It’s hard to believe that we’re already past the halfway point of the summer season. Before school starts again, get outside and savor the last of the long summer days. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Charlotte with your family and friends, Carowinds is the place for you! And our Dollar Days deals available Labor Day weekend will let you live large without breaking the bank. Get food, games and merch for only a buck each!
Here’s a list of some of the top ways to squeeze every bit of fun out of the dog days of summer.
Record a milestone
Knock that thrill-seeking challenge off your summer bucket list. Whether your little one is now tall enough to ride “the big ones” or you’ve finally mustered the courage for Slingshot or Fury 325, now is your opportunity to make the memory. Don’t forget to download the FunPix photo for proof if anyone doubts your bravery.
PRO TIP: We now offer height measurement stations at the front of the park so you’ll know exactly what your child can and can’t ride before getting in line. As you enter through the North Gate, stop by Traditions to have your child measured and get a height wristband.
National Roller Coaster Day is recognized each year on August 16, and there’s no better way to celebrate than soaring through the sky on two of the tallest steel roller coasters in North America, Intimidator and Fury 325! With a total of 14 roller coasters, we deliver one of the best coaster collections in the world.
Cool off at Carolina Harbor
With 26 acres of thrilling water slides, splash areas and wave pools and a 1,000-foot lazy river, Carolina Harbor is the perfect spot to spend a summer day. From mild to wild, our waterpark is the coolest place to slide, splash, chill and dine. Best of all, entry into Carolina Harbor is always included with Carowinds admission!
PRO TIP: Take your relaxation to the next level! Rent a private cabana with lounge chairs, satellite TV, a tube rental and more - the perfect place to make your home base while you enjoy a full day of fun.
Get your friends together
Friends don’t let friends ride alone! Season Passholders can share the fun, thrills and excitement with our special Bring-A-Friend discounts on daily admission tickets. On certain days in August, Season Passholders can bring up to six friends for only $21 each.
PRO TIP: Take your group on Rip Roarin’ Rapids, a white water rafting expedition down a rugged river course in a 6-person raft. Each drenching ride is a unique, fun way to cool off on summer days.
Catch a show
Our world-class entertainment has wowed guests for over 45 years. With nine shows performing daily, we offer a variety of performances for audiences of all ages to enjoy.
This season we’ve added some new shows that have quickly become fan favorites. Seasons of Cirque delivers a big-ticket, live show experience that takes you on a journey through the seasons of the Carolinas. Sensational aerial stunts, precision choreography, stunning imagery and a lively injection of humor combine to tell a story like no other, in the comfort of the air-conditioned Carowinds Theatre.
PRO TIP: Arrive 15 minutes prior to the show’s scheduled start time so you don’t miss the hilarious pre-show routine.
When the sun goes down, the fun turns up on the Plaza Stage at our largest nighttime celebration yet. Turn It Up is filled with so much fun and excitement - the rhythm will get you moving to the beat! End your evening with our live band and singers that make you TURN IT UP and will have you dancing to your car after the perfect day!
Explore new places
Camp Snoopy, the exciting transformation of our kids’ area, is packed with more thrills, more giggles and more fun than ever before with the addition of six new junior attractions, new amenities and a re-imagined PEANUTS theme with all your favorite characters.
PRO TIP: Young explorers will love Beagle Scout Acres, the perfect place to let their imagination roam free. This climb and play area features 8,000 square feet of interactive play elements and lots of shady spots for parents to rest.
Delight your taste buds
A day at Carowinds can work up quite an appetite! With more than two dozen dining locations, you can find tempting treats and satisfying meals throughout the park to satisfy your hunger.
The Carolinas are all about food, and Carowinds is prepared to serve up the very best. Our executive chef recently revamped our menus with all-time Carolina favorites. Now, in all areas of the park you can enjoy delicious, authentic Carolina fare like house-smoked ribs and brisket and homemade pizza.
Harmony Hall, our 26,500 square-foot air-conditioned dining location, is the perfect place to stop in for a cool, relaxing break during your summer visit. It's not only a marketplace, but a showplace. Enjoy Lunch with the PEANUTS™ Gang throughout the summer months and catch Decades Live in the evenings.
PRO TIP: Stroll through the Carolina Candy Shoppe to satisfy your sweet tooth with free samples of their handmade fudge. Can’t pick just one flavor? Fudge is always buy two get one free!
On Saturdays in August, fun in the park continues until 10 p.m. Most other days, we’re open until 8 p.m. Round up your posse, grab your tickets and rule the final days of summer with fun.