Last updated: 06:00 PM ET, Fri August 28 2015

Carowinds Expanding Water Park for 2016 Season

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | August 28, 2015

Carowinds Expanding Water Park for 2016 Season

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Carowinds amusement park is expanding Boomerang Bay into a new water park called Carolina Harbor, which should have thrill seekers adding the park to their 2016 itinerary.

The existing Boomerang Bay has offered summertime guests the chance to enjoy some water-based activities since 1982. For tourists visiting Carowinds, the new Carolina Harbor—expected to open in 2016—is the latest phase in a $50 million, multi-year expansion. Admission to the water park will be included in the ticket price for the main theme park.

Carowinds vice president and general manager Mike Fehnel released a statement about the water park expansion with Carolina Harbor:

“We listened to our guests and have made a promise to bring them more family-friendly attractions. And we’re happy to be delivering on our promise with the addition of Carolina Harbor - a guaranteed ultimate waterpark experience. Carowinds is growing by leaps and bounds and continues to put us on the map as the premier entertainment destination of the Carolinas.”

In addition to several of the rides and attractions Carowinds will salvage from Boomerang Bay, guests will be treated to a cadre of new and entertaining portions of the water park. One of the most talked-about additions will be Blackbeard’s Revenge, a new six-story-tall water slide complex that will feature three attractions and a total of six water slides.

From the Pirate’s Plank to the Cannonball Drop to the Captain’s Curse, the water slides at the Blackbeard’s Revenge attraction will be designed for the ultimate thrill seekers. While the rush of falling several stories into a waiting pool of water will be a great time for older children and adults, Carowinds hasn’t forgotten about the younger kids.

Carowinds has them handled, as well. One of the additions to the park enticing families to visit is Seaside Splashworks, a multi-level children’s water spray ground which will feature over 80 play elements and a 423-gallon tipping bucket. If that wasn’t enough, children will be able to explore the kid-friendly portions of the park called Kiddy Hawk Cove and Myrtle Turtle Beach as well.

As for the entire family, Surf Club Harbor will be the newest wave pool that will be able to create up to six foot waves in 12 different wave patterns, mimicking the Atlantic Ocean’s natural currents.

Add in a new entrance to the park, improved restaurant food and service, sand volleyball courts, additional cabanas and upgraded family changing areas, and there is no doubt that families should be adding Carolina Harbor to the agenda when it opens in 2016.

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