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Hotels in Charlotte near Carowinds Theme Park

Carowinds Theme Park Introduction

Perched on the border of North and South Carolina, Carowinds is a sprawling theme park famous for its water rides in 20-acre Carolina Harbor. Touted as the 'thrill capital of the southeast', this well-known amusement park which opened in 1973 lies 12 miles south of downtown Charlotte. It boasts 8 themed areas such as Planet Snoopy and County Fair, and popular dramatic attractions like the Rip Roarin' Rapids, Fury 325, and the Carolina Sky Tower. Carowinds is open from March to November, and kids and families may also enjoy SCarowinds, the park's Halloween event.

Hotels near Carowinds Theme Park

There are plenty of family-friendly hotels and inns found around Carowinds, catering for a variety of budgets. Off I-77 and Carowinds Boulevard, you'll find several big name chain hotels and inns including Carlson, Comfort Inn, and Marriott. Carowinds' season runs from late March until early November. June, July, and August are the busiest times to travel to the park, and hotel prices reflect this. For the best hotel deals, visit in May, September or October, but be aware that park hours may be limited to weekends. During the peak summer period, mid-week stays often offer the best deals.

Where to stay near Carowinds Theme Park

While the majority of hotels and inns are found on the main streets surrounding Carowinds, there are also a number of budget and mid-range hotels in Pineville, 3 miles east of the park. Book a hotel in Pineville, and you'll be close to the popular Carolina Place shopping mall, and President James K. Polk State Historic Site and museum. For more high-end accommodation, including luxury and boutique hotels, head 8 miles southeast to Ballantyne, one of Charlotte's more upmarket neighborhoods. Here you'll find flashy boutiques, upscale restaurants, and manicured golf courses, attracting more affluent visitors, in addition to golf fanatics.

Things to see near Carowinds Theme Park

Lying 17 miles north of Carowinds, along Interstate 465 and past Charlotte Douglas International Airport, is the U.S. National Whitewater Center, a river rafting and outdoor adventure park. Downtown Charlotte is 12 miles northeast of Carowinds theme park, and there you'll find a host of celebrated visitor attractions including the NASCAR Hall of Fame, a national stock car motor-racing museum. A 14-minute walk from the NASCAR Hall of Fame and 12 miles north of Carowinds is Discovery Place, Charlotte's brilliant and interactive science museum and IMAX theater.

How to get to Carowinds Theme Park

Off Interstate 77, Carowinds is 12 miles southwest of downtown Charlotte. From the city center, the amusement park is less than 20 minutes away by car, and over an hour away by bus via Pineville. Charlotte Douglas International Airport lies 15 miles north of Carowinds and takes 20 minutes by car along Interstate 485, or 1 hour 45 minutes by bus. For those travelers arriving by Amtrak, Charlotte Station is 15 miles from Carowinds, a 34-minute drive, and 1 hour 35 minutes away by bus. The park is 7 miles from both the Charlotte Premium Outlets mall and Lake Wylie.

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