You might call it Washington's annual right of passage into the icy season. The ice rink at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden opens soon.
The rink's four-month run kicks off at 10 a.m. Nov. 13. The ice is groomed and ready for skaters from Olympic wannabes to fail-cruising first-timers. It will be open seven days a week.
The Sculpture Garden ice rink boasts a dramatic backdrop of grand architecture along the National Mall. Skaters can glide along while glimpsing in the majesty of the many museums and monuments nearby.
A break from the rink could include lunch at the nearby café or a walk through the gardens to view the impressive large scale sculpture collection. The works include those of many heralded modern and contemporary artists, like Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder and Roxy Paine.
The rink is located between Seventh and Ninth streets along Constitution Avenue. The price for a two-hour session is $7 for adults, $6 for kids and students with a valid ID. There is a $3 fee for skate rental and 50 cents for a locker if you need one.
Opening weekend is expected to draw a crowd of ice rink regulars. As a truly warm welcome to all who show up, hot chocolate will be served for free.
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