14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte
HOURS: Mar.–Memorial Day Fri.–Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.;
Memorial Day–Labor Day Mon.–Thurs. and Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.,
Fri. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m.;
Labor Day–Mar. Fri.–Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
COST: $47.99 (over 48 inches tall), $36.99 (under 48 inches tall and seniors 62 and over)
Carowinds is a run-of-the-mill amusement park with all of the flashing lights, loud noises, carnival games, and junk food that can be expected. The park covers 112 acres with more than 50 rides, shows, and attractions.
There are 12 roller coasters in the park, making it one of the largest coaster collections in the Southeast. Carowinds also has a water park that is a huge draw when skyrocketing temperatures and unbearable humidity hit during the summer months.