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1. Canal Park Outdoor Ice Skating & Splash Park

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76 reviews
Canal Park Outdoor Ice Skating & Splash Park
Facilities
5
Services
5
Prices
5
Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 200 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Telephone: (202) 850-0859

Guy: Ice skating rink


Review: "Ice maintained pretty good for an outdoor rink in 50° weather too."

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Austin Graff: Skating by a pizzeria, a sushi place and a gelato shop is a dream. Located in Navy Yard's Canal Park, this ice skating rink is open November through February every single day, including Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Here's what you need to know: 1) Price: Online reservations are required. Admission is $10-$11 and skate rentals are $5. The price seems to be on par or a little cheaper than other D.C. ice skating rinks. 2) Size: It's a little smaller than others, but they make good use of the space. There's one larger open area and smaller passage ways on either end that go by sculptures and Christmas trees and a menorah. We went on a December Saturday evening and although it was full, it didn't seem crowded. 3) Amenities: It's nice to be right next to Wiseguy Pizza, Khin Sushi and Altani Gelato. It makes for an easy evening of fun with kids- skating, dinner and dessert. The poke bowl at Khin's is surprisingly delicious. Inside the area with the restaurants are public restrooms. Being inside Canal Park, there's open grass and a green roof with a lit-up cube as art. 4) Parking: You can usually find street parking, but nearby is Lot F where parking costs $1 an hour- a steal in an expensive city like D.C. 5) Neighborhood: It's in Navy Yard near the Anacostia River and close to lots of restaurants, bars and a Whole Foods and Harris Teeter. Yards Park is close by with lots to do and see.

E P: Great place to skate, parking was easy when we went (Sunday late afternoon), but I can see how it could be an issue in busier times. Rink is well maintained, and you can rent skates if you need. Great area for coffee or restaurants around.
Response: EP, thank you for your review and rating. Parking is always available in the vicinity of the rink. These ratings mean a lot to the staff to see returns on their efforts. Thanks for your visit skating with us. Best, Lance

Kelsey Elle: This place seems like it would be fun but it’s actually extremely dangerous. It’s too crowded for how often they cut the ice and as a result the ice is extremely rough and in poor condition. What makes it even more dangerous is that the rental skate blades are not adequately sharpened. Skating on rough ice with dull skates is a recipe for disaster even for an experienced skater. I have skated my entire life and was a competitive figure skater and even I felt unsafe skating here. We saw many people get injured during the hour that we were there, including a member of our group. If you have your own skates it would probably be okay, but on the whole I was very troubled by what I encountered here, and the disregard for safety.

John Griffis: Very Fun! Skates in fairly good condition for a rental. Ice maintained pretty good for an outdoor rink in 50° weather too. All in all it was a fun time.

Danial Gebreili: The ice-skating experience at this location is fantastic. The skate rentals are pretty decent and properly maintained. Overall, the staff are friendly, prices are reasonable, and it is not crowded making for a fun experience with friends, couples, or family.

A R: Really fun! We went on a Monday evening and it was fairly quiet with only about a dozen other people there. There is a lot of space to skate and a fun little passage to skate through too! Highly recommend

Sean Shechtman: Cool rink shaped like a figure 8. Also good pizza, hot chocolate and coffee. Great place for kids because it has outdoor rink with indoor food/beverage when you are cold.

Joshua Otero: Took some of my wife's family from colombia to ice skate for the first time and they loved it. Plus it has a nice open feel.

Nadine De williaams: Fun spot. Not crowded. Had a cafeteria to grab some snacks. 2 hours for $15 including the skates.

Timothy Albright: The rink staff are very approachable and were willing to assist my child in his first time skating, last year. The shape of the rink allows for more enjoyable experience, compared to a conventional ice rink. The pizza place is a warm place to sit when the Zamboni is on the ice, but there are many other good food locations nearby. Since the change in management, my family has purchased season passes yearly. Great winter spot!

2. The Wharf Ice Rink

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40 reviews
The Wharf Ice Rink
Facilities
5
Services
5
Prices
5
Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 970 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: (202) 317-9643

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Review: "Probably one of the most beautiful rinks in DC."

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Austin Graff: There are a handful of ice rinks in Washington, D.C.- this one, Canal Park, Georgetown Waterfront and National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden. We've been to all three and here's how this one ranks: 1) Views: Compared to the others, this one offers beautiful views of the waterfront and the Washington Monument peeking out from the buildings. The Sculpture Garden's rink has a stunning view of the National Archives, but this one is even more stunning, especially with the holiday decorations. 2) Price: This one is $15-$18 per person for admission and skate rentals. $6 for a "helper" for kids. (Sculpture Garden is $14-$15, Georgetown is $16-$17 and Canal Park is $15-$16 per person.) 3) Amenities: There are public restrooms onsite and plenty of dining options nearby, including a s'more trailer with a fire pit. For hot chocolate, several options exist, but we enjoyed the thick hot chocolate from Praline Bakery near the Canopy.

Ghenet L: Very expensive. 60$ for 1 adult and 3 kids plus skate rentals. Rink is small. Nice ambiance though. Beautiful place for photos. I like that you're not given only a few hours to skate, you get to stay as long as you want.

James Walker: Open for skating from Wednesday through Sunday, admission fee required, with a discount offered for military and seniors. A special day and time is reserved for the sport of Curling. Located on Wharf Street Southwest between the Anthem and the Transit Pier.

Matthew Henry: Probably one of the most beautiful rinks in DC. You can hear the geese and birds, see the water and smell the food. Very enjoyable place.

Matthew Rusch: It was super fun for me and my family. The cost was about the same as other ice rinks and you can skate for a long time if you want to. It had a great atmosphere right on the water and the staff was super helpful. It is a little smaller than a regulation ice rink for hocky, but not to bad.

Jenny Koss: I went with friends on Dec. 8th and it was fantastic! The staff are quite nice, and since it's a new rink, not many people are aware of it (yet!) The price is great, $10 for all you can skate, (+ $6 if you're renting skates) and the rink is right on the water. I can't wait to return!

Corey Hinkle: Really enjoyed their free curling lesson, the woman leading was awesome, even after folks accidently hit her with a rock. The ice was decently maintained for our event and folks around we're friendly.

Korren Golden: Fun little ice rink. Watch out if it gets windy though.They're always doing fun events here too.

Stefano Negri: Pretty bad treatment for my 3 kids last year - good to see it is open for review now so that I can say this They made us pay in full for 15 minutes after having told us we would have a full hour. Felt cheated and there was not even an apology, let alone a reimbursement. Not going back.

M: It was a beautiful little rink with string lights hanging overhead and water surrounding it. I give 3 stars because it was a little pricey. $38 for 2 people.

3. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink

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National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink
Facilities
5
Services
5
Prices
5
Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: Constitution Ave NW &, 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20408

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 9PM ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 216-9397

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Yumi Nelson: Definitely worth a visit! The rink is pretty small, but we didn't have to wait to start skating on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Also, they seem to run out of lockers so keep that in mind. Probably the most scenic option for skating around DC, surrounded by the sculpture garden and Smithsonian's etc. Another plus - the beer etc sold at the sculpture garden pavilion is well below average cost of a drink in DC!

CB: Cute rink but bad customer service and inaccurate hours of operation. The rink “sells out” of skates very quickly and stops renting out skates (when stocked) at around 7PM. Unless you plan to go as soon they open or you decide to wait an unknown period of time, you likely will not be able to enter. I have tried to go on two different occasions within a few days, hours before closing, and was refused entry/rental both times. We ran into several other people while leaving who experienced the same. In previous years, this rink was great, but they are not operating their best since the pandemic began. Would advise going to Georgetown rink instead

M Munoz: The only time I was able to skate at this rink was when I went around opening time, at 11AM. That’s the only reason I am rating one star. Any other time at night, I was turned away on multiple occasions. They always say that they’re sold out even if I’m there hours before their listed times. Misleading and unprofessional, especially since skaters were leaving as I had requested for a rental AND the person directly in front of me was able to get skates. There’s no structure or consistency in this rink’s operation. Save yourself the trip and go elsewhere!

Kate Bellows: I went here a few weeks ago, and we had so much fun! Very busy, so if you can go in the middle of the day during the weekday, that’s for the best. And pack light, because it’s hard to avoid not getting a locker unless you just want to leave your stuff out.

4. Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating

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Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating
Facilities
4.7
Services
4.1
Prices
4.3
Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.5

Address: 1201 S Joyce St, Arlington, VA 22202

Telephone: (703) 418-6666

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Review: "Decently big rink for an outdoor rink."

