When summertime comes and the kids are out of school, there is nothing more fun then loading up the family and heading to a theme park. When the weather is hot, water slides, roller coasters, and funnel cakes can be things that dreams are made of. However, theme parks can be costly, especially for a family. So how can you save money on these mini-adventures?
First, start with the park’s website address itself. You might find that they offer web only deals similar in pricing to those tickets that the parks sell to discount vendors. Sometimes, buying directly from the website can save as much as $ 10 off the price of general admission.
You should also try looking at your Credit Union, or even your bank. Many banks and credit unions offer discount tickets. For example, the Health and Education Credit Union gives its members $ 10 off the general admission ticket price to King’s Island.
There are also a wide variety of name brand products that contain coupons in the summertime. Coca Cola often has coupons printed on the sides of their cans. Check before you throw them away. You should also read the fine print to see if you might need more than one for your entire party.
Groceries are also places that you should look at when trying to find discount tickets. Oftentimes, Kroger and Meijer will offer discount tickets to local theme parks. You generally don’t have to buy anything to take advantage of the offer.
If it’s at all feasible, try putting together a group of people in order to get the group rate. A group is usually defined as 15 people, but might vary depending on the park. The group rate could be as much as $ 15 off the general admission ticket price.
If you belong to any clubs or organizations, such as AAA, give them a call as well. Like the banks and credit unions, they often offer discounted tickets to area attractions. Disneyworld partners with AAA and supplies them with discounted tickets, for example.
Be careful when you are looking for tickets on discount websites. While there are a lot of honest deals to be made there are also a lot of scams and phony websites. Try to check them out with the Better Business Bureau before purchasing anything. There, you can check out their reputations from previous customers.
Timeshare offers are very common in places where a lot of tourism takes place. If you have spent any time on vacation you have probably been approached by one of their representatives that stand around looking to offer people timeshare deals from their small booths. There is meant to be no commitment to buy, but that is not always the way it feels. Still, if you are able to take a little pressure and a few hours of listening about timeshares, then you can often pick up great tickets for nothing but the cost of your time.
If you go to the theme park a lot, a good way to get cheaper tickets would be to invest in a Season Pass. They are priced very fairly for anyone who intends to go often, and many times two or more trips will see that you have made a very good savings in the long run.
Craigslist and Ebay have also been good places for some people to find discounted tickets. Like purchasing them from the discount websites, be cautious. You might find them for a good price but you don’t want to arrive at the park, only to find that you can’t use the tickets.
Despite the fact that sometimes the savings you will find may only be worth a couple of dollars, it can add up. That is especially important in these times when everyone is pretty much traveling on a budget. Every penny counts and for every dollar you save, that could be one more ice cream while you’re at the park!