Ice rink, lights trail open at Whitewater Center

Ice rink, lights trail open at Whitewater Center

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two new activities are now available at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

The Upper Pond has been transformed into an ice skating rink, and a new half-mile lighted walking trail has opened.

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<p>Photo courtesy U.S. National Whitewater Center</p>

Photo courtesy U.S. National Whitewater Center

The ice skating experience features a one-of-a-kind skating environment, with 17,000 square feet of ice and three distinct programming areas: an ice trail, a free skate area and an activity zone.

There's also a skate-up Airstream bar inside the rink where you can purchase hot chocolate, coffee, or beer.

Skating will require an access pass and is available through an Annual Pass, Day Pass or Single Activity Pass starting at $20. All passes include skate rental in addition to activity access.

"Lights" is a half-mile walking trail in the woods that leads visitors through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals and more.

The works are site-specific to the Whitewater Center and are created by Charlotte artist Meredith Connelly.

"Lights" runs nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., rain or shine, and there is no cost to walk the trail.

Skating and "Lights" will be available through mid-February.

Parking costs $6.

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Ice rink, lights trail open at Whitewater Center