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Emilie K: I’ve gone ice skating here six times now, it’s such a great time! The staff is nice. It rink isn’t exactly large, but fun place to go for an hour or so! Decorated nice around Christmas time

Kaeleigh Green: Not a bad experience overall! I enjoyed my time. I will say that with the required reservations I expected a lot less people on the ice. Also watched the Zamboni break and snow and water pile onto the ice tonight, using up even more of our time slot. The worst part though is the fact that they don't have lockers! I didn't like leaving my shoes under a random bench and having to skate with my purse on. Very odd. Again, enjoyed the skating experience in general. Great location, awesome outdoor rink.

Kel Millionie: A little ice skating rink with skate rentals and adjacent restaurants. Ice is well maintained and the timed tickets didn’t make the rink over crowded.

Stéphane Le Cam: After trying multiple ice rinks in the DMV area this year, this one is by far my favorite. The ice is maintained and cleaned every hour, the staff has always been helpful and friendly, the area is well situated for both Pentagon City Mall along with restaurants right around the rink, decorations in the wintertime is beautiful and they have a huge space with benches and tables within the premises that gives room for many to sit down and enjoy watching your accompanied friends/family skate. I bring my own skates so I don't know how well their rentals are but I do know they rent the hard plastic blue skates and I am sure they can improve on that soon, since many ice skating rinks have switched to a different brand, which are a lot more comfortable. Overall, it is highly recommended. ❄️

Maritza Cooper: What a lovely setting for this outdoor activity. Pentagon Row is a wonderful space to to have an outdoor rink. Lots of restaurants, shopping and people watching. The staff at the rink are fabulous. Ethan, both Olivias, Cartrell and Julian were FABULOUS as usual. Been here numerous times and its always a pleasure. They keep a watchful eye out and are vigilant in their duties. Bring Gloves, warm clothes, long socks and a fun attitude. Be sure to tighten the skates around the ankles to avoid injury. Lots of newbies on the ice, so try not to run them over. Most important of all.... HAVE FUN!
Response: Hi Maritza, Wow! Thank you for the awesome review! We will pass your kind words along to Ethan, Cartrell, Julian and both Olivias. They are incredible employees and we are lucky to have them! We are so glad that you had a great experience at our rink, the staff works hard to make every visit a 5 star experience. Thank you again for the great feedback and pictures, we hope to see you again soon! Best, Bryton

Nathalia Morales: It's a nice place to sit, eat and relax. You have options to shop there like Tjmaxx and DSW, and more shops inside the mall. The ice skating ring is open. I don't know the cost if you rent the skates. People wear masks on the ice ring. I went with my friend and we had a great time together around the area.

Johnny McMurran: Great place for kids. Staff is friendly and helpful. They are always watching out for people that fall and they help them up. Prices are pretty good too. 28 dollars for skate rental and skating for 2 people. Overall I highly recommend if you're looking for an outdoor skating rink.
Response: Johnny, thank you for your feedback and your rating. The staff will be very excited to see your your feedback, they want everyone to have a similar five-star experience. Best, Lance

Julie S: Really great outdoor ice rink. Easy parking/access despite the fact you are in Arlington. Cheap parking garage underground ($4 bucks for 2+ hours on a Sunday). Only reason why not five stars is the skate rentals. My skates had ripped cushion under the tongue and one skate had a thick shoelace that barely tied and the other skate had what looked like a dog chew shredded rope. Nasty. Same with my 5 year old's skates. Just nasty, busted up and to pay $30 for one adult and one youth to skate and rent skates for one hour, they were unacceptable. We had to trade in because one "lace" wouldn't even tie it was so frayed and grey... Also, it would be nice if they played music. Otherwise, it's a truly lovely outdoor rink and atmosphere!
Response: Hi Julie, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a detailed review! We are sorry to hear about your experience with our skates. We are one of the few rinks in the area that sharpen and inspect our skates weekly. We have implemented a new inspection process for our skates so that the chance of this happening again is very slim. If you ever do receive a pair of skates that you are not satisfied with the staff will gladly switch them out for you. We do play music! We use a system which allows our customers to select songs they would like to hear (family friendly of course) Via their smartphone. Again thank you for all of the great feedback and we would like to make your next visit a 5-star experience. Best, Bryton

Katherine Smith: Easily 2-3x the number of people allowed on than should be for such a small rink. ROUGH ice from all the people on it. I've never had a problem staying balanced skating as an adult, but I actually fell here bc of how rough the ice was. Ambiance is very nice though.
Response: Hi Katherine, Thank you for taking the time to leave us this review, December is our busiest month of the season, we are the largest outdoor rink in NOVA and second-largest in Virginia. With COVID restrictions we are operating below 30% of Capacity with an outdoor skate shop and sanitizing all of our skates and touch points. Crowds tend to slim down later in the season in February/ March. The ice can get choppy when we are sold out so we do resurface at the top of the hour every hour. If you are ever uncomfortable with the crowd size/ skating conditions please ask to speak to the manger on duty and we will make it right. We want all of our guests to have a 5 star experience. Best, Bryton

Jennifer Stehle: It may have just been the time of day we went, but there were many children on the ice without supervision, skating across the rink or in the opposite direction of the group. There was no staff on the ice making sure the rink was safe for guests either. This is very dangerous. Skating is always "at your own risk", but many rinks take their rules seriously and ensure their guests are safe.

5. Fort Dupont Ice Arena

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124 reviews
Fort Dupont Ice Arena
Facilities
4.8
Services
4.8
Prices
4.4
Parking
4.1
Wifi
4.1

Address: 3779 Ely Pl SE, Washington, DC 20019

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 584-5007

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Review: "I grew up playing hockey in a small town and the rink felt like going home."

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Darian Smith: What family had a great time in this ice skating rink. The price of the rental skates are very affordable. The skating rink is a nice size plenty of space to sit in the bleachers and watch people skate or sit down and change your shoes you will have a great time there

Austin Graff: Fort Dupont Ice Arena is Washington's best kept secret. It's the only indoor ice skating rink in the city of Washington, D.C. It's not Metro accessible, explaining why many people don't know about it, but there is a large free parking lot next door as well as a Capital Bikeshare dock. The space itself is clearly built in a different era, but they have maintained it well for not having a lot of funding. A non-profit runs the arena and it is mainly used for non-profit programming for youth who ice skate. However, they keep the ice rink open every day from 9am-4pm and rentals are affordable ($5 for adults and $4 for seniors and youth). If you're looking for a fun, family activity in DC, check the Ice Arena out. It's such a fun thing to do!

Maggie Bowman: Cool rink. Great views of the capital building and Washington monument from the front door and parking area. I've was good. Stands were warm.

Mary O'Brien: Fort Dupont is a wonderful place to skate! It is an extremely welcoming environment and there are good, clean rentals available. Overall, I highly recommend.

I SLAY ALL DAY TRAVEL The Solo Traveler: Perfect place! It’s hidden gem nestled away in Washington, D.C.

NUALA OLEARY: Needs updating. Across a parking lit from a beautiful baseball facility sponsored by the Washington Nationals. It would be wonderful to have an updated rink sponsored by the Washington Capitals.

Jennifer Jay: If you grew up with rinks built in the 80s/early 90s this place will feel like coming home. Yes it’s dated but that’s part of the charm and they are breaking ground on a new rink soon so enjoy it while you can. They offer free learn to skate to DC residents in 2nd thru 12th grade, it’s a rink you can feel good about spending your money at. The giant windows and natural light make this rink even more special, fabulous skating under the sunset glow.

Greg Pryzby: great resource. if you live in DC there are free classes on Saturday.

John H.: I love it. It's not the newest, but it's clearly loved. Well-priced and friendly, this is a great little spot, especially when compared to some of the fancy new things. I grew up playing hockey in a small town and the rink felt like going home. Plus, it has windows down one whole side, so it doesn't feel like you're trapped in a metal shipping crate

Ms. DC: Now this Ice Skating Rink brings back memories I remember my friends and I.would hook school and hang out here. We.use to like to watch the hockey players while school were in session. Until they caught on we were hooking school then they stopped letting us in or we would meet up there and go to the movies.

6. MedStar Capitals Iceplex

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175 reviews
MedStar Capitals Iceplex
Facilities
4.8
Services
5
Prices
4.9
Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.7

Address: 627 N Glebe Rd SUITE 800, Arlington, VA 22203

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 9:30PM

Telephone: (571) 224-0555

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Review: "This is the nicest rink I've ever been to."

