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U.S. National Whitewater Center
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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214-8543
+1 704-391-3900
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great place to spend a few hours or a whole day! Love the ropes course (tough), the mountain bike trails (moderate to challenging), the rafting (easy & fun) and a craft beer when it’s all over!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank daleandanna
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friend and I got a day pass that covered everything except the white water rafting itself, and it was still such an incredible day. We both got more than our day's worth of steps in, climbing to the top of the Zipline a few times....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Before moving to Charlotte, I visited the Whitewater Center and was amazed. The expansive center incorporates activities like zip lining, wooded obstacle courses, free-fall platforms, paddle boarding, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and of course, white water rafting in the manmade river. You should budget...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I must say, I wasn’t sure of exactly what to expect, but I must say that this place is a total blast. Our company visited on a weekday so the place wasn’t too crowded. After paying, storing our valuables, and making a plan, we set...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MarcusE1981
Reviewed November 19, 2018

We arrive at noon, the cost the same as for the day. In order to be allowed to use the biggest ride the Hawk Jump, is necessary to pay for the day ticket. Some of the attractions were closed, but the ticket cost was the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank fabioccl
Reviewed November 18, 2018

We paid $6 for parking and that was it for a family trip with our 4 year old. There was a lot to see for free including two live bands. Our son was amazed at the zip liners overhead and the rock wall climb. The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank cooleylicious
Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

Great place to bring a dog, family, kids or whomever. Lots of different events going on throughout the year. Big water is an awesome experience. Yearly pass can be expensive.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank kdelvalle10
Reviewed November 6, 2018

This is our favorite place to take out of town visitors. We checked it out when we first moved to the area and absolutely love the place. White water rafting, ropes courses, kayaking, hiking, biking and zip lines! Something for everyone. Plus dining and entertainment.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank cak192017
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

This property exceeded our expectations. We had no idea how expansive this center is. It isn’t far off the highway, yet it feels like it is tucked away. There are walking/running trails, rapids, ropes courses, zip lining, mountain bike trails, live music, etc. You can...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank carey623
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

The Whitewater Center is one of the best things going in Charlotte! Everything about it is good: the whitewater rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, climbing walls, biking & running trails, & zip lining. On summer and fall weekends, there’s free music of various genres in the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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October 16, 2018|
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Response from 995jeffreyl | Reviewed this property |
This time of year the rapids aren’t usually on very much during the week. Depending on the day and what not it could close around 7-8 during the week. Trails are open dusk till dawn all of the other features vary each day
Susan C
July 18, 2018|
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Response from juliebM5386JD | Reviewed this property |
If you go on a summer weekend, I would recommend getting a time set to WW raft before you go.
Joanne L
July 7, 2018|
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Response from matthewsuarez22 | Reviewed this property |
To drive in you'll need to pay a $6 parking fee. From there, you can roam around for free, check out the biking/running trails, look at the water, rock climbing, ropes courses, etc. There is a small restaurant with a pretty... More
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April 30, 2007|
Response frombud41|
I was there yesterday - very busy. The water, the trails and the climbing are about it. Food is pretty good. It will grow to be a fantastic place - still a little rough around the edges. People were having a great time. Enjoy!
Attractions (1 Replies)
1. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden - the Stowe family has created a show piece along the Catawba River. These gardens are beautiful and are quickly becoming a destination for horticulture lovers all over the U.S. Admission is generally $8.00 with some other tiers of pricing. Check out the special Christmas light displays during the holidays! 2. Belmont Abbey - the Abbey is home to Benedictine monks and Belmont Abbey College. The Basilica is one of few in the U.S. The gothic architecture is...More
November 20, 2007|
Response frombud41|
Here are some updates: Exciting news the past few days as Discovery Place announces plans to pursue opening a "Discovery Place Kids" museum in the old Chronicle Mill building in Belmont. Stay tuned for more info on that. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden orchid conservatory is now open! Sadly, the Whitewater Center will begin charging a parking fee in a few days. No more free strolls. Good places for REAL hamburgers - Catawba Pharmacy, Nichols, College Park Lanes, Dairy Queen, Rita's.