Where to Swim, Paddle and Float in Charlotte This Summer
Cool off at these 15 places to splish-splash the summer away.
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Photo courtesy of Carolina Harbor Waterpark at Carowinds
Carolina Harbor Waterpark at Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte
Race down Blackbeard’s Revenge six-story-high waterslides, catch a six-foot wave in Tidal Wave Bay, or pile the whole family onto a raft for the twist and turns of Hurricane Falls. Even the smallest members of your family can participate with slide options at Pelican Plunge and plenty of ways to get sprayed in Pirate’s Landing. Get your child measured at the entrance to the waterpark to get a wristband that lets them know which slides they can and can’t go on.
Hours: Open through Labor Day. Hours vary from week to week. Consult Carowinds’ website before you visit.
Cost: Waterpark admission is included with general admission to the theme park. Check the website for pricing. Sign up for the free Pre-K pass that gets kids age 3-5 in at no cost.
Lineberger Park Mini-Waterpark
632 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia
Is it a sprayground, a swimming pool or waterpark? However you define Lineberger Park Pool in Gastonia, it’s a whole lot of fun. The mini-waterpark features a zero-depth entry pool with fountain geysers, a lazy river, windy waterslide, lap lanes and splash pads for younger kids.
Hours: Open daily through Aug. 19 and weekends until Labor Day. The splash pad is open daily 11 a.m.-7 p.m. through Sept. 15. Two swim sessions are held daily: 12:30-3 p.m. and 3:30-6 p.m.
Cost: $3 for children age 1 and older.
Bryan M. Richards is a craft beer, food and travel writer who lives in Charlotte with his wife and their 2-year-old son.