DC’s version of NYC’s rink at Rockefeller Center sits encircled by monumental sculptures on the National Mall. Ringed with fairy lights, the outdoor venue is Insta-perfect, especially after dark when its commanding neighbor, the National Archives, is illuminated. Admission is good for a two-hour skate; sessions begin on the hour.The rink offers a wide range of lessons to help toddlers, would-be hockey heroes, wobbly adults and experienced jumpers master new skills. Private lessons are also on offer. Warm up post-skate with cocoa, beer, wine and nibbles ranging from pastries to pizzas at the Pavilion Café. Get them while you can—the café will be closed throughout January 2016 for renovations.
|Venue name:||National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink|
|Cross street:||at Constitution Ave NW|
|Opening hours:||Mid Nov–Mid Mar, weather permitting. Mon–Thu 10am–9pm; Fri, Sat 10am–11pm; Sun 11am–9pm|
|Transport:||Metro: Red Line to Gallery Place; Green Line to Archives-Navy Memorial; Blue or Yellow Line to Smithsonian|
|Price:||$8.50; skate rental $3 (ID required)|