The area north of downtown Fort Worth just got a bit cooler.

Panther Island, the nub of land that sits between the city?s Northside and the city center, has recently become a mecca for music lovers and water aficionados. But now you can add ice-skating to the (wintry) mix.

That?s right, a new outdoor ice-skating rink has just opened--and it promises service even if the forecast skews mild.

Located adjacent to Coyote Drive-In, the Panther Island Ice rink ($10 admission) will be open this Friday through January 5, with limited hours on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year?s Eve and New Year?s Day.

Skates are available for rent (included in the price of admission), but you can BYO if you?d prefer.

After a few whirls around the rink (and/or face plants), you just might get hungry. Head next door to Canteen for toasty fare like sausage on a stick or a savory meat pie.

Once suitably fortified, consider yourself officially prepped for the upcoming Winter Olympics.

Panther Island Ice, 223 N.E. Fourth St., Fort Worth; trinityrivervision.org/pantherislandice

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