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.
We decided to go here for my wife's birthday and we were not disappointed. I will preface this by saying that we bought the fast pass plus. I saved a bit extra so that she could have the most fun fill... more »
I love carowinds! I would recommend going in the north gate because you get to walk right under the Fury 325! Lao I would recommend going to the fury first because there is normally a short line but i... more »
An enjoyable time. Great staff located in the first aid section, very helpful due to a medical situation. The family center located in the kids section was great. As a new mom, it was nice to have a place to change my newborns diaper as well as feed. They had a private feeding section (curtains), highchairs, even a microwave. Would have liked more of these throughout the park. Only complaint this visit had to do with the ride Cobra, going backwards, not being able to anticipate the turn, hurt my neck.
Thrilling and lots of fun. This park is a lot of fun to visit but with that said, be ready to pay some good money for this attraction. Parking costs $20, General admission ranges between $45 and up at the gate. Best advice is to get these online where you will find slightly better deals on these and other necessities like Fast Lane pass. You will wait in-line for long periods of time for less than 1 minute worth of ride time on major attractions like The Intimidator or Fury. To get past the line on these you'll require a Fast Lane Plus bracelet which will cost you approximately $70 per person. Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, shades, and a pair of good walking shoes if visiting the park during hot summer days. It's better to buy the souvenir drink bottle at $15 which will allow you to refill for free all day long. Oh yeah, and on the Roaring Rapids ride.... take your shoes and socks off, and keep them above water. Remember to click and give me a like if I helped in any way. Also check out some of my other reviews around the city to get the scoop on other places of interest. Likes are much appreciated.
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