NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28202
This wonderful holiday experience allows Charlotteans to ice skate outdoors while the cool air nips at your nose. New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Rink has nothing on Uptown Charlotte’s seasonal rink. Each winter, a new temporary ice skating rink is installed, providing a perfect skating surface. As you glide around the slick ice, you can enjoy watching the lights along the NASCAR Hall of Fame and atop the Duke Tower change colors. You couldn’t pick a prettier place to skate in Charlotte. Food is available at a stand near the rink or you can check out one of Uptown’s wonderful restaurants after your skate. If you are a NASCAR fan, you can purchase a combination ticket that will allow you to pop right into the Hall of Fame before or after you skate. The rink is open through January 5, 2014. The hours vary. Admission is $9 with your own skates or $12 for admission and skate rental.
400 Towne Centre Blvd.
Pineville, NC 28134
This indoor rink provides all kinds of options. You can learn how to skate, perfect your double axle or hang out with friends. Group and private classes are available, and the rink can be hired out for parties. The site has a pro shop and a snackbar that serves both hot and cold food along with gourmet coffees. Even better, it has Yuengling, Labatt Blue Lite and Fat Tire on tap. Even if you are not a skater, you can relax, watch the skating from the Snack Bar or watch sporting events on the wide screen televisions. Public hours vary, but the rink is open to the public every Friday night from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. A disc jockey spins music for the Friday night skaters. Most weekend afternoons are also open for public skating. Admission is $7 and skate rental is $3.
4705 Indian Trail-Fairview Road
Indian Trail, NC 28079
Extreme Ice Center offers all kinds of exciting ice-based activities. It has figure skating lessons, ice hockey lessons and ballet lessons for both land lovers and ice skaters. If you are a fan of ice-based winter sports, you can also practice curling at the rink on Friday nights or play the fast-paced broom ball on Sunday nights. This megaplex has a full-service tavern, the Center Ice Tavern, right on premises. In addition to offering beer, wine and liquor, you can get a complete meal, from appetizers to desserts. Extreme Ice offers birthday party options for your child and group discounts if you want to skate with your full posse. There are public skates daily along with Friday and Saturday night skates from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Weekday pricing is $6.50 for adults and $4.50 for children, with $4 skate rentals. Weekend and Friday night pricing is $8 for adults and $6 for children with $4 skate rentals.
Lauren J. Walter is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.