Carowinds is in the running for three national awards, including best water park, best entertainment and best roller coaster.
The 400-acre park, located off Interstate 77 in Charlotte, is home to 14 roller coasters, the Carolina Harbor water park (admission included in ticket price) and dozens of other rides and attractions.
Three Carowinds attractions are nominated for USA Today's "10Best" awards, the park announced Wednesday. Those include:
Carowinds' Seasons of Cirque, a live show of aerial stunts, choreography and visual effects, will compete against shows like Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot, Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, Ghost Town Alive at Knott's Berry Farm and Celtic Fyre at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va.