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matthew doherty: Great venue! They host Caps practice and numerous other ice related sports like synchronized, figure, and recreational skating. Parking is reasonable in the garage at just a buck for 3 hours. As of this post there's construction taking place in the complex but doesn't negatively impede the experience. Should be even better when completed.

Andrea Cox: Been skating at Kettler for years. Med Star takes over and decreases the public skate time by a 1/3 while doubling the price. They also make you jump through hoops by creating an online portal and signing your life away just to come skate for an hour on Saturday night. RIDICULOUS!!!

Anthony Alatis: Great to be able to watch practice. Leaving the parking lot took 10 minutes with only one attendant in 1 of the 6 payment lanes.

Jacques Bertrand: Very nice locker rooms, good ice as well. Only complaint is that the game usually have to be curfewed. I think they should have reserved spot for referees, so they will be more enticed to come.

Vaibhav Gupta: Great place to ice-skate. The staff is really friendly. And if lucky, you can catch the caps practicing here. We had a great time here.

Todd Berman: Aside from the 8 stories of winding parking garage - there is much to like at Kettler. Skate rentals, food concession and of course, the Stanley Cup Champions home practice ice. Come for a relaxing skate session or to see the Caps practice. Convenient to Metro and parking is a bargain!

Bill Rizzo: Two rinks, for hockey on Friday nights. The Arlington Rink is better for spectators as you can sit in "box-like" seats and watch the game. Parking is a buck for three hours! Pay before you leave or use a credit card at check out booth.

Alyx Barnes: My son and I both skate at Med Star Caps Iceplex as part of the figure skating program. The rink takes significant precautions both on occupancy and cleaning protocols to keep skaters and staff safe. In this time of the pandemic, masks are also mandatory on the figure skating rink and in the facility overall. Hours for figure skating are somewhat reduced most Fall/Winters due to the Caps need for the ice, but if early mornings work for you, there is generally ice time to reserve. Reservations are made via the OpenSports or Dash apps. Classes and individual lessons are available. My son completed the Basic skating lesson series here and now does Sky High for more advanced figure skaters. He also participated in some of the Summer figure skating camps, which are offered for various ability level skaters. He has really enjoyed his skating journey so far and this is largely due to the wonderful coaches (Mary Clamp and Connor Tasker, to name two) and fellow skaters on the ice with him. This is our go-to rink in the area. Great people and well maintained facility.

Tommy Stavrev: Here I'm sitting outside while my son plays his hockey game in there. Only one parent per child allowed even though there is plenty of space for social distancing. This is supposed to be responsible management? Never had the chance to attend any of my boy's games, and now that I'm here finally, I can't get in.

Anna Shumaker: My review is based on the public skating. The facility is clean and well maintained. However, the skate guards are not very friendly or helpful. They mostly skate around ignoring everyone else. As an obvious beginner, I would have appreciated being asked if I needed any help, some tips and tricks, or at the very least a greeting. The atmosphere was not very welcoming. I felt like an inconvenience rather than a guest who paid money to be here.

7. Cabin John Ice Rink

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475 reviews
Cabin John Ice Rink
Facilities
4.7
Services
4.1
Prices
4
Parking
4.3
Wifi
4.1

Address: 10610 Westlake Dr, Rockville, MD 20852

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (301) 765-8620

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Review: "Olympic rink has top condition ice most nights."

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Tracy Needham: We really like this rink. We've been taking classes there for years. Sign up for classes early. Even when we've been on the waiting list, they can usually accommodate us. Lots of opportunities for public skate to practice and have fun.

Luke Gibala: They've been having employee issues or something. Whoever opens for the early SNP. They have been late and haven't showed. The NHL rink definitely isn't maintained properly. It' rushed to be done by the Zamboni driver. It did used to be great, ran and operated well. It did have great staff but there is always hope.

Jack jack: The ice rink is a great place to skate. I love to come here more than any other ice rink in the area because it is such a friendly and family oriented place. Staff is very approachable.

Morela Granda Linares: Great place to skake. 3 ice rinks. Pay attention to the public skate hours before going.
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Benjamin Polster: Please Read the full review: I’m a former employee from 2015-2019. Loved working here and it’s great for hockey and figure skating. That said, I decided to look up this place again out of curiosity and and low and behold; the most recent 1 star review from 2 months ago starts off with criticism of Nancy. For those of you who want to take your kids here for lessons, Avoid her like the plague. I had witnessed her verbally abusing children on multiple occasions and one time screamed at inexperienced skaters during a public skate for falling down. Any skating qualified instructor would know that falling down is an part of learning how to skate and learning how to do it correctly is very important. She treated employees like absolute garbage. I was no exception to that. She made an assumption that I had autism and told my coworkers I needed to be suspended and given special special needs training. This happened on multiple occasions as a matter of fact. Not to mention, her instructor bio says she’s a national coach but I have not found anything to back that up. She’s related by marriage to a figure skating legend but multiple people who have skated around her for decades have implied that she basically used her last name to advance her career and is basically a fraud. We used to joke that Nancy is living proof that only the good die young. I guess my point is, there are lots of good instructors at Cabin John. Don’t pick her, especially if it’s for your kids.

Anonymous Person: For starters, I’m a current employee at this rink so I’m keeping my identity hidden. But I most likely will be for no longer. I would like to say for the most part it’s really great working here. Everyone is very nice and it’s not a bad working environment. However, there are a ton of issues with communication between scheduling and what the job entails. I help with group lessons and we don’t receive any type of schedule of the group lessons. We’re expected to show up and just go with the flow which makes things complicated when parents ask questions about where their kids are supposed to have class. My one star review is so that there will be attention drawn to the treatment employees by some of the coaches. Nancy Lussi for one is not only rude to the employees but, also the children. I don’t really interact with her much since she hardly teaches anymore. However, Alicia Cavanaugh is another coach who’s behavior is not okay. She works okay with the children but is incredibly condescending if she thinks you can be bossed around. I understand that I am not a “real” coach but I work for the rink and my job is to assist with the group lessons. It isn’t okay for her to boss me around and tell me what to do when I’m helping out with another coach. It also is not okay for her to raise her voice to tell me what to do when she’s instructing children- that just doesn’t set a good example. I’ve worked with countless other coaches and they are all incredibly respectful and kind. She just isn’t at all. I’m not the only person with complaints about her. If the management sees this- please talk to Alicia. It’s not okay for her to treat the group lesson or even camp employees rudely. I know that at the end of the day if I quit it doesn’t matter since they’ll just find someone else to replace what I do. However it’s not okay that employees have to deal with rude coaches and they can get away with it scotch free.
Response: Anonymous - We are sorry to hear that you have had a negative experience working at Cabin John Ice Rink. We would love to engage with you offline and see how we can work to make it a better job experience. We do ask that you speak with your supervisor or directly with the Ice Skating Program Manager. Sincerely, Montgomery Parks

Jason Strachman Miller: The rink is nice but definitely avoid if you have smaller kids or one's that are not strong skaters. They only had two skating devices to help those with limited skills, and there was at least 30 people in need of them. The walls were crowded with people clinging for dear life. As for us, we lasted about ten mins. Total waste of money. May visit again once the kids are more skilled skaters.
Response: Jason, We are sorry to hear that you had a less than excellent experience at Cabin John Ice Rink. We do want to make the experience a great one for skaters of all ages. We offer Parent & Tot and Family Skate times at CJIR but regardless, we want you and your family to have a positive time on the ice. If you wish to reach out to our staff for further assistance please contact Heather at CabinJohnIce@montgomeryparks.org or 301-765-8620. Sincerely, Montgomery Parks

Jodi Dobinsky: Went for open skate and was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to find space on the rink. It was busy, but not impossibly crowded. Almost everyone was wearing a mask (which was great given the number of under-vaccination-age kids in the rink).

