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MARK IT!! “Sculpture Garden Ice Rink Opens” next Friday (the 15th)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Pablo Raw

From a press release:

“The 2019-2020 ice-skating season at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink will begin November 15 and continue through March 15, weather permitting. Located on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW, the ice rink remains a favorite DC destination, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Surrounded by national museums, monuments, and large-scale sculptures by modern and contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Tony Smith, Roy Lichtenstein, Roxy Paine, and others, skating in the Sculpture Garden is a favorite winter activity. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is managed by Guest Services Inc.

To celebrate the beginning of the skating season, visitors who purchase skating time on November 15, 16, or 17 will receive a coupon from Guest Services Inc. for a complimentary cup of hot chocolate from the Pavilion Café on those dates. See below for exciting seasonal menu items and promotions.

Ice Rink Hours and Fees
Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. (open to the general public); 10:00-11:00 a.m. (open for Learn to Skate USA lessons only)
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Skating fees for two 45-minute sessions (beginning on the hour):
$9 for adults and children age 13 and over
$8 for skaters age 50 and over, children 12 and under, military, and students with a valid school ID

The skate rental fee is $4; lockers are available for $0.50 ($5 deposit required). Season passes are available for $195 and make for a perfect winter workout. Visit or call the ice rink office after November 15 at (202) 216-9397 for additional information. The Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed on December 25 and January 1. In the evening, when the Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed to the public, access to the ice rink is restricted to the entrances at Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive near 9th Street.”

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