Carowinds Tickets in Charlotte, NC

14523 Carowinds BlvdCharlotte, NC 28273
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Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina

Overview

Located near Interstate 77 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Carowinds offers an exciting entertainment destination for guests of all ages, and includes world-class thrill rides, live shows, authentic Carolina cuisine, and more. Guests can experience rides like Fury 325 (the tallest and fastest giga coaster), visit the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit, make a splash at the Carolina Harbor water park, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Charlotte Travel Experts
  • Strollers and wheelchairs available for rent.
  • Selfie sticks are permitted in the park but are prohibited on rides.
  • No outside food and beverage is allowed into the park.
  • Locker rentals are available throughout the park.
  • Height and weight restrictions posted around the park.

Description

from Carowinds
Grab your friends and family and come to Carowinds – the Carolina's ultimate destination for summertime fun! Carowinds offers two parks for the price of one – including Carolina Harbor Waterpark!

Carowinds is the place where the Carolinas come together. Located off I-77 (Exit 90) at the NC/SC border, the premier entertainment destination of the Carolinas touts world-class thrill rides, live entertainment, authentic Carolina cuisine and more.

Feel the sting of Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest Giga coaster. Winner of the 2015 Golden Ticket Award for “Best New Ride” by the readers of Amusement Today, this steel behemoth reaches heights of 325 feet tall and breathtaking speeds of 95 miles per hour - it’s full throttle all the way.

The all-new Carolina Harbor waterpark celebrates the culture of the Carolina coast while serving up a gracious helping of hospitality, relaxation and family fun – all intertwined to create the ultimate waterpark experience. This historic expansion includes new attractions and amenities for all members of the family – from mild to wild! Plus, it’s included with admission. The water park is open select dates from May 25th - September 8th.

Plants vs. Zombies™ Garden Warfare 3Z Arena is the world’s first intra-active 3-D digital experience. Guests are immersed in the Plants vs. Zombies™ Garden Warfare 2 universe and compete in an epic battle to find the Golden Gnomes.

And Cirque Imagine, an amazing, new live show debuting in the summer will completely mesmerize guests with sensational stunts and breathtaking acrobatics of strength, balance and athleticism.

Get ready for a blast from the past with FOUR new rides in the all-new County Fair! Experience a throwback of down-home fun as you and your family are transported back to a 1950’s Carolina County Fair, complete with new food offerings, thrilling experiences and an atmosphere full of family fun.

Tripster Customer Reviews

74 Reviews
Amanda Miles
North Charleston, SC
1 Review
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"Good"
April 2019 NEW
We had a pretty good experience. I wish the weather had been better.
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Tip: The workers are very nice.

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Dark Flare
1 Review
"LOVE LOVE LOVE CAROWINDS"
April 2019 NEW
I had a great time at Carowinds. Food is kind of pricey but the rides are really really safe and comfortable. I went on a busy day and the longest time I waited in line for was for the Fury and i waited 15 minutes because they were doing test runs.
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Tip: Buy the six dollar food wrist bands and go on a weekday.

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Lisa Porter
West Columbia, SC
1 Review
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"Charlotte trip"
April 2019
Priced reasonable, no waiting in the lines once we arrived at Carowinds. My room was ready when we arrived. The bundling of tickets and hotel saved lots of time.
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larissa jones
1 Review
"I loveeee carowinds"
April 2019
I come here all the time i just live 1 HR and 45 minutes away and i am an Adrenaline junky. Carwinds is my home!!!!. I love all the rides mainly intimidator and Fury.
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Tip: dont leave any money or change in your pockets, put in your wallet or purse and drop it off in bin before you get on the ride.

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Meredith Minor
Monroe, NC
1 Review
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"Great family fun"
January 2019
Great place for family fun! Lots to do! Lines were a bit long for planet Snoopy at Winterfest but still had a great time.
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Lisa Elkins
Loris, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Carowinds during the day before Scarowinds at night"
November 2018
It was a fun day! We saved on tickets by using reserve myrtle beach which was a bonus. Lines were short.
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Tip: No fast pass needed in October during the day! Use Reserve Myrtle Beach to purchase tickets and save money!

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Adam Hubbard
Lenoir, NC
1 Review
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"Father Daughter day"
October 2018
Had a fantastic day at Carowinds, bought the ticket for my 13 year old daughter, I have a season pass, and we spent the day at Carowinds, had a blast, as always Carowinds was fun and did not disappoint
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Rayvis Key
Kings Mountain, NC
1 Review
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"Everything works fine..."
October 2018
Bought Carowinds tickets. Printed them out easily in less than 2 minutes and was on my way. Saved about $10 from the ticket booth.
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Tip: Crowds at Carowinds are horrible near Halloween...go at least 1.5hrs early!

