My family loves loves loves Six Flags. But it can get pretty darn expensive fairly quickly. So how can the family enjoy the thrills without walloping your wallet?
There are some tricks that can make your visits more economical. We regularly visit Six Flags Great America, so we’re always looking for the best deals we can get to maximize our fun while minimizing the cost. Please note each individual Six Flags theme park may have its own deals, so please be sure to double check that the pricing and benefits apply to your local Six Flags. Read on for six ways to save money at Six Flags!
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1. Buy the season pass
If you buy season passes for the entire family, you can get them for as little as $66.99. Get the Regular Season Pass and it pays for itself in just two visits. (Online tickets start at $46.99 each.) Plus, we get access (and early admission) to Hurricane Harbor without having to pay extra. Score!
Along with the season pass, you get unlimited admission to any other Six Flags theme park. So when we go visit the Adirondacks, we can pop in to Six Flags Great Escape without having to pay for additional tickets!
2. Splurge for the gold season pass
Buy purchasing the gold season pass, we can add unlimited parking to all of the passes. At just $20 more per person per pass, I was able to ensure no matter who is going to the park, they won’t have to pay for parking. This year, Six Flags Great America is charging $25 for parking per visit. The savings add up quickly!
3. Skip the games
I know, games are fun, right? My boys would absolutely agree. But they can kill your budget. And honestly, the park makes money even if you win because the toys probably cost less than it cost for you to play in the first place.
To satiate my boys’ appetite for games, we pick one day in the season for them to play whatever games they choose. It’s doesn’t matter if it’s in the arcade or for prizes. We set a specific budget, and when the money’s gone, it’s gone.
4. Buy the refillable sports bottle
If you are going to be visiting Six Flags on a regular basis, you’re going to want to buy the refillable sports bottle. If you buy one, you can get it for $14.99. On the first day, you get unlimited refills for free. After that, you can refill your cup for $0.99. With my family of four, we bring one cup to help manage how much soda the kids drink. However, I do see families walking around with multiple sports bottles. And if you buy multiples bottles, you get a discount.
5. Get the meal plan
At my local Six Flags Great America, the Dining Pass costs $79.99 per person. For the past several years, we have bought two meal plans. This year we spent $160 on the meal plan. We then split the two meals between the four of us. This helps keep the junk food and portions in check.
An average meal at Six Flags Great American costs between $12-15 each. If we buy two dinners, it would cost us $30. If we are at the park long enough for both lunch and dinner, meals would cost us $60. See where I’m going with this? Again, the savings can add up quickly. If we visit the park for just three full days, we’re already saving money on the meals.
You should be aware that the lunch credit is valid from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. The dinner credit is valid from 4:30-7:30 pm, or park close, whichever is earlier. So you can’t double down and use your lunch and dinner credits all at once. If you don’t enter the park until after 3:30 pm, you will only receive the dinner credit. Also, each Six Flags season dining pass is only valid at the park it was purchased for. So when we go visit Six Flags Great Escape, we have to buy our own meals there.
6. Use the park to the fullest.
We buy the season passes so we can go for a couple of hours and not feel bad if we’re ready to leave. This has given us the freedom to really use the park to the fullest. Plus, while others may spend money on a family date night or outing, we use the park.
For example, last weekend we arrived at opening time and spent the day at Hurricane Harbor. The boys had an absolute blast in the wave pool and on Skull Island. The next time we go, we may choose to walk the perimeter and take in the smaller rides you may ordinarily skip. Another day we’ll spend in the “kid section.” While on another day we’ll arrive for dinner and the nighttime parade.
WHAT ARE YOUR TRICKS FOR SAVING MONEY AT SIX FLAGS OR YOUR LOCAL AMUSEMENT PARK?