Thursday, July 26, 2012

Carowinds Amusement Park

Aside from "The Great Wolf Lodge" and some shopping, we also treated the kids, on our last day of vacation, to "Carowinds Amusement Park". We didn't really know how intense nor how large this park was until we arrived.

Carowinds is 398-acres of property filled with all kinds of amusement type rides and is situated on the border of North and South Carolina. In one section of the park, you can snap a photo of yourself standing in both North and South Carolina simultaneously. It's pretty neat.

This park had more roller coasters than I have ever seen... 10 to be exact (that I could count). They were very, very intimidating looking. Darren rode two coasters, alone, because we couldn't leave the children unattended. Honestly, I was thankful for it because I am not the "thrill-seeking" type. Lilah and Jax, for the first time, rode a down scaled, yet REAL version of a roller coaster (not a kiddie roller coaster). They handled it incredibly well and loved it so much that they asked to do it over and over again. I have some great video footage of them riding on it, that I will eventually post.

The pros of this park during this visit were:
1. NO LINES.... literally NO LINES
2. It caters to people of ALL ages.
3. The price of the ticket includes your entrance into their brand new water park as well.
4. It's HUGE.

The cons of this park during the visit were:
1. THE HEAT WAS BRUTAL
2. The ticket cost is pricey in my opinion, but NOT if you are used to paying Disney prices, even still however, well worth the money because the fun NEVER ENDS.
3. The park is soooo large, I personally think you need to go two days in a row.
4. Pack lots of snacks, food, and water. ONE water bottle cost $6.00.

The park was so large that we were unable to finish exploring it, even though we stayed at the park from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. We plan to go back again one day when it is not so hot. The park is only open from March to November. I would love to take the kids in March or May for their birthdays!!!!

Enjoy the photos. Double click on the album to view it in a larger format.