The experience of skating in the Sculpture Garden, surrounded by the grand architecture of national museums and monuments, is enhanced by splendid views of large-scale sculptures by modern and contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Roxy Paine, Tony Smith, and others from the Gallery’s renowned collection.
Tips for Visitors to the Ice Rink
Layered, warm clothing that does not restrict movement, gloves, and helmets (for beginners) is recommended.
For general information and announcements about openings and closings, call (202) 216-9397.
Please note that the ice rink may be closed due to rain or extreme temperatures. In the evening, when the Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed to the public, access to the ice rink is restricted to the entrances at Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive near 9th Street.
Free parking is available on Madison Drive on Saturdays and Sundays, with a three-hour limit on weekdays. Meters are located on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street surrounding the rink.
The nearest Metrorail stops are Judiciary Square on the Red Line, Archives–Penn Quarter–Navy Memorial on the Yellow/Green Lines, and Smithsonian on the Blue/Orange Lines. Metrobus stops are located on 4th Street and 7th Street NW.
The DC Circulator stops outside of the rink as well.
With panoramic views of the Sculpture Garden and a seasonal menu of freshly made soups, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, and desserts, the Pavilion Café is a perfect complement to your ice rink visit. Beverages include coffee, tea, hot chocolate, wine, beer, and specialty coffee drinks with seasonal delights such as hot cider, mulled wine, pumpkin spice lattés with flavored whipped cream, and more. A children’s menu for ages 12 and under is also available. The café closes two hours before the ice rink each day.
Skating Lessons and Registration
This season, Guest Services offers skating lessons for all ages, directed and taught by Emme Porter and the Washington Elite Skating School team of instructors.
Washington Elite Skating School classes will be offered for different ages and abilities through the Learn to Skate USA program. Classes are separated into age-appropriate categories and consist of a comprehensive lesson and evaluation structure that is exciting, rewarding, safe, and fun.
Mom/Dad/Me: This class is for young students who have not had any organized skating instruction. Students work on falling and getting up properly, standing, and marching in place while moving. Adult guardians attending the class must be able to skate without assistance in order to help the student in the learning process.
Snowplow Sam: Classes introduce children ages three to six to the basics of skating through interactive on-ice games. Skaters will learn the basics of balance, marching, and gliding.
Basic Skills 1–6: Classes teach the fundamentals of skating and basic skills, and are designed to help children master fundamental moves, such as skating forward and backward, as well as more complicated maneuvers including crossovers, turns, beginning spins, and hops. There are a total of eight levels that create a strong foundation for more specialized areas of skating, such as freestyle, ice dancing, and hockey.
Free Skate: Each Free Skate level is divided into four sections: moves in the field, spins, dance/footwork sequence, and jumps. The Free Skate levels are designed to give skaters a strong foundation on which to build their skills. This is the point at which the skater can choose whether to pursue a recreational or competitive approach to the sport of figure skating.
Adult: Three levels allow adults to progress in their choice of skating discipline.
Hockey: This introductory class is designed especially for beginning players. Skaters will work on all the basic skills necessary to become a competent hockey player.
Registration for group classes is available on-line, or in person at the Skate Admission and Rental Booth and at (202) 216-9397 after November 16. Skaters may also register 15 minutes prior to an ongoing group lesson, as long as space is available.
$150 for a single season session (five 30-minute lessons)
$400 for a full season (three complete sessions [15 lessons], November-March)
$38 for a single 30-minute, walk-in group lesson (register 15 minutes before lesson)
$295 for a single session specialty class (five 60-minute lessons)
$73 for a single 60-minute, walk-in specialty class (register 15 minutes before lesson)
There is an additional $16 one-time charge per skater per season for group lesson registration and Learn to Skate USA Basic Skills membership, available at learntoskateusa.com/Registration. The class fee includes complimentary skate rental, ice time during lesson, and one session of practice time before or after the lesson. Tuition must be paid in advance to reserve a space in the group classes.
Private lessons are $50 for 30 minutes, $75 for 45 minutes, and $100 for one hour. Skaters may schedule a private lesson by appointment seven days a week. Convenient prepaid skating lesson gift cards are also available. Admission to the rink and skate rental (if needed) must be purchased separately.
Special Events and School Groups
The fee for school group lessons is $14 per child for 30 minutes, with an eight-child minimum. Admission to the rink and skate rental must be purchased separately. Lessons are Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; all other days and times are by appointment. Reservations must be made a minimum of seven days in advance. A deposit of 50 percent is due at time of booking. Group rates are also available for other types of special events based on instructor availability.
Group Lesson Schedule
When ice resurfacing or cleanings occur, group classes and private lessons may start or end approximately 10 to 15 minutes later than scheduled. Because we use an uncovered, outdoor facility, weather can impact our classes. We do not offer makeup classes due to weather closures. Our goal is to keep classes on schedule as much as possible, even in light rain and snow. Our first priority is the safety of our skaters, instructors, and Gallery staff. Any additional class time will be at the discretion of the instructor and management. Please keep this in mind when registering.