Sitting on the border of North Carolina and South Carolina is Carowinds theme-park, aptly named for the strong winds that blow between the states. It first opened in 1960 as local, independent operation, got 2nd and 3rd winds from media companies like Taft Broadcasting and Paramount that infused the park with pop culture characters, and today operates under the Cedar Fair.

The park is 400+ acres of rides, roller coasters, and attractions; includes a monstrous 27 acre water park; and holds seasonal events throughout the year as one of the premiere entertainment venues in the Charlotte region.