Ice rink, Lights trail return to Whitewater Center

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For the second year in a row, the U.S. National Whitewater Center has transformed its Upper Pond into an ice skating rink and one of its walking trails lights up nightly with artwork created by a local artist.

The 17,000 square-foot ice skating rink features three sections: 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, and beer.

Ice skating requires a single activity pass ($20) or an all-access pass ($59 day pass; $219 annual pass). Skate rentals are included with pass purchases.

To help limit capacity because of COVID-19 regulations, an assigned time slot is required for skating. Time slots can be secured in advance online, onsite and by phone. Click here for more details.

The illuminated walking trail, “Lights” features honeycombs, webs, vines, crystals and other natural features integrated into the woods. The light installations were created by Charlotte artist Meredith Connelly.

“Lights” runs nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., rain or shine. There is no cost to walk the trail.

Both attractions are open through Feb. 15.

Click here to see the center’s daily activity schedule to confirm hours.

Parking at the center costs $6.

For more information, check out usnwc.org.