Joe Catalada: First of all, when Nancy Lussi is going to be kicked out? Everybody has been annoyed by her for at least over ten years since I started skating here. She has been abusing kids and guests enough already. Many people/kids don't want to come here b/c of her. Look at review by Sam 3 years ago and by S Malone-Rietz from 5 years ago and how many people gave him the thumb ups. If people don't feel too much, they don't waste time to write them up. I don't think staffs here take any suggestion seriously. They only care about making money and allowing coaches to make money. The rink is fine for recreational skaters. But for serious skaters, prepare to go bankrupt. Cabin John and Wheaton are the only rinks in the DMV area that does not offer freestyle membership. Don't count Rockville Ice b/c that place is clearly catered for hockey. Perhaps they only care about synchro. See also review by Lana Grant. I heard the place is still operating at loss. How? The place almost always so busy. Maybe, it is because they hire so many stuffs to stand around? I have never seen this many people working in a privately run rink. Oh but they hired another assistant director. Anyway it looks as if nobody wants to go back work there anymore. Maybe management should evaluate themselves. They make freestyle refund so difficult. Sometimes rink broke, sometimes kids got sick, got injured. Have to email director, keep watching for reply email, sometimes took 3 days sometimes have to email again. Director has no better thing to do? Online sign up after covid has made the situation even worst. The old man Mitch now didn't want walk in sign up, keep complaining all the time. Don't get me wrong, Mitch was a nice guy. He is just getting too old to handle what he is asked to do. He used to be the go to sharpener as well, but at one point he started damaging blades. Hey, no hands and eyes can be steady forever - not blaming him. BTW, if you want to read and keep track of your punch has been used, good luck. They made it so complicated that it is impossible to check. We don't know how many time our account has been incorrectly charged by the front desk. Just go back to paper coupon would solve the problem, or make membership plans. In summary, most people are nice. There are some mean coaches who think that they own the ice when they teach, but no one as annoying as Nancy Lussi. She is like a witch roaming around cursing people. Other than that there are things management can do to improve the experiences of the usual/frequent visitors if they do care. First thing first, boot out Nancy. FYI, Reston did boot out a coach b/c she was mean. No name name here. She moved to Ashburn and similarly got complained by parents. Perhaps she will be booted again if she does not change behavior. It has been too long for Nancy.
Response: Thank you for letting us know about your experience at Cabin John Ice Rink. We will be looking at this internally but welcome you to email cabinjohnice@montgomeryparks.org if you would like to discuss this with rink management. We strive to make every visit to CJIR a five-star experience. Thank you, CJIR.

Jacques Bertrand: Scoreboard issues, horrible lighting.I think they should have reserved spot for referees, so they will be more enticed to come.

8. Fairfax Ice Arena

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Fairfax Ice Arena
Facilities
4.9
Services
4.6
Prices
4.4
Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.1

Address: 3779 Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22031

Telephone: (703) 323-1132

Guy: Ice skating rink


Review: "The rink is large, and the ice is good."

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Opsec Classified: Great time for and with the shorties. Kids had a blast. Skate rental was a breeze and had everything you need their to keep the shorties happy...soda, drinks, food.

Jack jack: Excellent customer service. I highly recommend coming here to buy ice skates! We were about to buy ice skates from another location but we came here because we heard about their excellent customer service. They did not disappoint. Their customer service exceeded expectation. They were very patient and pro active. They took the time to measure feet and ask questions to determine the best pair of ice skates. They even put together the blade protector. The level of care and concern they showed towards making sure we bought the right pair of ice skates was awesome! We will definitely be back and will probably sign up for lessons at some point.

Yulia Evseeva: Bad ice, dirty, and useless staff. Very dirty, everywhere! Immediately as you enter, an unpleasant smell is felt. The ice is of a poor quality, it seems to be straightened with the help of a special machine, but this does not help to get rid of the holes in the ice. There are lockers, but they are one-time-use, you cannot use them many times in one period, or rather you can, but for extra money, they close for 2 quarters, and every time if you need to take something and close, you need to make sure that you have coins. Rent skates are stink very strongly, here you will NOT be given shoe covers that you must wear before putting on your rental skate and they will not process the skates afterwards. Disgusting. They do not have a support for children, racks on which children who do not yet know how to ride can lean on. On the ice, there are staff who seem to be supposed to manage the process and help people if they need help, but there were two guys who were rolling in a circle and talking to each other, not paying attention to the visitors. I did not find anywhere information and at the checkout I was also not warned that I could not go on the ice in my shoes to help my child learn to skate (I myself do not stand well on the skates). There is a manager who was hired to say one phrase "we have such rules, rules are rules"

Brooke :p: Amazing ice arena! Is always clean workers and super nice! I come here for ice skating and all teachers are amazing! There is also a food cafe with amazing food! Sometimes a little crowded but amazing ice skating but rank and skate patrols skate around the rank to see if everyone is ok and not falling 100% recommend this ice arena

Theresa Zemelman: I needed a place to hold a birthday party at the last minute. Not only were they available, but they were more than reasonably priced, and the rink is very well kept. Food and drink prices were reasonable as well. The party room is not amazing, but the kids spent very little time there, and tablecloths, plates, napkins, and cutlery were all provided. It was also nice to have space for everyone to put their skates on together inside the party room. We were able to bring our own decorations to spruce it up a bit. I'm very pleased with our experience!

Animal King: I went for the 4th time trying to give this place a chance, but its a very dirty rink. Second you walk in it smells like sweat and trash. Rink has massive holes to the point you trip. They cut the ice ONE TIME in the morning for stick and puck. One time I felt I was skating on actual snow. The locker rooms smell horrible, they dont supply pucks, and only two goalies free. Other rinks dont charge for any goalie. Furthermore the pro shop is never open, we need to sharpen our skates too. Overall, the place has potential but at the moment its not good. Will not be returning.

Noah Kim: If you’re an entry level skater, it’s a decent place. For literally anyone else, it’s not worth it. It’s an old rink that is questionably maintained, ice is of lower quality, has a moldy smell at times and limited facilities. With Kettler, Reston, Prince William, Fort Dupont, St.James. There is very little reason to come here over the superior options in the area.

Gregory Lynch: They still have a strict mask policy for people who are by themselves and not around anyone else. I was kicked out for that reason. The hockey players and the refs don’t have to wear masks even though they’re the ones not social distancing. It’s a shame, I liked this place but illogical policies like this make it hard to support.

Ryan Dodd: The place is pretty run down but I had a ton of fun going to a free skate session in a Wednesday night. I used their skates and it was not too crowded. The ice was kinda rough.

Trisha Hurlburt Robertson: Only my 2nd time here, and it's very reasonable, price-wise. I have also only been here during holidays--weekend after Thanksgiving and 3 days after Christmas--so I shouldn't judge the crowds based on this. Having said that... My first time was ludicrous. It was so crowded that you constantly had to swerve and weave for groups stopped on the ice, less-experienced skaters, people who thought they were better skaters than they were, and the zoomers. It was also super treacherous getting on and off the ice because throngs of people just stood at the entrances. Today was better, but I still wish they assigned designated times to skate to control traffic on the ice. And again, maybe they do when it's not the holidays so I'll just see what happens. Parking is pretty easy and there's plenty when it's not super crowded. Haven't tried the food there, so can't say anything about the quality, but again, prices seem reasonable.

9. Silver Spring Outdoor Ice Skating Rink

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Silver Spring Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
Facilities
4.8
Services
4.7
Prices
4.4
Parking
4.9
Wifi
4

Address: 8523 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (301) 588-1221

Guy: Ice skating rink


Review: "Went yesterday and it's a decent ice rink."

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Jasmin Adease: We were years ago and it was great. This year was terrible. We rented skates and they were either patched up so you couldn't tie them very fast or they were not properly sharp. They gave me a new pair but those blades weren't sharp either. They have to have a certain edge for you to be able to push yourself off without losing balance. Even my old pair lasted for years without having to get them sharpened. They must really not maintain those skates. I advise you bring your own skates.

Jack Reacher: Ice is patchy as hell and they clean it very rarely. Customer service is also lacking. The guy I was talking to literally left me hanging mid-conversation. If you’ve got kids, don’t do it as well — a kid fell and was audibly crying because he hurt himself. In other places there’s usually an employee on the ice to tend to these situations, but they had no one on the ice. There was an employee on the outside and he watched the kid cry for a while before he decided to intervene after all the guests stopped skating to check. Seriously, save your money.

Christian Mukete: I got here all the time during winter, sometimes crowded, sometimes not. But overall love place and they’re restaurants nearby and a whole imax theater so this is perfect

Karen Lopez: Small rink and tends to be crowded but always a fun time. Great for people of all ages! Staff is very friendly and helpful.

Cristofer Jhons: Came with my sister yesterday and it was so much fun. Staff was extremely friendly and the prices are pretty cheap. We enjoyed it so much we'll definitely be back. I also like the skates this place rents out compared to others, the ones here are padded so they don't cut into the back of you foot which allows you to skate longer. All around an excellent place to go with friends or family. 😊

solosian: Went yesterday and it's a decent ice rink. Prices aren't bad for adults. However, after 5pm it got pretty busy which definitely overcrowded this small rink. Additionally, I don't know how often the Zamboni gets used but the ice was getting very chopped up and was far from smooth. I'd recommend this place during the day when folks are at work, and I'd hope the staff would more regularly smooth the ice.

Tina J Baby: Me and my Daughters had fun it was their first time going they really like ice skating! We enjoyed our selves! But only thing they need more Penguin guards for the kid's but other than that me and my family will be going again.

