Senior Discounts in Charlotte
Charlotte is a great place for thrifty seniors to call home. The city’s cost of living is slightly less than the national average, according to Forbes, and local businesses and arts groups offer some great deals just for seniors. Here are 10 deals that can help you get around town for less, save on groceries, and enjoy the city’s culture.
Deals on meals
North Carolina-based grocery chain Harris-Teeter has two dozen stores across the Charlotte metro area, and shoppers age 60 and older can join Harris-Teeter’s Club 60 for extra discounts on Thursdays. Club members who show their membership cards receive an extra 5% off purchases after other discounts and coupons are applied. (The exceptions? Alcohol, event tickets, tobacco products, and gift cards.)
Deals on wheels
Metro Honda is based in the Charlotte suburb of Indian Trail, just southeast of the city. The dealership offers special pricing on new and certified used Honda vehicles for its senior customers. To take advantage of the deal, request a senior price quote online or on the lot.
Also in Indian Trail, Richards Automotive gives senior clients a number of perks. Car-repair customers age 65 and up get complimentary car pickup and delivery service, a fluid-level and tire-pressure check with every service, and discounts on all repair work.
When you’d rather ride than drive, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) offers single fare and monthly pass discounts for riders age 62 and up. Rates for seniors are typically about half of standard rates. CATS senior ID cards cost a dollar and are available at the Charlotte Transportation Center in Uptown.
NASCAR fans can check out some of the fastest rides around at Hendrick Motorsports, a mile from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord. During business hours, the race shops and museum are open for free (the best discount of all). See where Hendrick’s team builds cars and engines for star drivers Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, and Kasey Kahne.
Senior discounts at Charlotte-area museums
North Carolina has a proud aviation history, and seniors age 60 and up can explore it for less at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte. See the Wright Flyer that launched modern flight, military craft from the WWI Sopwith Camel to the F-14 fighter jet, commercial airliners, military helicopters, and early drones.
For art museums in Charlotte, Levine is the name to know. There are two major art destinations in Uptown named for businessman and philanthropist Leon Levine: the Levine Museum of the New South and the Levine Center for the Arts, which houses the Mint Museum Uptown, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture.
All four museums offer admission discounts for seniors, and together they can provide a full day or two worth of exhibits, new perspectives, and history. Because the Museum of the New South and the Center for the Arts are less than a mile apart, a short walk or bus ride can take you from one to the other. Along the way, you can treat yourself at a coffee house or bistro with the money you’ve saved using your senior discounts.
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