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Old 08-16-2007, 12:45 PM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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My wife and I went whitewater rafting at the US National Whitewater Center in west Charlotte. US National Whitewater Center //// TAKE IT OUTSIDE !!! \\ - Home It was GREAT! Lots of fun...definitely exceeded my excpectations. It was my first time rafting and I was worried about the "fake" rapids not living up to what "real" rapids could provide. You soon forget about how the rapids were made and quickly start having fun as soon as you hit the water.

The normal price is $39 each person...but, a co-worker of mine dug up this gem of a coupon and they gladly accepted it when I made my reservation: Whitewater USSSA Coupon! (http://www.crystalcarolinasports.com/whitewatercoupon.html - broken link) Good until November 30! I highly recommend reservations since the weekends get busy.

I can't wait to go back and try out the 18 miles of free mountain bike trails.
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Old 08-16-2007, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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These are some awesome suggestions. I am taking notes, going to make a list. We will definitely hit some of these things. You guys are awesome.

If anyone has more to add ...

Sara
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Old 08-16-2007, 02:04 PM
 
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Hi!

I get to hang out with his parents AND my dopey brother, his wife and their child. I'm still overwhelmed at the thought of their visits overlapping.

Sara
Make sure dopey brother doesn't get on pc and browse city-data

If any of you all are boaters you can rent a pontoon boat for a full day on Lake norman for about $250. Holds ten people. We had a blast when we did it a few weeks back.
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Old 08-20-2007, 09:29 AM
 
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Default Visitors

Some of my favorite places to take visitors:

(1) the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens (Belmont, NC)
(2) the new white water rafting center - have lunch on the terrace and
watch the rafters even if they do not want to raft
(3) the Mint Museums - both the Craft and the orginal museum
(4) the Museum of the New South
(5) one of the wineries - perhaps the Shelton (however, the most
commercial)
(6) (the Raptor Center)
(7) Birkdale Shopping Center - certainly not Concord Mills
(8) King's Mountain for a short hike

Some day (plus) trips
(1) Penland - wonderful pottery museum plus many potters studios
nearby - perhaps a two day trip
(2) Seagrove also called Jugtown - a good day trip to see many potters'
workshops including Ben Owens
(3) Old Salem - a good day trip to see the recreation of an old Moravian
town of the 18th century

Have a good time with your visitors!
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Old 08-20-2007, 09:44 AM
 
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Some of my favorite places to take visitors:

(1) the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens (Belmont, NC)
(2) the new white water rafting center - have lunch on the terrace and
watch the rafters even if they do not want to raft
(3) the Mint Museums - both the Craft and the orginal museum
(4) the Museum of the New South
(5) one of the wineries - perhaps the Shelton (however, the most
commercial)
(6) (the Raptor Center)
(7) Birkdale Shopping Center - certainly not Concord Mills
(8) King's Mountain for a short hike

Some day (plus) trips
(1) Penland - wonderful pottery museum plus many potters studios
nearby - perhaps a two day trip
(2) Seagrove also called Jugtown - a good day trip to see many potters'
workshops including Ben Owens
(3) Old Salem - a good day trip to see the recreation of an old Moravian
town of the 18th century

Have a good time with your visitors!
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Old 08-20-2007, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Waxhaw, NC
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We went on a dinner cruise on Lake Norman this weekend and it was really nice. The scenery was beautiful as the sun was setting. We went on the Catawba Queen, but you can also go on Lady of the Lake. The food was good and it was reasonable.
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Old 08-20-2007, 04:03 PM
 
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Hey Sara -

I'm having visitors too!!! My best friend and her new husband are visiting me from Oct. 3-9. I found a great website from the Charlotte Visitor's Center really helpful. It's called "101 Things to do in Charlotte" and it gives the website for every place it mentions as well. http://visitcharlotte.com/resources/...007_letter.pdf

I'm printing out a copy & I'm going to let my visitors look it over & tell me if anything on there REALLY strikes their fancy (don't know the new husband too well). Then we can do stuff they would really enjoy & remember.

Other than that, we plan on going to at least a couple of these:
1. Carolina Raptor Center
2. Latta Plantation
3. Historic Brattonsville
4. Reed's Gold Mine
5. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Hope this helps, and good luck!!

Vicki
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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Vicki ... awesome ... you guys have made some wonderful suggestions!

Sara

PS

I'll remember to keep my brother away from the computer.
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Old 08-20-2007, 08:26 PM
 
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I was also going to suggest a pontoon rental, and I know a place you can rent one, but I bet I'm not supposed to plug my own company on here . PM me if you want more info... it's a lot of fun and if you go fast enough you can get a break from all the talking that people tend to do during visits .
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