Reston Town Center opens its outdoor rink on November 1st! That time again! I list this one first, because it has tons of nearby free parking, it is smaller and there are great place to grab food and drinks within steps of the rink.
Pentagon Row outdoor rink opens on November 15th. The parking here is tough, but there are tons of shops and stores nearby. If you are truly desperate for parking, you can part at Pentagon City Mall which is not steps away, but is not really that bad of a walk.
The Sculpture Garden ice rink opens on November 14th and wins 4 stars from me because of how picturesque it is. There are a lot of great older people during the week who can really skate their behinds off! It is kind of surprising, but they are definitely regulars. The view is magnificent, the rink size is decent and the skate rental prices are not astronomical. Parking is tough, so metro or go during the week early like we do if you have that flexibility.
Washington Harbor Ice Skating Rink is fairly new and I have not been there. But I know that it is larger than Rockefeller Center, which means it is sizable because we have ice skate at RFC. This rink opens mid-November, but there is no confirmed date. The view of the Potomac is gotta be pretty rad. When we visit, I will give more info.
Canal Park ice rink is one that I can’t wait to try. It opens on November 8th, and has an odd shape with a figure eight. I think that would be really neat. It is nestled between 295 and 395 by the Anacostia River. This is an emerging neighborhood and the closest metro would be the Navy Yard Stop.
There are year-round skating rinks that are indoor, like Pershing Rink or Fairfax Ice Arena. But to me, there is something to be said for mittens, scarves, scenery and hot chocolate accompanying a wonderful and exhilarating ice skating workout:)