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13+ Places To Go River Tubing Near Charlotte, NC

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Thinking about tubing in Charlotte, NC? If you’re looking to cool off this summer in Charlotte, NC, or take a short day trip to cool off in the river,  here are several places you can enjoy a day on the river with friends or solo! The only requirements? That you have fun and stay safe on the water!

Go river tubing in Charlotte, NC

A few friendly tips before you go tubing: 

  • Check the business’s social media page and website below before going to be sure they are open. 
  • Book before you go (many places require this but some allow walk-ups the day of).
  • Sign your waiver(s) before you go to save time. 
  • Take sunscreen, water, bug spray, bathing suits, towels, and water shoes in case rocks are present. (Flip flops are not the best idea here!)
  • Do NOT take anything valuable that could get wet or lost in the river. 
  • There are age requirements for children to tube so be sure to read the FAQ pages. In some cases, children may be allowed at a specific age but also need to be accompanied by an adult.
  • All children under 13 years old are required to wear life jackets on the water.
  • Water levels and conditions on the river can really impact how long your tubing adventure will last. Be prepared to be flexible!

River Tubing: Charlotte, NC

Cape Fear River Adventures

At Cape Fear River Adventures you can enjoy river tubing, kayaking, and canoeing trips near Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, and Fayetteville, NC. They offer guided trips, rentals, and classes to meet every experience level and need. 

  • Kids ages 3+ are welcome here. 
  • Regular tube rental is $29
  • Premium tube rental is $34
  • Double tube rental is $69
  • Child tube rental (age 3-7) is $24
  • All prices include tube rental, life jacket, shuttle, and safety brief
  • They are currently open for the 2024 season

Address: 100 South Main Street, Lillington, NC 27546
You can follow Cape Fear Adventures Facebook page for daily trip schedules and pricing.

Wilderness Cove

At Wilderness Cove, a short 1.5-hour drive from Charlotte, in Saluda, North Carolina, you can camp out, enjoy a day of tubing, and enjoy the many amenities Wilderness Cove campground offers. 

  • All children must be 42” or taller to tube 
  • You can enjoy river tubing even if you are not staying onsite at the campground or other lodging. 
  • They open for the season on May, 24th, 2024. 
  • All children under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket.
  • Tube rentals include the tube, shuttle, and life jacket.
  • The 1.5-mile float is $15
  • The 4.5-mile float is $15
  • The 6-mile float is $20

Address: 3772 Green River Cove Road, Saluda, NC 28773
You can follow Wilderness Cove’s Outdoor Adventures Facebook page for the daily updated schedule to book your trip. 

Catawba River Outdoors

At Catawba River Outdoors in Marion, North Carolina, you can spend a day tubing on the river. 

  • Children age 2+ MUST weigh 30+ pounds, be accompanied by two adults, be attached to both adults with straps they provide, and wear a life jacket.
  • You can pay cash or use a card. 
  • Adults and kids cost $20 each for the 2-hour run and $25 each for the 4-hour run.
  • The group rate is $15 per person for the 2-hour run and $20 per person for the 4-hour run.
  • Reservations are not required unless you have a party of 20+
  • They open for the season on May 24th, 2024.

Address: 2334 US 221 Business North, Marion, NC 28752
Distance from Charlotte: 1 hour and 40 minutes
Follow the Catawba River Outdoors Facebook page for more details. 

Asheville Adventure Co. 

At Asheville Adventure Co., about two hours from Charlotte, you can float down the French Broad River through the mountains. They offer tubing, white water rafting, kayaking, and more! 

  • Children ages 4+ are welcome.
  • Cost is $35 per person and includes the tube rental, personal flotation device, and shuttle service. 
  • Reserve your trip in advance. 

Address: 521 Amboy Road, Asheville, NC 28806
To learn more, follow the Asheville Adventure Company Instagram

Zen Tubing

Zen Tubing, also in Asheville, NC, offers tubing down the French Broad River. They have two locations in Asheville to choose from. 

We went tubing at Zen! Read all about our experience in the Kidding Around Review of Zen Tubing.

  • Children ages 4+ are welcome.
  • Cost is $30+ per person and includes the tube rental, life jacket, free parking, and a shuttle ride. 
  • They open on May 18th, 2024.

Address: 1648 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28704
Follow Zen Tubing on social media.

Zen Tubing near Ashville, NC

High Mountain Expeditions

At High Mountain Expeditions in Banner Elk, NC you can go river tubing on the New River, canoe, kayak, and spend the day caving in Worley’s Cave. 