Kaylin Hunzicker: Fun if you’re a kid sure, but if you’re older actually trying to skate get ready to spend your entire time avoiding children pushing penguins. They go fast as hell and can’t stop and you have a 9/10 chance of wiping one out. I’ve seen it. Other than that the rink is also pretty small (which makes avoiding the penguin children even harder) but overall it’s alright. Little on the expensive side.

PnC: Company makes it hard to book a large group. You can only purchase 2 tickets at a time. Person on the phone could not tell me how many openings they have for a slot and said I have to use the website. Trying to book for 8 people. What happens if I book 6 people and then there's no room for the last 2?
Response: PnC, We wish you would reconsider your review as we are following the directions of the County Health Department to keep things as safe as possible. Please understand that there are limitations for your safety and the safety of everyone. The reservation system is designed to keep people from being in groups and we do not have the ability to change or control what is available. It is not our desire to make things hard, but we do strive to make things as safe as we can for everyone. Please plan ahead to make reservations as far in advance for the best availability, you can book two weeks in advance. Best, Lance

Erin McGuire: Last night for outdoor skate this season and rink is lovely!

10. Wheaton Ice Arena

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Wheaton Ice Arena
Facilities
4.1
Services
4.1
Prices
4.1
Parking
4.3
Wifi
4.5

Address: 11717 Orebaugh Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 11PM

Telephone: (301) 905-3000

Guy: Ice skating rink


Review: "Great temperature rink"

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Andrew O: Great place to ice skate year-round. There are several public skating sessions per week and they offer beginner and advanced classes for kids, teens, and adults. The teachers are excellent and many participate in one on one sessions outside of class as well.

Oofio2461 (oofio2461): I don't actually skate here due to reasons I'm not going in detail about, but my sister said that this place has very smooth, would ice to skate in. There is a mini Gym in there and enjoyed exercising there, do keep in mind that you have to pay 5 dollars in order to access it. I enjoy the loving staff and everyone here always have smiles on their faces. I would give this place more than 5 stars if I could. Best Ice arena in the DMV.

Andrea Silver: Came skating with my family on Saturday and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff was all smiles, friendly and seemed to be enjoying their jobs. Having no idea about skate sizes, we wound up exchanging skates three times before finding some we could get our feet into( thanks Zane and Aliana!). Then we needed help tying them and Heather helped us with that. Loved the atmosphere- felt like a family run rink and it was obvious that everyone was having a good time. Kudos to management.

Gabriel Gualteros: Good place to take family or adults for indoor ice skating...clean a good value and lots of fun.Can get busy plenty of parking....wear a helmet!

lovelyslyons: So patient with my lil one which was her 1st time. Loved that they treated us with such kindness and answered question before I got there on the phone and when I got there in person.

Y Fessehaye: Great place for lessons and fun! Love it

Joel Seppala: If you're looking to simply lace up and skate without hassle, this is a good place to go. The rental skates are in good condition and everyone was courteous and well-behaved. Training equipment is available for rent for those learning to skate. Good place to expose kids to ice skating.

Philip Raskin: Signed my daughter up for skating classes here. It's not how I remember it. For one, it's not in the same location and gone is the funk of dirty socks (and worse!). This is a very clean rink with kind and caring staff. It's not as busy as Cabin John and I think the ice surface is better. All of this makes for a more enjoyable experience than visiting Cabin John.

f m: Covid-19 protocols not being followed by the rink staff. No identifiable skate guard on the ice. When I combined about no guard, I was told there was one, but no one was wearing a guard jacket, and the person I was told was the guard, was just skating around fast ignoring the people who fell, the people texting while skating, the kids sprint racing each other, the kid throwing his hockey glove around on the ice, the kids tossing snowballs, the kids climbing over the wall to the team box, or even keeping people from sitting in the team boxes - keeping people out of the boxes is part of the covid-19 protocols. The check-in desk had people crowded close together, as there was really nowhere for a line besides outside of the door, and you know most people just don't care if they spread or catch illnesses.
Response: FM - we are sorry that you had a less than excellent experience. If you'd like to reach out to our management staff we would be glad to discuss your recent visit. Feel free to contact Melanie Huggings via email melanie.huggins@montgomeryparks.org or phone 240-818-2248. Sincerely, Wheaton Ice Arena

Michael J. Ferreira: The more I go here, the more it feels like family. The staff is courteous and positive. Classes are excellent. The only concern I have is that a class begins at the same time the previous class ends. If there are any hiccups and a 30-minute class may lose 20% of class time. This, however, does not outweigh the benefits at all. Great place to go!

11. Mount Vernon RECenter

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Mount Vernon RECenter
Facilities
4.1
Services
5
Prices
4.8
Parking
4.1
Wifi
5

Address: 2017 Belle View Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22307

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 9PM ⋅ Opens 6AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 768-3224

Guy: Hockey rink


Review: "Very affordable, but the ice rink can get busy and bumpy on weekends."

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Crystal Groves: I grew up going here and until today, I would have given every trip 5 stars. Today I wish I could rate ZERO stars. I also wish I could rate the ice rink and pools separately as the ice skating was wonderful as well as all the employees, friendly smiles and help all around. The pool however is run by teenagers either sitting in their office or directly reprimanding children rather than informing them of rules OR possibly speaking to the parent (me) that’s standing at the edge of the pool. When did it become okay for a lifeguard to discipline a 10 year old for bouncing a second time in the diving board? We have been here 30 minutes and my son has been pulled aside by two separate guards whom have both run straight back to the office when approached by me. Both things he was stopped for (bouncing more than once and deep end swim test), he was one of at least 4 doing the same activities together in the pool. Why him? Why do the rules in this facility not apply to all visitors. Needless to say, I understand why the attendance here has dropped & the reviews are terrible. We will be joining the majority in going to other local rec centers.

Barbara Faith: Loved it. Great place to swim. More private, less crazy, more relaxing than the other pools in this county group. The spa area, also smaller but worked well. Love the stand up pressure valves! Though the shower area is much smaller, I had no problem being able to shower since the place was never crowded while I was there. Showers, bathroom stalls, and locker room very clean. Just a quieter more serene place to workout and swim. I wish I discovered you at the beginning of spring instead of the end of summer, and my time in Alexandria. If the kids move back to the area, this Grammy will come here first for my summer exercise program.

Gail Carlisle: Son is taking swimming lessonsSo far I'm pleased with instructor and progress.

Sonlm Wells: Facility exercise area is smaller than expected. They don't offer a lot of aerobic or exercise classes at this location. Disappointed.

Eric Hernandez: They give ice skating lesson to kids with special needs. Can't get any cooler than that. Thank you to the staff and volunteers

Savannah Langley: My favorite rink so far. Definitely the place to go if your thinking of taking up ice skating 👍👍

Jules: A good place :) great ice skating rink and wonderful pool. Staff is lovely and very accommodating. Please allow others to register for aquatics as well, not just the usual crowd :) it seems it has became a private pool for retirees and there are never any available slots for anyone else.

Chris Rizzo: Please change skating direction half way thru public skating time to allow skaters to learn and work on turning right ☺️

Carl Josephson: This place has some good and some bad. The bad will make you never want to come back. First let me talk about the facilities. I was there to swim. My goal was to swim 3 days a week at any convenient hour in order to meet my workout goals. I am an in shape younger person, I am going to do my workout and my laps, I will be done in 30 minutes or less. If you are of similar description, do not, and I repeat, DO NOT GO HERE. The pool was a fine 25 yard lap pool. I have gone to this pool at all hours of all days. Monday at 4pm, Monday at 8am, Tuesday at Noon, Wednesday at 5pm, Thursday at 9am, Friday at 9am. I normally get a lane to myself. But most of the time I have to wait or share a lane before that happens. Let me tell you some things you will see at this pool. Older people working out in the pool for 1-2 hours. Not actually working out though. Very out of shape people working out in the pool for 1-2 hours. Not actually working out though. Water aerobics taking up half the pool for 4 hours. A swim class taking up the pool for 4.5 hours. A diving class taking up the pool for 4 hours. I am not exaggerating on these class time. One sign literally said "lane closed for swimming class 3:30-8:00. It is nonsense and you'll see this every single day. The amount of time I've seen a senior aged person or someone extremely out of shape just treading water in a lap lane is ridiculous. This wouldn't be an issue if half the pool wasn't reserved and they weren't there for 2 hours. On one occasion I waited for lane, finally got one, did an extended work out, showered and dried off, went to the pool the get something I forgot, and this person who had been leaning against the edge of the pool since I got there was STILL THERE! I have not touched on the staff yet. First I have had 0 issues with lifeguard and managers there. The younger workers scanning passes..... Good god, my expectation were already low but it's bad. If you need anything but an pass scanned from these people good luck! I am currently in a billing dispute with this center after canceling my bi-weekly pass. Except my bi weekly pass was not canceled and I got billed, because they didn't know how to do it. Also despite saying it's a "bi-weekly" it's actually not. Apparently signing up for bi weekly is signing up for a monthly pass that bills you bi-weekly, MAYBE. I am actually not sure of this as the girl had no idea what she was talking about. Overall I really tried to like this place but it's horrendous.

