We’re spilling the beans on the best ways to score deals—plus bonus tips for getting the most out of your visit.
Twister water slide at Coney Island
Super Saver: Go after 4 p.m. to save up to 45 percent off regular admission.
Bonus Tip: Don’t miss the annual LaRosa’s Balloon Glow on July 3 when the night sky lights up with scores of hot air balloons and Rozzi fireworks. There is no charge (other than parking) to view the balloons and fireworks. Normal rates apply for Sunlite Water Adventure and Coney’s Classic Rides.
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
*Note: The Museum of Natural History & Science, the Cincinnati History Museum and the OMNIMAX Theater are temporarily closed for renovations. Please visit cincymuseum.org or call (513) 287-7000 for complete details regarding the closing of certain parts of the venue for renovation and construction.
Super Saver: Catch one of the free festivals offered throughout the year: African American Culture Fest, Latin American Culture Fest, Appalachian Culture Fest, Celtic Culture Fest, Asian Culture Fest, Bugfest, Batfest and 1940s Weekend. Visit the Cincinnati Museum Center website for details.
Bonus Tip: Free Rotunda tours on the weekends give a glimpse into the history and architecture of Union Terminal.
Everything Thomas at EnterTrainment Junction
Super Saver: Purchase tickets online before you visit to save up to $2 per ticket.
Bonus Tip: The Junction offers special events throughout the year that are worth a visit, including Everything Thomas, Jack O’Lantern Junction and Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction.
The Beach Waterpark
Super Saver: Buy tickets online to save a few bucks, or save $10 on a Single Season Pass, or $6 on single day admission at participating Walgreens stores.
Bonus Tip: Beat the crowds by visiting on Monday or Tuesday. Or cap off the weekend island-style with Reggae Sundays, every Sunday.
Kings Island - Planet Snoopy
Super Saver: Save per ticket on the regular price of admission by purchasing tickets online in advance. Purchase a souvenir sports bottle online for $10.99 and receive free refills on your first visit, plus $1 refills for the rest of the season.
Bonus Tip: Add Fast Lane to your ticket purchase and speed past the lines on more than 20 attractions.
Super Saver: Every Wednesday is Grandparents’ Day. Adults 60 and over save on their admission price, and each child is admitted free with a paying grandparent (normally $4 per child).
Bonus Tip: Tot Tuesdays are the third Tuesday of each month. Parents and youngsters 2 to 5 years old can enjoy stories, music and art projects from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Regular admission fees apply, plus $1 craft fee.
Feeding a giraffe at Cincinnati Zoo &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Botanical Garden
Super Saver: Purchase tickets ahead of time at participating Kroger stores to save $2 off adult admission and $1 off child admission.
Bonus Tip: Download the free Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden app, which comes with a GPS-enabled map for easy navigating, exhibit information and a schedule of daily events.
Petting sharks at Newport Aquarium
Super Saver: An annual pass is less than the cost of two visits, so if you’re planning to come back within a year, it’s a good investment.
Bonus Tip: If you’re visiting at a peak time (like weekends), buy your tickets online ahead of arrival to ensure your entry time and skip the admission lines.
Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park
Super Saver: Book your Cincinnati USA hotel stay at CincinnatiUSA.com/reds and you can purchase Reds tickets at half price.
Bonus Tip: On Fireworks Fridays, visitors are treated to free post-game fireworks with music.
Written by: Elizabeth Miller Wood