The first time I went to Six Flags was last year – it took me 22 years to go to a real theme park. I didn’t realize how much fun I had been missing out on all those years! One of our friends found a great deal on season passes, $60 each. We took advantage of the deal, got the passes, and my boyfriend and I went every other week this summer to Six Flags New England. After spending so much time there, I picked up a few ways to save money while still having fun at Six Flags that I’d like to share with you.
How to Save at Six Flags
Get a Season Pass – If you plan on visiting the park more than once, this is definitely the way to go because the season pass is about the same price as a one-day ticket in the park. There are a ton of added bonuses with the season pass too, for example, you can bring a friend for free on select days. Also, I’m not sure if this is the case when you get a season pass at all parks, but at Six Flags New England, your pass includesnlimited admission to ALL Six Flags theme parks.
Buy a free refill cup – I don’t drink soda, but everyone else I know does and that is why this is a great deal. Once you buy the cups, which are $19.99, you get free refills from the many soda stations around the park for the rest of the season. My friends all refilled these massive cups multiple times every visit. You don’t have to worry about where to put them while you’re on the rides either, there are numbered holders on the side of each ride so you don’t lose it.
Eat before or after, not in the park – The Six Flags food, besides the traditional carnival food (fried oreos!), is not that good and very expensive. Instead of eating in the park, I recommend eating before or after. Since there’s a Chick-Fil-A on the way to Six Flags New England, my friends and I stop and eat there. It’s cheaper and better than any of the park food.
Don’t get a locker unless you have to – When I’m not in the water park, I have my phone attached to a lanyard that also has a very fashionable velcro wallet on it. I keep my license, cash and card in the wallet and since it’s velcro, not even Superman: The Ride can get anything out of it. However, in the water park is a different story, I always get a locker. I’m not taking any chances by just leaving a bag by a chair somewhere.
Check Locally – One of my readers, Chris, reminded me of this great tip – check locally to see if any places around you offer discount tickets or coupons. Chris says, “Our local library and rec department always have discount Six Flag tickets.” I’ve also seen coupons at Dunkin Donuts as well.
How do you save money when you go to theme parks? Also, I’d love to hear about what your favorite theme parks are, where you think I should visit next? Let me know in the comments!