Amusement Park Money-Saving Tips for Avoiding a Roller Coaster Budget
You can avoid a roller-coaster bank account with these money-saving tips at the amusement park. (Photo: Thinkstock)
By Trent Hamm
During the long days of summer, amusement parks are often a tempting attraction for families, as they can fill days with lots of thrills, entertainment, and tasty (if not too healthy) foods. There are few children who don’t love a day at an amusement park, and many adults revel in the experience as well.
Of course, along with all of the rides and cotton candy comes a hefty bill. Few families walk away from an amusement park without receiving a big dent in their wallet. From the tickets and the beverages, to the food and the souvenirs, the cost of a trip to an amusement park can weigh heavily on any family’s budget.
With a bit of extra effort, however, smart families can make that budget blow a lot smaller without taking away any amusement park fun. Here are seven tactics for taking those prices down a notch.
Skip the ticket line at the park. (Photo: Thinkstock)
1. Buy tickets online. Most amusement parks offer drastically lower rates on tickets if you purchase them online before a trip. You can also sometimes get good rates from online ticket brokers like undercovertourist.com. You can also often use club memberships, such as AAA or Costco, to further reduce your ticket fees.
2. Follow social media channels. In recent years, some of the best deals can be found on social media. Some companies will use their Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare accounts to share steep discounts on tickets. So if you plan on an amusement park trip in the near future, follow the park’s accounts and see what kind of discounts it offers.
Being a nocturnal park-goer will save you money. (Photo: Thinkstock)