Ice Skating on the Tidal Basin

Would you do this today? I don’t even know if you could. I can’t remember the last time it was frozen completely solid.

View looking east from the middle of a frozen Tidal Basin upon which many individuals are walking or skating. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is visible in the distance.
View looking east from the middle of a frozen Tidal Basin upon which many individuals are walking or skating. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is visible in the distance.

Source: Dig DC

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • Hans Brinker

    It would never be allowed these days, since the tides’ rise and fall makes it particularly dangerous to skate. This is also why skating is never allowed on the rivers. Skating is only allowed on the reflecting pools (Capitol and Mall), the pond in Constitution Gardens, and the C&O Canal (my favorite).

  • Publius Washingtonianus

    During the Winter of 1976-1977, in January, it was so cold the river froze solidly enough for people to walk on. I know because I was there and saw dozens of people out on the ice below the Memorial Bridge, walking from Virginia to Washington, and vice versa. As Hans Brinker suggests, such innocent an innocent pass-time would never be allowed today!