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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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More than Expected

Located just outside of Charlotte (very close to the airport) this place will be fun for the whole... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2015
Charlotte, North Carolina
Don't be afraid to get wet

There is nothing like this anywhere else. The white water rafting, the wall climbing, the rope... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2015
Lori P
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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 700 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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5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214-8543
+1 704-391-3900

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Reviewed 10 September 2015

Located just outside of Charlotte (very close to the airport) this place will be fun for the whole family. The parking is $5 dollars and after that it is free to walk around the grounds. The USNWC has white water rafting (adventure and family), zip...More

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Reviewed 10 September 2015 via mobile

There is nothing like this anywhere else. The white water rafting, the wall climbing, the rope course and trail system will keep you busy all day. It is a fun place to sit and watch the fun if you don't want to participate. Lunch is...More

Thank Lori P
Reviewed 9 September 2015

I've been here multiple times for various reasons - mostly for work events, but also with friends just to have dinner. It is worth the time to just go and walk around and people watch, much less participate in the many activities available. The restaurant...More

Thank KeninCLT
Reviewed 9 September 2015

So many things offered at this location that there is something for everyone. I've been hiking there and attended musical events and I am seriously considering buying a year pass next year. There are lockers onsite as well. You can head out alone or with...More

Thank traveler6183
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Saw this place in the TripAdvisor top 10 for Charlotte, almost skipped it until the realtor we were working with while on vacation mentioned it again. It is an outdoor playground for all ages - whitewater, paddle boarding, mountain biking, zip lining, high ropes courses...More

Thank 333Matt
Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

Get there early, get the day pass, and spend the entire day with the family. Favorite spot for my entire family and the kids always ask to go back. We lived in Charlotte for four years, had season passes and visit often. They have added...More

Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Great place to enjoy a day of activities without driving to the NC mountains to white water rafting, zip lining, kayaking and hiking on the Catawba River/Lake Wylie. Site handles crowds very nicely and each activity is spread out to avoid a crunch. This is...More

Thank Marianne M
Reviewed 9 September 2015

The best - bar none!!! What more can I say? They have mountain biking, rope climbing, wall climbing, kayaking and of-course white water rafting!!!

Thank damer179
Reviewed 9 September 2015

The facility was super clean! I have only been to the National Whitewater Center once. My neighbors have been going to the whitewater center for years. Infact they moved closer to the center out of Plaza-Midwood, Charlotte, NC to be closer to the water works....More

Thank Jim T
Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

After living in Charlotte for 4 years I finally decided to check this place out and it was so much fun. Me and my friend bough the cool sports day pass which was all flat water and land activities. We started out paddle boarding, then...More

Thank Kathy C
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Michelle M
24 July 2017|
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Response from Carol L | Reviewed this property |
They told us no flip flops & honestly after experiencing the whitewater rafting I would NOT wear flip flops it's like going through a washing machine 😉👍 lots of turns & dips into the water so you're bound to lose a flip... More
23 June 2017|
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Response from Michelle B | Reviewed this property |
The day pass does not include a raft tour. Raft reservations are $5 per person and can be purchased only in conjunction with a Day Pass. Raft tours are on a first-come first-served basis and reservations are recommended... More
23 June 2017|
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Response from Mi L | Reviewed this property |
Day pass is without a guided tour. You explore all activities on your own. Rafting and zipping are still available just no tour guide.