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jhurlbert
Elk Park, North Carolina
"Horrible "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed May 14, 2019 NEW
I recently visited with my husband, and four teenaged children for the Festival of Music. I completely understand Carowinds has no control over the weather but we only got to ride one roller coaster before a severe thunderstorm struck. The rides didn't reopen, the couldn't, and again I understood that, but Carowinds does not offer rain-checks, period. So we spent well over $300 to ride ONE roller coaster. That is horrible customer service! All of the coasters and most of the giftshops were closed because of the downpour so there was NOTHING to do and they refused to offer rain checks. Disgusting and money hungry!
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lornalynn
north carolina
"Why were so many rides not operating. "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed May 13, 2019 NEW
After spending $260 dollars for 5 of us plus parking, Carowinds once again left me underwhelmed. Pluses-the young staff were friendly, the park was clean and the lines were not terribly long, for a day during spring break. The downside -the rides our group-teens, young adults and one senior (me) wanted to ride were closed. The worst part-no one in the park other than the attendants near the closed rides seem to know they were closed, and even they did not know why. We spent a lot of time looking for closed rides that the unknowing staff directed us to. Food is not great and very pricey-suggest packing a picnic lunch and bringing a blanket. They have an area outside the gate that’s perfect for a picnic. They only had one show-a dog show. It was cute, but I had hoped to see more shows. Certainly not as bad as my visit many years ago (I had a review that got a lot of helpful votes, but Carowinds requested it removed. It was many years old, so I didn’t inform Trip Adviser it fulfilled all the rules. I let it be taken down-Carowinds should thank me!! We had a horrible experience there in every way. This time was not near as bad. I can see why Carowinds tried to claim, after ten years, lol it didn’t follow the rules-it did but was old). They still need to Up their game a lot. My daughter now lives in Charlotte and last year bought a season’s pass. She only went twice and wished she hadn’t paid money for a place that has rides frequently not operating, subpar food with a high price and shows frequently closed down. We don’t expect Disney quality, but come on!!!
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virginiad235
Perth, Australia
"Roller coasting "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 12, 2019 NEW
Worth a visit for riding some pretty amazing roller coasters. Our favourite was Fury 365, great ride. Remember you can't take any food or drinks into the park. Most rides don't allow you to take any loose items, eg bag/glasses. So, you either don't take a handbag or backpack, or pay $2/hr to use a locker 😀 When really busy, it would be worth getting the fast pass, but laye May you are probably right without.
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serhan1994
"So much fun !"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 10, 2019 NEW
I worked 4 months at there in 2015..Activities are a large variety. My favourite roller coasters are Fury325 and Intimidator. :) It was sad that they demolished Thunder Road... The only minus is they hire so many minors who behave unprofessional !
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berryc68
Winter Haven, Florida
"Tons of fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 08, 2019 NEW
Great experience in this park! Excellent food! Amazing Rides! Great attitude from the staff of people! It was such a great time that we bought season passes!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Carowinds

Do you offer a non-rider admission ticket?
Carowinds does not offer a non-rider discount. Carowinds has a one-price admission as it is a multi-faceted park, not just a ride park. Live entertainment abounds at the park with fun-filled shows and performers. The park also offers a variety of gift shops, restaurants, a water park that is included with park admission and much more.

What is your refund policy?
Admission tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable for any reason after the cancellation policy, which is 3 days prior to arrival. This includes weather related events. We do not issue rain checks. Please check local weather conditions prior to planning your visit.

What if my child is under 3 years old?
They are free!

Is the Fast Lane tickets included with my general admission?
No, this is an additional cost and not included with your admission ticket.

What is the inclement weather policy?
Rides may close under certain weather conditions, particularly rain, high winds and/or lightning. It is not possible to provide a specific answer regarding which rides close or remain open because varying degrees of inclement weather cause different effects on different rides. The rides affected the most by inclement weather are the roller coasters and the high rides. Carowinds makes every effort to reopen the rides as quickly and safely as possible after the adverse weather conditions cease. Unfortunately, we do not offer rain checks or refunds.

Am I permitted to bring my own food and beverages into the park?
For everyone's safety, guests are not permitted to bring coolers, outside food, or other drinks into Carowinds. Grilling in parking lots is also prohibited. More than 30 restaurants and snack stands provide a broad dining experience within the park. Individuals who have special diets or need items due to a medical condition are asked to visit Guest Services located at the Front Gate for accommodation.

How do I re-enter if I have to leave the park for some reason?
Guests who leave the park and plan to return the same day must get their hand stamped before they leave the park at the exit gate.

Are wheelchairs and strollers available for rent?
Strollers and wheelchair rentals are located inside of the South Gate Entrance and next to Guest Services at the North Gate Entrance. Please note, a valid form of identification must be presented to rent a manual or electric wheelchair for a fee.

Do you allow pets at Carowinds?
No pets are allowed in the park except for service animals. Guests traveling with pets may take advantage of the Pet Kennel at Carowinds.

Is smoking permitted in the park?
Smoking, including the use of vapor/e-cigarettes, is permitted only in designated smoking areas. Most smoking locations are near restrooms and will be marked by red signs and smoking urns. All other areas of the park are smoke-free.

Are there places in the park to store my belongings?
Lockers are available to rent inside the park. Rentals vary in size and start at $17. Prices differ among locker locations.

What is Dinosaurs Alive!?
Dinosaurs Alive! at Carowinds features 30 life-sized, moving dinosaurs in a spectacular lush setting.  Dinosaurs Alive is not included with park admission. A separate admission is required.

How much is parking?
Parking is $20 per vehicle for regular parking. A limited number of handicap parking spaces are available near the Front Gate on a first-come, first-served basis.

What is Carowinds' dress code?
Shirt and shoes must be worn at all times. Swimwear must be sufficiently covered. Profanity, obscene gestures and statements, pictures of illegal substances, insignia of paramilitary groups, all gang-related items on clothing, costumes or disguises that conceal identity are prohibited and admission to the park may be refused.

Is there anything I should bring?
Carolina Harbor Waterpark is included FREE with park admission to Carowinds(seasonal). Don't forget to bring appropriate swimwear.