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US National Whitewater Center Charlotte

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US National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pwky
Charlotte
ND
28214
Tel: 704.391.3900

Where are we going today?

The U.S National Whitewater Center is an incredible place! It's completely dedicated to giving families just like yours a great time on their 700 acres, with a range of amazing activities!

The activities are perfect for all levels, and they day day pass programs as well as festivals, races and other fun outdoor events.

They want you to play...and play you will! There are SO many activities for you to enjoy! You're right on the Catawba River, so it would be a shame not to make use of that! Have you ever tried whitewater rafting, where you can try and take on those rapids? It's very exhilarating!

If you love the water but want something a bit softer, then try out the kayaking, in particular the flatwater kayaking which is great for those younger ones.

Stand-up paddleboarding is great to stay healthy! It really works all of your muscles, and is great for a challenge if you want to learn something new!

It's not just water activities at the U.S National Whitewater Center (don't let the name fool you!) There are plenty of things to do on dry land. Rock climbing is a popular sport, or you can take to the mountain bikes and enjoy the 25 mile trail system!

If you want to feel more like a bird, then get up into the trees with the ropes courses, the zip lines, and even a canopy tour where you really will be spending your day at the top of the trees overlooking the rest of the wilderness.

Phew! After all that it sounds like we should be relaxing a little! That's just as well, because the U.S National Whitewater Center has fun outdoor festivals, as well as live music and other fun events across summer. 

Amazing outdoor adventure for everyone! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsPasses from $20
  • ChildrenPasses from $20
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Main gate open dusk til dawn. Activity times may vary

All year round.

I'm Hungry!

You won't be going hungry that's for sure! From grills, markets, and cafes there are plenty of places to grab a snack, lunch or dinner! .

Healthy Eating!

There are healthy options across the center.

Any Top Tips?

You can just pay the $5 per car parking fee and you can explore the trails at no extra cost!.

Doing our bit

They are concerned about your safety, so some of the activities have height or age requirements. Follow theses they are for your own good! .

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, give them a call before hand and they will help you out! .

Can I get one of those?

They have locker rooms that you can use for your items! .

More information

Some of the activities are seasonal so check before you go!.

What people are saying?

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    The overall experience was was great! We went out on May 23, 2015 and stayed there from 10am to 4pm. A grand time was had by all. We did everything from rafting to mega zip line. The Rafting was a good time and probably the most enjoyed by the family.
    The rope courses were challenging even on the lowest level which made it fun and exciting for the kids and adults.
    The rock wall was a fun time as well with some helpful folks manning that activity!
    The only complaint that I can even muster up here is with food services. We went to the River's Edge...Read More

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    AMAZING. I only went for the sat. Concert, but WOW. $5 per car and ABSOLUTELY worth it.

    Caption for my dog callie-

    "Wow that guy is gonna bash his brains on that rock!!!!" -callies thoughts as she watches the kayakers go down the river at whitewater center.

    Its ok callie, hes an olympic athlete with a helmet on.

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    I was out there for Tuck Fest and they don't allow any outside food or drinks in.
    We waited/sat at a table for over an hour to get a 2 burgers and fried pickles.
    Then when we we wanted a drink the lines were over 20 minutes to get another drink.

    If they aren't going to allow people to bring in food or drink then they have got to have a better system and more food/drink options when they are going to have a crowd that large.

    It was really unreal.

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    I am impressed with this whole operation. Endless possibilities whether solo or not. Great staff~~~Wes and Brad raft guides :D Adventures to look forward to all spring, summer and fall with the All Sport season & parking pass!

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    I say that all of these are the best way to what i can describe how much fun it was at the White water center and if you have any children and you want to take them to the white water center you can take them there and you and your family will have so much fun for the hole family to.

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by Stuart Phelps

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The overall experience was was great! We went out on May 23, 2015 and stayed there from 10am to 4pm. A grand time was had by all. We did everything from rafting to mega zip line. The Rafting was a good time and probably the most enjoyed by the family.
The rope courses were challenging even on the lowest level which made it fun and exciting for the kids and adults.
The rock wall was a fun time as well with some helpful folks manning that activity!
The only complaint that I can even muster up here is with food services. We went to the River's Edge Bar and Grill but there was of course a wait which was expected on such a busy day. We were directed to try the Pump House Biergarten. We arrived there and ordered our burgers and hot dogs. Then the wait began. We waited as long at Pump House Biergarten as we would have waited at the Grill just to get the food that was ordered. Once it arrived one of the burgers was uncooked and then had to wait again as folks passed by without asking if any assistance was needed. Finally just grabbed someones attention and requested a new burger cooked. The food was good! The wait was not was expected for burgers and a bottled drink.
Again, all in all a good time was had by all and will be going back again soon!

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