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Carowinds, Charlotte

Categories: Theme Parks, Water & Amusement Parks
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3.8/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web
An amusement park on the border between North and South Carolina, Carowinds began as a dream project of businessman Earl Patterson Hall. The park is divided into themed sections, including a water park, dinosaurs and Planet Snoopy for little kids. You can experience intense roller coaster rides in some sections of the park. Many of the rides are interactive games, but you can also find more traditional carnival rides. Consider upgrading your ticket with a Fast Lane wristband, which gets you to the front of the lines on the majority of rides. Using our international travel planner, Charlotte attractions like Carowinds can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Our son received Carowinds tickets for his birthday. He enjoyed the visit, as did we. I went when I was in high school and it is much different obviously. However, the rides were fun and everyone was ...  read more »
  • Great place to visit, but it's way too much to see in just one day...plan to come and spend at least 2 days. 
  • Carowinds is a great park for kids and provides a clean, safe atmosphere. It has a fall event that is Scarowinds with a Halloween theme and has a great water park attached. 
  • Great rides and great atmosphere. However the staff was not the nicest. In the line for the intimidator, there is an extra queue at the front that can easily be confused for the main entrance. I accidentally went through that way and when i got all the way to the loading platform, they told me I had to go all the way back and go through the main entrance. There was no line so it wasn't like I cut the line or anything. Also, on some rides like the Fury 325 and the vortex, you cannot put your shoes or anything on the side and the staff isn't too friendly when they tell you that. But overall, the theme park would be great if the staff were nicer and they didn't seem like thy hated their jobs.
  • Carowinds was a great park when we visited. They had a very nice selection of roller coasters and flats that gave great variety for the whole family. The recent additions and changes to the park are very nice. With the expansion of the water park the crowds can be more dispersed on slides which is always nice. Of course, the crown gem of the park is Fury 325. I'm not sure it's possible to come off of that ride in a bad mood. It is simply sublime as far as coasters go. The other aspects were also nice. There was a lot of shade except for a few areas. The staff were all friendly, the food selection was better than a lot of parks, and the rides were all pretty good. We stayed at the campground on site, and the biggest complaint we had was the last shuttle can easily leave before you get through a line if you are in a long line around closing. Although, that did allow us to walk back which gave some great views of Fury. So, not a total loss I suppose. Related to that, it'd be nice if there was an entrance for campers closer to the campground, rather than the two main entrances. All-in-all though, it's a great park!
  • Top rate place for fun. There's something for everyone. I think the season pass is the best value. I got the meal plan. I loved the shows and the dance party between the two states. I loved the water park and most of all the historic carosel ll. I love carowinds. It is the definition of entertainment.
  • It's Carowinds! Mid week with season passes is the way to go. Very short lines! Excellent ride selection, lots of top class roller coasters, rides for all ages and levels of "extteme" haha! Full water park is vast with tons of options, slides, fenced in kiddie park, 2 wave pools. Love going to Carowinds! ARMS UP!!!! :-)
  • I had a fun time, but expected there to be more rides for the little ones. My daughter is 5, and could only ride 6 rides in the whole park. The prices are above average for this type of entertainment. Buy your tickets online before you go and save a ton of money! The Water Park was fun. There were no available lockers, and they cost $20 if you can get one!!!!!!! They should definitely require people to shower before getting in the water. The oil floating on the water was disgusting!!!!
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