How to save money on entrance fees at tourist attractions

Published on: June 5, 2014 | Last Updated on July 30, 2019
Reducing entrance fees at tourist attractionscome to Disneyworld (photo credit: Wikipedia)

Coupon Mom Stephanie Nelson shares five tips for reducing the cost of entrance fees at tourist attractions this summer.

During the summer months, many people embark on road trips or take time off from work for staycations close to home. With kids off from school, grandparents often plan multigenerational getaways or arrange for a special day with one or more grandchildren.

While local travel can be a bargain compared to the escalating cost of summer airfares, entrance fees at tourist attractions can be costly and add up even more quickly when you multiply them by a number of people.

5 money saving tips to reduce the cost of entrance fees at tourist attractions:

1)  Purchase a multiple attraction pass, such as CityPass, which allows you to save time and up to 50% on entrance fees at many popular attractions. Destination cities include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa and Toronto. City pass holders can head to the front of the line and purchase tickets for multiple attractions in one transaction.

2)  Use your membership at Costco to purchase Go Cards and Explorer Passes located on the website under City Attractions. Cities such as New Orleans, Oahu, Washington DC, New York City and many more top destinations are available. These passes are printable or can be downloaded to your smartphone.

3)  Purchase a coupon entertainment book for your home or destination city at They are available for cities across the USA and parts of Canada. Normal retail prices vary from $15-$50. Membership includes digital access for additional savings with online printable and mobile coupons. Keep in mind that membership books expire and are only valid for the calendar year.

4)  Check the attraction’s web site for discounts or discount days. Also, check for reciprocity. If you are a member of your local art museum, you may be able to visit other museums for free by showing your local museum membership.

5)  Season passes have perks. If it is likely you will visit an attraction more than once, determine the value of a season pass. These passes may come with coupons pre-loaded on the cards. For example, Six Flags tells pass holders to log on to their website before visiting to download and print eCoupon discounts or to view them on smart phones. Some passes offer bring-a-friend-for-free days or free days for moms, dads, or grandparents who accompany the season pass holder.

Have you found any other ways to save money on entrance fees at tourist attractions?

About Coupon Mom Stephanie Nelson:  An expert on couponing, Stephanie’s website has 7 million members. She has been called ‘”the rock star of the recession” by the Washington Post and her book, The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half was a New York Times best seller.

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