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Carowinds, Charlotte

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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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To avoid driving or riding on public buses during your visit to Charlotte, book your room in or near the city center. You can find most of Charlotte's chain hotels in so-called "Uptown," the centrally located business district and hub of tourist action. Hotels near the airport provide good low-rate options for travelers on a limited budget. These spots offer rooms with access to major roads, allowing you to explore the region quickly and easily.
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  • My son and I ventured to NC with the intentions of enjoying the sites in the nearby areas close to Carowinds, and then prepare for our day at Carowinds. Upon arrival to Carowinds we were informed of a...  more »
  • This park is the right size for fun for the whole family. You can ride all attractions more than once. Take a break for the older family members, grab some food, cool off in the water park and start a...  more »
  • Carowinds has always been fun. Lots of rides new and old. Food and drinks are pricey so pack a lunch. You can leave the park also and come back in with a stamp. Also, don't forget your bathing suit! A...  more »
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  • Amazing!!! So many rides, games, and different places to eat. There is a water park if you want to just go and soak up the sun. In the evening dancers and singers come out for you to interact with and enjoy. While you're there check out the concerts they may have touring Carowinds for some extra fun. Got a season pass this year and plan on going often. Best money spent in a long time. Will make some great memories with the family this year! Also, security is stricter this year which makes it even better.
  • I absolutely loved my visit to Carowinds! It was clean and neat. You almost never found trash on the ground and trash cans were always available where ever you were. I also loved that there were many rides for kids and adults. There's Planet Snoopy which has many nice and calm rides for children. And there's also lots of fun and crazy rides like The Intimidator. I recommend getting on the Fury. Its awesome! I also loved the maps you can find at the entrance. It has a detailed drawing of the map and a list of all the rides and intensity. You can also see the restaurants and see which ones have vegetarian and gluten free options. You can also see it lists events coming up in the following month. I think that if you ever find your self in North or South Carolina to come give Carowinds a visit!
  • I went to Carowinds day before yesterday. Fury 325 was the best coaster I ever rode. It was like being strapped to the saddle of an angry dragon. At first I didn't like the fact that drinks were $4.00, parking was $20, and the fact that you had to buy a fast lane pass to ride the front seat on most rides. But then I realized, they have to pay for rides like Fury somehow. Cost of designers, engineers, contractors, construction, maintenance, operators, materials, freight, vendors, business taxes for 2 states, employees, electric, etc. It's completely understandable. Be nice if something could be done about the scorching hot weather that forced us to leave early. That is mother nature, not them so can't count it against them. I'll still give them 5 stars.
  • First visit to Carowinds was over Memorial Day Weekend. Although crowded, it seemed like most rides and attractions were running smoothly. The park is well designed and flows nicely. Rides are on par with what you will find at most other medium theme parks. We would go back to visit again on a less crowded weekend.
  • The place is terrible! Decided to go July 3rd because in my family there are 2 birthdays and we have a Veteran who got in free. Every ride was a 2 hour wait in line. Which means we were planning to stay for 10 hours so maybe we could have made it on 5 rides without breaking, eating or exploring any of the other things. Of course in 100 degree weather breaking and eating are necessary! In the end some of the people in our family made it on 1 ride and 2 at most. Around 8 o'clock a storm set in so everything was shut down. We ran to the nearest shelter and after waiting almost an hour began asking employees for help to our vehicles (shuttle, complimentary ponchos, something!). Everything was a NO. We ended up running a half mile to the parking lot in pouring rain with 3 small kids! Customer service is lousy. Like all employees wear supervisor name tags but reply "I don't know." to all questions. My family and I will not be returning!