  • Children ages 3+ are welcome. 
  • Cost is $25 per person
  • Cooler tubes are $10

Address: 3149 Tynecastle Highway, Banner Elk, NC 28604
To learn about their pricing and book an adventure follow the High Mountain Expeditions social media. 

Brevard Tubing

Brevard Tubing

Opens May 2024, Brevard Tubing is about 2 1/2 hours from Charlotte, NC.

We had a blast when we went tubing in Brevard. Check it out in our Kidding Around Review of Brevard Tubing.

  • Special tube all day for $30
  • $30/person; $25/NC resident; $35/person holidays; $15/person for a second trip
  • Must be 4 years old to tube; life jackets required for kids ages 12 and under, which Brevard Tubing provides
  • No reservations needed

Everett Road, Pisgah Forest, NC 828.515.3556

Check out this fun reel from Brevard Tubing:

Cherokee Rapids River Tubing 

Cherokee Rapids River is about 3 hours from Charlotte and offers tubing on the Oconaluftee River. 

  • Children must be 5+ to participate and they strongly advise against pregnant women or non-swimmers floating.
  • Cost is $14 per person and includes the rental, life jacket, and shuttle. 
  • They are open daily starting on Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Weather and river conditions permitting.

Address: 1681 Acquoni Road, Cherokee, NC 28719
Follow Cherokee Rapids River Tubing on social media for details. 

Zaloo’s Canoes

At Zaloo’s Canoes, about two hours north of Charlotte in Jefferson, NC, you can tube, canoe, and kayak down the New River. They open on April 27th, 2024.

  • Cost for the 2-hour adult tube is $20
  • Cost for the 2-hour kid (up to 70 pounds) tube is $15 
  • Cost for the 4-hour adult tube is $30
  • Cost for the 4-hour kid tube is $20
  • Tube rentals include paddles and life jackets are required for everyone under the age of 13

Address: 3874 NC Hwy 16 S, Jefferson, NC 28640
Follow Zaloo’s Canoes on their Facebook page for booking and hours of operation.

Green River Tubing Co 

At Green River Tubing Co in Saluda, NC, about 1.5 hours from Charlotte, you can tube down the Green River. Now open for 2024! They are open Monday through Sunday 10 am to 3 pm. 

  • Children must be 42 inches tall to participate. 
  • Cost is $10 per person for the 3-mile run
  • Cost is $15 per person for the 6-mile run

Address: 5200 Green River Cove Road, Saluda NC 28773
Follow Green River Tubing Co on Facebook for details on opening day.

Palmetto Outdoor 

At Palmetto Outdoor, only a 1.5-hour drive from Charlotte, you can tube the lower Saluda River. 

  • Children must be 10+ years to tube at Palmetto Outdoor. 
  • You can book your experience on their website before midnight the night before you visit or bring cash only for walk-ups the day of. 
  • They are open seven days a week from Memorial Day until Labor Day every year. They are open Sunday to Friday 12 pm to 3 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm.
  • Cost ranges from $15-$85 per tube depending on your needs.

Address: 131 Alexander Road, West Columbia, SC 29169
Follow Palmetto Outdoor on Facebook for pricing and booking. 

Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground

At Deep Creek Tube Center in Bryson City, NC, about a 3-hour drive from Charlotte, NC, you can enjoy tubing, camping, and gem mining. 

We went tubing on Deep Creek! Check out our experience in our Kidding Around Review Tubing Deep Creek.

  • Children are welcome but it is recommended that the lower section of the river is best for smaller children.
  • They open for the 2024 season on April 4th and are open for tubing until Monday, October 28th, 2024.
  • Spring & Fall hours are Sunday through Thursday 9 am to 5 pm and they are open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am to 7 pm.
  • Summer hours are every day from 9 am to 8 pm.
  • Cost is $8 per tube and you get the rental all day. 
  • They encourage you to bring your own life jacket but do have them for rent on-site. 

Address: 1040 West Deep Creek Rd. Bryson City, NC 28713
Follow Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground on Facebook for more details. 

Deep Creek Tubing

Smoky Mountain Tube & Raft

At Smoky Mountain Tube & Raft in Cherokee, NC, about a 3-hour drive from Charlotte, NC, you can tube and raft down the Oconaluftee River. 

  • Children ages 5+ are welcome. 
  • They are open daily, starting on Memorial Day weekend, from 10 am to 5 pm until Labor Day.
  • Cost is $14 per person.

Address: 1847 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee, NC 28719
Follow Smoky Mountain Tubing on Facebook for more details. 

Tar River Life

At Tar River Life, at their Bunn, NC location, about 3 hours from Charlotte, NC, you can tube and kayak down the river. 