Daniel Hackett: Very affordable, but the ice rink can get busy and bumpy on weekends.

12. SkateQuest

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SkateQuest
Facilities
4.7
Services
4.2
Prices
4.1
Parking
4.9
Wifi
4.5

Address: 1800 Michael Faraday Ct, Reston, VA 20190

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 9PM ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 709-1010

Guy: Ice skating rink


Review: "Awesome rink and pro shop"

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Shauna Ward: Great place. Good rentals and good prices. There also a cool snack bar inside if you get hungry after all the skating.

Matt S: Love the place and great facilities. Can the people who run the public skating sessions particularly on weekends please take a hard look at how many figure skaters are there practicing. This isn’t a public skate when both ends of the rink are filled with figure skaters occupying them practicing. There is a perpetual figure skating lesson ran by the same woman every weekend in the middle of the rink. A few times I just about got hit with the blade of a raised leg figure skater practicing whatever that is. Please let the figure skating community there know there should be dedicated ice sessions for this- it isn’t the place at public skating.

Robert Entwistle: Excellent experience buying hockey skates here. They fitted me, heat molded and sharpened the skates, all right there. Lots of skates in stock. Helpful pro shop.

Jose Munoz: Nice venue. This place has 2 rinks. A hockey store and snack bar with Starbucks coffee. 1 rink has an over look area so you can stay warm.

Anna Mari Green: The facility has 2 rinks, NHL and and Olympic sized. It also has a snack bar and Pro shop in the building. The ice is well maintained. They have a membership program for discounted ice time which cannot currently be maintained online. Getting to the rink can be a challenge when there are a lot of bike riders on the W&OD. The riders do not stop or yield to cars. It stresses me out and I'm afraid I might hit someone or be hit by another car coming in that doesn't know the trail is there.

Colin Barnett: Sami Saghir is the best front desk person you could ever ask for.

Thomas C: Good people, nice rink! Overall a very nice experience but no 5 star rating because there wasn't anything especially extraordinary. If you have your own skates or want to rent some, this is a fairly inexpensive and nice place.

Jacques Bertrand: I think they should have reserved spot for referees, so they will be more enticed to come.

Elisa Hernandez: Great place for kids and adults. I send my sons here and they love it. The ice is great, the space is large enough for everyone to go out and practice, and the locker rooms are convenient and easy to access.

Brilin “Brilin” Brilin: This place is really nice for children and adults. The staff is super helpful. I have been going to them for years and will not go anywhere else. I am very close to the Ashburn Ice house but they are super rude and arrogant. I happily drive the extra miles to have pleasant caring staff. My children have been at SkateQuest for regular skate lessons and summer camps and they love the staff. The skate manager Shelley is super helpful. Thank you SkateQuest!

13. Anacostia Park Roller Skating Pavillion

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Anacostia Park Roller Skating Pavillion
Facilities
4.5
Services
4.7
Prices
4.4
Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.5

Address: 1500 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 472-3884

Guy: Roller skating rink


Review: "Best out door rink in Washington DC"

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Dawn Davis: Love skating here. My fiancé call play basketball, my son can play at the playground and I can skate. A perfect trifecta.

Nicole Sharee: An oasis in the heart of SE, DC! A peaceful place to watch the sunset too! The grounds are well-kept, and there's enough space for everyone to relax and play!

Kev- keepingitreal: Anacostia Park Amenities Include a Roller Skating Pavilion, Music, Restrooms, Playground, Outdoor Basketball Courts, Baseball Field, Tennis Courts, Open Green Space, Walking Trails, Picnic Tables, Boat ramps and Plenty of Parking Space.

Roslyn Rawles: This brought back so many memories as a kid skating here. The music and the people were great. We had so much fun young and old.

Kennika Jones: This is my favorite place I love to skate here its outdoors and it's always lit I always have lot of fun and I leave my heart on the floor it has many entrances and places to relax I even fly my kite here

LaNita Bundy: My 2 teen skaters had so much fun they didn't want to go. They really enjoyed their selves. Looks like the rink is holding water in its front right corner and needs a little repair or TLC. Hazard cones were in place and it didn't stop anyone from having a good time. The rink was also well lite and park police made rounds often so we also felt safe even as the last few persons to leave.

L. Anderson: I enjoyed this park very much. The kind people of DC and the surroundings

Jamil Carter: I love it here. Nice place to clear your mind The vibe is always right at the skating rink. Smooth music or "Hip" music. No judgement, fall all you want lol you won't fall NO more!!! 💁🏾‍♀️

A. Brad: It was similar OK There were some regular folks didn't know that there was an event and so they wanted to do what they wanted to do Like allow children to Roll around with scooters Inside the ring

Rachelle Mitchell: This pavilion is big and spacious! I love the community feeling from everyone in the surrounding area enjoying themselves at the park. It was a great outdoor experience.

14. Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion

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Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion
Facilities
5
Services
4
Prices
4.6
Parking
5
Wifi
4

Address: 1818 Discovery St, Reston, VA 20190

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: (703) 709-6300

Guy: Ice skating rink


Review: "I go here as my main outdoor skate rink."

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christina goodman: It's a winter tradition for my kids and I to skate here a couple times during the season. Prices are reasonable for 3 people. They now have time frames for crowd control but after 2 hours we are tired. The skates are in good condition and the resurface the ice often. Covered rink in-between buildings so there's little wind and don't worry about rain.

Rebecca McCulley: Enjoy a 2nd time at this ice rink… we’ll in 68 degree a little wet! But I enjoyed a sweet spin on the ice! Thanks for a nice Sunday evening after dinner..

rajesh sharma: This is an amazing place. Lots of people were having a lot of fun and I was so happy to see so many different age groups skating together. They have staff to guide you and supporting gear for safety. Thoroughly enjoyed the awesome feel that the lighting gives. Must visit place in Reston.

Raymond Villamor: Excellent staff and quick service. We opted for the 1130-1300 session. We reserved the day before which came in clutch since tickets were sold out at the rink. I was expecting a crowded rink but even at capacity there was plenty of room for the three of us. If you have a little one you'll need to be quick with the little helpers (penguin and polar bear skating aids) as they sell out quick. I was only able to snag one the last 15 minutes of our time. No problems with the venue and staff, only complaint is parents were holding on to the skating aids rink side and not using them, just turn it in if your kid is done.

ryanne: it was a nice are but there were constantly people sitting on the rails and made it inaccessible for people who couldnt skate well. all of the employees just sat inside on the phones and only came out to watch when someone complained.

Jon Cornwell: They could have done a better job of making sure the ice is even across the entire surface, and not dip down on the sides, especially at the entrance to the rink. My wife fell due to not noticing the steepness of the slope while exiting the rink. It also made it hard to stabilize yourself near the wall since it dips down along the entire length if the rink. They do offer free penguin and snowman helper...things...for those with balance issues, but there's not enough for every skater. The penguins are short and work well for kids, and the snowmen are for taller people. Get there early if you want to use one.

Kiwi SK: Really beautiful place but gets crowded at evening times. The only reason for 4 stars is the pricing.

Matthew Henry: Nice place. One of the only in the area that we've visited that was outdoor with a cover. It was raining tonight but we still were able to go skating outside. Skates were good condition and the employees were friendly.

Garrett Ford: Tickets are a little more then some other places but you get more time as well. A bit crowded but the rink is bigger than others I've been to. All in all its a beautiful place to go durring the winter season.

vinphill Seung Phill Lim: Deluxe skating place for guys. Even free parking at holiday season. You should check it for visiting. Free parking on Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

15. Tucker Road Ice Rink

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Tucker Road Ice Rink
Facilities
4.9
Services
5
Prices
4.9
Parking
4.1
Wifi
4.3

Address: 1770 Tucker Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (301) 265-1525

Guy: Community center


Review: "Love the new ice rink!"

