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U.S. National Whitewater Center

5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214-8543
+1 704-391-3900
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Best Day Adventure Spot

We got there when it opened a little before 10am and checked in. We were able to book our White... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2016
Durham, North Carolina
Spend a day here for great family fun!

Charlotte area natives and visitors are in for a treat. What began many years ago as the Olympics... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2016
Charlotte, North Carolina
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The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is dedicated to the promotion of the active, outdoor lifestyle. Since 2006, the USNWC has been promoting access to the outdoors for all levels of participants through its all-day pass programs, instruction, leadership school as well as festivals, races and other outdoor events. Whether you visit the Center's 1300 acres on the Catawba River or participate in the offsite programs featured throughout the United States, the USNWC wants you to play, relax and learn outside.
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  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214-8543
+1 704-391-3900

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Reviewed 18 May 2016

We got there when it opened a little before 10am and checked in. We were able to book our White water rafting trip for 1pm (I would suggest paying the $5 to go ahead and get a reservation). We then went straight for the double...More

1  Thank BarefootDuchess
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Charlotte area natives and visitors are in for a treat. What began many years ago as the Olympics official whitewater sport training center has expanded into a plethora of activities that will appeal to anyone who loves the outdoors. They offer water sports such as...More

1  Thank atinnell
Reviewed 18 May 2016

You can't go wrong here. There is something for everyone and with the summer concerts it is a great spot any day of the week.

Thank Tanya L
Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

This place is an outdoorsmen's or woman's playground ! Lots of activities at a reasonable price. Kayaking, rafting, trails, zip lines, and much more! Pet friendly, family fun. If your an active outdoor person this is the place to go for a day or two!

Thank cpanther56
Reviewed 17 May 2016

Whether white water rafting, zip lining, hiking, etc you can make it a full day or single event. The restaurant has great and affordable food. there are lots of tables and grassy areas to picnic or people watch.

Thank Sherry R
Reviewed 16 May 2016

Loved running here in February, did the lake loops twice which was about 6.5 miles and had a nice mix of challenge and views. The cafe was good for a post run lunch. Trails were free but other activities had a cost - wait for...More

Thank Nicola C
Reviewed 15 May 2016

Wow all of the activities one can do in a day was great, the cost sounds high but when you do the math it is extremely reasonable. We did the tree trekking (harder than it looks), zip lining (new one was not open), rock climbing,...More

1  Thank avgjoey
Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Had visited for a corporate team building a nd conference. The site was very fun, and staff was great. Rafting, mountain biking, and the zip lines were fantastic! Really fun to visit. They have an area for live bands to play as well as a...More

Thank BC-Swede
Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Everyone we spoke with said to go here while visiting Charlotte. We bought the full day passes thinking we'd be able to get through a lot of the attractions but each one has a pretty lengthy safety talk in the beginning. We did rafting and...More

Thank Meaghan W
Reviewed 13 May 2016

What a wonderful outdoor experience. We were limited on time so the only thing we did was the Double Down zipline - totally fun! There are a lot of things to do at this venue, even just sitting on the grass enjoying the outdoors. You...More

Thank Gwen_Indy
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22 August 2017|
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Response from JenKacz456 | Reviewed this property |
It is not required to be a strong swimmer, and all rafters are required to wear a PFD and helmet. That said, if you fall out of the raft, which is possible, and sometimes likely, it would behoove the participant to know the... More
9 August 2017|
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Response from Limabu2011 | Reviewed this property |
I believe sneakers are best but when wearing a sandal they want to be sure it has some type of back to it like a Teva sandal. I rock climbed over the pool with sneakers which was semi-uncomfortable but all I had. I would... More
Michelle M
23 July 2017|
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Response from KMQ5 | Reviewed this property |
You need straps on your shoes. You can call and they will help you.