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Carowinds, Charlotte

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Theme Park · Water / Amusement Park
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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. 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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  • I am posting this as a mom of teenagers that like walk around by themselves. I appreciate the many different areas the park has. I enjoy walking around and seeing all the different plants, artwork, exhibits and landscaping. Whoever takes care of the plants does a wonderful job! And the variety of the various exhibits/artwork is beautiful. There is lots of seating around the park, plenty with shade. Even some rocking chairs scattered around throughout. All of the gift shops have a variety of items, they aren't all the same thing. Makes for an enjoyable experience walking around and seeing a new store to browse through. I do wish that in their app, they would clarify what restaurants/rides are closed. Two restaurants that I tried to go to were closed, although the app and Google Maps showed them as open. And a few rides that I'm excited to try have been closed each time I've visited. All in all, a nice experience, even if you are just at the park for your kids to ride the rides.
  • This is a really nice amusement park. The longest line we waited in was about 15 min. The roller coasters were really fun. Unfortunately the heat wore us out and after getting to be at the water park for only about 20 min we had to get out because of storms. After waiting about another 20 min we decided to get dressed and leave, just in time for the park to open back up. But at that point we were too pooped. It was a really nice park and if we lived near by we would definitely get season passes. I highly recommend visiting this amazing place.

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