The Canal Park Ice Rink is a newcomer to the Washington skating scene this winter. The outdoor rink is shaped more like a figure 8 than the traditional oval, mimicking the frozen canals used for ice-skating in Europe. The unique shape of the rink and architecture of the surrounding park make this locale a must visit for any families who love to skate.
Canal Park is located just south of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The park is easily reached off of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and is only one block away from the Navy Yard metro station on the blue and orange line. Those arriving by car will be happy to find FREE parking on the streets surrounding the rink. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon we scored a space right in front of the entrance booth. Currently there is no indoor area at all at Canal Park but there is an ample amount of outdoor benches to sit on to rest or change footwear. The Park Tavern restaurant is located adjacent to the skating rink but has not yet opened for business as of the time of this review.
Admission to the Canal Park skating rink is $8 for adults and $7 for children under 12, seniors and military with ID. Skate rentals are $3 per person. The skates are brand new and very cushy. The smallest skates available are size 8. Helmets are available free of charge with ID. There are free shoe cubbies located in the benches around the rink and several lockers are available also free of charge as long as you leave your ID at the front desk. There are public skating sessions everyday, with varying hours. Once you have paid admission and received your bracelet you can skate as long as you wish, with in and out privileges all day long. Skating hours are as follows:
- Monday to Friday: 12pm to 9pm (extended hours on school holidays)
- Saturday 10am to 10pm
- Sunday 10am to 7pm
The rink will remain open this year through February 28th so you still have time to check it out and join in on one of the weekly special events that they have for families. Every Tuesday is “Two for Tuesday” admission, Friday nights from 7 to 9pm is Rock ‘N Skate with music and prizes for the 10 and over crowd and Saturday mornings from 10am to noon is the weekly Cartoon Skate when costumed characters take to the ice to skate along side kids of all ages. Until the Park Tavern opens its doors you can venture across the street for hot chocolate at Starbucks or Lot 38 or a before or after skating lunch right across from the rink at Five Guys.
Skating at the Canal Park Ice Rink is a great way to spend a winter day outdoors!