Any South Carolina school kid could tell you that the ruthless pirate Blackbeard blockaded Charleston long ago, gripping the city in fear until he got what he wanted. Well, hold your hats, because Blackbeard, and the fear that name inspires, is back. This time, though, it's Blackbeard's Revenge, a 60-foot-tall water slide complex at Carowinds that strikes terror into the hearts of swimmers.
The six different slides of Blackbeard's Revenge let visitors test their watery courage, some of them with an almost 90-degree drop. And that's just the beginning of Carowinds' many places to have fun, relax and terrify yourself at its water park, Carolina Harbor. In fact, Carolina Harbor has something for every member of the family.
Seaside Splashworks is a huge watery playground complete with slides, water guns, sprays of water leaping up from the ground and overhead, and topped with a big bucket full of water that pours down on everyone waiting below. It's the place to be for those with children of all ages in the new 2-acre family area. Myrtle Turtle Beach and Kiddy Hawk Cove, perfect for toddlers, round out the family area.
Surf Club Harbor, an enormous wave pool, is the perfect spot to float on your back under the warm Carolina sun. The 12 spouting "geysers" around the edges of the 27,000-square-foot pool are fun for both little ones and grown-ups alike.
Need a place to unwind in the midst of all that fun? Forty private, luxurious cabanas are available for an extra fee, and more than 1,000 lounge chairs make a little relaxation in reach for mom and dad. An array of restaurants offer plenty of options for lunch and dinner.
There are lots of old favorites, too, from the relaxing lazy river to the terrifying Surfer's Swell slide. A new entrance, which allows visitors to enter straight into Carolina Harbor, makes everything easier for mom and dad toting all those towels and sunscreen. And if you forget that sunscreen, or any other necessity, don't worry. The beachcombers shop has everything you might need for a fun day in the sun and water.
And the very best of all? Carolina Harbor is still included, for free, with the price of admission to the park.