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Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on November 16, 2009 at 10:45 am

Ice Skating at DC’s National Gallery of Art

The unseasonably warm 70+ degree weather in Washington, DC this past weekend delayed the annual opening of the ice skating rink at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.

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The new opening date is rescheduled for the weekend of November 21st, 2009, weather permitting.

The ice rink is surrounded by the National Gallery’s famous 6-acre sculpture garden that first opened in 1999. The garden hosts about 20 contemporary sculptures from sculptors such as Joan Miro, Claes Oldenburg, and Tony Smith.

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Every winter the ice rink covers the circular pool and fountain in the center of the garden and is open daily for ice skating.

The rink draws a combination of excellent skaters, beginners and young children being taught to skate by their parents for the first time.  Even if you don’t ice skate, it’s fun to sip a cup of hot chocolate and watch the little ones balancing themselves between their parents legs the first time on ice skates.

For a mug of hot cocoa or a glass of wine after your skate, visit the Pavilion Café overlooking the Sculpture Garden.  The cafe also severs sandwiches, pizza, salads and more.

Sculpture Garden Ice-Skating Rink
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
700 Constitution Avenue, NW at 7th Street NW
Washington, DC (map it)
202-289-3360

Dates and Times – November 21 through mid-March, 2010.

  • Mondays – Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays -10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Sundays – 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The rink is closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day and closes early on Thanksgiving at 5:00 p.m.

Admission - Adults – $7.00, Seniors, students with ID and kids under 13 – $6.00. Skating sessions begin on the hour and are for two hours.  Skate rentals are available for $3.00 with ID and lockers can be rented for 50¢ with a $5.00 deposit.

The National Gallery of Art museum is open to the public daily, Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 – 6:00 on Sundays.

Nearest Metro Subway Station – Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter, Green & Yellow  lines, then a 2-block walk, or use the DC Circulator bus.

Parking – Limited metered street parking and area paid garage parking is available.

Images – from personal collection   ©2009, Jon Rochetti

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