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    Yolanda H.
    "Season pass...amusement park combined with a water park..."(8 Tips)
    Chloe L.
    "Everything! Do NOT ride Nighthawk if you have fear of heights!!!!"(6 Tips)
    Regina G.
    "Get to the park early, beat the lines for the major coasters!"(2 Tips)
    Jackson K.
    "Water park is top notch, as are the coasters!"(4 Tips)
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  • Coaster Addictheart icon on user image
    Coaster AddictJuly 26, 2014
    Carowinds is the only park that spans across and into two different states! We recommend that you ride Nighthawk and Intimidator first thing in the morning to avoid longer lines!
  • Kali G.heart icon on user image
    Kali GirlMay 12, 2017
    The rides are a thrill, the food is amazing, and the staff is friendly and courteous. If you want to have a great time at an amusement park, this is the place to go.
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    Coaster AddictJuly 26, 2014
    Very solid park! The employees were very helpful, the rides very nice, and the variety of choices great! Plus, no roller coasters here require a locker! You can't beat that!
  • Jay B.
    Jay BakerAugust 13, 2016
    Haven't been to Carowinds in a long time. Last time I went it was still owned by Paramount. The new owners from Cedar Point have really dumped a lot of money into the park and maintained it very well.
  • Meredith N.
    Meredith NalleyApril 5, 2013
    Season passes are the way to go. ..four or more you pay less for a season pass than for one full price ticket. Buy the $12.00 drinks bc you get free refills all day and .99 refills all season
  • Jackson K.heart icon on user image
    Jackson KarowAugust 17, 2014
    Water park is top notch, as are the coasters! Could use a few more flats (though the Scream Weaver is a forever favourite), but all in all an awesome park! Season pass is the way to go, too.
  • Rob K.
    Rob KnappApril 23, 2013
    Tired of sweets? The Coca-Cola Oasis, between the Carolina Cyclone and the Hurler, has a selection of fresh fruit. It's good, and the prices aren't super-high.
  • Justin M.heart icon on user image
    Justin MartinNovember 12, 2021
    Some of the tallest & fastest coasters around. Great variety of rides and good carnival style food (funnel cakes!). Great time for the whole family!
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    TIMEAugust 17, 2012
    Charlotte averages in the 80s in early September, so catch a breeze on the Intimidator, the tallest, fastest, and longest coaster in the Southeast!
  • Ares R.heart icon on user image
    Ares Riggins JrJune 12, 2022
    As someone who frequents Disney, not that bad of an experience. Worth the visit, especially if in the Charlotte area. However, I wouldn’t choose this over a Disney trip.
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HabelJune 17, 2015
    We went today (Wednesday) and our average wait time in line was about 10 mins. Some rides we walked right in while they were loading. Also free ice water!!!
  • Luc S.heart icon on user image
    Luc StadlerAugust 13, 2015
    Fury is amazing! I absolutely recommend riding on it before your day at the park is over. Gets the adrenaline pumping! Very fun.
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    hJuly 8, 2015
    Not many healthy options, good idea to eat healthy before arriving, bring a water bottle, and check out harmony hall for sliced fruits and salads
  • Eric W.heart icon on user image
    Eric WallsJune 13, 2019
    A must for roller coaster fanatics. Do the Fury 325. Tallest, fastest coaster in the country!
  • Lynn B.heart icon on user image
    Lynn Bednar-RandoJuly 9, 2018
    AAA offers best deals!! All day pass 44.99...water park closes at 8pm...the Fury 325 is awesome..go on overcast day
  • Denise F.heart icon on user image
    Denise FitzpatrickAugust 8, 2013
    Pack a cooler with lunch, get your hand stamped and eat in the parking lot. Park food is crazy expensive! Almost $60 to feed Chick Fil A to five of us in the Park, wow!
  • George T.
    George TaylorDecember 1, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Only 4 great coasters and not a lot to do if you don't like coasters. Needs more family rides and shades. It gets way too hot during the summer.
  • Yolanda H.heart icon on user image
    Yolanda HamptonNovember 18, 2016
    Season pass...amusement park combined with a water place for the kids during the summer
  • Wade S.heart icon on user image
    Wade StinsonOctober 31, 2015
    It is one of my favorite places go on amusement park rides! The fury and the intimidator are my favorite rides there.
  • Jessi P.
    Jessi PearsonOctober 12, 2011
    During late september and all of october, carowinds becomes Scarowinds from 7-12 everynight. They have haunted houses and the all the rides and rollercoasters are open too!
  • Lissa F.
    Lissa FuentesAugust 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this place to spend the day all the rides are fun!! Initmidator & nighthawk are must rides!! Boomerang bay is also fun.
  • Beverly M.
