Rockville Town Square opens new outdoor ice skating rink!

 

Those of you in the Maryland or Washington DC area who are looking for a great place to ice skate outdoors will love the new rink at Rockville Town Square. I checked it out last night and had a chance to skate on it on opening night. The rink here is made of synthetic ice, meaning that it will stand up in any temperature. Since it’s not refrigerated, it won’t leave you with cold feet, so to speak. It’s also easier to skate on than real ice, especially if you’re a beginner. You have to work a little harder to get moving, but you’re a lot less likely to take a spill.

Here are a few pictures from opening night:

The rink is open plenty of extra hours during the Christmas season so you can it in some ice skating while finishing up your shopping or simply relaxing after the holidays.

Hours from December 23 – January 4th

Christmas Eve 10 am to 6 pm

Christmas Day Noon to 10 pm

Monday through Friday 10 am to 10 pm

Saturday 10 am to 10 pm

Sunday 10 am to 8 pm

Hours from January 5th through mid-March

Monday through Friday 3pm to 10 pm

Saturday 10 am to 10 pm

Sunday 10 am to 8 pm

Admission Prices

$6 for kids 12 and under

$8 for adults 13 and up

$2 to rent skates

 

The skate rental both is located in a storefront between Acqua Nails and Town Square Jewelers. There are signs directing you there from the ice rink, which is about just around the corner.

From now through January 4th, parking at all of the Rockville Town Center garages is FREE! Don’t miss your chance to try out ice skating at Rockville Town Square ice rink this winter.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Maryland

Many people think of Maryland as a Southern state, but there are actually a number of excellent outdoor ice rinks in this state. In fact, it’s my hometown, so I’ve skated in all of these rinks over the years. I even work at one of them!

A beautiful day at Glen Burnie Ice Rink

A beautiful day at Glen Burnie Ice Rink

  • Glen Burnie Ice Rink  – Located at 103C N Crain Highway in Glen Burnie, MD, this rink is open from November 1st through the middle of March each year. Admission is $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for kids, plus $3 for skate rentals. The rink offers birthday parties and skating lessons too. Rental skates are available starting at an infants size 6 and going up through an adults size 15. The rink offers both figure and hockey skates, and unlike most other rinks, does offer some half sizes.

Hours are as follows:

Monday 12pm-9pm

Tuesday 12pm-9pm(closed for lessons from 5-6pm)

Wednesday 12pm-9pm

Thursday 12pm-9pm

Friday 10pm-10pm

Saturday 10am-10pm

Sunday 10am-7pm

Want the ice all to yourself? Skaters who visit the rink during the weekday hours are often excited to find they are the only ones on the ice. This is a great time for parents to bring young children who are just learning to skate. For more information, you can call the rink at 410-590-5990.

  • Quiet Waters Ice Rink – Located in Quiet Waters park in the state’s capital of Annapolis, this rink is finally reopening after being closed for several years due to maintenance issues. The rink will be opening for the season on November 29.
Sunday 8am – 9pm
Monday 10pm – 9pm
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday 10pm – 9pm
Thursday 10pm – 9pm
Friday 10pm – 10pm
Saturday 8am – 10pm

Finally, no discussion of outdoor ice skating rinks in Maryland is complete without a nod to the rinks that are no more. One of my personal favorites is the Baltimore Ice Rink, which was located on Rash Field at the Inner Harbor for many years. After it closed, a local group tried to revive it in Fells Point, where it was known as the Baltimore Ice Rink at Harbor Point. After two seasons, this rink too, was closed. Every season, I hold out hope for a new Baltimore rink, but so far no luck.

Did I miss your favorite outdoor ice rink in Maryland, past or present? Email me  at admin@outdooriceskating.org and let me know!

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