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Best ice skating rinks

The Washington Post Staff  |  Updated 12/15/2011

Hit the ice at these indoor and outdoor rinks. (Not an expert? Many offer classes.)


Cabin John Regional Park Ice Rink

Rockville, MD

Visitors to this indoor rink share ice time with hockey teams and skating classes, so be sure to check the schedule before you pack up your hat and mittens. Show up a bit early and enjoy concession stand fare before hitting the ice at the Cabin John Cafe. $3.50-$6.50 for public skate; $3.25 skate rental.


Fort Dupont Ice Arena

Washington, DC

The only public indoor ice skating rink in Washington is perfect for days when you'd like to whiz around the ice without worrying about the weather. Stay warm while you lace up, and when you could use a rest, pop on your skate guards to grab a cup of cocoa. $4-$5; $3 skate rental.


Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating Rink

Arlington, VA

Perfect for a date with your Prince Charming or Cinderella. Keep your eye on the large clock above the shops and building facades surrounding the rink. $7-$8; $3 skate rental.


Reston Town Center Pavilion Ice Rink

Reston, VA

This rink combines the best of both worlds: A glass roof keeps the snow and rain off skaters, while open sides allow for a breeze and scenic views. Saturday's Cartoon Skate appeals to kids, while Friday's "Rock 'n' Skate" draws families and young adults. $7-$9; $5 skate rental.


National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and Ice Skating Rink

Washington, DC

This is the area's most picturesque place to skate: an open-air ice rink surrounded by museums, monuments and modern art. Music plays as you glide around, and the Pavilion Cafe is open for hot chocolate, coffee, wine and snacks. Group and private lessons are available. $7-$8; $3 skate rental.


Wheaton Ice Arena

Wheaton, MD

With both indoor and outdoor rinks and one of the busiest schedules around, Wheaton is a destination for skaters of all levels. Parents can bring the kids to Tot Skating on Friday mornings, teens have their own dedicated ice time on Friday nights, and ice dancers and freestyle skaters can practice jumps at particular sessions. $3.50-$6.25 for public skate; $3.25 skate rental.


Kettler Capitals Iceplex

Arlington, VA

When the Capitals aren't using the two NHL-sized rinks for practice, the Kettler Capitals Iceplex sets aside time for public skating and recreational hockey. $7-$8; $4 skate rental.


The Gardens Ice House

Laurel, MD

Features three rinks, including one Olympic-sized, hosting public skating, recreational hockey and figure skating. $6.60-$7.70; $4.15 skate rental.


Ashburn Ice House

Ashburn, VA

The size of the pro shop alone will show you that this multi-rink arena is serious about hockey, but the well-maintained, modern facility also hosts public skates, lessons and parties. $7; $4 skate rental.


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