Washington, DC – Skating Outside!

Well it’s Winter Solstice tomorrow — the first day of winter. You may not want to think about the onset of that season, but it is inevitable.

With the temperature falling, the wind getting brisker and the White House Christmas Tree lit, it’s time to think of more winter fun. Colder temperatures means that the Ice Rink at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden is open, as of November 13 (weather permitting, of course). It is located at: 700 Constitution Avenue NW.

Although not as famous as the rink at Rockefeller Center, in New York City, this ice rink is one of the city’s most photogenic scenes, especially when the snow really starts falling, which it does, periodically, in Washington Metro area. It’s also quite an experience to skate while surrounded by some of the world’s grandest museums and monuments.

Admission to the rink this season will cost $7 for adults and $6 for those over 50, under 12 or students in high school or college possessing a school ID.

Skates can be rented for $3 a pair. The rink will be open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday-Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sundays. If you are there in the evening, be sure to be aware of your surroundings, there and on your way back and forth to your lodgings. Like all big cities, you have to pay attention to who is around. Check for problem areas with your hotel front desk staff.

If you have to travel quite a way, consider going on the Metro Rail trains, especially if it is snowy or icy. Washington, DC drivers are terrible in inclement weather. I speak from 2 years experience with them!

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