Take a family trip to Carowinds and enjoy the wind in your hair while on a rollercoaster!

Looking to head to a theme park this spring or summer? Sure you could pack up and head to Florida but we also have a pretty great park here in the Carolinas. And not that we needed confirmation of that, but its still nice to hear! Our friends at AirportParkingReservations.com recently compiled a list of America’s Most Loved Theme Parks and shared those results with us. And local favorite Carowinds is very close to the top of that list!

The rankings were calculated based on multiple factors including ticket prices, the number of roller coasters and rides, as well as popularity on social media. These are just some of what makes theme parks exciting to visit! I’m definitely a ride person, but other people go for the food, the shows, or simply the atmosphere. Nope- I just want to ride as many rides as many times as possible. The other stuff? It can be an added bonus but it’s not why I am there. So these rankings, with an emphasis on rides, are made for me.

I’ll give you a hint one of the major Florida theme parks topped this list, while another is shockingly absent. Keep reading to see where Carowinds ranked among the most loved theme parks. Are you surprised by the major parks it beat? Or is Carowinds your number one? You can see the full list and study here.

  • 8. Disneyland Resort

    State: California (Anaheim)

    Cost of Ticket: $104.00

    Number of Roller Coasters: 8

    Number of Rides: 50

    Number of Instagram Posts: 678,690

    Index Score: 30.3

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  • 7. Busch Gardens

    State: Virginia (Williamsburg)

    Cost of Ticket: $89.99

    Number of Roller Coasters: 9

    Number of Rides: 53

    Instagram Posts: 838,147

    Index Score: 30.9

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  • 6. Six Flags America

    State: Maryland (Bowie)

    Cost of A Ticket: $29.99

    Number of Roller Coasters: 9

    Number of Rides: 54

    Instagram Posts: 20,361

    Index Score: 31.3



  • 5. Dollywood

    State: Tennessee (Pigeon Forge)

    Cost of Ticket: $89.00

    Number of Roller Coasters: 9

    Number of Rides: 50

    Number of Instagram Posts: 399,519

    Index Score: 32.2

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  • 4. Kings Dominion

    State: Tennessee (Doswell)

    Cost of Ticket: $39.99

    Number of Roller Coasters: 13

    Number of Rides: 48

    Number of Instagram Posts: 166,239

    Index Score: 33.6


  • 3. Carowinds

    State: North Carolina (Charlotte)

    Cost of Ticket: $39.99

    Number of Roller Coasters: 14

    Number of Rides: 39

    Number of Instagram Posts: 243,823

    Index Score: 41.0


  • 2. Universal Studios Hollywood

    State: California (Universal City)

    Cost of Ticket: $109.00

    Number of Roller Coasters: 2

    Number of Rides: 10

    Number of Instagram Posts: 782,178

    Index Score: 43.1

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  • 1. Walt Disney World

    State: Florida (Orland0)

    Cost of Ticket: $109.00

    Number of Roller Coasters: 8

    Number of Rides: 173

    Number of Instagram Posts: 108,818,420

    Index Score: 58.3

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