Carowinds Theme Park is a 122-acre theme park, located on the state line between North Carolina and South Carolina, in Charlotte and Fort Mill, respectively. The park opened on March 31, 1973 with a vision of bringing the 2 states close together. Carowinds opens in late March each year and closes in early November, after the park’s Halloween event, “Scarowinds“.
Though the park is relatively small, it has both land and water rides to thrill people of all age groups. It remains a popular theme park in Carolinas and can be crowded in summers. For all those who stay in Charlotte and Fort Mill areas, the park is convenient for a day trip.The tickets are expensive but the Season Passes are a real deal. Food is not allowed inside the park but you can go outside for Lunch and re-enter the park. Many people pack picnic lunches and come out of the park to have it. Like any other Theme park, the food is really expensive inside the park.
We visited Carowinds during our first year in Charlotte. We had taken season passes and hence visited the park couple of times. We enjoyed the thrilling Roller Coasters like Afterburn, Carolina Cobra, Vortex and Nighthawk. The Water Rides weren’t impressive but the Wave Pool and Lazy River were good enough. Here are a few photos from our trip.
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- Lazy 5 Ranch
- Cypress Gardens, South Carolina
- Snow in Charlotte – March 1st 2009
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park