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The return of chilly temps puts us in the mood for a wintery outing. These Northern Virginia ice skating rinks offer healthy winter fun for every age, whether you prefer to skate indoors or out. Each ice skating destination offers smooth ice, happy music, and nearby fun, so we suggest you visit them all.
1. Harris Pavillon Ice Rink, Manassas
Seasonal ice skating takes over the Harris Pavilion in Old Town Manassas from mid-November through February 2018. The pavilion offers a generous covered rink with a nice sound system pumping out music to glide to. All sessions are open skate, and skate rentals are available for $5. Skating is $8/$7 adults/children 10 and under. The rink is open daily except Christmas, and hours vary by day. Follow the link for details and special event closures. During January only, you can skate free on Wednesday’s from 6:00 to 8:00.
After your skating session, stop by the Manassas Train Depot and the Visitor Center for a little history about the station throughout the years and to take a photo with the Virginia LOVE sign.
There are plenty of options in walking distance if you’re ready for a meal or a drink, and a Manassas getaway also offers good shopping, history, and a walkable downtown.
2. Reston Town Center Ice Skating, Reston
Skating can get a little cozy at the popular Reston Town Center rink, but the vibe is upbeat and the staff does their best to keep everyone happy. The covered rink is open daily from November until March, including Christmas and New Years. There are special kid-targeted events on the weekend—Rock ‘n’ Skate on Fridays from 8:00 to 10:00; Cartoon Skate on Saturday morning from 11:00 t0 1:00; and a College Skate Night on Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00 ($2 off with a Valid College ID). If you visit on a primetime weekend, expect a crowd. Adult admission is $10; youth under 12, Seniors, and Military $9; $6 for skate rentals.
Follow your skating fun with a stop at any of the terrific Reston Town Center restaurants and bars, or rest your feet at a movie. Clyde’s is our pick for delicious crab cakes and a view of the skaters, but we’ve also had tasty meals at Vapiano, Big Bowl, Jackson’s and many others. If the weather is warm enough, the tables by the fountain provide an excellent spot to sit and people watch. Remember that parking is free in the evenings and weekends, otherwise plan to pay for your spot.
3. Tysons Corner Ice Rink, Tysons
Another year of ice skating at the fabulous Tysons Corner Center Plaza promises a smooth glide at the outdoor rink through early March. The only uncovered rink in our Northern Virginia ice skating collection is especially fun when the temps are cold but the sun is shining, or when light snow is falling. The Tysons rink is open every day, with extended hours on holidays and skating until 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights, making it a fun date night destination. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for children, Seniors, and Military. Skate rentals are available just inside the mall for $6.
Of course, you can follow your ice time with shopping, movies, and dinner inside the mall, but you can also visit one of the newer dine and drink options on the plaza. There’s a Shake Shack for delicious burgers in a casual setting, or try Earl’s, Eddie V’s, or Barrel & Bushel for more upscale meal and drinks. Better yet, make it a weekend staycation on the Plaza at Hyatt Tysons, or at the Ritz-Carlton adjacent to the nearby Tysons Galleria mall.
Indoor Northern Virginia Ice Skating Rinks
When it’s just too cold outside, or you’re looking to cool down during the warmer months, these indoor Northern Virginia ice skating rinks are the place to go.
4. SkateQuest, Reston
SkateQuest’s two large rinks are often occupied with hockey, figure skating, lessons, and camps, so public skating hours vary and are not available every day. When public skating is offered, you’ll find good quality ice, a lot of room to spread out, and pleasant staff. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for 12 and under, and skate rentals are $4. Check the website for other public skating hours and special deals. There’s a cafe in the building, and there are plenty of restaurants at nearby Plaza America.
The Ashburn Ice House has two large rinks, but the hours for public skating vary so check the schedule. The rink is a popular spot for hockey games, figure skating, camps, and skating lessons. Admission during public skating hours is $9 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under, and $5 for Seniors. Skate rentals are $5. When you get hungry try a pizza from the Pomodoro located inside the Ice House, or head to our favorite haunt for delicious seafood, Ford’s Fish Shack.
BONUS: Skate at the National Sculpture Garden
You’ll find a fun alternative to Northern Virginia ice skating at the Washington DC National Sculpture Garden. During the day you can skate, then visit the large scale sculptures by major artists that surround the rink. At night, enjoy the festive lights. The rink is open from November 18 to March 11, 2018. Adult skating is $9 for 2 hours, $8 for children 12 and under. Skate rentals are $3.50 plus $.50 if you want to rent a locker. Frequent skaters should consider the $195 season pass. The skating rink is open daily except holidays, weather permitting. Follow the link for details on hours, lessons, and special events. Skating is just one of our picks for a DC holiday day trip. Better yet, plan a US Capitol area staycation to visit the Newseum and other area sites.
What’s your favorite Northern Virginia ice skating destination?