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Carowinds, Charlotte

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Theme Park
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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  • Took my children and grandchildren for a day trip to Carowinds. Had a great time. Weather was beautiful. Lines were not that long and the food was good but expensive to eat in the park. Grand kids had...  more »
  • We had an absolute blast! I would recommend anyone traveling within 300 miles of Carowinds to take some time and spend the day here!  more »
  • Carowinds is great family fun. They have something for all ages and everyone can have a blast. Nice family place  more »
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  • Makes sure you find out prices before you go, felt extremely ripped off. Online they say tickets are $34.99 we get to the park thinking that's how much we are going to pay. Turns out those prices are only good Friday and Sunday. Price jumps to $60 per person. No mention online of this whatsoever. Then they say they have new scare mazes, what they also don't mention is that you have to buy a skeleton key in order to get into them. Again nothing is said online at all, Carrowinds is only interested in gouging you for more money, they know that chances are once you're at the park you're going to pay for it. IMO not worth it for the price you pay.
  • Good park, plenty of excitement here. Some really good roller coasters. Food not too bad, kind of pricey, but it's amusement park prices.
  • This is a really nice theme park that boasts of the fastest roller coaster around. We went in the off season and the lines are short. It isn't exactly cheap. Food and admission for a family of four would be close to $200, plus another $20 to park. It will make a good day, but bring your wallet!
  • It was a great day at Carowinds. Prices are outrageous inside the park. Food also is extremely expensive. Rides are great if they do not have a line. All the popular rides have very long lines. Afterburn and Nighthawk is great. I did not get to ride the Fury 325. Yearly passes are the best way to go. If you plan to go more than 2 times in a year it pays for itself.
  • I took my wife here for her birthday as she loves roller coasters. On the other hand I'm not that much into coasters (I get a bit scared :P). But I started with fury 325 and boy I was thrilled . It was just awesome!!!! And then I tried all of them .. After burner, intimidator, night hawk... To mention a few. This place is totally awesome and my wife enjoyed it to the core. I would definitely be coming here again. A must visit place if you are visiting the Carolinas.