Carowinds Theme Park

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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.

Top Hotels Close to Carowinds Theme Park

Comfort Inn At the Park
Comfort Inn At the Park
2.5 out of 5
3725 Avenue Of The Carolinas, Fort Mill, SC
The price is $68 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 22
Situated in Fort Mill, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Carowinds Theme Park and NarroWay Theater. Carolina Place and CSA OrthoCarolina Sportsplex are also ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (914 reviews)
"clean, large parking, quiet, delicious breakfast, great buffet service"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

Comfort Inn At the Park
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte at Carowinds
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte at Carowinds
2.5 out of 5
1000 Coasterview Drive, Charlotte, NC
The price is $101 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Situated in Charlotte, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Carowinds Theme Park and 1.9 mi (3 km) from NarroWay Theater. Carolina Place and Anne Springs Close ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (107 reviews)
"We stayed at this hotel because it was walking distance to Carowinds. There is a well light side walk all the way to the park. Hotel was clean & comfortable. Check in is at 4, we arrived shortly after 4 and no one was at the front desk. We had to wait about 5-10 minutes for someone to come help us. ..."

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte at Carowinds
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Fort Mill at Carowinds Blvd.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Fort Mill at Carowinds Blvd.
2.5 out of 5
3519 LAKEMONT BOULEVARD, Fort Mill, SC
The price is $114 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Situated in Fort Mill, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of NarroWay Theater and Carowinds Theme Park. Carolina Place and Anne Springs Close Greenway are also ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (78 reviews)
"Was amazed at the rooms. The staff very courteous and helpful!"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Fort Mill at Carowinds Blvd.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Carowinds Theme Park

Clarion Hotel Fort Mill Near Amusement Park
Clarion Hotel Fort Mill Near Amusement Park
2.5 out of 5
3695 Foothills Way, Fort Mill, SC
The price is $57 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Clarion Hotel Fort Mill Near Amusement Park
Comfort Inn At the Park
Comfort Inn At the Park
2.5 out of 5
3725 Avenue Of The Carolinas, Fort Mill, SC
The price is $68 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 22
Comfort Inn At the Park
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte at Carowinds
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte at Carowinds
2.5 out of 5
1000 Coasterview Drive, Charlotte, NC
The price is $101 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte at Carowinds
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Fort Mill at Carowinds Blvd.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Fort Mill at Carowinds Blvd.
2.5 out of 5
3519 LAKEMONT BOULEVARD, Fort Mill, SC
The price is $114 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Fort Mill at Carowinds Blvd.
Quality Inn at the Park
Quality Inn at the Park
2.5 out of 5
3560 Lakemont Blvd, Fort Mill, SC
The price is $64 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 26
Quality Inn at the Park
Sleep Inn Fort Mill near Carowinds Blvd
Sleep Inn Fort Mill near Carowinds Blvd
2.5 out of 5
3540 Lakemont Blvd, Fort Mill, SC
The price is $67 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Sleep Inn Fort Mill near Carowinds Blvd
Motel 6 Fort Mill, SC - Charlotte
Motel 6 Fort Mill, SC - Charlotte
2 out of 5
3541 Foothills Way, Fort Mill, SC
The price is $57 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Motel 6 Fort Mill, SC - Charlotte
Best Western Carowinds
Best Western Carowinds
2.5 out of 5
3675 Foothills Way, Fort Mill, SC
The price is $79 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Best Western Carowinds
avid hotel Fort Mill - Amusement Park, an IHG Hotel
avid hotel Fort Mill - Amusement Park, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
154 SPRINGHILL FARM ROAD, Fort Mill, SC
The price is $76 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 26
avid hotel Fort Mill - Amusement Park, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.