The Ice Rink at the National Gallery of Art, DC


When: Monday, November 19, 2018 - Sunday, March 10, 2018 (weather permitting)
Monday-Thursday 10AM-9PM
Friday 10AM-11PM
Saturday 11AM-11PM (open to the general public); 10AM-11AM (open for Learn to Skate USA lessons only)
Sunday 11AM-9PM

Hot Spot: The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Deets: The 2018–2019 ice-skating season at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink will begin November 17 and continue through March 10, weather permitting. Located on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW, the ice rink remains a favorite DC destination, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Surrounded national museums and monuments and large-scale sculptures by modern and contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Tony Smith, Roy Lichtenstein, Roxy Paine, and others, skating in the Sculpture Garden is a favorite winter activity. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is managed by Guest Services Inc.

To celebrate the beginning of the skating season, visitors who purchase skating time from Saturday November 17 through Sunday November 18 will receive a coupon from Guest Services Inc. for a complimentary cup of hot chocolate from the Pavilion Café on those dates.

With panoramic views of the Sculpture Garden and a seasonal menu of freshly made soups, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, and desserts, the Pavilion Café is a perfect complement to your ice rink visit. Beverages include coffee, tea, hot chocolate, wine, beer, and specialty coffee drinks with seasonal delights such as hot cider, mulled wine, pumpkin spice lattés with flavored whipped cream, and more. A children's menu for ages 12 and under is also available. The café offers specials Monday through Friday from 4-7PM, and closes two hours before the ice rink each day.

Hint For The Average Socialite: Free hot chocolate opening weekend (Nov 16-18)!

For general information and announcements about openings and closings, call 202.216.9397.

NOTE: The ice rink will be closed when it rains or when the temperature dips below 20°F.

Skating fees for two 45-minute sessions (beginning on the hour):

$9 for adults and children age 13 and over
$8 for skaters age 50 and over, children 12 and under, and students with a valid school ID

The skate rental fee is $4; lockers are available for $0.50 ($5 deposit required). Season passes are available for $195. Call the ice rink office after November 15 at (202) 216-9397 with questions; see below for class descriptions and registration information. During the evening, when the Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed to the public, access to the ice rink is restricted to the entrances at Constitution Avenue near 7th Street and on Madison Drive near 9th Street.

For skating lessons, class descriptions, special events, private or group lessons and more click here!

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