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The ice skating rink will reopen in the sculpture garden of the National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art’s outdoor skating rink at the Sculpture Garden is set to reopen on November 19, after the city’s beloved winter activity was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rink will remain open until March 6 and will operate from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The National Gallery closes at 5 p.m., therefore, skaters will need to enter through the Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive entrances near 9th Street only.

Those who purchase skating time on November 19, 20 or 21 will receive a free cup of hot chocolate at the Pavilion Café to celebrate the return of the rink, according to a Release from the National Gallery of Art.

Skating sessions will begin at the start of each hour. Adults and children 13 and older pay $10 for two 45-minute sessions. Seniors 60 and older, children 12 and under, military service members, and students with valid school ID will pay $9.

Skate rentals are $5 and season passes can be purchased for $225.

Skating lessons are available for all ages and skill levels with experienced instructors provided by Guest Services, Inc., who are part of a Washington Elite Skating School team.

For more information on group and private lessons, you can visit the website of the Coffee Pavilion or call (202) 216-9397 beginning Nov. 19.