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Lucky Lucci: I took my 4yr old on a Saturday evening. When we got there,I guess a group had it rented out for a certain amount of time. I got there an hour or so before they would leave. Went to grab a bite to eat and came back... the folks that were there that day were so cool. Got us on the ice in minutes. Took me longer to lace up then anything else. I have to mention the fact that we got there before any of the public arrived, so it was still relatively empty. The rink gradually filled up as we were there. We were fortunate not to be amidst the rush. The facility is clean and spacious. Friendly staff and the vibe was cool. They have the training rails for the kids to skate with. I actually saw adults making them work as well lol. Price wise I thought it was reason for for a quick evening outing with the squad. I'm going back.

Aiden Thompson: This place is great. The "saver" skate option is only like 7 dollars and it includes rental skates and 2 hours of skating. This place is often not busy and the facility is very nice. It has a nice place to watch the skating in the warm, perfect for parents.

harriet Portillo: Great place to get reconnect to your life to think pray,talk to yourself meet people, and most of all a great place for family

Vanessa Lyde: Great place to take family. So much fun. Atmosphere good and clean. Parking 👍.

Clarice Allen: it's soooo nice and open now. very clean. the staff is very friendly and professional. I have only visited once so far since they remodeled but so far so great!!

Chris Upham: The Tucker Road Ice Rink is a gorgeous, new facility that is an absolute pleasure to play in!

Beautiful Star: I loved it. The place is very clean and is not crowded at all. The lady in the front desk is not very friendly but once you pass her, your fine...

george love: Is it very nice community center I'll be back to see the ice rink soon the community is very beautiful the grass is very cut and it's very clean inside and outside

June Bulldix: Great walking trail for the brief walk I needed.

Edwina Gray: My family loves this place!Place: cleanStaff: great

16. Herbert Wells Ice Rink

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149 reviews
Herbert Wells Ice Rink
Facilities
4.1
Services
4.1
Prices
4.8
Parking
4.1
Wifi
5

Address: 5211 Campus Dr, College Park, MD 20740

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 9PM ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 277-3717

Guy: Ice skating rink


Review: "Good rink and great service at a very affordable price, must visit"

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Life with Kyt: It was magical but for a first time skater I thought I could just get up and go skate! My niece got the hang of it though!

Kawaii Rabbits: Website needs to be updated. My local rink is open all year but no public sessions on Wednesdays, so thought I check out Wells. The employees looked at me so crazy because I came to ask if the ice rink was open--the website says the ice rink is open "365" and there are hours listed. Additionally, I wish they wouldve at least mentioned if they still do roller skating here, but the employees seemed generally confused.

Tommy B.: Been skating and worked therefor years. It's been a hot minute since I've been able to get there and it felt like home. They made some upgrades, it looks great!

Donna Hershey: We had lots of fun! Not too crowded and only $4/person Wednesdays 12-2pm

micharoni: not open, waited 30 minutes and no workers showed up ! had at least 30 people waiting and everyone knew they were supposed to be open at 9:30.
Response: Hi Micharoni. Thanks for taking time to review the Herbert Wells Ice Rink. We understand your concern and we apologize for the inconvenience. If you are referring to saturday february 26th, was not possible to offer open skating from 9:30pm. We had been impacted on finding enough staffing to cover and keep the facility open during that time. We will continue working hard to have the appropriate staff to continue offering the best service. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the director at Wendy.Donley@pgparks.com. Thanks.

Taylor Frazier: Great lesson for my 2.5 year old. Her instructors were awesome & even though we missed a few classes, she was able to keep up.

Keith C.: Great place for kids hockey. Unfortunately when we went out warmed outside which caused condensation on the glass making it hard to see.

Steph Y: We had lots of fun. Prices are reasonable. We scored a groupon that included admission and skate rentals for 4 people ($17)! I wish they had those things to help keep your balance. Overall, a nice place for some fun.

Hayden: Though this ice rink is a little old, they've maintained it well. If you are cost sensitive about going out somewhere, this place is perfect for you. This is rink is around $5 per person (And that includes rentals!). It's $3 if you're a student, which is a bonus. This beats all other ice rinks I've been to as it's a third of the cost. The ice is well maintained, and they have times for families, students, and hockey players. Take some time to go skate!

Hm: Good time, no big issues

17. The Gardens Ice House

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489 reviews
The Gardens Ice House
Facilities
4.8
Services
5
Prices
4.6
Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6

Address: 13800 Old Gunpowder Rd, Laurel, MD 20707

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 11PM

Telephone: (301) 953-0100

Guy: Ice skating rink


Review: "The best ice rink I have come across."

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greg: Good, competitive men's league hockey. Pickup n stick n pick ice available. 3 rinks including an Olympic size sheet. The staff is super friendly. Pro shop is pretty solid.. Always great skate sharpening, good selection of sticks and the guys working there are very knowledgeable. I've been playing hockey a long time and have no problem recommending this place. If your there for a public skate there's a snack area and an upstairs ski lodge type area. Also a gym and fitness area of your looking for a place to work out.

Maggie Bowman: Nice rink! Cafe area was nice. Stands were there warmest I've been in with the heaters over the top. Cafe area was nice and breakfast sandwiches were good. Good viewing of the one rink from there. Pro shop was well stocked with equipment and apparel. Staff was good there. There is an upstairs area with a great collection of stadium seats from some of the great stadiums throughout history like Maple leaf garden and Camden Yard. Overall a very nice well designed rink.
Response: Thanks for the positive feedback Maggie. Glad you enjoyed your time in our facility!

Anna Mari Green: We enjoy competing here at the garden skatehouse! We cannot speak to the day today operations, but we do know that during competitions the ice is maintained well. Thanks for hosting both the May Day competition and the Chesapeake Open!

Anil Chandel: Noob to skates and the place. Awesome staff and trainers. Keep going back there for more and more training… 😀

Peta Towns: The staff are all super friendly and welcoming. It's a little unnerving when the babies go out on the ice for the first time but they do a good job of preparing you to prepare them for maximum comfort aka dress in layers, wear gloves and helmet. Even though another kid ran over my baby's fingers, it didn't ruin her overall experience and she had a wonderful time and and she loved all of her teachers. I would recommend this program. Be prepared for the cold!

Chuck Wasson (Fosod): Nice facility and welcomed our random attendance of our first hockey game. Dress warmly and bring some insulation to sit on. Looking forward to returning.
Response: Thanks Fosod. You definitely need to dress warm here! Thanks for the review.

Eric O: Two great rinks. Excellent rental equipment. Be sure to visit the store inside and the Curling arena next door.
Response: Thanks for the review Eric!

Conrad Campbell: Great sheets of Ice. Nice pro shot and an outdoor rink.
Response: Thanks Conrad for the 5 star review!

Jo Jo: i haven't been here too often but i will say it is tricky seeing the entrance to the driveway in the dark. no lights to mark it-i have driven past it more than once or pulled in the wrong side and watched others do the same.
Response: Thanks for the feedback. The county controls the entrance to our facility and have notified them that people have a difficult time navigating it. We will keep you posted if they are able to add lights. All the best!

Anna Apicella: Wonderful programs and hospitality. Programs for children - Adults. Saw Frozen on Ice! Spectacular!

18. The Washington Harbour

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3567 reviews
The Washington Harbour
Facilities
4.4
Services
4.5
Prices
4.1
Parking
4.7
Wifi
4.8

Address: 3000-3050 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (202) 295-5007

Guy: Shopping mall


Review: "They even have an ice skating rink in the winter!"

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MILKOS D SOSA: This is a very nice place to eat and have a few drinks. It is essentially an entertainment venue with shops, restaurants, and bars. Several boats that give tours of the river and water taxis that take you to The Wharf also leave from here. A space to take cool photos, and enjoy the youthful atmosphere of Geortown.

Reema Srivastava: Cool getaway along the Potomac River. The Halloween spirit is evident! Enjoy the cool breeze & walk along the waterfront. I couldn’t see if the waterfront is wheelchair accessible. If you’re not dining in any restaurant there , then look out for Starbucks restroom facility - the only one 😔. The place is crowded on weekends and parking can be tough. One can easily spend an hour walking around before a waterfront sit down dinner/ lunch.

Aaron Ochse: Nice spot for dinner or lunch in good weather. Some shops as well as the restaurants.

archana pillai: Vibrant, lively, musical,friendly atmosphere all-round.It was my first time after a decade to watch so many happy people together.

Tonya Coffey-DMV REALTOR / eXp Realty: Lots of good food options and great views. Not much parking but garages are nearby. Very family friendly location.

Natalee Cameron: I hadn't been to this part of the Harbor before. My partner had us down to check flood waters and we ended up making a day of it. Great atmosphere, plenty of amazing restaurants around as well!

