If you’re in search of things to do in the DC metro area this winter, put a visit to the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice-Skating Rink at the top of your list! Open through March, 15, the rink gives locals a reason to get outdoors and get active, despite the cold weather. Skating lessons are available for any level of skater, with registration available online, over the phone, or in-person at the ice rink.
An on-site Pavilion Café offers a panoramic view of the sculpture garden and a variety of good eats and small treats with their seasonal menu, such as freshly made soups, salads, and sandwiches. These pair nicely with winter beverages, such as hot cocoa or cider, mulled wine, or a pumpkin spiced latte.
Hours vary according to the day of the week, and the rink could be closed depending on weather conditions. The skating fee is for two 45-minute sessions beginning at the hour. Adults and children over 13 are $9, while seniors (50+), children under 12, military, and students are $8. Skate rental fee is $4, with lockers available for $0.50 (a $5 deposit required). An overall season pass is $195.