If amusement parks are your thing, make time to visit Carowinds, where some fifty rides will whirl, spin, thrill and drop you. A top Charlotte thing to do, this adventure park is one of the best in the South and caters to all ages. Highlights include the Drop Tower, which has a 100-foot freefall, and the Intimidator, one of the fastest and longest coasters in the southeast. Our favorite is Boomerang Bay, a 20-acre Australian-themed water park where you can cool off in the Charlotte heat. Carowinds has water rides, carnival games and 12 fun rides for the little ones, and every kid likes the SpongeBob 3-D action adventure at the Carowinds Action Theater. Get to the park early before the crowds show up, and you'll be able to ride more rides. And don't forget the sunscreen. There is little shade, so you're going to need it! Tickets can be bought online or at the park, and are $39.99 for ages 3 and up. If you live near Charlotte and can visit often, buy the season pass, which is the best value. The Carowinds Camp Wilderness Resort next door offers 140 RV, fifty-six tent and fifteen luxury cabins for those who want to stay near the park. Carowinds is open daily during the summer, and on weekends in the spring and fall, when the weather is best.
Attractions & Landmarks, Sports and the Outdoors
- Credit Cards Accepted: mastercard, discover, amex, visa