From the rooftops of downtown Baltimore to the National Gallery of Art, take advantage of some of the best outdoor ice skating rinks in America.
Ice skating is the quintessential winter activity. But indoor rinks can be boring and claustrophobic. Maryland has some great outdoor rinks where you can enjoy great views while getting in a little exercise. Lessons are available at some of the rinks (for the newbies), or you can watch your kids have fun while relaxing with a hot chocolate. Make sure you call ahead for closures—even ice rinks are susceptible to weather closures!
Four Seasons Baltimore
Courtesy of Four Seasons Baltimore
For the second year in a row, the Four Seasons in Harbor East has transformed its 5th floor pool deck into a luxurious rooftop skating rink. The 1,500-square-foot rink offers great views of the harbor, hot cocoa, fire-roasted chestnuts, and a one-of-a-kind holiday experience. The rink is open weekends, from November 29 through January 5. Find more details here.
Quiet Waters Park Ice Rink
Located in Anne Arundel County, Quiet Waters Park is away from all the hustle and bustle. Modeled after New York’s Central Park, Quiet Waters features gardens, pavilions, and galleries. Beginning November 15, the park’s ice rink is open during the week (except for Tuesdays) and also offers skating lessons. The cost is affordable at just $7 for adults and $6 for children. You will need to pay $6 to enter the public park, unless you come after 5:30 p.m. Ice skate rentals are available for just $3. Only cash or check is accepted.
Silver Spring Ice Skating at Veterans Plaza
There isn’t a better place to get your holiday on than in vibrant downtown Silver Spring. Skate under the lighted canopy of Veterans Plaza rink, right in the middle of all the action. The rink is just a short walk from the Silver Spring Metro station and is open seven days a week. Skating fees are $9 for adults and $8 for children and rentals are $5. Lessons and birthday party rentals are also available.
Inner Harbor Ice Rink
Last year's ice rink, courtesy of Facebook
Just down the road from the Four Seasons is a Baltimore holiday staple, the Inner Harbor Ice Rink. The large waterfront rink hosts a variety of special events throughout the holiday season including Sunday skating with Santa. Admission is $10 for adults and $9 for kids, military, and seniors. Skate rentals are $4 for hockey skates (great for beginners). Sponsored by Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, the Inner Harbor Ice Rink is open through January 20, 2020.
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink
While not in Maryland proper, the National Art Gallery in D.C. is one of the premier places in the country to ice skate. Constructed over the fountain in the Sculpture Garden, skaters get unparalleled views of works of art by Lichtenstein, Roxy Paine, and Sol LeWitt. The nearby Pavilion Cafe has Irish coffee (adults only) and hot cocoa to warm up cold skaters in addition to a full lunch and dinner menu. Afterward, view the holiday decorations inside the museums and enjoy the National Gallery holiday programming. Skating fees are $9 for adults over 13 and $8 for kids 12 and under. Skates and locker rentals are available on site. The ice rink is open from November 15 to March 15.
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