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Carowinds is one of North Carolina's favorite local amusement parks. You'll have your pick of family and thrill rides, including the Intimidator, a roller coaster inspired by Dale Earnhardt (and also the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in the southeast). If you need to cool off, Carowinds also boasts its own water park, Boomerang Bay. This 20-acre park includes a 34,000-square-foot pool, a 1,000-foot-long lazy river and 11 water slides. Plus, entrance to Boomerang Bay is included with your Carowinds admission.

Past visitors highly recommend a stop at Carowinds if you're traveling with your family. "Lots of attractions & rides & short lines on weekdays. Roller coasters for the big kids as well as smaller and slower rides for the little ones," offers one TripAdvisor reviewer. Though travelers commend Carowinds for its ability to appeal to a wide range of age groups, visitors aren't as pleased with the number of extra expenses the park charges. In addition to general admission, be prepared to fork over $15 for parking, $10-18 for locker rental and $14-30 for a single meal or all-day dining package (Carowinds does not allow outside food or beverages.)

Located right off of I-77, Carowinds is about a 13-miledrive south of Charlotte. The park's season is from early April through October; opening and closing times for the theme park vary by day and by season. Check the Carowinds Calendar online for the most up-to-date information. Single-day park admission costs $57.99 per ticket if purchased at the gate; if you buy tickets online, you'll pay $49.99 per ticket. Tickets purchased online three or more days in advance cost $46.99. You can save even more by opting for a "Twilight Admission" ticket (valid starting at 4 p.m.), which costs only $27.

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