Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
It may be unfair to call the Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion the best place to roller skate in D.C., because it is the only place to roller skate in D.C. (other than, ya know, the roads). To get the old-school roller rink experience, you have to go to Maryland—to Temple Hills Skate Palace, Lanham Skate Center, or Seabrook Skate Center. But in D.C., your one and only option is an outdoor, covered skating pad in Anacostia Park near the river. The good news: It’s great! The park, run by the National Park Service, offers free skate rentals during the summer. If you prefer to walk instead of roll, you can sit on the sidelines and watch people who are probably much better than you at skating do their thing.