The key to enjoying your retirement years in Minnesota is saving up with senior discounts. From glorious state parks, to science museums, to local burger spots, you’ll find all varieties of discounts for the retired crowd in Minnesota. Here are the 10 best offers in the state!
Q. Cumbers, the popular salad bar and buffet restaurant in Edina, has senior meals at senior prices every day of the week. But on Tuesday evenings—Senior Night—you can save even more off the regular senior price. Soups, hot meals, and fresh vegetables that change regularly mean you can go back often and not have the same thing twice.
Pebble Creek Golf Club, which is located between the Twin Cities and St. Cloud in Becker, Minnesota, offers a discounted season pass for seniors. For one flat fee, you get a cart and rounds of golf every Monday through Thursday throughout the entire season.
Known as the home of some of Minnesota’s best burgers, Big Daddy’s in Duluth loves its senior customers. It has a specially-priced senior menu that’s available every day for anyone 55 or older. The menu includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner items.
Every Tuesday, seniors enjoy a discount off their purchases at River Market Community Co-op in beautiful downtown Stillwater. Not only do they have all fresh and organic food you’d expect from a co-op, they also have a full deli that serves hot and cold foods and a wellness section stocked with essential oils and other health necessities.
Although we’re disappointed that Minnesota’s awesome state park system doesn’t offer a senior discount, we’re tickled pink that we can get a lifetime pass to national parks—and all other federal monuments, forests, and recreation areas—for the price of a normal annual pass. In Minnesota, this grants access to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Voyageurs National Park, Pipestone National Monument, the Mississippi and St. Croix Riverways, the Superior and Chippewa National Forests, along with a handful of other national wildlife refuges and recreation areas.
Seniors aged 62 or over, and who meet all admission criteria, can attend Rochester Community and Technical College—or any other college in the state system—tuition free. There are some associated fees and costs that are not free, but if you’re thinking of getting another degree or learning something new, this is a great way to do it.
Free beer! No, for real. In Minnesota, AARP has been hosting seasonal events at local breweries called “AARP on Tap.” Not only will they buy you a tasty craft beer, you’ll get treated to some fantastic entertainment and get to meet other Minnesotans in the 50 and over age brackets. Check the AARP Minnesota website for upcoming events and locations.
Whether you’re spending the afternoon with the grandkids or looking for a fun, interactive activity on a rainy day, the Science Museum of Minnesota and Omnitheater is a brilliant place to do it. Seniors 65 and older receive discounts on daily admission, as well as on annual memberships.
One of the country’s top regional theaters and a beloved Minnesota institution, the Guthrie Theater stages several innovative productions every season, attracting top talent from around the U.S. and the world. Seniors aged 65 and older can receive a discount on tickets for individual shows or on season packages.
Canal Park Lodge is located directly on Lake Superior and Duluth’s Lakewalk in the Canal Park entertainment and shopping district. The Lodge offers gorgeous water views and easy access to much of what Duluth has to offer. Members of AARP are entitled to discounted rates when they stay at this highly-rated property.