Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Kind of Amusement Park

Last Saturday, we headed out to the U.S. Whitewater Center near Charlotte NC. This place is actually used as a training center for the Olympic whitewater slalom racing team. They have an artificial canal there, that they can switch from rapid 2 to 4 in what seems minutes.

The canal is open for the public for rafting and kayaking as well, but for that, we'll come back when it's a little warmer. We decided to get the CoolSport pass, which included everything except the whitewater rafting/ kayaking.

So we did....

Awesome butt picture at the climbing wall.
I completely underestimated how tough rock climbing is! ;-)

Just posing... What a wonderful sunny and chilly day we picked!

On the adventure course.... Hanging on for dear life! ;-)

Still hanging...

On the entrance for the short zip line.
The mega zip was closed unfortunately for maintenance.

Climbing up to the little zip.

3, 2, 1.... GOOOOOOO! ;-)


This time we were just spectators... Next time, we'll be on the canal.

 We also went mountain biking on their easiest loop there.
They do have several trails there that can be used for biking, hiking and trail running.
There is a trail running series on the premises.

Our last activity was flat water kayaking on the Catawba River right next to the park.
There, we saw this crane hunting for lunch.

After the kayaking we were toast and ready to go.
We also had wet bottoms, but fortunately also a change of clothes in the car.

This was a lot of bang for the buck and all of the equipment rentals are included in the price... mtn bikes, kayaks etc. On top of that, the equipment was in really good shape. With it being Thanksgiving weekend and off-season and pretty cold, the park was fairly empty and we practically, didn't have any line anywhere. 

I can only recommend going... It's a ton of fun for active people, but if you want to take grandma and grandpa along, they can get in the park without paying admission and just watch the kids doing their thing. There is no fence around the property, so if you have your own mtn bike or you want to go trail running, you just have to pay parking and then you can use the trail.


One quick reminder: Today is the last day to vote for the Swamp Rabbit Trail on Pepsi Refresh... Just click on the link in the sidebar.

1 comment:

  1. I think the voting goes thru 12/31--I went today to check and was still able to vote. So keep voting people!! :)

    The park looks so fun! I didn't realize there was so much more to do there - wow. I think there's a rock climbing place downtown greenville if you want to go again bit without a long drive.