Kenny T: Very relaxing and chill spot! Highly recommended!! You'll really be treating yourself if you go

Shaunde' Marie: Beautiful views! Many things to do, including boat rides, restaurants, bars and more. Parking is a little expensive, unless you can find st parking and not get a tkt/towed.

Aishwarya Sabane: The pink flowers along the road looked so pretty. The walk by the water was very peaceful. The place was bustling on a Friday evening.

Cass: Did a cruise here going around the harbor talking about iconic landmarks it was a perfect spot to grab some lunch sit down at the tables on the boat and by far my favorite way to have lunch and learn some stuff!

19. Ashburn Ice House

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426 reviews
Ashburn Ice House
Facilities
5
Services
4.3
Prices
4.3
Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.9

Address: 21595 Smith Switch Rd, Ashburn, VA 20147

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10:30PM

Telephone: (703) 858-0300

Guy: Ice skating rink


Review: "Really nice local rink and pro shop"

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Cristin Harber: Huge, clean facility. Two ice rinks with plenty of rink-side and enclosed balcony seating. The skates and equipment were well kept and of good quality. The locker areas and bathrooms are spacious and clean. The staff seemed knowledgeable and fun. Adult and kid skaters were able to do their thing in different areas, as were what seemed like more and less experienced skaters. There was enough room for everyone. I look forward to a future visit.

Kristi Desai: The accounting team is terrible and extremely unresponsive. There is no option for trial class and they wont refund my money or transfer to someone else. My son doesn't like the class, the teacher has done nothing to make it comfortable for him. I regret signing him up at all.

Mike Nicholson: I play at every rink in the DMV. This one has all my requirements: automatic opening vestibule doors, a water bottle filler fountain, decent size locker rooms, showers that don't feel like prison shower, a decent pro shop and BONUS...a pizza joint attached to the premises. Only thing that would rate it 6 stars would be if a there was a strip club on site.

Michelle Alcoser: Upstairs viewing area with windows to both rinks is a warm spot and handy when you have two players in seperate games occuring simultaneously. Note: no diaper changing table in the men's restroom

Lana Moore: This is my first time being here for a hockey tournanent. So far it seems nice. There are plenty of seats, a snack shack, two rinks, a heated seating area. The kids seem to love it and we would be delighted to come here again.

ISMAEL Diaz: Granddaughter did the weekly "ice camp" she had never skated before. Needless to say she loved it. Caring young staff that communicates well with the kids of all ages.

Brooke Mitchell: Such a fun home town ice rink. Offers public skate, hockey, and lessons. Great place for birthday parties, snow days, and long summer days.

Chris Holland: Fantastic establishment. Family oriented, great instruction and the staff makes you feel as though you are part of a larger skating family.

Anna Mari Green: 5/2022 update: if you're looking for a place to ice skate learn to skate or play hockey visit Ashburn Ice House. There is a pro shop, two NHL size rings, and training center. Stop by the front desk to find out what apps are needed to reserve ice and to check in when you come to skate. The Ice is Nice Show was great! Here six days a week. The morning front desk staff is great. The rink is clean and ice is well maintained

Jennifer Jackson: We loved this place! My daughter commented that she preferred Loudoun Ice because it's less busy, though. Also, I didn't see any of the "walkers" to help people skate. That's the only drawback I saw.

20. Enchant Christmas DC

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Enchant Christmas DC
Facilities
4.3
Services
4.8
Prices
4.5
Parking
4.2
Wifi
4

Address: 1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Telephone: (833) 362-6445

Guy: Ice skating rink


Review: "Skip the ice skating rink as there’s a cheaper option nearby at Canal Park."

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Yvonne Marbury: This was my first time seeing Enchant at Christmas. I loved it, I took my daughter as part of her sweet 16 celebration. We had so many beautiful light displays to see and take pictures in front of. The first thing we did was get some hot chocolate ($6). They had a booth selling drinks, spiked ones and regular ones. The regular hot chocolate was perfect for a cold night walking around with family. The spiked one also included a cup you can keep that lit up and was shaped like an ornament. Very cute keepsake. When you first walk in someone hands you a map that gives you a list of secret displays that you want to search and find in the maze. This is a cute adventure for families with children. They also had a skating rink you can skate on too. So much fun! I highly recommend this for families or anyone wanting some fun family activity to enjoy holiday decorations.

Olga Graves: Though it was pretty, I’d say it’s a great one time event, wouldn’t be a holiday tradition for us. We hoped it would be more than what it was, being very crowded didn’t help, which of course it was. If you can, take some other form of transportation there, parking was no picnic even with reserved parking

J Passaro: This was our second time experiencing and we enjoyed it so much more on a weeknight. Thurs night, no crowds, no lines- beautiful to take it all in and not be pushed and shoved to do so. Yes expensive and there are plenty of upgrades and charges for much of everything but all we paid extra for was the drinks and some food and we still thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We went on a event special day called the Feast of the Night or something and there was literally no feast nor much food at all. Last time there were a lot more unique food options so it’s a shame that we lost out to the food offerings just bc it was a weeknight and they failed on the advertised event. Ben’s Chili Bowl wasn’t open as weren’t many others. Easily found parking on the street. Lots of security/police outside of the stadium so felt safe. Everyone was friendly and helpful. No issues at all- oh and we didn’t see a Santa despite a sign saying he was there. The setting was beautiful and the maze was fun. We spend just as much for a baseball game outing so this was no different in cost and the kids really enjoyed it, so that’s what matters.

Austin Graff: If you’re looking for something to do during the holidays with kids, Enchant DC is an option. Here’s our experience: 1) Kid-Friendly: The main attraction is the scavenger hunt through the light maze. The hunt is a little confusing and underwhelming for adults, but kids are into it, which was fun to see! My four-year-old daughter loved finding the eight “gifts” around the maze, stopping at fun stations like the dance floor and the light tunnel. 2) Photo-Ops: The lights are magical making for many great shots of the family and friends. 3) Amenities: There’s an ice skating rink, market of local businesses (a win!), Santa and Mrs. Claus and food stations. It all comes at a price. For example, the cheapest cotton candy was $11. 4) Price: For our family of three to go, it costs $110+, not including parking. To save money, spend the time finding street parking. Also, eat dinner beforehand. Skip the ice skating rink as there’s a cheaper option nearby at Canal Park.

Jessica Long: This was a really nice experience with shops and food. The main attractions are down on the field. The ice skating loop is not very long—takes about 30 secs to skate. So, it gets crowded quick. The maze is very cool. It had a open concept. I would definitely go back in the future! Bring friends! Bring small children—they’ll have a blast!

Alita brown: My first visit to the Enchanted Christmas was a success. It was very clear the time and effort put into putting up the beautiful lighting, preparing the food, and the staff service was excellent. Everyone had such a positive attitude and went above and beyond to answer questions and just provide excellent customer service. This is perfect for all types of visitors, families , couples and singles.

Sonya Williams (Wildflowers and Hooyahs): We had such a great time. Do not recommend for folks with strollers or wheelchairs because even though they had accessibility, it was horrible for folks to maneuver with sooooo many people there stopping every few feet for a photo. Granted it was pretty and something we haven’t done before, I still Don’t think we will do it again. The price was okay but still, not worth a repeat in my book. The light up floor was cool and I liked how every corner had something different to look at. Also liked that they had a Santa that our son was able to meet. Def an experience, but not worth a repeat.

Vy H.: Love how pretty the decorations and lights are here! There’s so many picture worthy spots but at the same time there’s tons of people so you end up having to wait to get some good shots. Once you get inside, you can stay as long as you want. They serve cute drinks too, but it’s overpriced—$17 for a lightbulb drink that tastes more like juice and barely any liquor.

Brandon Richardson: The negative reviews are far from the truth. This place gives tasty mixed drinks with heavy pours, tasty treats, and unique independent artisans selling goods/wares. The maze is a large size and is easily enjoyed. There was a long wait for the ice skating ⛸ so we skipped it. But everything else was great. The lights are different from the last time I went a few years ago. It's a great place for kids. There is a kids play area and tables where they can color. There is live music as well as preselected Christmas tunes playing throughout. There is a place for kids to meet SANTA and Mrs. 🎅 🧑‍🎄.

Julie J: Go early if you can. We had entry at 430 and we're able to get everywhere with little issue. By the time we finished the maze there were lines to get in. We were able to get a timed visit w Santa so no wait going early. We paid to park in garage C and given the number of people trolling for parking spots on the street, we were happy we did. There was food available and places to sit and eat. Vendors w various products were there as well. Go early!!!