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Out & About - Carowinds

Out & About is an occasional series of stories that highlight the best Charlotte has to offer in arts and culture, shopping and dining, entertainment and sports.

Carowinds is a full on amusement park located just over the S.C. border, about 20 minutes from campus. If you're a thrill-seeker or simply need a day away from your books it's a great place to relax and enjoy good weather. It's open on weekends through the end of October and then reopens in the spring.

There are 13 roller coasters and even more different types of rides including water rides at the Boomerang Bay Water Park. Thrill rides include a drop tower, Scream Weaver, and Xtreme Skyflyer.

Ticket prices vary widely so check out their website and click on "Deals and Discounts." (Recent examples - get $15 off a ticket for every Coke product can you bring in or bring a group of four or more and get half off your tickets.)

Beginning in September, in the evenings the park transforms into "Scarowinds" complete with roaming zombies, vampires, werewolves and creepy beings of other sorts in celebration of Halloween. (The best ticket prices for these special evenings are always online so check out

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