When it comes to things to do in Charlotte for date night, Carowinds is always a popular destination. Typical dates like dinner and a movie have nothing on the romance and excitement a couple can experience in an amusement and waterpark. Not to mention, you really get to know someone when you spend the day riding rides and having fun.
Whether you’re a seasoned park-goer or new to the experience, here are a few tips we “researched” to WOW your significant other with the perfect Carowinds date!
What to Wear?
When it comes to amusement parks, comfort is key. Be sure to wear something you’ll be able to stay cool and comfortable in all night. We recommend leaving most valuable items at home, but if you do bring a bag, be sure to take advantage of our locker rentals. Lockers are located throughout the park, and can be purchased hourly for your convenience.
Buy Your Tickets
Whether you’re looking for a day date or date night, Carowinds.com is the place to get the best deal on tickets. Buying your tickets in advance will save you valuable time once you arrive at the park, and you’ll be able to add upgrades like Dining Plans and Fast Lane Passes to your tickets with ease.
ProTip: There’s something very romantic about Carowinds at night, not to mention, night rides on roller coasters are the best. If you’re planning your date for an evening visit, after 4pm tickets for visits Monday through Thursdays are currently available for as low as $33 online.
Once you get to the park, start your date with dinner. Carowinds has endless dining options for you and your date to enjoy. Our flagship dining location is Harmony Hall, complete with multiple dining options and entertainment offerings. A few other good date night options are Chickie’s and Pete’s or Wings. Both have extensive indoor seating.
Everyone's favorite Carolina BBQ at Harmony Hall.
After your meal, share a sweet treat with your date! Carowinds has many dessert options, but the most noteworhty is our famous funnel cake. How can you resist?
If you’re looking to save little cash on dinner, purchase our single meal deal online before your visit. This includes an entrée, a side and a regular size fountain drink for only $14.99 at participating dining locations.
Experience the thrills
After dinner, experience an adrenaline rush on some of the biggest rides around. Is there a really a better way to bond with your date than screaming at the top of your lungs on roller coasters? We don’t think so. Carowinds is home to two of the top 10 roller coasters in North America: Fury 325 and Intimidator. With 13 roller coasters and numerous thrill rides, you’ll never run out of things to do. While you’re waiting to ride, you’ll have time to talk and get to know your date, and with so much to see and do – you won’t run out of things to talk about.
Catch a Show
Skip your typical date night movie and enjoy Carowinds’ award-winning entertainment. We have numerous shows to choose from based on your interest. We recommend our headlining show Cirque Imagine, an action packed display of acrobatics, raw athleticism, grace and beauty in the Carowinds Theater. Other shows like Catawba Creek Duo and New Roots Bluegrass offer a relaxing and carefree evening of all your favorite hits with a little twist.
There’s An App For That…
Instead of looking lost and trying to find your next favorite ride, download the free Carowinds app to access an interactive map giving you directions and wait times for all of your favorite rides and attractions! Our new app will also send you messages and notifications so you can stay updated on everything happening at the park.
Capture the Memory
A date at Carowinds is an occasion a couple will never want to forget, so commemorate your date with a souvenir or a picture. Capture, collect and share all of your favorite photos with FunPix. Single day FunPix is only $19.99 when you buy online! Souvenirs to remind you of your magical night can be found at gift shops located around the park. Use our app to easily navigate to one of these locations.
Where to Grab a Drink?
Guests 21 and older should stop by the full-service bar in Harmony Hall. Grab a drink and enjoy the night on the patio, maybe even catch a show from the Catawba Creek Duo!
Win your date a prize and show off your skills at our midway games! There’s no need to keep up with cash or change to play our midway and arcade games. Our new Game Card can be purchased or charged at kiosks throughout the park. You pick the amount put on your card and recharge whenever you want for endless gaming!
After enjoying all Carowinds has to offer, end your date night at County Fair. This new section of the park is twice the fun at night when everything lights up, bringing some magic to the Carolina sky. The classically romantic atmosphere of County Fair is the perfect backdrop for your date.
Now that you’ve read our Carowinds date guide, start planning your perfect date night! We’ll see you soon!