skate than the ice rink at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.

Located on the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, the rink, which measures 135 feet long by 90 feet wide, can handle up to 200 skaters at a time, and is open mid-November through mid-March. Set amid the beauty and the history of the national mall, the National Gallery of Art Ice Rink gives skaters the opportunity to get outside and enjoy some fresh air while gliding past installations at the Gallery’s magnificent sculpture collection, including works by Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Coosje van Bruggen, and newly acquired works by Roxy Paine.

Set to lively music delivered via a state-of-the-art sound system, skate sessions are $7 for adults; $6 for seniors over 50, kids under 12 and students; and a season pass can be purchased for $195. If needed, skate and locker rental is also available for a very affordable fee. And, for budding Michelle Kwan’s, or even just anyone who wants a bit of extra help, both group and private lessons are available from Alice Shelley—a National Figure Skating Association certified instructor.

When you’ve had enough of the frigid air and need to warm up, head over to the Pavilion Café, which offers wraps, sandwiches, pizza and salads, as well as coffee, tea, wine, beer and, of course, hot chocolate. The rink is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Note: the Café closes two hours earlier than the skating rink). For more information or to schedule a lesson, please call: 202-216-9397, or email, .

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