Carowinds turns 40

Commentary by Kaitlin Gillespie
Times-News correspondent

The Carolina Cyclone is one of the many roller coasters you can ride during a visit to the Carowinds theme park, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. / Photo courtesy of Carowinds

CHARLOTTE β€” For 40 years, the amused screams of amusement park-goers have been heard throughout the thrill capital of the Southeast β€” Carowinds.
It’s hard to believe this beloved attraction that encompasses both North and South Carolina has been operating for 40 years, but the thrills have never ceased.
The park opened its doors July 31, 1973, and continues to provide entertainment and enjoyment to any and all who walk through the gates. Originally the park was only 73 acres of rides and attractions, but today that has more than quintupled to a 398-acre masterpiece that can be seen from miles away. Carowinds now has a 20-acre water park featuring wave pools, water slides and other familyfriendly attractions.
Carowinds simply embodies the south with humble beginnings, a good upbringing and a successful story. Though Carowinds has been owned by many different companies, they have all managed to nurture and expand the park in new and encouraging ways. Most recently Carowinds brought in an exhibit called “Dinosaurs Alive” that is sure to enthrall children of any age group as they explore the 32 life-like dinosaurs that inhabit this outdoor exhibit.
Although 40 years may seem like a long time, it seems as if new attractions and expansions are occurring yearly for the thrill capital of the Southeast. That can only mean one thing β€” Carowinds is only getting better with age.

Kaitlin Gillespie is a rising senior at Western Alamance High School
and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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