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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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Quality Inn at the Park $59
Quality Inn at the Park

Quality Inn at the Park

3560 Lakemont Blvd, Fort Mill, SC
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Fort Mill, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of NarroWay Theater and Carowinds Theme Park. President James K. Polk State Historic Site and Carolina Place are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Comfort Inn At the Park $67
    Comfort Inn At the Park

    Comfort Inn At the Park

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

      Situated in Fort Mill, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Carowinds Theme Park and NarroWay Theater. CSA OrthoCarolina Sportsplex and Carolina Place are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Sleep Inn Fort Mill - Amusement Park Area $59
      Sleep Inn Fort Mill - Amusement Park Area

      Sleep Inn Fort Mill - Amusement Park Area

      3540 Lakemont Blvd, Fort Mill, SC
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Fort Mill, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from NarroWay Theater and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Carowinds Theme Park. President James K. Polk State Historic Site and Carolina Place are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte at Carowinds $99
        SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte at Carowinds

        SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte at Carowinds

        1000 Coasterview Drive, Charlotte, NC
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Charlotte, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Carowinds Theme Park and 1.9 mi (3 km) from NarroWay Theater. President James K. Polk State Historic Site and Carolina Place are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Motel 6 Fort Mill, SC - Charlotte $66
          Motel 6 Fort Mill, SC - Charlotte

          Motel 6 Fort Mill, SC - Charlotte

          3541 Foothills Way, Fort Mill, SC
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Fort Mill, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from NarroWay Theater and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Carowinds Theme Park. President James K. Polk State Historic Site and Carolina Place are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Best Western Carowinds $59
            Best Western Carowinds

            Best Western Carowinds

            3675 Foothills Way, Fort Mill, SC
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of NarroWay Theater and Carowinds Theme Park. President James K. Polk State Historic Site and Carolina Place are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Clarion Hotel $56
              Clarion Hotel

              Clarion Hotel

              3695 Foothills Way, Fort Mill, SC
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Fort Mill, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of NarroWay Theater and Carowinds Theme Park. President James K. Polk State Historic Site and Carolina Place are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Super 8 by Wyndham Charlotte/Amusement Park Area $54
                Super 8 by Wyndham Charlotte/Amusement Park Area

                Super 8 by Wyndham Charlotte/Amusement Park Area

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

                  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 United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office. Carolina Place and President James K. Polk State Historic Site are also within 6 mi (10 km).