Roadskater Resources

Skate Rinks around Washington DC
If it's raining or snowing, but you still have a hankering to skate, try a skating rink. Rinks offer music, a flat surface, and a variety of skating. They are also good places to take newbies and friends since they are flat and generally offer rental skates, munchies, music, etc. It's a great environment to learn skating balance, mauuevering, etc with a relatively painless falling surface.

Terrain Parks are great provide the opposite end of the spectrum. Given the balance and maneuverability required to do this, only the best skaters survive to become terrain junkies. Kool tricks Ahead!

Warning: in either case beware of little kids. Expect to pay around $5-10 for cover and rental skates.

Inline and Roller Rinks

D'Light Skate N Palace (Temple Hills Md.)
Inline skates are permitted, and the floor is huge and made of wood. The sound & disco light systems are also first rate. Gentrification does not yet seem to threaten the neighborhood near this business, but it did not seem too run-down around there. The rink is easy to find in a strip mall with a big parking lot right in front of its entryway. The Green Line Naylor Road Metro Train station is only half a block away.
Tuesday Ladies Night 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Thursday Adult Night (18 and up) 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
Friday Family Skate 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday Matinee 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Evening Roll Jam 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Glow Light til Midnight 8:30 pm to 12:00 am
Sunday Matinee 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Ole School (25 and up) 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
3132 Branch Avenue
Temple Hills Md. 20748
(301) 630-6150 Office
(301) 630-6152 Fax

Thomas Jefferson Community Center (Arlington, VA)
TJ’s Skate Night is usually held on Saturdays, with a Family Skate from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and a Teen-Only Skate from 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $2 and skate rentals are $1. Check the Teen Calendar to verify dates and times. TJ's is on an eighth of a mile rubberized track and sometimes there is even music. A crowded, but reccommended event by several WAR members.
Official Parks & Recreation Teen Calendar
3501 S Second St.
Arlington, VA 22204
Phone: (703) 228-5920

Wheels Skating Center
1200 Odenton Road, Odenton, Maryland (410) 674-9661
A new skating rink in Odenton, MD offering indoor speed training. They rent inline and quad skates and also allow you to bring your own.
Wednesday Adult Skate 18+ 7:30 till 10:30 pm
Friday Tween's Nite Out 8 till 11 pm
Saturday and Sunday afternoon - 2 till 5 pm
Saturday morning - Kid's Fun Time - 10 am till Noon
Saturday evening - 8 till 11 pm

Indoor speedskating at this rink with Capital Racing

Skate Zone (Crofton, MD)
Route 3, South & Capital Raceway Road, Crofton, Maryland (410) 721-7155, 1-(866) SK8-ZONE
Rob and Wendy Sherman have owned and operated Skate Zone since 1996. They have turned Skate Zone into a fun, safe family environment. They have a very good sound system.

Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion, Anacostia Drive S.E. Anacostia Park, Washington, D.C. 20019
PH: (202) 472-3873 Outdoor Skating Area, All Skate:
Sun - Sat 6 am - 9 pm
WKYS Radio
Music played by Timer

Sunday, Monday and Thursday evenings are private party nights. Call for rates and details!
$3.25 Skate Rental (quad and inline skates) on ALL sessions
Sunday Afternoon 12:00pm-5:00pm $6.00 Adm Recommended for families
Wednesday Adult Skate (18 & older) 7:30pm-10:00pm $5.00
Friday Night Club Skate 7:00pm-11:00pm $6.75 Adm Recommended for 12 & older
Saturday Mega Skate 11:00am-6:00pm $6.50 Adm Recommended for all ages
Saturday night All You Can Eat Pizza Party 7pm - 11pm $7.99 adm, includes all you can eat pizza and soda.
7878 Sudley Rd. Manassas, VA 20109
(703) 361-7465   (800) 203-4605

Ice Skating

The Kettler Capitals Iceplex (Arlignton, VA)
The newest ice rink in the DC area which also features two rinks. It is also the training center for the Washington Capitals.
Kettler Capitals Iceplex
627 N. Glebe Rd.
Suite 800, Eighth Floor
Arlington, VA 22203

The Gardens Ice House (Laurel, MD)
A huge multiple-rink skating Center for racing, having fun, hockey, etc. There are several open sessions including a Saturday night session with lights and a DJ. There are a variety of amenities including a rink-side cafe.
Sculpture Garden Ice Rink Sculpture Garden Ice Skating (downtown Washington DC)
If the roads are snowy or wet, you can still go skating at this lovely spot not too far from our normal downtown meeting spot. The Sculpture Garden offers ice skating with views of art sculptures set in landscaped gardens. In the spring, the ice rink becomes a fountain. Enjoy the rental skates and a rink-side cafe. It is located at 9th and Constitution with free street parking.
The Ashburn Ice House (Ashburn, VA)
A new facility that has two full sized skating rinks. They have public evening skating on Wed nights and Fridays, and pickup hockey on Friday and Saturday nights.

Farifax Ice Arena 3779 Pickett Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22031

C&O Canal Ice Skating (NW Washington, DC)
Sometimes during a very cold winter, the National Park Service allows ice skating on the C&O canal when the ice is a minimum of 3" (80mm) thick. You might actually get to do some rare outdoor skating on natural ice. No rentals or other rink-like facilities. It's just ice!

The National Park Service has a hotline with a recorded message saying what sections are considered skateable and such.
Phone: (301) 767-3707

Terrain Parks
Rockville Skate Park (Rockville, MD)
A public skating rink Rockville designed for skaters by skaters. BYO wheels, Safety equipment mandatory (and available for rent.) Welsh Park, behind the Rockville Swim Center
355 Martins Lane
Rockville, MD
Phone: (301) 545-5656
Gaithersburg Skate Park (Gaithersburg, MD)
A public skating rink designed by the city of Gaithersburg to keep local skaters away from commercial property. BYO wheels, Safety equipment mandatory (and available for rent.)
Bohrer Park
506 N. Frederick Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD
Phone: (301) 258-6350

The Skatepark at Powhatan Springs
6020 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22205
Phone: (703) 533-2362
This is the best outdoor, skatepark in the Washington Metropolitan area. At almost 15,000 square feet, it features a combination of street-style elements as well as bowls and half pipes. Check out more details including photos, BMX hours and skatepark rules by visiting online. Please call to verify hours of operation and note to ensure safety, the skatepark is closed during rain.

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Last Update: 6/15/2007