In a shocking turn of events, the South is already reaching below freezing temps. Although we may shudder at the idea, it's the perfect condition for some super icy skating rinks. Bundle up and embrace the cold weather, because this ice skating rink in Charlotte with a skate-up bar is a massive open-air frozen dreamland.
Twirl and swirl on a wintery playground this year because the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte is opening an all-new 17,000-square-foot ice skating rink right on the water. The gigantic "Ice Skating and Lights" attraction isn't your average ice rink because it offers a skate-up bar. It's basically like a swim-up bar, but for cold weather. We're here for it.
Even though your bones may be cold, there is plenty of booze and seasonal drinks to warm you right up. Choose from beer, coffee and hot chocolate.
To add to the magical winter wonderland vibes, the woods near the rink will have a half-mile walking trail where guests can experience immersive light installations like vines, crystals, honeycombs and much more. You'll just have to see it all for yourself.
You can purchase several packages, including an all-access pass, to take advantage of several additional outdoor adventures like kayaking, climbing and ziplining.
Ice Skating and Lights is expected to open Nov. 19. In this case, we're thankful the cold weather came early this year.
In other wintery North Carolina news, you have to visit this town in Charlotte that transforms into a massive Christmas version of Halloweentown and it's completely free! For more luminescent adventures, you can't miss this festival with hundreds of Chinese lanterns.
Ice Skating And Lights At U.S. National Whitewater Center
When: November 19
Address: 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214
Why You Need To Go: You'll be encompassed in a wintery (and boozy) fairytale at this massive ice rink and light trail.