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How to Stay Cool at Carowinds | Easily Explained

When you spend hours at a theme park, you'll quickly realize that it's very easy to sweat and get hot.

In this page, we will explain our best tips of how to stay cool at Carowinds.


    There are a few types of portable fans, but our favorites are the portable handheld mist fan, and the portable neck fan.

    These items are very affordable, lightweight work immediately, are easy to carry around, and later put away.

    It ultimately comes down to preference.

    Portable Handheld Mist Fan

    The portable handheld mist fan will allow you to carry with your hand, and point it at any part of you that needs to cool off the most.


    portable handheld mist fan



    • Lightweight
    • Easy to Store
    • Works immediately
    • Can cool down other people
    • Can be charged with a USB-C cord


    • You'll have to constantly move the fan around to cool you off

    Portable Neck Fan

    The portable neck fan is hands-free, and you can simply turn it on and forget about it, while you cool down in the process.


    portable neck fan



    • Hands free- You can simply place it around your neck/on your shoulders and 'set and forget it'
    • Works immediately
    • Adjustable to get different angles of airflow
    • Has 2 fans


    • It'll only cool down your face/head/neck area


    The Souvenir cup at Carowinds allow you to have unlimited refills on the day that you are visiting.

    The only rule to this is that you must wait 15 minutes after your cup is refilled, for your next refill.

    Refillable cups can cost around $20.

    If you return to visit the park during the same season which you bought the Souvenir bottle, you can still use the same bottle, however it won't be free.

    For simply $5, you'll be able to use your same Souvenir bottle to have refills for that entire day of your visit.

    The Souvenir bottle can be purchased directly from the Carowinds site.

    carowinds souvenir bottle

    PURCHASE A Carowinds Fast Lane Pass

    Something that many guests don't account for when it comes to heat, is how hot it can get when waiting in lines at a theme park.

    A Carowinds Fast Lane pass provides visitors access to a separate and quicker line for the most popular rides.

    fast lane carowinds

    The entrance will either lead to a different line, or allow you to cut the regular line. 

    An employee will scan the Fast Lane Pass to confirm your reservation, and then you can enjoy your ride with little to no wait time.

    This essentially acts as a fast pass for the parks, as you'll spend less time waiting in lines, and more time riding the actual rides.


    There are really two types of towels to bring to a theme park.

    • To Cool Off
    • To Dry Off

    The Cooling Towels have exploded in popularity over the last few years, as guests can use these to quickly cool off on a hot day. 

    cooling towels


    These towels hold 8 times more water than a regular towel, and uses its evaporation technology to cool the user off.

    Most guests will use these towels on their necks, heads, and arms to quickly cool off.


    When you take a break to grab a bite to eat, make sure that you are doing so at a restaurant with indoor seating.

    This will provide you with an easy way to cool off, and get away from the sun, while refueling.

    Another alternative is to simply plan to visit (indoor) shows at the hottest time of the day.

    Shows are a great way to get off of your feet after miles of walking, and a great change of pace for the day.

    Additionally, you'll want to know what to wear to Carowinds, as wearing the wrong clothes can massively affect your day.


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