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Carowinds is the place where the Carolinas come together. Located off I-77 (Exit 90) at the NC/SC border, the premier entertainment destination of the Carolinas touts world-class thrill rides, live entertainment, authentic Carolina cuisine and more. Feel the sting of Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster. Winner of the 2015 Golden Ticket Award for “Best New Ride” by the readers of Amusement Today, this steel behemoth reaches heights of 325 feet tall and breathtaking speeds of 95 miles per hour - it’s full throttle all the way. This historic expansion includes new attractions and amenities for all members of the family – from mild to wild! Plus, it’s included with admission. Plants vs. Zombies™ Garden Warfare 3Z Arena is the world’s first intra-active 3-D digital experience. Guests are immersed in the Plants vs. Zombies™ Garden Warfare 2 universe and compete in an epic battle to find the Golden Gnome.

We are thrilled that you are considering a trip to Carowinds in 2017 to complement your educational program. We’ve worked with leading educators and curriculum specialists to offer the ultimate best in content and impact. And, as we are the supreme experts in FUN, that part’s totally covered!

Carowinds Youth Programs are specifically designed to provide unique and enriching experiences for youth groups in a fun and interactive setting. From educational programs and performance opportunities to a senior class field trip, Carowinds has programming developed with each grade and interest level in mind.


Carowinds performance programs offer a wide array of performance, festival and competitive opportunities for youth in the arts and music while also providing an environment for artistic growth in a fun and interactive setting. After performing, groups are rewarded by enjoying our many thrilling attractions.


Festival of Music

Carowinds Festival of Music offers student music ensembles and their directors an opportunity to perform in our unique setting as nationally known adjudicators & composers listen, evaluate and comment on your ensemble’s performance.

Performances In The Park

Reward the hard work of your marching band or performance group with a unique performing opportunity AND a day of rip-roaring fun at Carowinds! Our Performance in the Park program is a superb chance for your students to share their talents in an exciting, yet relaxing environment with thousands of spectators.

Carowinds Cheer and Dance Nationals

Sunday, May 1st - MCDA takes the cheerleading competition and sets it into a Family Theme Park to provide fun and excitement, not only for the cheerleaders, but also for family and friends. One of MCDA’s top goals is to showcase the talent of America’s cheerleaders and dancers for their fans. For more details and registration, click the link below.


Whether you are looking to plan a field trip, end-of year celebration, senior class trip, church youth trip or just want to take your youth group some place memorable, an outing to Carowinds provides the perfect backdrop for a day full of fun and thrills.

Field Trips and Youth Outings

An outing to Carowinds provides the perfect backdrop for a day full of fun and thrills for any youth group. And, in 2017, there is even more reason to make a trip with the debut of an exciting, new lineup of family fun! Carowinds is proud to announce the addition of FOUR new rides in the new County Fair! These new rides are perfect for all ages to enjoy.

Girl Scout Day

Mark your calendars, Carowinds will be hosting its annual Girl Scout Day on October 29th! Carowinds has partnered with Carolina Peaks to Piedmont and Hornet’s Nest to provide exciting opportunities for troops.


Carowinds educational programs offer a wide variety of programming and leadership development opportunities for students and educators in a fun and interactive setting. All programs are supported with activities, group projects or educational materials in an effort to support classroom learning before or after your visit.



Classroom lessons are given life in our action-packed Education Days, brought to eager learners in a partnership with Atomz Lab. Visit Carowinds Plaza from 9:00am-3:00pm for this hand-on educational experience.

Program includes FREE age-appropriate, downloadable workbooks:

Elementary School Workbook

Middle School Workbook

High School Workbook

Education Days have been carefully designed to align with North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia Standard Courses of Study as well as National Science Standards.

2017 Program Dates

  • March 31
  • April 7, 21, 28
  • May 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 26
  • June 2

Program Pricing

$34.00 per person (ages 3 and older), with 1 comp ticket per 15 tickets.

Food Options

$13.99 per person - Picnic Buffet (Once in – once out from 11:00am – 2:00pm) (Fried Chicken, Hot Dogs, Mac & Cheese, Salad, Corn, Potato Chips, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ice Cream & Soft Drinks)

$20.50 per person - Picnic Buffet with Bottomless Soda Wristband (Once in – once out from 11:00am – 2:00pm) (Fried Chicken, Hot Dogs, Mac & Cheese, Salad, Corn, Potato Chips, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ice Cream & Unlimited Soft Drinks ALL DAY)

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Dinosaurs Alive!

Transport back millions of years in Dinosaurs Alive!, a 6-acre animatronic dinosaur park that brings inspiration, science and technology together in a unique setting allowing guests to encounter 39 life-sized dinosaurs.

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