If you’re asking yourself, what am I going to do while the kids are out of school this summer? Look no further than Charlotte’s own amusement park: Carowinds. Carowinds Amusement Park has been welcoming visitors through their gates since its opening back in 1973. You can find Carowinds off of Interstate 77 at the NC/SC border. The park is a great place to spend the day as they are home to roller coasters, family rides, thrill rides and rides made just for kids. You’ll even find a huge waterpark called Carolina Harbor to cool off during those hot summer days.
What can I look forward to at Carowinds Amusement Park?
If you are looking for a thrill, find your way to the Thrill Zone. This area of the park is home to rides like the Ripcord, Drop Tower, Scream Weaver, and the Slingshot. One of the park’s newest thrill rides is the Fury 325. It is known as the 5th tallest coaster in the world and reaches speeds up to 95 mph.
There is no shortage of great coasters to ride during your day at Carowinds. The Nighthawk, Vortex, and the Flying Cobras are just a few to look for. For more family friendly rides, you will like the Carolina Skytower, Rip Roarin’ Rapids, the Scrambler, Do-Si-Do and the Yo-Yo.
Kids have a place to call their own at Carowinds known as Planet Snoopy. Kids’ rides include the Flying Ace Balloon Race, Peanuts Pirates, Lucy’s Crabbie Cabbie, Woodstock Gliders, and Snoopy’s Junction. You might even catch a Peanuts character or two walking around to meet.
Carowinds is home to more than just fun rides. There are plenty of shows all over the park sure to keep you entertained. The Catawba Creek Duo, Charlie Brown’s Hoedown, Cirque Imagine, Decades Live, and Luminate! Party in TWO States are acts to look out for! Grab a bite to eat and take a breather while watching some of these great performers.
Speaking of food, there is definitely no shortage of good eats to be found during your visit. Favorites like funnel cakes, Auntie Anne’s pretzels, Chick Fil A, Cinnabon, Sweet Frog’s, and Dippin Dots are all good choices. But if you are looking for something more, there are other great places to grab a bite like Burrito Café, Chickie & Pete’s Sports Grill, Harmony Hall Marketplace and Papa Luigi’s.
Events are held at the park throughout the year!
Depending on what time of year you visit Carowinds Amusement Park, there are many special events that take place. Coming up this month is the park’s Rock the Park on June 10th. The park puts on a Celebrate America Fireworks show on July 4th and a KidsFest event on the weekend of July 15th. SCarowinds is celebrated during the fall season and WinterFest is back and can be enjoyed over the holidays.
At just a little over a 30-minute drive from Davidson, a trip to Carowinds is great for a day trip. Forget the hotel chains and the hubbub of the busy city and escape to Davidson, NC for your getaway. We are a Lake Norman community and a charming college town. Our Inn is located across the street from Davidson College and within walking distance of the Main Street shopping and dining. If you are new to the area, let our innkeeper take you on a ride through the town on the Inn’s pedicab. What are you waiting for? Come and experience a Davidson getaway today!