Carowinds Tickets in Charlotte, NC

14523 Carowinds BlvdCharlotte, NC 28273
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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.


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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 20th - September 10th (excluding May 26th & September 1st).

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.

New for 2017! 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.

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Pamela M
"Scarowinds "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2017 NEW
My family and I have season passes to Carowinds. For Halloween they turn the park into Scarowinds. It wasn't very scary, but my husband and I enjoyed ourselves. We only went to one scare house because the lines were extremely long. The park was crowded as it was the last night for the event. It's definitely worth going if you have season passes, but I wouldn't pay otherwise.
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Blaine W
"Carowinds Or Scareowinds?"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
This theme park is off the hook with so much fun and surprises that you wont be left hanging dry or bored stiff! Around Halloween the theme park turns into Scarowinds with a theme like The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton if you haven't experienced it than prepare to be blown away with the high velocity of excitement. Also there's a rollercoaster after the famous movie Top Gun so now you can be Maverick too. Also there's live entertainment like Beetlejuice. There's even a moving 3D simulation of the classics from Ian Fleming James Bond 007 so don't keep this mission classified but get out there and live life free to the fullest!!!
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Christina S
Mesquite, NV
"Nice park "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2017 NEW
Carowinds is a nice, clean, enjoyable place to spend the day. Plenty of rides and coasters, a water park, and many games and shops. Some of the rides are a little outdated and the water park can’t always operate every slide when they are short staffed. We have been here many times and always enjoy ourselves. Beware- summers in the Carolinas are HOT!
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Charlotte, North Carolina
"Supreme FUN"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2017 NEW
We get our season passes EVERY YEAR...without fail. Carowinds is an awesome fun way to spend the day with friends and family. The roller coasters are some of the best in the US...the park is very clean and the rides are hardly ever “closed” or broken down...they’re always adding and updating attractions. Scarowinds wasn’t quite as good this year as it’s been in the past though.
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
"Very good theme park!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2017 NEW
I took my son to Carowinds the last weekend of the season in October. We had a really good time, we go to Amusement Parks all over the country. The best thing about Carowinds is Fury 325, easily one of the best roller coasters in the world! The park has nice landscaping and a great kids area. It could use a really good wood coaster, I usually seek them out but they don't really have a good one. The Hurler is just average, and they have a junior wood coaster. They need a large, fast and really kick butt wood coaster and this park would be ok. We ate at the Panda Express, not bad for theme park, a bit too pricey but food was fresh and tasty. THis is about my 7th visit over 20 years to the park, and it has improved in man areas. We did think the lines move a bit slow. Also, we opted to also attend the Scarowinds event at night. I REALLY dislike that the park closes then reopens with separate admission. This is a really stupid Idea! The parks near me, Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens to not do this, as do other parks I've visited. This is probably the single biggest flaw of their Halloween event. Otherwise the Halloween theming was good, the shows were very good. They also have quite a few very average rollercoasters. They could use another signature attraction that is not like Fury 325 or Intimidator. As I said, a large and exciting wood coaster would work as would maybe 1 more large exciting and unique attraction. Also, I miss the log flume. My son and I usually like log flumes, and they should have a nice flume ride.
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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 $15 per vehicle for regular parking and $25 for preferred. 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.