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Carowinds, Charlotte

Theme Park · Water / Amusement 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. With our international travel planner, Charlotte attractions like Carowinds can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This is a one trick pony. If you are looking for a great family park with a diverse offering of ride types for age and ride experiences, this is definitely not it. What you will get here, almost...  more »
  • As an amusement park/roller coaster enthusiast I have been wanting to visit Carowinds for more than 20 years- it didn't disappoint. The park has a solid collection of rides including a few...  more »
  • Not one of the staff wore masks. Several of the rides were not working. Some that were working then were not. We purchased Fast Lane passes for the 3 teens and the staff totally ignored the fact...  more »
  • I've come here many a times and have enjoyed them all. My last visit, however, was a little disheartening due to the number of people taking advantage of the "Fast Pass" line without actually having a Fast Pass. Perhaps your lines wouldn't exceed 2 hour waits if your employees actually did there jobs and checked for those expensive little bands.The park itself is fantastic, rides are amazing and ever changing to keep up with the times and technology, it's the other patrons that will ruin your experience.
  • First time visit - very nice amusement park with a fantastic selection of roller coasters. Friendly staff who genuinely seemed to care. And the park is clean and we'll maintained. The only complaint I could make is that they are super slow at loading rides, especially the roller coasters. I know safety is of utmost importance but after visiting Disney and Busch Gardens, their loading process seems to be from the stone age.
  • Great place for family fun. Two parks, water park and conventional entertainment park with plenty of rides for all ages 1 to 100. Plenty of places to eat. And adequate parking. Easy access off of Interstate 77.
  • We take our international students to Carowinds almost every year on Labor Day, and I am always impressed by how well this place is run. Ticketing is well-organized and very efficient. Going through security at the entrance gate is a little bit of a headache, but I understand that it's for our safety, so it's good that they search our bags. The wave pool is always fun, and the life guards help us feel like we are monitored well but without being overly strict. Bus parking is free, so that's helpful for a big group. I am sure we will return to Carowinds many more times in the years to come.
  • The food and drinks are absolutely ridiculous. A medium Coke, $5 and some change. You want a lid? Nope, we don't have those. Do you want a straw? Nope we don't have those. At least my $10 plastic cup of beer was cold. a $10 hot dog, you want mustard and ketchup? That's good because that's all there is. No onions, no relish, no anything. The whole time I was there I felt like Carowinds was extending its middle finger right in my face. We will find much better ways to waste a fortune on our grandchildren in the future.

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