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Ice Rink Hours

Friday, November 19, 2021–March 6, 2022 (weather permitting)

Sunday–Thursday, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.  

Friday– Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. 

Once the National Gallery closes at 5:00 p.m., you can access the ice rink through the entrances at Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive near 9th Street. 

The ice rink will be closed when it rains or in extreme temperatures. For general information and announcements about ice rink openings and closings, call (202) 216-9397.

We are closed on December 25 and January 1. 

Safety Protocols


Masks are not required in the outdoor Sculpture Garden or on the ice rink itself, but are required inside the Pavilion Café. Ice skates are sanitized after every use. We and Guest Services, Inc. will continue to monitor CDC guidance and recommendations from local and federal jurisdictions and may update our visitor guidelines accordingly. 

Tips for Visiting the Ice Rink


Be safe and have fun! Please wear layered, warm clothing that does not restrict movement—and don’t forget gloves. Students in the Learn to Skate program must wear helmets, and we recommend helmets for all beginners. 

Find metered, three-hour parking on Madison Drive (adjacent to the ice rink) seven days a week, as well as on nearby Constitution Avenue and 7th Street. Please check all street signs when parking, as restrictions vary by day and are subject to change.  

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/Silver Lines. Metrobus stops are located on 4th Street and 7th Street NW, and the DC Circulator bus stops at Madison Drive and 7th Street.

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