Carowinds Tickets in Charlotte, NC

14523 Carowinds BlvdCharlotte, NC 28273
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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. In 2016, Carowinds has a world full of incredible new experiences, making for one epic season.

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.

Reserve Myrtle Beach Customer Reviews

10 Reviews
Tyaire Washington
North Augusta , SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Our experience"
June, 2018 NEW
There were lots of cool games to play and the rides were moving at a steady pace making shorter wait times the wave pool was a nice way to cool off from the heat but I especially liked the different splash zones and pools for the small children
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Tip: Bring enough cash to make it an all day experience because the kids never want to leave!

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Reserve Myrtle Beach Customer
Ladson, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Nice Park"
June, 2018 NEW
It’s a huge park. Wear comfortable shoes drink plenty of water. Have fun!!!
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Tip: Be prepared to wait in line to get in to enter the park. There was no organization at the gate so people were cutting. There was nothing separating the lines so people were just walking up to the front. The need to invest in line dividers so that the wait is fair.

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Gwendolyn Neal
Newberry, SC
1 Review
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"Awesome trip"
June, 2018 NEW
Really great trip!
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Reserve Myrtle Beach Customer
cape coral, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Carowins"
June, 2018 NEW
Had an amazing time at Carowins. We didn’t have to wait in line for more than 10 minutes. The only complaint that I have is that throughout the day, some of the rides weren’t working and we had to come back later that day to ride them. Also, the food is SO over priced.
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Tip: Over priced food and $20 for parking

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Melissa Weavil
Clemmons, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Most fun I've had in years!!!"
June, 2018 NEW
I haven't been to Carowinds in years so I was really looking forward to see all the new rides they had. A lot of the rollercoaster were so fun & exciting, especially Fury 325. That ride will freak you out at first but once you ride it a few times, its soo much fun!!! Some rides we didn't go on because they weren't as fun or thrilling as that ride. Still overall had a great time & I can't wait to go back. Highly recommend the fast pass if you go on a weekend. Totally worth it!!!
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Aren B.
Pooler, GA
1 Review
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"Horrible and humiliating!"
June, 2018 NEW
Horrible and humiliating! I bought (3) tickets for my granddaughter's graduation. They did not get there until 5 pm last Saturday. It started raining and the rides were shut down. They got passes for the next day including skip the line. They went to the water park and were kicked out, not just asked to leave.... they were escorted by police to their car for using the "skip the line" passes. So needless to say, my granddaughter's graduation present was ruined!
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Tip: Dont buy "skip the line" passes, they do not work for both parks.

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James Hines
1 Review
"price"
May, 2018 NEW
carowinds used to be a great inexpensive trip when I was young but now be older with grand kids the price to enter the park has tripled I remember taking my kids in the late 90s for $25 now tickets are $66 if you cant find a discount and even when you do it's still over $40 I have 6 grandchildren and would have to spend almost $300 to take them not including food and gas to get there smh I don't know if its worth it anymore. longing for the good ol days
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Tip: have lots of money

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Evelin Rosero
Simpsonville , SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Carowinds"
April, 2018
Very very nice staff!! Tickets came in right away!!
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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jillyb1961
Concord, NC
"Thrill Seekers"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018 NEW
Great place for rollercoaster enthusiasts. The new waterpark is very nice. The new Camp Snoopy area is very cool so if you have younger kids there's something for them.
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aysenu
Charlotte, North Carolina
"great place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018 NEW
Love it! Fun for all ages! Highly recommend investing in the gold pass though because between the ticket price and $20 parking you pay for it in 2 visits (plus perks like early admission and discounts makes it sooo worth it!!). The food is VERY overpriced so plan ahead for this (probably why so many do their meal plan!). Cannot bring food into the park
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Amanda_CS12
McDonough, Georgia
"Great Park for all ages!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
My kids (ages 8 and 5) had a great time on all the rides and enjoyed a special character breakfast with Snoopy and the gang. As a prek student, my daughter was able to get a free season pass.
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PastorSharin W
New York City, New York
"Grandparents Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
I grew up in North Carolina, moved to New York andnow returning. I was pleseantly suprised how well-maintained the park is after all of these years. Took my grandkids there and they had a wonderful time! Lot's to do and eat.
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jeff b
salt lake city
"Great Mexican food at an amusement park"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
Burrito Cafe is by far the best Mexican food I have eaten at an amusement park. Tammy the one in charge is friendly, knowledgeable, and makes a mean taco salad. The portions are large (the salad can feed two people) and each entree includes multi-colored tortilla chips with salsa. The reason why Burrito Cafe gets 4 stars is that unfortunately, the restaurant is only open on the weekends. Burrito Cafe is located near the main entrance right next to the entertainment stage. Next time you visit Carowinds on the weekend give Burrito Cafe a try, you'll be glad you did.
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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.