Recently my #HeighPartyof3 which consists of my husband, daughter and me, traveled from Raleigh,NC for a short 2.5 hour drive to Carowinds. This 400 acre amusement park, with 13 roller coasters, seven water rides and the new Camp Snoopy, was the perfect place to enjoy some end of summer fun and to celebrate #outandaboutAva turning 7 years old!
I asked my daughter to give me two words to describe our family fun day at Carowinds to which she replied: “Happy and Thrilling”. So from the mouth of babes, I present to you “A FAMILY GUIDE TO HAPPY THRILLS AT CAROWINDS”. While this was not our first visit as a family to the amusement park, this was our first time experiencing the Carolina Harbor Water Park, checking out the new County Fair rides and seeing what’s new at Camp Snoopy. I have some mom friends who have children 7 and under who have not visited Carowinds yet, so my hope is that they will read this and be inspired to go and learn from our family experience.
Arriving at CAROWINDS
Upon arrival the first decision to be made is where to park. One thing folks like to complain about is parking. Yes Carowinds is a huge park that has thousands of daily visitors. These visitors also need thousands of parking spots. Parking is plentiful and visitors have two parking choices , General and VIP. VIP sections tend to be closer to the entrance than general.
Waterpark Fun in the Sun at CAROLINA HARBOR
Nestled right between the two states of North and South Carolina is Carolina Harbor Waterpark at Carowinds. There are so many splash adventures to be had at this 27 acre waterpark, including Blackbeard’s Revenge, a six story water slide, two wave pools and a two-acre family area. We are water lovers and really enjoyed staying cool by the pool, soaking up sun and relaxing on the lazy river ride. It’s no wonder Carolina Harbor Waterpark was one of the top winners of USA TODAY “Best Outdoor Waterpark” because of it’s themed water rides and one of a kind attractions for all ages.
SobeSavvy Tip: Now that you know that Carolina Harbor is the coolest place to slide,splash,chill and dine (BTW…the pulled pork Carolina BBQ sandwich is so good!), you should definitely consider renting a cabana. Cabana Life is the way to go to have your own private shaded haven. It comes with a flat screen tv, a mini fridge with half of dozen cold waters waiting for you, a table with 4 chairs, 2 lounge chairs, and menu service. It fits up to six people. So if you come with another small family, you can split the costs!
Happy Days Are Here Again at the COUNTY FAIR
The all-new County Fair themed area features 3 acres of timeless fun for all ages. There are 4 retro rides like the Zephyr swing ride, go round in a circular motion while enjoying music and spectacular lighting on the Rock ‘N’ Roller, flip upside down 63 ft above the ground on the Electro-Spin and don’t miss the twists and turns of Do-Si-Do, which glides guests up, down and around on three giant arms!
SobeSavvy Tip: Save room for some traditional fair food to eat! Here is wherr you can find hot dogs, cotton candy and my favorite..funnel cake!
Enjoy Kid Sized Thrills at the New CAMP SNOOPY
The former kids’ area known as Planet Snoopy has been completely transformed to the newly expanded Camp Snoopy, which includes six new attractions, a new wilderness theme and parent-friendly enhancements. There were lots of fun photo ops especially for fans of The PEANUTS and you may even get a chance to see your favorite characters. There is so much for young children to see and do here and great memories to be made at Camp Snoopy!
SobeSavvy Tip: Ride the Woodstock Express rollercoaster and choose a FunPix souvenir photo to take home. FunPix is a way to capture and share your memories of Carowinds with unlimited digital photo downloads! Its just one of the many great amenities at Carowinds.
Be sure to download the Carowinds mobile app from the App Store or Google Play and Follow Carowinds on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or head to Carowinds.com for more information.
Check out more ‘happy and thrilling’ moments at #Carowinds, plus WATCH my video recap of our family fun experience here ⤵️
What “Happy Thrills” did you experience this summer? Have you ever been to Carowinds? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!
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17 thoughts on “A Family Guide to Happy Thrills at #Carowinds | #AmazingLooksLike @Carowinds #FamilyFun”
I absolutely love the peanuts gang. I never heard of this park before but would love to go. Asides from the peanuts crew, you had me st pulled pork sandwich!
Yeah! I was on the lookout for snoopy but missed him this yesr. They do a live entertainment show at the park too.
I love theme parks. We normally go to Holiday World and Six Flags every year. They are so much fun! looks like yall had a blast
Holiday World sounds fun. Now that my child is taller and older, I see us doing more theme parks. We had a blast!
Carowinds was definitely a big part of our summer this year since it was our first time visiting! We had such fun and thanks to our season passes we plan on continuing that fun all throughout the year. Next up: Scarowinds!!
Such a fun place to go with the whole family! You will have a blast at Scarowinds!
Carowinds looks like a lot of fun. My kids would love to visit here. Sounds like a new road trip.
Carowinds looks like fun! Im not a big amusement park person but my children love them so I can usually do a few hours for them. I love that the waterpark is attached, this would’ve been the part I was all for!
By the time we were sone with the waterpark, I had little in the tank for the amusement park part. I would say my daughter liked the waterpark best this visit. It is unique that you can experience both in one place.
Growing up I heard so much about Carowinds because my cousins live in the south. It looks like you guys had a fun filled day. The Cabana Life shocked me with all the extras. That is where I would be all day.
Renting a Cabana is the way to go! I am telling everybody. Lol!
As a kid I use to dream of going to Carowinds nightly, but I never went. I’d love to take my girls one day though.
How fun! We used to have a Camp Snoopy here inside the Mall of America. I was so mad when they replaced it with another amusement park.
Oh no! Snoopy is such a classic character loved by all.
This looks like so much fun! I love the picture of your daughter and husband on the roller coaster!
Thanks..that pic is now a magnet on the fridge. Lol!