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Take a spin on the ice surrounded by the grand architecture of national museums and monuments. Enjoy splendid views of large-scale sculptures from artists in our renowned collection, including Alexander Calder, Louise Bourgeois, and Roy Lichtenstein. From skating lessons to special events, the ice rink offers plenty for you and your family to enjoy.

The ice rink closes for rain and extreme temperatures. To check if we’re open, call 202.216.9397.

Hours & fees

Please visit our ice rink shed to purchase one-time skating sessions; at this time, we only offer advanced, online purchasing for season passes and skating lessons. Access to our ice rink is available first come, first served, and we may sell out on weekends and busier days.

November 26, 2022 – March 5, 2023 (weather permitting)


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

Admission fees
Fees cover two consecutive, 45-minute skating sessions that each begin on the hour, leaving a 15-minute break for ice maintenance.

  • $12: Ages 13+
  • $9: Ages 12 and under, 60+, military service members with ID, students with school ID
  • $225: Season pass

Rental fees

  • $6: Skate rental
  • Free lockers are available first come, first served.

Skating lessons

Washington Elite Skating School offers group skating lessons for all ages and abilities as well as private lessons and group packages for schools, birthday parties, and special events. Call 202.216.9397 or email [email protected] for details and to reserve.

Weather can affect classes at our outdoor facility. We aim to keep classes on schedule whenever possible, even in light rain and snow, but safety is our priority. We do not offer make-up classes when weather forces closures.

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

Group classes and private lessons may start or end 10-15 minutes late due to ice cleaning or resurfacing. To find out about weather impacts on group skating classes, follow @SkatingElite on Twitter or @washington_elite_skating on Instagram.

How to register

Registration for group classes is available online, in person at the Skate Admission and Rental Booth, by calling 202.216.9397, or by emailing [email protected]. Skaters may register 15 minutes prior to an ongoing group lesson, as long as space is available.

Group lesson fees

Group lesson registration requires a once-per-skater, once-per-season $16 charge for Learn to Skate USA membership. Your space is confirmed once payment is received.

One lesson

  • $40: 30-minute walk-in group lesson
  • $75: 45-minute walk-in specialty class


  • $150: One session, four 30-minute lessons
  • $295: Happy hour class pass, four 45-minute lessons

Group lesson fees include:

  • Complimentary skating for you and a guest
  • Complimentary skate rentals for you and a guest
  • 45-minute practice time before or after lesson (public session)
  • One hot chocolate from the Pavilion Café
  • Learn to Skate USA membership, card, magazine, and patch
  • Member packet including record book to track progress and parent handbook

Group lesson session schedule

When signing up, select the day(s) of your class(es). We can’t guarantee the lesson time(s) until class rosters are finalized about one week before the first class. We assign lesson times once we have all registrations and can group students by age and ability level. The last week of classes may change to accommodate makeup classes.

Session 1: Drop-in Classes 

  • December 3, 10, 17
  • Saturdays, 10:00-10:30 a.m., 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Session 2

  • January 5–28, 2023
  • Saturdays, 10:00–10:30 a.m., 10:30–11:00 a.m.
  • Thursdays, 7:00–7:45 p.m.

Session 3

  • February 2–25, 2023
  • Saturdays, 10:00–10:30 a.m., 10:30–11:00 a.m.
  • Thursdays, 7:00–7:45 p.m.

Saturdays, 10:00–10:30 a.m., 10:30–11:00 a.m.

  • Mom/Dad & Me: Ages 3–5 with adult; helmet required
  • Snowplow Sam 1/2: Ages 3–6; helmet required
  • Basic 1/2: Ages 6+; helmet recommended
  • Basic 3/4: All ages
  • Basic 5/6: All ages
  • Adult 1/2

Thursdays, 7:00–7:45 p.m.

  • Happy Hour Skate: All levels
  • Adults: All levels, 45-minute class
  • Basic 1/2: Ages 6+; helmet recommended

Private lessons

Washington Elite Skating School offers group skating lessons for all ages and abilities as well as private lessons and group packages for schools, birthday parties, and special events. Call 202.216.9397 for details.

Group Ticket Sales
Group sales are subject to ice rink availability and offered on weekdays only. Call 202.216.9397 or email [email protected] to book group tickets.

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