Best Time to Go to Carowinds | Easily Explained

In this page we'll go over the best time to go to Carowinds, the best time of the day to visit, the best season to visit & even the worst season to visit along with reasons why.

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Best Day to Visit

The best days to visit Carowinds are Wednesday and Thursday. Weekdays are typically much less crowded and visitors from all over the world plan their trips around the weekend.

carowinds entrance of park

Most guests plan their entire trip to the park around the weekend. Normally on the weekends, kids are out of school, and parents are off of work. This creates the perfect recipe for a packed park on the weekends.

By going during the weekday (specifically Wednesday and Thursday), there's a high chance that you'll deal with minimal crowds, less waits, and you'll be able to experience much more in a shorter period of time.

The best part of visiting during the week is that you won't necessarily have to follow the strict itinerary that you created beforehand, and can a more laid-back experience.

Best Time of Day to Visit

The best time of the day to visit is right when the park opens!

Carowinds normally opens either at 9 am or 10 am, you'll want to double check their park hours for that day prior to visiting.

You'll want to arrive at least 30 minutes before the park opens to be one of the first visitors in the park.

This will heighten your chances of being one of the first people at the park, and you'll be able to head directly to your must-do ride with no waits.

Best Season to Visit

The best season to visit Carowinds is during the summer, in late July. The fourth of July crowd will have come and gone, and the park (during the week) becomes a lot slower. 

Additionally, the weather is perfect around this time in the high 70's - low 80's with a breeze.

During this season, most visitors will arrive early to the park, and hit all of the major rides while the weather is perfect.

Then when the sun is out in full-force, they'll cool off at the Carolina Harbor water park.

carolina harbor carowinds

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