Now that it’s a couple of weeks into the summer, are you looking around for a new adventure to try? Gearing up for that first day of family fun at Carowinds? Well here’s what’s awaiting you there this summer that you’ve never seen before: Aeronautica Landing.
A tribute to the Carolinas’ spirit of invention, exploration, and aviation, Aeronautica Landing gives families a way to explore, discover, and unwind together while enjoying two new restaurants and five new rides as well as a re-theming of an existing ride, for a total of six rides. Pilots of all ages get opportunities for their imaginations to soar in a one-of-a-kind experience for the entire family.
“Aeronautica Landing is a celebration of the influence that North Carolina and South Carolina have on our aviation history,” said Manny Gonzalez, Carowinds vice president and general manager. “We are excited that Carowinds is bringing to our community, and our guests, five new rides that are full of thrills related to the experience of flying.”
Aspiring hovercraft pilots can learn the ropes and maybe bump into a friend at Hover and Dodge, a re-theming of a classic attraction. Gear Spin is a red-hot propulsion engine outfitted for speeding and spinning adventures. Guests will test their G-force tolerance on Gyro Force and can feel the adrenaline rush of airborne acrobatics on The Airwalker. Race and roll through obstacles on Air Racers. And Windstar is a choose-your-own hang-gliding adventure.
In addition, Aeronautica Landing boasts two new dining venues: Terminal A and Frequent Fryers. Terminal A allows guests to refuel alongside displays of memorabilia celebrating the Carolinas’ rich aviation history. Modeled after high-end and exclusive sky clubs, Terminal A harkens back to the golden age of air travel when top-tier service and luxury accommodations were the norm. A selection of craft beers and cocktails are available to enjoy in the upbeat lounge and open-air patio.
Frequent Fryers, a re-theming of an existing location, presents delicious offerings right in the middle of the airfield. In true aeronautical fashion, the building is located next to the runway entrances to the area. This family-friendly area is surrounded with immersive décor and will feature a game zone complete with four new midway games (including Balloon Busters, Hydro Plane Rally and Sky High Wire Walk, an innovative acrobatic challenge), and the re-themed classic basketball challenge, Air Shot.
Aeronautica Landing, located on approximately three acres, is the fourth rethemed area to be introduced at Carowinds. Blue Ridge Junction opened in 2019 and County Fair opened in 2017. The “Country Crossroads County Fair” park section, added to Carowinds in 1979, was completely renovated and renamed as Aeronautica Landing, breaking ground for reconstruction in August 2022.
To learn more about Aeronautica Landing, visit www.Carowinds.com and the park’s social media channels.
300 Carowinds Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28273