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National Sculpture Garden: Skate At Your Own Risk


I thought ice skating on the National Mall was supposed to be fun. Funny is more like it. Real funny. Why? Because everything that could’ve gone wrong did.

My friend had entrusted me with the plan making for the evening. It was Saturday night. During the winter. “What could be better than ice skating in the National Sculpture Garden?” I thought. I quickly learned — anything else is apparently BETTER — but I wouldn’t have traded the night for anything else.

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Sculpture Garden Ice Rink Opens Thursday — It’s About Time!

Photo courtesy of
‘fallen iace skater’
courtesy of ‘easement’

The wait is over. Technical difficulties are through. The coolant system has been repaired! The Sculpture Garden ice rink will FINALLY open on Thursday.

If you need more of an incentive to venture out into the bitter winter weather, the fine folks at the National Gallery of Art will have a free cup of hot cocoa waiting for paying rink customers on Dec. 12-13.

Don’t know when to go for a sweet skate on the National Mall? Check out rink times here:

Monday through Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Remember: it’s $7 for adults/$6 for skaters 50+, children 12 and under, or students with valid school ID. Each session lasts two hours and starts  at the top of each hour.

So pull that sweater your aunt knitted for you out of the closest, throw on that down jacket, and lace up those skates — it’s time to rip up some ice!