U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte

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Kayak, canoe, raft, rock climb, mountain bike, or just enjoy the outdoors at U.S. National Whitewater Center, a recreation center adjacent to the Catawba River. This facility, which opened in 2006, features the world's largest recirculating artificial whitewater river. The river paths, designed by three-time Olympian Scott Shipley, are used as unofficial training grounds for whitewater slalom racing. However, the center has activities for people with every level of experience in outdoor activities, including classes and events/festivals year round. The center's main goal is to promote healthy, active lifestyles. Plan to see U.S. National Whitewater Center and other attractions that appeal to you using our Charlotte trip planner.
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  • I wasn't sure what to expect when I visited with my 8-year-old daughter, but whatever it was, it FAR exceeded my expectations! It's definitely an ALL DAY, if not multiple day adventure! We started.....  more
    I wasn't sure what to expect when I visited with my 8-year-old daughter, but whatever it was, it FAR exceeded my expectations! It's definitely an ALL DAY, if not multiple day adventure! We started.....  more »
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  • Attended the 2-day Whitewater Kayaking 101 course. Had a blast. The instructors are super knowledgeable and very easy to learn from. The instructors created a positive environment where you were free to ask any oar as many questions as you like. They also provided additional instruction one on one to help you get the move or technique down. Looking forward to attending the next phase.
  • There is something for everyone at the Whitewater Center! Lots of river activities on land and in the water like walking trails, biking trails, rock climbing, ropes courses, kayaking, paddle boarding, rafting, and so much more. If you like live music and other events, there is some of that, too. There are a few places for food and drinks. The food is fantastic and lots of drink options. In the winter, there is even an ice skating rink. This is a great place to spend time.

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