Each new year seems to bring with it the opening of another ice skating rink in the Washington area. This year an outdoor rink opened at the Mall in Columbia. Most of the rinks listed below are open seven days a week, though some close on federal holidays. Public sessions tend to run anywhere from $3 to $8 per person, depending on the participant's age and the day of the week. Count on paying between $2 and $4 to rent skates. (Some locations offer special "cheapskate" sessions at reduced rates.) There are additional fees for group and private lessons, given at many of the rinks. Other offerings at select rinks include hockey and speed skating. Call or check Web sites for information about special programs such as ice shows featuring local performers. Unless otherwise noted, the rinks are open year-round.

The District

C&O CANAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK -- Skating is permissible only when the "Skate at your own risk" signs are posted. Access points are at Fletcher's Boathouse in Georgetown, at Chain Bridge, Locks 7 and 8 near Glen Echo (off the Clara Barton Parkway), at Old Angler's Inn (note: skating is prohibited above Old Angler's at Wide Water), at Great Falls, Swain's Lock, Pennyfield Lock and Violette's Lock. There are different regulations for the Western district of the C&O Canal National Historic Park. Call 301-299-3613 or the ice skating hotline, 301-767-3707. www.nps.gov/choh.

FORT DUPONT ICE ARENA -- 3779 Ely Place SE. Closes May through mid-June for maintenance. 202-584-5007. www.fdia.org.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART Sculpture Garden Ice Skating Rink -- Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Open mid-November through mid-March, weather permitting. 202-289-3360. www.nga.gov.

PERSHING PARK ICE RINK -- 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Open December through February. 202-737-6938.


ARC ICESPORTS -- 50 Southlawn Court, Rockville. 301-294-8101. www.arcrockville.com.

BETHESDA METRO CENTER ICE RINK -- Wisconsin Avenue and Old Georgetown Road atop Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda. Open November through February, weather permitting. 301-656-0588.

BOWIE ICE ARENA -- 3330 Northview Drive, Bowie. Closes in May and June. 301-809-3090.

CABIN JOHN ICE ARENA -- 10610 Westlake Drive, Rockville. 301-365-0585. www.mc-mncppc.org/parks/facilities/skate.shtm.

COLUMBIA ICE RINK -- 5876 Thunder Hill Rd., Columbia. Closes from early July to early August. 410-730-0322. www.columbiaassociation.com.

THE GARDENS ICE HOUSE -- 13800 Old Gunpowder Rd., Laurel. 301-953-0100. www.thegardensicehouse.com.

HERBERT WELLS ICE RINK -- 5211 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park. Open mid-October through last weekend in March. 301-277-0654. www.pgparks.com/places/sportsfac/icerinks.html.

KENTLANDS OUTDOOR MINI-GOLF AND ICE RINK -- 202 Market St. W., Gaithersburg. Open late November to mid-March, weather permitting. 240-631-9100. www.icerink.org.

THE MALL IN COLUMBIA -- 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia (next to L.L. Bean). Open to March 1, weather permitting. 410-992-5500.

PINEY ORCHARD ICE RINK -- 8781 Piney Orchard Parkway, Odenton. 410-672-7013.

SKATE FREDERICK -- 1288 Riverbend Way, Frederick. 301-662-7362. www.skatefrederick.com.

TUCKER ROAD ICE RINK -- 1770 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington. Closed for renovation to create an enclosed year-round rink. A spring opening is expected. 301-248-2508. www.pgparks.com.

WHEATON ICE ARENA -- 11717 Orebaugh Ave., Wheaton. 301-649-2250. www.mc-mncppc.org/parks/facilities/skate.shtm.


ASHBURN ICE HOUSE -- 21595 Smith Switch Road, Ashburn. 703-858-0300. ashburnice.com.

FAIRFAX ICE ARENA -- 3779 Pickett Road, Fairfax. 703-323-1131. www.fairfaxicearena.com.

MOUNT VERNON REC CENTER -- 2017 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria. 703-768-3224. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec/mv/mv-ice.htm.

PENTAGON ROW ICE RINK -- 1201 S. Joyce St., Arlington. Open mid-October through early March, weather permitting. 703-418-6666. www.outdooriceskating.com.

RESTON SKATING PAVILION -- 1818 Discovery St., Reston. Open the last week of October through first week of March, weather permitting. 703-709-6300. www.restontowncenter.com.

SKATEQUEST PRINCE WILLIAM -- 5180 Dale Blvd., Dale City. 703-730-8423. www.skatequest.com.

SKATEQUEST RESTON -- 1800 Michael Faraday Court, Reston. 703-709-1010. www.skatequest.com.