While it's meant to be an adjunct to Carowinds, Carolina Harbor is a large park in its own right and has most of the water slides and attractions found at standalone water parks. A 2016 expansion and name change (the park used to be known as Boomerang Bay) brought new attractions to the park including Blackbeard's Revenge, which features launch capsules and near-vertical drop slides and Seaside Splashworks, a large interactive water play area.
Other highlights include two wave pools which offer plenty of room to cool down and bob in the surf. Enclosed tube slides ramp up the thrills by keeping riders in total darkness. And a family raft ride delivers thrills that groups of up to four can share. There is also a halfpipe ride and a bowl ride.
Interesting fact: Because the park sits on the border, the lazy river straddles both North and South Carolina.
In addition to the wet fun, Carowinds offers a full complement of coasters and other rides and attractions.
Admission and Area Hotel Info
Tickets to the theme park include admission to Carolina Harbor, the onsite water park. Reduced price for children (under 48") and seniors (62+). 2 and under are free. Reduced price for guests arriving after 4 p.m. Discounted tickets are often available online.
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Location and Phone
Charlotte, North Carolina
(704) 588-2600 (from NC)
(803) 548-5300 (from SC)
I-77 to SC Exit 90 at the North Carolina/South Carolina border. The actual address is Avenue of the Carolinas in Charlotte, NC.