Carowinds is one of the largest theme parks in the Southeast, and a popular tourist destination in Charlotte. The park offers a variety of ways to save on admission - from senior, junior, and military discounts to AAA tickets and "twilight" tickets, and even a discount for simply purchasing online. Every year, there are usually a few local spots to pick up admission coupons. Check this page for the current prices and discounts offered for Carowinds. For the 2016 season, Carowinds has a listed admission price of $59.99 at the gate.
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Single day parking: $15.00 (there's no charge for Carowinds parking if you have a gold or platinum season pass)
You can save $10 off the gate price of a single day $59.99 Carowinds admission, and purchase a ticket for $46.99 through the Carowinds website.
You can purchase an evening ticket for Carowinds (that's valid only after 4 p.m. that day) for about half price at $26.99
"Four or More" tickets
Carowinds will frequently offer a ticket price of $29.99 if you're purchase four or more tickets at once online, which saves a good bit of money for families or for groups
For guests visiting that are ages 62 or older, Carowinds does offer a discount ticket of almost 50% for $37.99.
The junior ticket doesn't go by age, but goes by the child's height instead (since that's what will determine what that child can ride). If a guest is under 48" tall in normal shoes, they can get a ticket for $37.99
Children two and under
Guests age two and under are always admitted free to Carowinds
The AAA Carolinas site says you can save up to $15 per ticket purchasing through their site if you're a member.
During the park's operating season, Coca-Cola usually has a promotion where you can get $15 off daily admission with a Coca-Cola product can. The cans will be specially marked, so check Charlotte area convenience stores nearby and save some money on your way in.
Retired and active duty military can show their military ID at the gate for a discount. There are also several "military days" throughout the year, when active duty and retired military are admitted free.
Prices vary depending on when exactly you're purchasing your season pass, but the price for a gold pass is usually around $80 per person. With that, you get free season long parking at Carowinds, unlimited admission in 2016, free admission to the 2016 Halloween Haunt and Scarowinds themed attractions, and plenty of other benefits throughout the year. If you couple the regular admission rate of $56.99 with the daily parking rate of $15, a family of four would pay $242.96 (plus tax) for a day at the park (not counting any discounts, which are usually pretty available), or $312 for a season pass for the family.
Obviously, if you can see yourself visiting the park for even more than one day, the season pass is a good purchase.