Explore the Ice-Skating at the Washington DC this Winter


The popular Ice Rink of Washington DC is now at National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

The 2018–2019 ice-skating season at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink will begin November 16 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 favourite 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 favourite 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 Friday November 16 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.

Pavilion Café

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 flavoured whipped cream, and more. A children’s menu for ages 12 and under is also available. Managed by Guest Services Inc., the café seats 98 people inside and 64 people outside on its north and south terraces. The café also offers specials Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Pavilion Café closes two hours before the ice rink each day.

Ice Rink offers skate rental fee at $4 along with lockers for additional charges and also avail season passes. This season, the Guest Services offers skating lessons for all ages, directed, and taught by Emme Porter, Bruce Porter Jr., and their Washington Elite Skating School team of instructors.

For general information and announcements about openings and closings, call (202) 216-9397 or visit www.pavilioncafe.com. More details are available at nga.gov/skating.


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