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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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Happy birthday to me!

Visited for my 22nd birthday and learned how out of shape I am! Lol! Prepare to stay hydrated. The... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2016
Jacksonville, Florida
via mobile
Arrive Early to Do Land Activities if Going on a Weekend and Raft in the Afternoon

My family had an amazing time rafting, doing the obstacle course, the ropes course and mountain... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2016
Fuengirola, Spain
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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.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“rock climbing” (208 reviews)
“zip lines” (247 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214-8543
+1 704-391-3900

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Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Visited for my 22nd birthday and learned how out of shape I am! Lol! Prepare to stay hydrated. The whitewater is so worth it, a whole hour! This is on top of all the other pleasures, zip lining, rock climbing and the beautiful riverside with...More

Thank daniellealeon
Reviewed 12 June 2016

My family had an amazing time rafting, doing the obstacle course, the ropes course and mountain biking. I would recommend booking your raft time online ahead of time for later in the afternoon. Then get there early when they open to do all of the...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

Great facility with plenty to do just 20 mins from downtown Charlotte. Raft briefing was a comedy masterpiece - thanks Anthony, our raft guide Laura was great too. Thanks, a trip I'll make again if in the area.

Thank Nigel S
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Our teenagers were thrilled with the whitewater rafting and ziplining. This was a perfect outing for the family and a great value. The scenery is beautiful and adds to the experience.

Thank Shelli H
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

I have been here multiple times and we finally bought a yearly pass for my teenage brother. He loves the high ropes courses and flat water activities. We haven't had the opportunity to try the rafting yet but that will happen on our next trip....More

Thank Jen D
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

It was fun for the entire family. We took our kids and enjoyed the zip line, the adventure area, the restaurant and the family rafting.

Thank Dan M
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Spent the day here with my boyfriend for an 18th birthday present. Everyone who works at the center is super friendly and funny as well as knowledgeable and professional. The facilities are clean and the equipment is in great shape. There's tons to do and...More

Thank mcwaldron17
Reviewed 9 June 2016

I went here last summer on a "kid free date weekend". It was great. We are both adventure seekers and had never been here. It rained out the first time we tried, but we were able to return to do some white water rafting and...More

Thank Steven S
Reviewed 7 June 2016

The eateries at the US National Whitewater Centeruded to be an unexpected delight when visting there. But not any more. We had gone in March and were disappointed, and we went again last week it was even worse. Back in March we contacted the Whitewater...More

Thank mouskamouse
Reviewed 6 June 2016

We visited "off season" so we just enjoyed the walking trails and observing the zipliners. Even though there was no rafting available, the easy entry access, lots of parking, lots of area to walk, a great little gift shop, and lots of outside eating areas...More

Thank tabbylover
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Heather J
5 December 2017|
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Response from jrdubyou | Reviewed this property |
There are no lodging facilities directly on the whitewater grounds. You will find a few options just a few miles away at I-85 and Little Rock Road. The Whitewater Center is also close to Charlotte Douglas Airport so you'll... More
23 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
10 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