Tips to Save Money on Family Days Out
Fun days out for children are easy to find, from aquariums to jungle-themed parks and Disney World, but the prices can be shocking. There are only so many times you can take the kids to free activities, but if you plan effectively you can save a lot of money.
Florida’s main attraction for children is also one of the most visited, so Disney World can charge high prices and still get away with it. If you book early enough, you may find all-inclusive packages with meals and accommodation – if you’re staying for more than a day, these can save a lot of cash. The Disney parks also offer occasional discounts for locals, so keep an eye out in off-season for these cheap tickets.
As with all attractions, the obvious peak periods during the summer should be avoided if possible; if you don’t want to go during the school year, you may be able to get a good deal in the early spring or fall. If you want a cheaper alternative to Disney World, Busch Gardens at Tampa Bay is less expensive.
A lot of websites like Smartsave.com offer online vouchers, so check before you go. If you’re heading out west, vouchers for Sea World in San Diego, Universal Studios in LA and the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco are easy to find online. Some attractions even offer their own deals; for example, combining a Sea World ticket with a Universal Studios ticket can make a big difference price-wise if you’re intending to do both.
Many of the big cities like New York and Washington D.C. have low-cost or free museums for kids. The Smithsonian Institute in the US capital houses 19 museums for no admission charge and even includes the National Zoo, so you can fill a couple of days with the varied exhibits here in addition to wandering around the monuments of the National Mall for free. If you factor in flights and accommodation, it may be cheaper to travel further but visit free attractions than to stick to the nearest few states but head to an expensive theme park.
If you book ahead, combine linked or same-company tickets, factor in travel as well as attraction cost, and look online for deals, you can give your kids a much richer day out for much less money.
When you go on vacation, do you look for the best deals before you decide where to go?