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Ice Skating Rink Reopens in National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden in November


The National Gallery of Art’s open-air ice rink at the Sculpture Garden is scheduled to reopen on November 19, after the city’s beloved winter activity was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ice rink will remain open until March 6, and operate from 11 am to 9 pm Sunday through Thursday and from 11 am to 11 pm Friday and Saturday. The National Gallery closes at 5 pm, hence, skaters will have to enter through the entrances at Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive near 9th Street only.

Those who purchase skating time on November 19, 20, or 21 will be served a free cup of hot chocolate at the Pavilion Café in celebration of the rink’s return, according to a release from the National Gallery of Art.

Skating sessions will begin at the start of every hour. Adults and children at least 13 years old are charged $10 for two 45-minute sessions. Individuals ages 60 and over, children 12 and under, military service members, and students with a valid school ID will pay $9.

Skate rentals cost $5, and season passes can be bought for $225.

Skating classes are available for all ages and levels through experienced instructors provided by Guest Services, Inc., who are part of a team from Washington Elite Skating School.

For more information about group and private lessons, you can visit the website of the Pavilion Café or call (202) 216-9397 starting November 19.

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