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Paramount's Carowinds Theme Park

Choose from 13 roller coasters, chase your friends in a bumper car, enjoy the water slides and beaches of Boomerang Bay, and walk with dinosaurs.

Set on the border of North and South Carolina, this park catches the winds from both Carolinas. You’ll certainly feel them as you’re soaring through the air on one of Carowinds’ many thrilling rides. The theme park boasts some of the tallest, fastest and longest roller coasters in the southeast. You can also ride the rapids, plunge down a 45-foot (14-meter) waterfall, or take a high-speed spin on the Windseeker.

Carowinds Theme Park is not just for adrenaline seekers. Kids and families will enjoy the Boo Blasters interactive haunted house and classic dodgem cars. Planet Snoopy provides imaginative, themed adventures, from carousels and helicopter monorails, to pirate and balloon-themed rides. Meet your favorite Peanuts character for a photo opportunity. Carowinds also has live entertainment, which sometimes includes shows with the Peanuts gang. Musical performances run seasonally throughout the year at the Carolina Showplace.

Dinosaurs roam the earth once more at the Dinosaurs Alive! interactive walk-through experience. Learn about life in the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods as you interact with 32 animated, roaring dinosaurs and then get your hands on some fossils at the dinosaur dig site.

When you’re done with dinosaurs, dive into the Great Barrier Reef in the Australian-themed Boomerang Bay water park. Speed down the dark tubes of the Awesome Aussie Twisters, go tubing in the Crocodile Run or catch some surf at Bondi Beach.

Food and drink options are never far away with more than 30 snack bars, candy shacks and restaurants located throughout the park.

Carowinds Theme Park is a 20-minute drive south from central Charlotte. You can pay to park or come by bus from Charlotte. In summer, the park’s open longer so that guests can enjoy nightly rides and fireworks shows. The animatronics Dinosaurs Alive! park entry is not included in the main ticket. Note that there are height requirements for many thrill rides.


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Motel 6 Charlotte - Fort Mill, SC $62
Reviewed on May 7, 2019
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Motel 6 Charlotte - Fort Mill, SC

Motel 6 Charlotte - Fort Mill, SC

3541 Foothills Way, Fort Mill, SC
     
    3.2 of 5
    2.0 out of 5.0

    I loved the style of the rooms! They were also very clean and in good condition.

    Comfort Inn At the Park $80
    Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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    Comfort Inn At the Park

    Comfort Inn At the Park

    3725 Avenue Of The Carolinas, Fort Mill, SC
       
      3.8 of 5
      2.5 out of 5.0

      A real good deal, which includes a super breakfast, cool pool, great location for our trip to the Cuban festival.

      Best Western Carowinds $85
      Reviewed on May 2, 2019
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      Best Western Carowinds

      Best Western Carowinds

      3675 Foothills Way, Fort Mill, SC
         
        4.1 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Love the decorations and very clean! Staff friendly

        Quality Inn $71
        Reviewed on May 19, 2019
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        Quality Inn

        Quality Inn

        3560 Lakemont Blvd, Fort Mill, SC
           
          3.9 of 5
          2.5 out of 5.0

          Very close to Carowinds, and the free breakfast was excellent. Room was clean and good value.

          Sleep Inn $59
          Reviewed on May 7, 2019
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          Sleep Inn

          Sleep Inn

          3540 Lakemont Blvd, Fort Mill, SC
             
            3.7 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0

            I loved everything, everyone was nice. I didn’t have to ask for anything because everything was already applied or given

            Clarion Hotel $67
            Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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            Clarion Hotel

            Clarion Hotel

            3695 Foothills Way, Fort Mill, SC
               
              3.3 of 5
              2.5 out of 5.0

              The best part is the excellent Mexican restaurant inside the hotel. Its called Panchitos

              Hyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood $94
              Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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              Hyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood

              Hyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood

              7900 Forest Point Blvd, Charlotte, NC
                 
                4.4 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0

                I like that they offeres a vegan snack. I sid not like that there were no real snacks like peanuts and popcorn or corn chips.

                Super 8 by Wyndham Charlotte/Amusement Park Area $55
                Reviewed on May 22, 2019
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                Super 8 by Wyndham Charlotte/Amusement Park Area

                Super 8 by Wyndham Charlotte/Amusement Park Area

                11300 Texland Blvd I-77 & Westinghouse, Charlotte, NC
                   
                  2.7 of 5
                  2.0 out of 5.0

                  The person working at check in was amazing! She made us feel very comfortable and she was so happy and positive. We appreciate that.