While it's meant to be an adjunct to Carowinds, the Australian-themed Boomerang Bay is a large park in its own right and has most of the water slides and attractions found at standalone water parks.
Highlights include the two wave pools, Bondi Beach and the Great Barrier Reef, which offer plenty of room to cool down and bob in the surf. The Awesome Aussie Twisters water slides ramp up the thrills by keeping riders in total darkness. And Down Under Thunder, a family raft ride, delivers thrills that groups of up to four can share.
Interesting fact: Because the park sits on the border, the Crocodile Run lazy river straddles both North and South Carolina.
In addition to the wet fun, Carowinds offers a full complement of coasters and other rides and attractions.
The ride park used to be known as Paramount's Carowinds. Paramount sold the park in 2006. It is now known simply as "Carowinds."
Charlotte, North Carolina
(704) 588-2600 (from NC)
(803) 548-5300 (from SC)
Admission and Area Hotel Info:
Tickets to the theme park include admission to Boomerang Bay, the onsite water park. Reduced price for children (under 48") and seniors (62+). 2 and under are free. Reduced price for guests arriving after 4 p.m. Discounted tickets are often available online. Season pass tickets include admission to all Cedar Fair parks.
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I-77 to SC Exit 90 at the North Carolina/South Carolina border. The actual address is Avenue of the Carolinas in Charlotte, NC.
Water Park Features:
Wave pools, lazy river, family raft ride, body slides, tube slides, interactive water play center with tipping bucket, activity pool, play areas for young children.
New for 2014
A halfpipe ride and a bowl ride
Two new slides will open at the park.
Other Carowinds Info:
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