My friend, Torey, gets the credit for finding this one. I completely missed the DCist post about the ice slide at St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion. But, thankfully, my peops look out for me (and KFDC), so I was able to get the scoop on this temporary winter gem.
Here’s the deal: For the next few weekends, through mid-February, you can enjoy inner tube rides down an ice slide set up at the gateway pavilion. It’s not a huge slide, but a spin down it is massively fun (tip: request the “special” to get your tube turning). You go fast, maybe bounce off the walls a bit, and can’t help but let out a whoop — or a few. They even have double tubes, so you can partner up to whiz down.
Really little ones have to ride on an adult’s lap, but children about 4 and up can go on their own. Cost is $5 for adults, and FREE for kids 18 and under.
Even more, there’s a room in the pavilion with games and crafts to hang out in when you’re done sliding or want to warm up. There’s also a cafe, so you can take a snack break, though it closed before we could check it out, so I can’t tell you what they serve. But you’ll probably be too busy sliding to care.
St. Elizabeths East is located at 2700 Martin Luther King Avenue SE. Free parking is available on site. The ice slide will be open Friday-Sunday 12-5pm through February
15 17, plus MLK Day, Monday January 20, 11am – 5pm.