Carowinds Ticket Prices, Discounts, Gold & Pre-K Passes

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Carowinds theme park is an amusement and water park located in South Carolina adjacent to Interstate 77 near Charlotte, North Carolina border. When you buy tickets into Carowinds, you get automatic access to the Carolina Harbors water park inside Carowinds.

How much does Carowinds cost?

Daily ticket prices various from $44.99 each person depending on time of the year and days of the week. You can get a discount depending on if you’re military personnel or if you purchase online. Other discounts include group pricing which is $37.99 per person for more than 15 guests and military members receive the bring your friend pricing.

Is it cheaper to buy tickets at Carowinds or online?
Yes, it’s much cheaper to purchase tickets ahead of time online rather than at the gate. Sometimes they run specials like Christmas in July sale for $34.99 and enter after 4pm for only $37.99.

If you go more than twice a year, then you should purchase Gold Pass before Memorial Day each year so you can get the discounted ticket price of $120 per person and allows you unlimited entry into the park through the year. Gold Pass renewals are $115 per year and renewals usually start end of August for the next calendar year. The benefits of a Gold Pass also includes free parking which is $20 per trip, and bringing a friend ticket discount prices for up to 6 people at $39.99 each Friday through Sunday and $34.99 Monday through Thursday. The Bring-A-Friend ticket price will also be dropped to $19.99 or $29.99 depending on the time of the year. It’s best deal for anyone who doesn’t need access to all Cedar Fair Parks. Another benefit of season pass is that you get into all the special events like Scarowinds, The Great Pumpkin Fest and WinterFest at no additional cost.

Do kids have to buy tickets at Carowinds?
If you have a Pre-K child who is less than 5 years old, you can apply for a free pass for the child. Just register online and then bring a birth certificate to Guest Services on your first visit with the child and they will give you a Pre-K Pass card to use. With season and Pre-K passes, you can go in and out of the park as you please. One thing to keep in mind is that Pre-K passes doesn’t include Scarowinds admission, but includes unlimited visits to The Great Pumpkin Fest, Grand Carnivale, and WinterFest events.

How do I pay Carowinds? Is it Cash Only?
Carowinds is completely cashless. You can pay by credit or debit card. You can also buy season or daily meal and drink plans online ahead of time. Be sure to download the Carowinds app where you can store the plans. You should also put your season pass and tickets into the app for easy access when you arrive at the gate. No need to carry tickets or pass card around. Getting your passes and tickets scanned on your phone is much easier. As a season pass holder, you’ll also receive FREE parking. Just have your season pass scanned at the parking lot gate.

Carowinds is a popular destination for families, thrill-seekers, and amusement park enthusiasts in the Southeast. Its location near Charlotte makes it easily accessible to residents of both North and South Carolina, as well as visitors from neighboring states. If you enjoy comic conventions, be sure to check out our guide on North Carolina comic cons and anime cons and South Carolina comic and anime cons.