Riders get their kicks on Fury 325. (©Carowinds)
This 400-acre theme park includes thrill rides like Fury 325, the world's-tallest giga coaster, the stand-up Vortex and the NASCAR-themed Intimidator. Straddling the North Carolina/South Carolina state line, the park offers 60 rides, shows and attractions for the entire family. You can also cool off at Carolina Harbor Waterpark, a 16-acre water park. Open daily in summer, weekends in the spring and fall. Multiple ticket passes that offer season-long dining and Fast Pass-access are available.