Summer Fun at the US National Whitewater Center {Charlotte, NC}

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!

Day Trip at US National Whitewater CenterFirst 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.

Day at US National Whitewater CenterObviously, 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!

Like Mother Like DaughterLike mother, like daughter!  The girls put on our running shoes in preparation for a lot of time on our feet.  Clearly, we like bright things and don’t want to get lost after dark.

Piggybacking at US National Whitewater CenterMy 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.

Ziplining at US National Whitewater CenterWhile 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!

Spending the day at US National Whitewater CenterAfter 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!

Sleeping at US National Whitewater CenterEven before we made it to the fireworks, little dude was so worn out that he passed out right on my lap.  I think the sound of the rushing water may have helped.

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?

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9 Responses to Summer Fun at the US National Whitewater Center {Charlotte, NC}

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    That sounds like an awesome way to spend the day! My kids would love to zip line!

  2. Carissa says:

    I love that young kids could zipline?! I thought only for older heavier kiddos?? YAY! I’m DYING to head out to the USNWC this summer!!!!

  3. Jennifer S. says:

    This looks like SO MUCH FUN! Definitely the kind of activity I’d love to do with my family! 🙂

  4. I cannot believe we still have never been here! I would love to take my kiddos for a fun family outing, but also just me and hubby for a date day! Think there’s much Landyn & Lavery would be able to do!?

  5. That looks like a great time. I love how he was so tired that he just fell asleep in your lap lol.

  6. Kate K says:

    Oh wow that looks like so much fun! I had no idea there was a place like this in Charlotte!

  7. Yay! We’ve not yet been to the Whitewater Center, only driven by to “peek” at it since I think there’s a parking charge too right? Your big girl is such a thrill seeker I love it. Looks like you all had a blast, and little man got a free ride *LOL* Can’t wait to check this out with the girls some time.

  8. Chelsee says:

    This looks like so much fun! I so remember going to camps when I was younger where we were able to zipline and it was so much fun! I love the video and pics:)

  9. Kristin says:

    This is totally one of my favorite places to go when the weather is nice! I did the Canyon Crossing last year and thought I was going to pee my pants, but it was so fun!

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