12 Fun DC and Northern Virginia Ice Skating Rinks

The return of chilly temps puts us in the mood for a wintery outing. These Washington DC and 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.

Rinks are operating with reduced capacity and new safety rules for the 2020/2021 winter season. Purchase tickets in advance to guarantee your spot. We've also noted a few rinks that will not reopen this year. Outdoor rinks may close due to weather so always check for updates before you head out.

Outdoor Northern Virginia Ice Skating Rinks

1. Harris Pavillon Ice Rink, Manassas

Harris Pavilion ice skating rink Manassas VA
Harris Pavilion ice skating rink Manassas VA

Seasonal ice skating takes over the Harris Pavilion in Old Town Manassas from November 21 through February (weather permitting). The pavilion offers a generously 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 $9/$8 adults/children 10 and under. The rink is open daily in November and December, except  Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, and hours vary by day. The rink is closed Monday and Tuesday in January and February. Follow the link for details and special event closures.

Historic Manassas is full of restaurants, shops, and historic sites, so allow time after your skating session to explore. Better yet book a room in Manassas and enjoy a winter mini-vacation. The Manassas Train Depot is a great spot for a photo with the Virginia LOVE sign.

LOVE Old Town Manassas Virginia
LOVE Old Town Manassas Virginia

2. Reston Town Center Ice Skating, Reston

Reston Ice Skating Rink in Fairfax County Virginia
Reston Ice Skating Rink in Fairfax County Virginia

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. In 2021, the covered rink is open daily from November 5 until early March, including Christmas and New Year.

Reserve your spot and purchase tickets online. Adult admission is $10; youth under 12, Seniors, and Military $9; plus $7 for skate rentals.

Most years, there are special kid-targeted events on the weekend—Rock the Rink on Friday nights, 7:30 – 9:00; Cartoon Skate on Saturday mornings, 11:00 – 1:00. There is also a College Skate Night on Thursdays, 6:30 – 10:00 ($2 off with a Valid College ID).

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. 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. Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating, Arlington

Pentagon Row ice skating rink in Arlington VA
Pentagon Row ice skating rink in Arlington VA

The largest outdoor ice skating rink in Northern Virginia, Pentagon Row offers 6,840 feet of space to glide and twirl. A 2013 renovation also added a two-sided fireplace, next to the rink, offering a cozy place to relax. In 2021, the rink is open daily, 10:00 to 10:00, from October 30 through mid-March, including major holidays.

Prices are $10 for skaters 13 and up; $9 for those under 12 and Seniors over 55. Skate rentals are $5.

4. Ice & Lights Winter Village, Cameron Run

Ice & Lights returns to Cameron Run for a third year in 2021, November 19 – January 2. The Village light display features plenty of sparkly photo opps including a walk-thru tree and photo frame, giant wreath, and beautiful design stars. For an extra fee, enjoy an hour of fun on the ice skating rink. Light-up and cuddly items are available for purchase, and the concession stand sells treats and drinks.

Village admission is $9.19 or $22.03 with 1 hour of skating. Skating tickets are limited and must be purchased online. Open nightly, including holidays, 5:30 – 10:00. Once the holiday light show closes, the ice skating rink opens weekends and holidays 11:00 – 5:00 from Jan 8 – Feb 27.

5. Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, Woodbridge

2021 updates TBA.

Combine your next shopping outing with fun on the ice at Potomac Town Center's seasonal ice skating rink. The rink is located in front of Alamo Drafthouse and you can reserve tickets in advance. The rink is open daily from late November to the end of February. Prices are $10 for adults and child/senior/military plus $6 for skate rental.

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.

Find more fun Indoor Activities in Northern Virginia to Escape Winter Cold or a Rainy Day.

6. SkateQuest, Reston

SkateQuest ice skating rink Reston Virginia
SkateQuest indoor ice skating rink Reston Virginia

Two large rinks at SkateQuest 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 $9 for adults, $8 for 12 and under, and skate rentals are $4. Check the website for public skating hours and special deals. There's a cafe in the building, and there are plenty of restaurants at nearby Plaza America.

7. Ashburn Ice House

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 tasty seafood, Ford's Fish Shack.

8. Fairfax Ice Arena

The first year-round ice rink in DC area, Fairfax Ice Arena has welcomed skaters for nearly 50 years. The indoor rink offers classes, camps, competitions, ice hockey, and public skating year-round. Public skating hours are offered every day, including Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve/Day (closed Christmas). Schedules vary seasonally so follow the link for details. Public skating admission on is $7.00/$8.25 for ages 12 and under/adult. Skate rentals are $4.00.

9. MedStar Capitals Iceplex, Arlington

Feel like a pro when you glide in the rink that the Washington Capitals uses to practice. You can stop by to watch a practice session, but why not get out on the ice yourself? Public skating hours vary, so check the website for details. Admission is $9/$8/$6 13 and over/under 13/55 and over. Skate rentals are $5.

Seasonal Outdoor Washington DC Ice Skating Rinks

10. National Sculpture Garden, Washington DC

National Sculpture Garden ice skating rink Washington DC
National Sculpture Garden ice skating rink Washington DC

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 2021 ice skating season opens November 19 – March 6, 2022 weather permitting. The rink is closed December 25 and January 1.

Adult skating is $10 for two 45-minute sessions, $9 for children 12 and under, seniors, military, and students. Skate rentals are $5.00 plus $.50 if you want to rent a locker. Frequent skaters should consider the $225 season pass.

Skating is just one of our picks for a DC holiday day trip. Better yet, plan a US Capitol area staycation to visit the rink and other area sites.

11. Washington Harbour Ice Rink, Washington DC

The Washington Harbour Ice Rink will open for the 2021 ice skating season from November 12 – March 13, 2022.

The largest outdoor skating rink in Washington DC is 11,800 square feet of fun at the edge of the Potomac River. The Washington Harbour rink offers public skating every day including holidays, along with skating lessons and special events. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for children/seniors/military, plus $7 if you want to rent skates. You can also rent a penguin for $7 to help younger kids on the ice. Sunday – Thursday 11:30 – 9:00, Friday – Saturday 11:30 – 11.

12. Canal Park Ice Skating Rink, TBA

This seasonal outdoor rink has a figure-8 shaped track which offers a unique ice skating option. There are plenty of restaurants close by for a fun night out. In 2019, admission was $9 adult, $8 children and seniors. Skate rentals are $5.00. The rink is open daily noon – 10:00 with longer hours on weekends.

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These Washington DC and Northern Virginia ice skating rinks offer smooth ice, happy music, and healthy fun for every age, whether you skate indoors or out.
Ice Skating Rinks in Northern Virginia

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