Places to Ice Skate in Charlotte
Take to the ice at one of these local ice-skating rinks.
Enjoy outdoor ice skating, live music, Santa's Pub and special events throughout the holidays at Winter Wonderland.
Though life in the South doesn't provide lots of ice-covered ponds for skating, there are places to lace up skates and cut across the rink. Two indoor rinks are open year round in Charlotte, and a few others open each holiday season, mid-November through mid-January. Below are six best bets in the Queen City for ice-skating with the kids.
Located at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza, corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Brevard Street, the rink is open during the holiday season, closing early in January each year. Skate rentals are $4, and the $12 per person admission is good for skating all day. Hours vary so check the website for times.
Holiday on Ice, Charlotte's uptown ice rink, is open through Jan. 6, 2019 for the holiday season.
The return of the ice rink in Rock Hill lends the opportunity for public skating through mid-January. The 85-foot ice rink is surrounded by holiday lights providing the perfect backdrop for a fun family night or mom-and-dad date night. See website for operating hours. Admission includes skate rental for $10. Every Wednesday is buy one, get one free night! 205 Saluda Street, Rock Hill.
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Founder's Holiday Ice Rink is open in Old Town Rock Hill through Jan. 21, 2019.
This ice skating rink between South Park Mall and Symphony Park offers holiday fun on the ice from mid-November until early-January. Check the website for hours, as they change depending on the day. Admission is $12 and skates are available to rent for $5. The rink also features a pub and a coffee shop with live music, special events and activities on certain nights.
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Winter Wonderland at Southpark is open through Jan. 22, 2019.
If you're looking for more than just ice skating, this might be a great way to make an afternoon play date or family fun night. Open seven days a week, mid-November through mid-January, the ice rink offers public skating plus go-karts, bungee jumping and mini golf. Pricing varies based on your bundle of activities. Ice skating is $12 and includes skates. Hours vary depending on the day so check the schedule before you go. The Speedpark at Concord Mills, 8461 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord.
This indoor rink is open year round and offers more than just ice skating. Skate rentals are $4, and public skating is $7-$10 depending on the day of the week that you skate. Camps and classes are also available, as well as hockey and figure-skating programs. Public skating times vary, so check the calendar before you go. There is also a tavern and banquet room on site when you need to re-fuel. 4705 Indian Trail-Fairview Road in Indian Trail.
Public skating sessions are offered daily but vary by day, so be sure to check the website before you go. You can also find youth and adult hockey programs, figure-skating instruction, a skating school, and camps and clinics at Pineville Ice House. Public skating admission is $8 with a $2 skate rental fee. Helmets can be rented for $5. 400 Town Centre Blvd., Pineville.
Michele Huggins is the editor of Charlotte Parent magazine.