Summer has firmly landed in North Carolina, and after spending far too much time inside this winter, we are all ready to be out enjoying the sunshine! The family and I packed up and headed out to the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC to do just that. If you live nearby and you haven’t taken the time to visit the Whitewater Center, you have no idea what you’re missing!
First off, no the whitewater center is not normally as crowded as it is in the pictures below. The day we headed out also happened to be their annual Memorial Day celebration. So, in addition to all of the cool everyday activities, there were also bands and fireworks. The whitewater center hosts A LOT of festivals and events, so there is always something fun going on in addition to the normal activities available.
Obviously, there is a whitewater course (which we didn’t hit up on this trip) for kayaking and rafting, but there are lots of other great activities too! There is flatwater canoeing, paddle boarding, rock climbing, zip lining, ropes courses, mountain bike and running trails and oodles of people watching!
My son never wants to wear athletic shoes, and despite holding him down and strapping a pair on, he still ended up piggybacking for a good bit of the day. We all enjoyed walking around the trails and taking in the beauty of nature.
While there is no cost to visit the whitewater center, you do have to pay for most of the activities. You can pay by the activity or you can buy a day pass. In my opinion, a day pass (or even a season pass) is the way to go.
My little bit, she inherited her mama’s fear of heights. Despite that fact, she still wanted to zipline. Ask and you shall receive.
I was so proud of her for being brave, and despite looking a bit nervous on her way up, she had an amazing time and immediately wanted to do it again. In fact, she can’t wait until she’s big enough to do the really long Mega Zip!
After trails, zipping and otherwise running around, we found a spot by the whitewater and hunkered down for some dinner (they have some decent food and it’s reasonably priced) – and yes, I let my kids have soda now and again. The kids loved watching the rafters and kayakers take on the whitewater. To be honest, I was pretty impressed myself!
The whitewater center was a great way to spend the day out enjoying the summer weather and something that we plan to do often this summer. What types of things do you enjoy doing with your family outdoors in the summer?