Are you looking to make memories with your family this summer without breaking the bank? Check out my list of the best places to find discounts on local attractions! This post contains affiliate links (which means if you purchase from one of these links, your cost is the same, but I may receive a commission), however I only recommend things that I love! Please check out my disclosure policy for more details.
I recently had a friend ask if I knew of any discount coupons to a local amusement park. Well, I never buy tickets (or make any online purchases) without first checking for a discount! So, after years of searching online for deals, I knew the most likely places to find discounts and promotion codes.
And after searching in my usual places, I came up with two separate offers for her!
If you are looking to save some money on amusement parks, museums, and other attractions, check out my top places to find discounts!
Groupon & Ebates
Groupon is the first place I check when I’m looking to save money on something fun to do. Use the search bar at the top of Groupon’s site to search for a specific attraction (like “Six Flags”) or browse the “Local” and “Getaways” tabs to discover discounts on attractions in your area.
Groupon also frequently offers promo codes for an additional savings on Groupon purchases! These promo codes will usually be shown at the top of the page underneath the category tabs.
ALSO – if you have yet to sign up for a Groupon account, they are always offering an incentive for new members! I have seen both dollars or percentages off of your first purchase. Click here to create a new account and start saving!
And that’s not all!!! 🙂 Earn cash back on your Groupon purchases through Ebates! If you are unfamiliar with Ebates, it is a website that offers cash back on online purchases for thousands of stores – Groupon included! If you need guidance on how to use Ebates, you can find a step by step guide with pictures in this article.
Last, but not least, when you sign up and make your first purchase through Ebates, you will receive a $10 bonus!
The savings can quickly accumulate when you use both Ebates and Groupon!
Facebook is the next place I check after Groupon to find discounts. I search for the official page for the attraction, then scroll through the posts. Companies will often post coupons, special promotions, and giveaways that can only be found on their Facebook page!
Frontier City is an amusement park near Oklahoma City. Their Facebook page, Frontier City Theme Park, currently has a coupon posted for an adult admission for the child’s admission price! I have also recently seen a giveaway posted for 2 free admission tickets for a concert being held there.
State tourism websites
Oklahoma has a great tourism website for our state! In addition to having tons of information that is easy to navigate, it has a deals and coupons section! I am currently seeing several coupons for museums, amusement parks, water parks, and cabins! If you are looking to save on fun activities in Oklahoma, check out http://www.travelok.com/deals-and-coupons.
If I am taking a trip out of state, I always check that state’s tourism website for deals on any attractions we plan on seeing. Check out the tourism website for your state and see what deals are waiting for you!
Insurance Membership Discounts
Last summer, I was searching for discounted admission at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. This is a popular park, and I wasn’t having any luck finding coupons in the usual places. So, I did a google search, and found out that I could receive a discount through my insurance company! We have both home and car insurance through Oklahoma Farm Bureau, and our member benefits include discounts on a variety of things, including travel! I found discounts for Silver Dollar City, Six Flags, and Great Wolf Lodge!
If you are a Farm Bureau member, check out your membership benefits here!
AAA members have many more attraction discounts through their membership benefits! Oklahomans can check out the Oklahoma AAA website for available discounts.
These are only two examples. Check out your insurance company’s website to see what benefits you are eligible for!
Local (Online) Magazines
Check online local family magazines to find discounts to attractions in your area!
For example, MetroFamily and TulsaKids magazines are great places for Oklahomans to find coupons and giveaway contests for tickets to local attractions.
- MetroFamily magazine has a coupon section you can find here.
- TulsaKids magazine has a contest and giveaway section found here.
Summer Reading Program Prizes
The last place I wanted to mention where I receive great discount coupons for local attractions is actually a physical location… my local library! Our library system has an amazing summer reading program, and one of the perks is the prizes your child receives for completing their reading goals. In addition to the medal, stuffed animal, and prize drawing entry, they receive a booklet full of coupons for discounted or free admission to many local attractions – including museums, the zoo, and the aquarium!
I know not every library has the same prizes for their summer reading program, but it’s something you should definitely check out!
In addition to searching the places mentioned above, don’t forget to check the official website for the attraction! There may be a different price for a certain day of the week, time of entrance, or special event.
Spending some time searching for discounts can save you a lot of money on summer fun! I hope this guide will not only help you save some money, but also help save time when searching for those deals!