  • Children must be 5+ to participate and all children under 8 years of age have to be buckled to an adult.
  • Cost is $23 per person and the adult tube comes with a cup holder, headrest, and paddle. The smaller tubes for children also have headrests. 
  • The ride is 1.5 miles long.
  • Groups of 15-30 people get a 10% discount.
  • Groups of 31 or more get a 15% discount.

Address: 3240 Sledge Road, Bunn, NC 27508
Follow Tar River Life’s Facebook page for more details. 

Did we miss a place? If so, let us know, and keep checking back for more spots to enjoy this summer!

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Delightful! Where To Go Blueberry Picking In Charlotte, NC (2024)

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Ready for blueberry picking, Charlotte, NC? We are berry excited (see what I did there) to find the best berries in or within a driveable distance of, Charlotte, North Carolina this summer. If you are looking for a great pick-your-own berry patch, we have a whole list for you to choose from. The berry season here usually starts early or mid-June, but you’ll want to keep an eye on the social media pages of all these farms as picking availability is highly dependent on the weather!

Blueberry Picking in Charlotte, NC

McLawland Farms

At this farm, you can pick your own blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. They also offer pick-your-own wildflowers, two Airbnb’s on-site you can stay in, and a wide range of fun events. Berry picking season will start at the beginning of June and you must make a berry picking appointment before going. 

Address: 8632 Reedy Creek Rd  Charlotte, NC 28215
Cost: Check the McLawland Farms social media for 2024 pricing soon.
McLawland Farms Facebook

Wise Acres Farm

At this farm, you can pick your own strawberries, blueberries, and sunflowers. Your ticket includes access to the U-pick fields, playground, picnic areas, and more. You must make a reservation before going. Blueberry season and picking starts in early June with reservations available in May. 

Address: 4701 Hartis Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079

Cost: Admission is $2 per person (ages 3+) and blueberry pricing per pound will be posted on the Wide Acres social media when the season starts in early June. 
Wise Acres Facebook Page

TLC Blueberry Farm

At this farm, you can pick your own blueberries or purchase your very own blueberry bushes to take home and plant. Blueberry season starts in early June, but blueberry plants are sold in early spring and fall. They are only open to pick on Saturdays. 

Address: 3318 Greene Road, Monroe NC 28110
Cost: Blueberries are $4 per pound.
Follow the TLC Blueberry Farm Facebook Page for more details about opening day. 

The Ivy Place

At this farm, you can pick your own blueberries, strawberries, and flowers. They host many events throughout the year as well. Blueberry season starts in early June. They are open from 9 am to 5 pm every day. 

Address: 8603 Van Wyck Road, Lancaster, SC 29720
Cost: TBA
Follow The Ivy Place Facebook Page for pricing and opening dates.

De’Farm On Blueberry Hill

This farm features pick-your-own blueberries, mushrooms, and fun hiking trails you can enjoy. Their blueberry U-pick opening day is June 15th, 2024. They will be open Monday through Saturday 8 am to 11 am. You can make an appointment any day or time to pick after the morning hours. They recommend appointments for groups. 

We just love this pretty scene from the farm!

Address: 1489 Hopewell Church Road, Catawba, NC 28609
Cost: $26/gallon. Cash only.
Follow the De’Farm in Blueberry Hill Facebook Page for more details. 

Brushy Mountain Berry Farm

This farm offers U-pick blueberries in early June. They are open Wednesday through Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm. 

Address: 7493 NC Highway 16 S, Moravian Falls, NC 28654
Cost: TBA
Follow the Brushy Mountain Berry Farm Facebook Page for more details on pricing.

Bush-N-Vine York Stand (The Farm)

This farm offers U-pick blueberries, strawberries, a hiking trail, and a playground area. Blueberry season starts here in May and runs until July. They are open Monday through Friday 8 am to 6 pm, Saturdays 8 am to 5 pm, and closed on Sundays. You can also purchase pre-picked berries here.

Buch-N-Vine also has tasty ice cream. We test these things out you know, all the in the name of research, of course. In the summer you’ll also find delicious peaches!

Bush N Vine orchard in York, South Carolina

Address: 1650 Filbert Hwy, ​York, SC 29745
Cost: $3.50/pound.
Follow the Bush-N-Vine social media for more details. 

Campbells Berry Farm

This farm features U-pick blueberries. Their blueberry season will start in June. They are open Monday through Saturday 7 am to 7 pm and on Sundays from 1 pm to 6 pm. 

Address: 27 Tracy Bolick Lane, Hickory, NC 28601
Cost: TBA
Follow the Campbells Berry Farm Facebook Page for more details on opening day and pricing. 