    Beverly MitzelJuly 12, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    I am in love with the smooth for those that are apprehensive. It is really high...but a great ride. The power hour is cool too They get you off an on the ride so quickly!
  • Earl B.heart icon on user image
    Earl BabcockNovember 14, 2015
    Any cadar fair park is good. But, Cedar Point is the best over all amusement parks!
  • Lisa
    LisaJuly 21, 2012
    Go when everyone thinks its gonna rain! Few crowds today and the weather is perfect. Cool breezes and plenty of clouds. We couldn't have asked for a better day!!
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HartmanApril 19, 2013
    Personally, I loved the after burn and the nighthawk. Admission is a little pricey, but if you have a military ID, it's only $30-something.
  • Wayne A.heart icon on user image
    Wayne AkersOctober 29, 2016
    Great Park. Always have a good time when we go.
  • Jeff E.heart icon on user image
    Jeff EaslerApril 7, 2015
    Great family amusement park. Lots of good rides, especially the new Fury 325 roller coaster.
  • Katlin H.heart icon on user image
    Katlin HaneyAugust 11, 2015
    Great for all ages with snoopy land and things like the night hawk(favorite) and Fury 325(also favorite)
  • Dana W.
    Dana Word IIAugust 16, 2014
    Get the souvenir cups, they pay for themselves after two drinks. Perfect on a hot day
  • Bernice L.heart icon on user image
    Bernice Leak SykesJune 18, 2012
    Had a good time with family, but park was packed paid in advance for parking online then had to park in gradd miles from enterence :-( waste of $12!
  • Yaw H.heart icon on user image
    Yaw HolmanMarch 30, 2016
    There should of been a discount. Charging full price for half a park, that was ridiculous. If the Water park isn't available to the public yet don't rob us.
  • Katlin H.heart icon on user image
    Katlin HaneyAugust 11, 2015
    Best place ever. I always have a great time especially with my family.
  • Janice H.
    Janice HallMay 6, 2013
    Look for coupons! $29.99/ea for a family of 3 totally rocked! The After Burn was our favorite!!!
  • Kenneth R.heart icon on user image
    Kenneth RiversJune 29, 2018
    Love this place, especially the roller coasters.
  • Matt R.
    Matt RiceJune 15, 2014
    Get on the Windseeker first. It gives you a really good view of the park, and helps you see what you want to get on next.
  • Kyle C.
    Kyle CajaJuly 7, 2013
    Intimidator was a lot of fun, but a single-day pass is extremely overpriced considering how small the park is and how short most of the coasters are. 6/10.
  • Jill C.
    Jill CarvilleJuly 8, 2014
    The lunch prices are unbelievably expensive. We paid 63.09 for 3 slices of pizza, 3 drinks, and a kid's meal.
  • Miss Aerin
    Miss AerinApril 20, 2014
    so much fun, especially during the summer.
  • Chloe L.heart icon on user image
    Chloe LevesqueAugust 20, 2014
    Everything! Do NOT ride Nighthawk if you have fear of heights!!!!
  • Ashleyyheart icon on user image
    AshleyySeptember 8, 2012
    Intimidation and Afterburn along with Night Hawk are worth the money and really awesome !
  • Dan R.
    Dan RoselliNovember 22, 2009
    If you buy a season pass (which makes since if you go more then once a year), go for the early entry and you can hit all three major coasters before the park is even open. Read more
  • Karyna M.heart icon on user image
    Karyna MillerApril 5, 2016
    What can I say? It's an amusement park, of course it's fun!
  • Quinda H.heart icon on user image
    Quinda HoustonMay 21, 2016
    Short lines on cloudy days! Happy birthday Dj!
  • ᴡ T.
    ᴡ TomesJanuary 1, 2010
    Money saving tip: pack some sammies and fruit and drinks in a cooler / leave the park to picnic at your car and then head back in (they stamp your hand when you leave).
  • Lynn B.heart icon on user image
    Lynn Bass StoverApril 17, 2016
    Love going on days like today when it's not crowded.
  • Marion
    MarionJune 13, 2015
    The Nighthawk is the most fun, but the Fury 325 is absolutely thrilling. Skip the Cyclone.
    SNOOPYOctober 4, 2011
    Take a photo with any of the PEANUTS gang inside Planet Snoopy and share it @Snoopy on Twitter or!
  • Brian C.heart icon on user image
    Brian CooperJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to order the stir-fry or the steak! And enjoy the memory foam mattress!
  • Christian B.
    Christian BruggemanJune 22, 2012
    The country show is very well done. Singers do a great job.
  • Danny
    DannyJune 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Carowinds: Please change your handicap park policies to include those with Autism Spectrum and other mental and emotional disabilities.
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