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Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating Plaza: A Winter Tradition Returns Near Your Apartment in Arlington

What’s your favorite winter tradition from growing up? Maybe it’s going to cut down your holiday tree or decking out your home with twinkling lights. Or, perhaps, it’s heading outside for some fresh air and exercise on a particularly sunny winter’s day near your Columbia Heights DC apartment. If you fall into that latter category, reserve a time to enjoy the Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating Plaza.

Online reservations are required in order to ensure the ice never becomes too crowded at Pentagon Row. Since it’s the biggest ice skating rink anywhere in Northern Virginia—it encompasses an impressive 6,840 square feet. That’s thanks to massive renovations that the rink underwent in 2013, which increased its size by 50%. There’s also a double-sided outdoor fireplace that will be cracking when you come, so feel free to enjoy a mug of hot chocolate and warm up after your skating session. The rink is open until 10 or 11 p.m. daily this holiday season, including holidays with the exception of New Year’s Eve when it closes at 9 p.m. Admission is $11 for adults, and skate rentals cost $5.