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Like the late great Elliott Smith’s cover of the School House Rock classic, Figure 8, skating rinks are pleasant because of an inward simplicity—a circle that turns round upon itself. To be honest, ice-skating is almost like walking, but on ice while wearing boots with blades on the bottom. A frozen horizontal hamster wheel of humanity, ice staking offers the feeling of floating. Staking is meditative, a transcending act like jogging through a park, provided you aren’t consistently falling flat on your ass. But you’re a grown-up—you got this skating thing down—so let’s not jazz up this timeless cold weather standard. Instead, embrace winter, lace-up some skates, do a figure 8, and drift away on a piece of ice. If you think you can handle this, we scouted out the DMV’s best rinks, so go out there and enjoy moving around in circles.

DC, you’re up first:

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink

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7th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC

Hours: Monday – Thursday 10AM – 9PM; Friday – Saturday 10AM – 11PM; Sunday 11AM – 9PM

Admission: $8 for adults, $7 for kids and seniors

Skate rental: $3

Open until March 16, 2015

 

Washington Harbor Ice Rink

3000 & 3050 K St NW, Washington DC

Hours: Monday – Thursday 12PM – 9PM; Friday 12PM – 10PM; Saturday 10AM – 10PM; Sunday 10AM – 7PM

Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for kids, seniors, and military personnel

Skate rental: $5

Open until March.

 

Canal Park Ice Rink

1100 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington DC

Hours: Monday – Tuesday 12PM – 7PM; Wednesday – Friday 12PM – 9PM; Saturday 11AM – 10PM; Sunday 11AM – 7PM

Admission: $8 for adults, $7 for kids, seniors, and military personnel

Skate rental: $3

Open until mid-March

Fort Dupont Ice Arena

3779 Ely Place SE

Hours: Friday, Noon to 1:50PM; Saturday, Noon to 1PM

Admission: $4 for children and seniors, $4 for adults

Skate rentals: $3

Indoor rink open year-round

 

Maryland:

Rockville Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion

131 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD

Hours: Monday – Wednesday 12PM – 10PM; Thursday 12PM to 7PM or 10PM; Friday 12PM to 11PM; and Saturday 10AM – 11PM; Sunday 10AM – 7PM or 10PM

Admission: $8 for adults, $7 for kids and seniors

Skate rental: $3

Rink is open until mid-March.

Silver Spring Ice Rink at Veterans Park

8523 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD

Hours: Monday – Thursday 12PM – 10PM; Friday 12PM – 11PM; Saturday 10AM – 11PM; and Sunday 10AM – 10PM

Admission: $8 for adults, $7 for kids and seniors

Skate rentals: $3

Rink is open until March 25th.

Quiet Waters Park Ice Rink

44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD

Hours: Monday 1PM – 9PM; Wednesday – Friday 1PM – 9PM; and Saturday – Sunday 9AM – 9PM

Admission: $6 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors

Skate rental: $3

Cash only rink, no ATM onsite, so bring some paper currency folks.

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Baltimore:

Mount Pleasant Ice Arena

6101 Hillen Road, Baltimore, MD

Hours: Monday – Thursday 12PM – 2PM; Friday 8:30PM – 10:30PM; Saturday 3PM to 5PM and then 8:30PM – 10:30PM; Sunday 3PM – 5PM

Admission: $4 for kids, adults, and seniors

Skate rental: $2

Rink is open until mid-March.

Dominic DiPietro Family Skating Center

200 South Linwood Avenue, Baltimore, MD

Hours: Tuesday 12PM – 2PM; Friday 7PM – 9PM; Saturday 3PM – 5PM and 7PM – 9PM; Sunday 3PM – 5PM

Admission: $4

Skate rental: $2

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Virginia:

Pentagon Row Ice Rink

1201 South Joyce St, Arlington, VA

Hours: Monday – Wednesday 12PM – 10PM; Thursday 12PM – 7PM or 10PM; Friday 12PM – 11PM; Saturday 10AM – 11PM; Sunday 10AM – 7PM or 10PM

Admission: $9 for adults, $8 for kids and seniors

Skate rental: $3

Rink is open until mid-March.

Reston Town Center Ice Skating

1818 Discovery Street, Reston, VA

Hours: Sunday – Tuesday 11AM – 7PM; Wednesday – Thursday 11AM – 10PM; Friday and Saturday 11AM – 11PM

Admission: $10 for adults, $9 for kids and seniors

Skate rental: $5

Rink is open until March.

Harris Pavilion

9201 Center St, Manassas, VA

Hours: Wednesday – Thursday 3PM – 8PM; Friday 3PM – 10PM; Saturday 12PM – 10PM; Sunday 12PM – 5PM

Admission: $8 for adults, $7 for kids

Skate rental: $4

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