Keep following along as blueberry season approaches so you’re the first to know where to go!

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20+ Places To Splash This Summer In Charlotte, North Carolina

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As the weather warms up this summer and you’re looking to cool off, we have a list of Charlotte, NC splash pads for you to check out. These splash pads will keep your family cool and entertained all summer long. So pack a bag full of snacks, sunscreen, bathing suits, towels, and sunglasses, and let’s find your next favorite splash pad!

Splash pads near Charlotte, NC

Veteran’s Park

This park has a fenced-in splash pad (best suited for younger children), as well as, a playground, tennis courts, a dog park, and a rentable indoor pavilion for events. 

Address: 2136 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205. There are restrooms and parking onsite. 
Cost: The splash pad is free.
Open daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day from 10 am to 8 pm

Latta Park

This park has a fenced-in splash pad, basketball court, playground, and outdoor pavilions. 

Address: 601 E Park Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203. There are restrooms, water fountains, and parking onsite. 
Cost: The splash pad is free.
Open daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day from 10 am to 8 pm. 

Ray’s Splash Planet

This indoor water park features gradual entry into the water, a lazy river, water slides, water play areas, and more. There are restrooms, parking, and facilities to rent for birthday parties onsite.

Address: 215 N Sycamore St, Charlotte, NC 2820 in the Irwin Academic Center.
Cost: This splash pad is $8-$15 per person depending on your residency status in the county. See their website for more details.
Hours of operation: Monday: 4 pm-7:30 pm, Tuesday: 10 am-2 pm, Wednesday: 4 pm-7:30 pm, Thursday: 10 am-2 pm, Friday: 4 pm-7:30 pm, Saturday: 10 am-6 pm, and Sunday: 1 pm-6 pm. Hours of operation may vary so check the website before visiting. 

Nevin Community Park

This park has a covered splash pad, three playgrounds, athletic fields, and picnic tables. 

Address: 6000 Statesville Road, Charlotte, NC 28269. There are restrooms and parking onsite. 
Cost: Splash pad is free.
Hours of operation: The splash pad is open daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day from 10 am to 8 pm. 

Cordelia Park

This park has a splash pad, pool, playground, and more. You can enjoy the pool for a small fee. 

Address: 600 E 24th St, Charlotte, NC 28205. There are no public restrooms and parking is limited onsite. 
Cost: Splash pad is free.
Hours of operation: The splash pad is open daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day from 10 am to 8 pm. 

First Ward Park

This urban park features a splash pad that is centered around the university buildings in Uptown Charlotte. There is also a dog park, playground, and picnic tables. There are restrooms and parking garages near the splash pad. 

Address: 301 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202.
Cost: Splash pad is free.
Hours of operation: The splash pad is open daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day from 10 am to 8 pm.

West Charlotte Park

This park features a covered splash pad, picnic tables, and a playground. There are restrooms and parking onsite. 

Address: 2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216.
Cost: Splash pad is free.
Hours of operation: The splash pad is open daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day from 10 am to 8 pm.

Clarks Creek Park

This 31-acre park features a large splash pad area, playground, and walking trails. There are restrooms and parking onsite. 

Address: 5435 Hucks Road, Charlotte, NC 28269.
Cost: Splash pad is free.
Hours of operation: The splash pad is open daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day from 10 am to 8 pm.

Clarks Creek Splash pad in Charlotte, NC

Beatty’s Ford Park

This park is on Lake Norman and includes a splash pad area, playground, amphitheater, and more. There are restrooms and parking onsite. 

Address: 8335 Shipley Lane, Denver, NC 28037.
Cost: Splash pad is free.
Hours of operation:  The splash pad is open daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day from 10 am to 8 pm.

Crooked Creek Park

This park in Indian Trail features a splash pad, playground, picnic tables, and more. There are restrooms and parking onsite. 

Address: 5900 Oakwood Lane Indian Trail, NC 28079.
Cost: Splash pad is free but groups of 15+ need to make a reservation.
Hours of operation:  The splash pad is open daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day from 10 am to 8 pm. They are closed every Tuesday for maintenance. 

Dan Nicholas Park

This large nature park in Rowan County features a splash pad, barnyard, carousel, gem mine, mini golf, and more. Restrooms are available at the park. Parking is onsite.

Address: 6800 Bringle Ferry Road, Salisbury, NC 28146.
Cost: Splash pad is free but additional attraction prices may vary.
Hours of operation:  The splash pad is open daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day from 10 am to 8 pm.

