But Carowinds offers more than thrills. There are stage shows for the whole family and some designed especially for younger kids. The extensive Planet Snoopy area includes meet and greets with the Peanuts gang as well as themed rides and shows. There are even a couple of Peanuts-themed smaller coasters. Boomerang Bay water park (included with admission) is fairly big and includes two wave pools, a lazy river, and a slew of slides.
Interestingly, Carowinds is located on the outskirts of Charlotte and sits astride the North Carolina and South Carolina border. A marker at the front of the park denotes the dividing line. Thunder Road, a dual-track wooden racing coaster is apparently right on the border line and incorporates its unusual placement into its theme. One side of the coaster is listed as "North Carolina," while the other track and train is identified as "North Carolina."
The park presents concerts, special shows, and events. Some require an extra charge. Scarowinds, presented each fall, offers Halloween-themed fun.
Phone(704) 588-2600 (from NC)
(803) 548-5300 (from SC)
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- Among its thrill machines, the park features Intimidator, a wild hypercoaster filled with airtime; Afterburn, an inverted coaster; Nighthawk, a flying coaster; and Thunder Road, a dual-track, racing, wooden coaster.
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- Younger kids will enjoy Planet Snoopy with rides and shows themed to the Peanuts characters.
- The Boomerang Bay Water Park is fairly large and offers plenty of water slides and other activities.
See the Park:
New at the Park:
Dinosaurs Alive, a new area, will bring animated dinosaurs to the park.
New for 2012:
WindSeeker- A 301-foot tall (yup, you read that right, 301-foot tall!) spinning swing tower ride. If you have a fear of heights, you'll probably want to skip this one.
New for 2010:
Intimidator- A 232-foot hypercoaster that pays homage to racing great, Dale Earnhardt.