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.
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 is open to the elements so call ahead in case of inclement weather. As with all ice skating be sure to arrive at the rink prepared with tall socks and gloves for everyone in your party and helmets for beginner skaters.
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!