Pineville Lake Park

This park in Pineville, North Carolina features a large splash pad and three playgrounds. There are restrooms and public parking onsite. 

Address: 909 Lakeview Drive, Pineville, NC 28134.
Cost: Splash pad is free.
Hours of operation: May 29th through Labor Day. Mon-Wed-Fri: 10 am-7 pm, Tue-Thu: 12 pm-7 pm, Saturday: 10 am-6 pm, Sunday: 1 pm-6 pm.

Waverly Shopping Center Splash Pad

This shopping center features a splash pad for kids to cool off after you enjoy a day of shopping. There are restrooms and parking onsite. 

Address: Providence Road & Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28277.
Cost: Splash pad is free.
Hours of operation: Opens May 24th, 2024 from 11 am to 4 pm every day

Birkdale Village

This community in Huntersville, North Carolina is home to many events, restaurants, shopping, and a splash pad during the warmer months.

Address: 8712 Lindholm Drive, Ste. 202, Huntersville, NC 28078. There are restrooms and parking onsite. 
Cost: Splash pad is free.
Hours of operation: Check their Facebook, Instagram, or website before visiting to see what days the splash fountain is operating.  

Lake Norman Kiwanis Splashville Park

This park features a 1300-square-foot splash pad area, playground, and more. 

Address: 21031 Catawba Ave: suite 104, Cornelius, NC 2803. There are restrooms and parking onsite. 
Cost: Splash pad is free.
Hours of operation: The splash pad is open daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day from 10 am to 8 pm. 

Hope Park

This park in Mooresville, NC features a splash pad, playground, picnic tables, and more. 

Address: 170 Joe Knox Boulevard, Mooresville, NC 28117. There are restrooms and parking onsite. 
Cost: Splashpad is free.
Hours of operation: The splash pad is open daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day from 10 am to 7 pm.  

Hope Park, Mooresville, NC

Lineberger Park

This park located in Gastonia, NC features a splash pad area, pool, playground, and more. 

Address: 632 E Garrison Boulevard, Gastonia, NC 28054. There are restrooms and parking onsite. 
Cost: Splashpad is free.
Hours of operation: The splash pad is open daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day from 11 am to 7 pm. 

Rotary Square and Market Splash Pad

This splash pad in Concord, NC is home to a splash pad and farmer’s market. 

Address: 120 Union Street South, Concord, NC 28025. There are restrooms and parking onsite. 
Cost: Splashpad is free.
Hours of operation: The splash pad opens in late March and stays open until October each year. 

Steele Street Park

This park is located outside of Charlotte in Fort Mill, SC, and features a splash pad, park, picnic tables, and more. 

Address: 600 Steele Street, Fort Mill, SC 29715. There are restrooms and parking onsite. 
Cost: Splashpad is free.
Hours of operation: The splash pad opens Memorial Day weekend and closes the second week of September. It is open seven days a week from 10 am until 8:30 pm.

Village Park

This amazing park in Kannapolis, NC features a splash pad, carousel, train ride, and more. 
See our Kidding Around Review of Village Park.

Address: 700 W C Street, Kannapolis, NC 28081. There are restrooms and parking onsite. 
Cost: Tickets are $1.50 per person. 

Hours of operation: The splash pad will only be open on weekends until Memorial Day starting on  May 27th and the hours are Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday: noon to 6 pm.  

Saturday, June 3rd through August 13th, the splash pad will be open daily Monday through Saturday:10 am to 7 pm and Sunday: noon to 6 pm.

August 19th through Labor Day, the splash pad will only operate on weekends and the hours are Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday: noon to 6 pm. 

The splash pad is open on Labor Day from noon to 6 pm. 

Splash pad at Village Park in Kannapolis, NC

Boomer’s Splash Pad at Atrium Health Ballpark

This park includes a large splash pad, park, walking path, and more. This splash pad is free but only open to the public on non-game days. 

Address: 1 Cannon Baller Way, Kannapolis, North Carolina 28081.
Cost: Splash pad is free. Check the Atrium Ballpark website for hours of operation on non-game days. 

Keep checking back as we add more splash pads to the list this Spring!

Bonus: Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec Indoor Pools

Many of the indoor pools in Mecklenburg County have slides and splash areas.
Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec Pools Website

Northern Regional Recreation Center
Northern Reginal Recreation Center

How Do They Keep Those Splashpads & Spraygrounds Running?

Check out this splash pad Charlotte, NC behind-the-scenes video we found from Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec.

What about swimming?

Swimming in Charlotte, NC

Find all of Charlotte’s swimming pools, lakes, swimming holes and more in our HUGE list of Places to Swim in Charlotte, NC.

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