Carowinds In Bloom

Carowinds debuted a new festival this year featuring food, thousands of flowers, bluegrass, and other festivities for people of all ages.  Carowinds In Bloom takes place in the Carolina Showplace area of the park daily from now through April 20th.  This festival is included with your park admission.

From noon until 5:00 PM, you will experience a variety of activities through a select area of the park (Carolina Showplace) while the festival showcases thousands of flowers across the park.  Here’s some of what we got to experience during our recent visit.Carowinds In Bloom 2014

It is Carowinds In Bloom, so that’s a good place to start.  Even before we enter the park, we’re greeted with brightly colored flowers.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

We made it!

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

We are greeted with more flowers as we enter the park with the iconic Carolina Skytower.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Nearly everywhere you look has brightly colored flowers.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Carowinds In Bloom 2014The Easter Beagle is here!  Thanks, Theme Park Review for the great Ride Entertainment Group polo shirt.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Jeffrey loved the Easter Beagle.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Of course, the Easter Bunny is here too.Carowinds In Bloom 2014

 

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

I thought the mural wall was great!  People were really enjoying it.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

My daughter and the photographer for most of these pictures, Anna, stopped so add something to the wall.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

The main reason we’re here – Carowinds In Bloom.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014Smile!Carowinds In Bloom 2014

They had a convenient map that included a schedule of events.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

The events included the Kids Flower Planting Zone.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

We liked the festive and bright decorations.  Wow, those are some big Petunias!Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Vortex is the centerpiece of the Carolina Showplace.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Yes, that is a painter brightening up a canvas with color.  Amy spoke with us and does all kinds of paintings although this was her first roller coaster.  You can find out more about her at portraitartist.com/queen

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Maybe next time she’ll capture this.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014We were treated to the strings of West End String Band and some good bluegrass music.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014Is that a juggling ladybug on a unicycle?

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

We were surrounded with more flowers and a giant butterfly.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014The living plant is back and showcasing its beautiful spring flowers.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

So the ladybug really can juggle.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

What is a festival without some wine?  Our friends at Treehouse Vineyards were on hand with free samples of their great tasting wines.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

This was my favorite.  It had a sweet fruity flavor.Carowinds In Bloom 2014

I’m in!

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Carolina Brewery had their samples ice cold and on hand.  I figured I’d start with Copperline, an amber ale.  It had a nice bold flavor.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

I personally preferred their Sky Blue golden ale.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Carowinds In Bloom 2014I doubt it would be hard to go wrong with any of their beers.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014Some of the culinary masters were on hand from Johnson and Wales University to give cooking demonstrations throughout the day.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Fortunately they also had samples.  Their jalapeno corn bread was to die for!

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

An inchworm joined us for the demonstration although he didn’t get any cornbread.  Hey!  I’ll take his!

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

There was even a real life-sized dragon fly.  See?  I told you.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Don’t forget about the scavenger hunt for the kids.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

I knew sunflowers were tall, but…

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

And now we have bubbles.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Other members of Johnson and Wales were sending bubbles around the area.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

They even let Jeffrey make a bubble.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

The ladybug (or #notsoladybug?) caught me!  I’m glad it has a net now and didn’t take after me with those bowling pins.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Back in Carowinds Plaza there is an illusionist show every hour on the hour.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

He levitated a table.  I still haven’t figured out how he did that.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

While we’re here, let’s check out some other areas of the park.  I love the bright cheerful colors.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Speaking of colors, Ricochet is sporting fresh paint with a new color scheme this year.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014Speaking of paint, the North Carolina Plein Air Painters were on hand to capture Carowinds in Bloom.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014Bridgette was also painting her first roller coaster.  If you are interested in her work, you can contact her at bridgette.pyles at yahoo.com.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014When we came back through later, she was making good progress on capturing Ricochet.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014The tulips around the park are beautiful.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014Everywhere you turn, there seems to be more flowers.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

Carowinds In Bloom 2014Of course, we can’t complete a trip to Carowinds without a visit to Jeffrey’s favorite ride.

Carowinds In Bloom 2014

We enjoyed Carowinds In Bloom and hope that the park will make it an annual event.  You can check out this link for more details.

 

Happy camping!

 

Carowinds In Bloom was last modified on 06/12/2015 by Rick
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