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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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Very Fun Place

The new additions to the cables course is well worth the trip. Very challenging, especially the... read more

Reviewed December 15, 2015
Wil O
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One of Charlotte's Best Attractions!

I am a season pass and parking pass holder. I love to go to this park as often as possible. There... read more

Reviewed December 15, 2015
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 1,300 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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“zip lining” (233 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214-8543
+1 704-391-3900

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Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

The new additions to the cables course is well worth the trip. Very challenging, especially the course over the water, to complete. Always a welcome relief from the heat to raft. Will continue going back! Excellent outdoor experience.

Thank Wil O
Reviewed December 15, 2015

I am a season pass and parking pass holder. I love to go to this park as often as possible. There are many zip lines, hiking and biking paths, kayaking, wonderful eateries and excellent Thursday and Saturday night band parties where you can enjoy great...More

Thank Skymaninnc
Reviewed December 15, 2015

I'm not the white water rafting kind, but let me say it was so much more fun than you would think. The day we went in August was crowed and very hot. However, the facility remained clean and really well organized. There is friendly staff...More

Thank Regina V
Reviewed December 15, 2015

Our team of 15 people from work went here for a "day out" event and had a great time. Before we ran the rapids, the guide separated us into groups of safe, daring, and high risk takers! That allowed us to pick how much fun...More

Thank jeff c
Reviewed December 14, 2015

My girlfriend & I had a great time, we went for my birthday. We rafted as well as bungy jumping and did the easy obstacle course once we realized we really weren't fit enough for the intermediate level. They offer bike courses which I think...More

Thank natakia1108
Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

If you're into outdoor sports, the Whitewater Center is a great place to train between excursions or to cut loose and enjoy the outdoors. Conveniently located just outside of Charlotte, the NWC has biking trails, artificial rapids, flat water (lake), artificial rock climbing, and zip...More

Thank madeinukeng
Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Parking fee 5$ or yearly membership for 40 best deal if you visit a few times. Ziplines for kids to adults and rafting with instructions. Lots of new food venues and walking and biking also. Lots and lots of folks on holiday festivities so be...More

Thank Clrhoney1
Reviewed December 12, 2015

We are incredibly fortunate to have this place in Charlotte! They have over 20 miles of mountain bike trails that have been there and maintained even before the Whitewater center was built! The Whitewater center itself is a great place to take your co-workers or...More

Thank phatboyboogaloo
Reviewed December 11, 2015

I believe thesis where the US olympic whitewater rapids team trains. The simulated rapids are a lot of fun and I am glad it was warm - - prepare to get wet/ They have a fun zip line along with other day activities. Great to...More

Thank Sandra C
Reviewed December 10, 2015

This place has it all. $5 to get into the place. From there you can hike or bike over 17 miles of trails for free. There are a few boulders that kids can climb on for free also. Great beers, great food, dog friendly and...More

Thank Sarah K
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Heather J
December 4, 2017|
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Response from theforces | Reviewed this property |
No lodging options but there are nearby hotels and Charlotte is only ~ 15 min away. I don’t think there are camping options.
August 22, 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
August 9, 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