Looking for an excuse to lace up your skates this winter?

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink

This rink has a romantic vibe. Maybe it’s the art. Maybe it’s the smaller, cozier rink. Maybe it’s the starry sky above. Maybe it’s the single string of lights surrounding the rink like glowing candles. It rates an A+ for creative date ideas. But you’ll see plenty of multi-generational families too, due to its central location. Open until March 15, 2020

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink: 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Washington Harbour Ice Rink

This is the largest outdoor ice skating rink in DC. Since it’s open from mid-November until March, the ice rink is a bit of a novelty, attracting lots of people every single day, even Christmas Day. With classes offered for kids ages 3 and older, as well as for adults, you’ll see families with children. But it’s also a date night winner since it’s so easy to grab a drink or bite to eat at one of the surrounding restaurants. Open until March 15, 2020

Washington Harbour Ice Rink: 3050 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

The Wharf Ice Rink

Foodies, families and friends. The Wharf has transformed the home to the nation’s longest continually operating open-air fish market into a year-round destination for visitors of all ages. With 20-plus restaurants and bars, shops from local artisans and global brands come on board, the destination remains fresh and inspired. The best thing to pair your ice-skating experience with is a concert at any of the three music venues. Open until late February 2020

The Wharf Ice Rink on Transit Pier: 960 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

The Watergate Hotel’s Top of the Skate

If you’re more into lounging than skating, Top of the Skate has fire pits and couches for the ultimate chill experience. A younger crowd may venture here seeking the perfect cityscape Instagram, but Top of the Skate is open to skaters as young as five. Whether you’re seeking homey after-work drinks or searching for the perfect all-ages weekend activity, The Watergate Hotel is the place to be. Open thru March 1st.

The Watergate Hotel: 2650 Virginia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037