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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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Lodging Near Carowinds Theme Park

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Country Inn & Suites by Radisson at Carowinds $71
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson at Carowinds

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson at Carowinds

3540 Lakemont Blvd, Fort Mill
     
    3.8
    of 5, from 110 reviews
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Located in the heart of Fort Mill, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of NarroWay Theater and Carowinds Theme Park. Regent Park Golf Club is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

    Motel 6 Charlotte Carowinds SC $50
    Motel 6 Charlotte Carowinds SC

    Motel 6 Charlotte Carowinds SC

    3541 Foothills Way, Fort Mill
       
      3.0
      of 5, from 380 reviews
      2.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Fort Mill, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of NarroWay Theater and Carowinds Theme Park. Regent Park Golf Club is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

      Best Western Carowinds $84
      Best Western Carowinds

      Best Western Carowinds

      3675 Foothills Way, Fort Mill
         
        4.1
        of 5, from 572 reviews
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Situated in Fort Mill, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of NarroWay Theater and Carowinds Theme Park. Regent Park Golf Club is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.

        Comfort Inn at Carowinds $71
        Comfort Inn at Carowinds

        Comfort Inn at Carowinds

        3725 Avenue Of The Carolinas, Fort Mill
           
          3.8
          of 5, from 531 reviews
          2.5 out of 5.0

          Situated in Fort Mill, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of NarroWay Theater and Carowinds Theme Park. Regent Park Golf Club is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

          Quality Inn at Carowinds $60
          Quality Inn at Carowinds

          Quality Inn at Carowinds

          3560 Lakemont Blvd, Fort Mill
             
            3.8
            of 5, from 339 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Fort Mill, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Carowinds Theme Park, NarroWay Theater, and Regent Park Golf Club. Knights Stadium and Anne Springs Close Greenway are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Sonesta ES Suites Charlotte Arrowood $99
            Sonesta ES Suites Charlotte Arrowood

            Sonesta ES Suites Charlotte Arrowood

            7925 Forest Pine Drive, Charlotte
               
              4.3
              of 5, from 1,170 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Charlotte, this hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office and within 9 mi (15 km) of Carowinds Theme Park and NASCAR Hall of Fame.

              Super 8 Charlotte Amusement Park $51
              Super 8 Charlotte Amusement Park

              Super 8 Charlotte Amusement Park

              11300 Texland Blvd I-77 & Westinghouse, Charlotte
                 
                2.6
                of 5, from 247 reviews
                2.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in the business district, this motel is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from NarroWay Theater and within 6 mi (10 km) of Carowinds Theme Park and Metalmorphosis. President James K. Polk State Historic Site and Regent Park Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Ayrsley $110
                Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Ayrsley

                Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Ayrsley

                1917 Ayrsley Town Boulevard, Charlotte
                   
                  4.6
                  of 5, from 292 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Charlotte, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Metalmorphosis and within 6 mi (10 km) of Carowinds Theme Park and NarroWay Theater. Billy Graham Library and Carolina Place are also within 9 mi (15 km).