By Emily Farrington Smith
Revisit vintage rides and vibes at Carowinds
A magnet for family fun since it opened in the spring of 1973, Carowinds added even more to love as the season reopened in March. Honoring sentimental memories, the amusement park’s latest attraction, the County Fair, pays homage to bygone nights spent under bright lights and Carolina skies while waiting in line for the Tilt-A-Whirl. Four new thrill-packed rides, including the Zephyr (a rotating swing ride) and Electro-Spin (a whirling gondola), are paired with retro-themed music and traditional fair fare, making this new addition family-friendly and refreshingly nostalgic.
Neighborhood: Fort Mill, South Carolina
Kick back at Piedmont Social House
In a sprawling hangout that packs billiards, cornhole, a full-fledged bowling alley, and drinks and eats under one roof, Piedmont Social House ups South Charlotte’s social ante majorly. Tucked into a charming corner of the Ayrsley district, Piedmont Social House prides itself on being a joint that locals look forward to visiting after work, on the weekends or to catch the big game with friends. The brew selection is vast and largely local, and cocktail and wine offerings abound. The culinary team operates like a well-oiled machine, producing quality dishes you might not expect to see coming out of the kitchen at a bar (Cue: warm butternut squash bisque and caprese salad whimsically reinterpreted with fried green tomatoes).
Prepare for friendly battle at Paintball Paradyse
With warmer spring weather, we get more hours of daylight, and Paintball Paradyse capitalizes on them. Combining an organized game structure with equipment and gear rental, the paintball hub makes it a cinch for families and friends to enjoy an afternoon pelting one another—guilt free. The fun haven includes military and Wild West-inspired courses, kids-only routes, an observation deck for spectating, and a mingling area for grilling out and lounging. Paintball Paradyse offers several admission packages, including the 18-month season pass, which is steeped in savings.
Neighborhood: Steele Creek
This article ran in the April 2017 issue of Charlotte Happenings.