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Healthy Dining Options at Carowinds

Ashlyn Hunter |
January 13, 2022

As the new year begins, people around the world have started their New Year’s Resolutions. It is no secret that adopting a healthy lifestyle, inclusive of healthy eating and exercise, is one of the most popular resolutions. Luckily, Carowinds’ guests do not have to worry about giving-up their healthy lifestyle when visiting the park.

“The culinary team and I understand there are a huge demand for plant-based, vegan, vegetarian and other healthy options,” John Loukas, Carowinds’ executive chef, said. “We are excited to add more of these options throughout the park during the 2022 season.”

 

Where to Find Healthy Dining Choices

With over 25 dining locations throughout Carowinds, it can be overwhelming to determine where to eat.

Blue Ridge Country Kitchen

Blue Ridge Kitchen, opened in 2019, quickly became a guest-favorite due to its wide variety of non-traditional amusement park dining options. Rotisserie chicken, farm-fresh sides like green beans, fruit and salads are available.

“Request the rotisserie chicken with the skin removed to make this option even healthier,” Loukas said.

Blue Ridge Country Kitchen is also one of the dining locations where Chef Loukas and team will be introducing plant-based meat options in 2022. At this location, guests will find Impossible™ sausage links on the menu.

Location: Blue Ridge Junction

 

 

Burrito Café

Burrito Café allows guests to customize a variety of Mexican-inspired dishes. A popular healthy option at this dining location is the burrito salad. Guests can pile-on fresh toppings like pico de gallo and other fresh veggies to make the giant salad their own.

Location: Celebration Plaza

 

 

Camp Cookout

Located in Camp Snoopy, Camp Cookout menu items include kid-friendly favorites like hot dogs, chicken tenders and cheeseburgers. In 2022, this restaurant will also feature grab-and-go fruit cups and fresh salads that will please even the pickiest eaters.

Location: Camp Snoopy

 

 
Harbor House

Harbor House is Carolina Harbor Waterpark’s [link] flagship dining location. In addition to Carolina favorites like barbeque and hand-breaded chicken tenders, this location offers healthy grab-and-go options like crisp wraps, fresh fruit, and salads.

Location: Carolina Harbor

 

 

Harmony Hall

Featuring five different stations, Harmony Hall is the largest dining location at Carowinds. The Sunrise Fresh Bowl Station features customizable poke bowls as well as grab-and-go salads and wraps.

“The bowl station in Harmony Hall is the easiest place to find healthy food at the park,” Loukas said. “I suggest creating your own poke bowl.”

Location: Celebration Plaza

 

 

Stay Hydrated While Having Fun

In addition to eating the right foods, drinking plenty of water is a fundamental part of creating a healthy lifestyle. Water is especially important during a day at Carowinds. Guests can enjoy free water at all dining locations and snack stands throughout the park.

Souvenir Drink Bottles are a great way to ensure proper hydration. On the day of purchase, guests receive free refills. For following visits, guests with a Souvenir Drink Bottle receive $0.99 refills.

 

Get the Best Value with a Dining Plan

Guests can make the most of their Carowinds visit by purchasing a dining plan. With over a dozen participating locations, and one price, dining plans make any visit even more worry-free.

 

 

All Day Dining

Guests who purchase an All Day Dining Plan can enjoy an entrée and side item each time they visit a participating dining location, with only a 90-minute interval between redemptions.

 

All Season Dining

Season Passholders can easily add this dining plan to their season pass online. After purchasing a 2022 All Season Dining Plan, guests can enjoy both lunch and dinner, with only a four-hour interval between, every time they visit the park in 2022. This dining plan pays for itself in less than four visits. 

 

Participating Locations
  • Beach Bites
  • Blue Ridge Country Kitchen
  • Burrito Café
  • Camp Cookout
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Chickie’s & Pete’s Sports Grill
  • Fair Fries
  • Fry Shack
  • Harbor House
  • Harmony Hall
  • Juke Box Diner
  • Panda Express
  • Papa Luigi’s
  • Sharky’s Grille

*Dining Plan participating locations and menus are subject to change without notice throughout the season and from year to year. Operating hours vary by location and some locations may not be open on select operating days.

 

Other Dietary Restrictions

Our culinary team realizes some guests may have other dietary restrictions to consider when visiting Carowinds. For this reason, each dining location on the Carowinds website is marked with offered dietary options such as gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian. A comprehensive list of allergen information can be found on the Special Dietary Needs page.

 

Start planning a trip to Carowinds in 2022 by purchasing a Gold Season Pass so you can enjoy exclusive add-ons like the All Season Dining plan.