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Out & About - U.S. National Whitewater Center

Out & About is an occasional series of stories that highlight the best Charlotte has to offer in arts and culture, shopping and dining, entertainment and sports.

By Katy Lauro

Queens students can get out of their residence halls and enjoy some fresh air at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in southwest Charlotte. Conveniently located 20 minutes from campus, the Whitewater Center has a variety of outdoor amenities:

For thrill-seeking students the Canopy Tour is the newest addition to the center. It guides participants on a zip line through the tree canopies above the wetlands delta and along the banks of the Catawba River.  Completing the tour, participants drop off on a rappel style free fall that overlooks the river. 

For beginner outdoor explorers, free biking classes are offered weekly throughout the year including a guided trail ride and a short bike clinic.  All experience levels are welcome.

The Whitewater Center also hosts monthly events when guests can participate in wine and craft beer tastings, live music and film festivals.    

Unlimited access to all water and land sports is available by purchasing a season pass and daily passes are offered for all water and land sports.

Queens students are offered a reduced rate for an all sports pass with their student ID.

To plan a day trip, visit the U.S. National Whitewater Center's website for more information.

Water Sports

·         Whitewater rafting

·         Flat water kayaking

·         Stand-up paddle boarding

·         Whitewater kayaking



Land Sports

·         Canyon crossing

·         Rock climbing

·         Mountain biking

·         Mega Zip

·         Mega Jump

·         Adventure course

·         Climb 2 Zip

·         Eco Trekking

·         The trail system





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