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Posted: April 7, 2014

Location: Carowinds is located 15 minutes from uptown Charlotte at exit 90 off Interstate 77 at the North Carolina/South Carolina border. It resides in both North and South Carolina.

14523 Carowinds Blvd.
Charlotte NC 28273.

History: Carowinds was opened in 1973, at a cost of $30 million, by Charlotte businessman Earl Patterson Hall, who was inspired to build the park after a visit to Disneyland in 1956. The name "Carowinds" was derived from the park's original theme and is a combination of Carolina and winds.

In 1975, senior executives from Taft Broadcasting purchased the theme park division of Taft and formed Kings Entertainment Company (KECO) which included Kings Dominion, Carowinds, Kings Island, and Canada’s Wonderland.

In 1993, Paramount purchased KECO and Carowinds became part of the Paramount Park chain.

In 2006, Cedar Fair Entertainment purchased Paramount Parks and is the current owner of Carowinds.

Hours: http://www.carowinds.com. Carowinds is open from late March through Halloween.

Tickets: Buy and print online. Always try to buy your tickets in advance, to save time when you get to the park.

Reservations: FastLane is available for an additional upcharge, priced depending on date and number of wristbands purchased. The service allows you to bypass the majority of the wait for most of the park's attractions.

Strategy: As with any amusement park, arrive early (at least :30 minutes before opening) and hit the headliner attractions first (coasters).

The new Intimidator coaster will be the main event for 2010, and probably for years to come, so hit it first. Beyond Intimidator, the hottest rides in the park are: Nighthawk, Afterburn, and Thunder Road. Ride them early in the morning (or just before park closing) to avoid long waits.

There is a section of the park set aside for families with very young children: Planet Snoopy. Most of the rides in these areas are pretty standard midway fare, similar to those found at a touring carnival.

Boomerang Bay is free with park admission and offers 20 acres of water-filled activities.

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Readers' reviews:

Attractions
(Rating)(Height)
Windseeker8
Carolina Boardwalk(Rating)(Height)
Carolina Gold Rusher848
Ricochet744
Carolina Cobra748
Carolina Cyclone748
Carolina RFD(Rating)(Height)
Afterburn954
Whitewater Falls846
Scooby Doo's Haunted Mansion6
Carolina Showplace(Rating)(Height)
Kaleidoscope848
Vortex554
Carowinds Plaza(Rating)(Height)
Intimidator954
Carolina Skytower9
Rip Roarin' Rapids846
Nighthawk854
Fury 32554
County Fair(Rating)(Height)
Paramount Action F/X Theater844
Thunder Road748
YoYo548
Dodg'ems448
Southern Star448
Nickelodeon Central(Rating)(Height)
Nick Jr. Jets936
Rocket Power AirTime946
Danny Phantom's Flyers948
The Backyardigan's Swing-A-Long937
Tommy's Take Off8
The Flying Dutchman's Revenge840
Runaway Reptar744
Nick Live7
Boots' Balloon Race7
TV Land Road Trip7
Little Bill's Cruisers636
Fairly Odd Coaster640
Hey Arnold's Taxi Chase536
Nick-O-Round5
Lazytown Sport-O-Copters3
Thrill Zone(Rating)(Height)
Scream Weaver944
Drop Zone854
Hurler548

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Dining
Carolina Boardwalk(Rating)
Outer Hanks9
Carolina RFD(Rating)
Wings6
Country Kitchen3
Carowinds Plaza(Rating)
Carowinds Cafe1
County Fair(Rating)
Boardwalk Fries8
Nickelodeon Central(Rating)
Nicktoons Cafe4
Paramount Plaza(Rating)
Cinnabon6
Chick-Fil-A5
Thrill Zone(Rating)
Happy Day's Diner7

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