Carolina Harbor

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Carolina Harbor
Location Carowinds, Charlotte, North Carolina & Fort Mill, South Carolina, United States
Coordinates 35°06′16″N 80°56′23″W / 35.104339°N 80.93968°W / 35.104339; -80.93968Coordinates: 35°06′16″N 80°56′23″W / 35.104339°N 80.93968°W / 35.104339; -80.93968
Owner Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Opened 1982
Previous names Ocean Island (1982–1989)
Riptide Reef (1989–1997)
WaterWorks (1997–2006)
Boomerang Bay (2007–2015)
Operating season May through September
Area 20 acres (8.1 ha)
Pools 6 pools
Water slides 31 water slides
Children's areas 6 children's areas
Website Official website

Carolina Harbor is a water park at Carowinds amusement park in Charlotte, North Carolina and Fort Mill, South Carolina. Included with the price of admission to Carowinds, the water park is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.


The water park originally opened as Ocean Island in 1982. In 1989, it was renamed to Riptide Reef.[1] For the 1997 season, Paramount Parks invested $7 million[1] in a 12-acre (49,000 m2) expansion and renamed the park to WaterWorks. Another major expansion occurred in 2006 adding a new Australian theme and changing the name to Boomerang Bay, a name shared with several water parks at other Cedar Fair amusement parks. In 2008, Cedar Fair added a 600,000-US-gallon (2,300 m3) wave pool, Bondi Beach, increasing the total size of the water park to 20 acres (81,000 m2).[2] As part of the multi-year expansion at Carowinds, Boomerang Bay added Surfer's Swell and Dorsal Fin Drop for the 2014 season.

On August 27, 2015, Carowinds announced that Boomerang Bay would undergo a major expansion in 2016 and would be renamed Carolina Harbor. The expansion includes a new wave pool named Surf Club Harbor, 2 kiddie splash areas named Myrtle Turtle Beach and Kitty Hawk Cove, and a six story six-slide complex named Blackbeard's Revenge.[3]And also a new play structure called Seaside Splashworks.

List of attractions[edit]

Name Opening year Description Rating[4]
Barracuda Blasters 1997 Fully enclosed inner-tube ride that plunges riders into total darkness 4
Blackbeard's Revenge 2016 Multi-slide complex featuring capsule slides and inner-tube slides. Identical complexes exist at Oceans of Fun, Dorney Park, Soak City at Kings Dominion and Soak City at Kings Island 5
Tidal Wave Bay 2008 600,000-US-gallon (2,300 m3) wave pool 3
Coastal Currents 1997 Lazy river ride 2
Dorsal Fin Drop 2014 351-foot long enclosed slide that empties riders into a bowl 4
Hurricane Falls 1997 Four-person family raft ride that takes riders down four stories of unexpected dips and sharp turns 4
Myrtle Turtle Beach and Kiddy Hawk Cove 2016 A new interactive Children's area with water jets, splash areas and more 1
Pirate's Landing 1997 Family-oriented, multi-level water fortress complete with slides, bridges, and rope ladders 2
Sand Dune Lagoon 1997 Children's area with pools for infants and toddlers 1
Storm Surge 2001 A complex consisting of two body slides and two inner-tube slides all of which are enclosed 5
Pelican Plunge 2006 Family-friendly two-person inner-tube water slide 2
Surfer's Swell 2014 263-foot long enclosed slide which plunges riders onto a platform that simulates the movement of ocean waves 4
Seaside Splashworks 2016 A multi-level play structure with over 80 play elements, including dozens of interactive spray jets, water guns, net bridges, water wheels, six water slides, and a giant 423-gallon tipping bucket 2
Surf Club Harbor 2016 A new 27,000 foot wave pool with 8 massive generators and waves up to 6 feet, and interactive water geysers at the base at the pool 3


  1. ^ a b "Carowinds History". Carowinds. Archived from the original on 3 October 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Wave Pool Part Of Carowinds Boomerang Bay Water Park Expansion". 8 November 2007. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Kulmala, Teddy (August 27, 2015). "Carowinds announces major waterpark expansion, new slides". The Herald. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ Ratings assigned per Carowinds, where "1" is the least intense and "5" is the most. See their "ride listing". Carowinds.  on their website for more specific details.