Heading out to Philadelphia area amusement parks such as Six Flags Great Adventure, Dorney and HersheyPark is a tradition for many families and groups of friends. However, park admission tickets are somewhat expensiveâ€”this is especially taxing on individuals and families in this economy. To save some money, consider hunting for discounts at area locations and on products and retail stores you already use.
The Park: Six Flags Great Adventure is located in Jackson, New Jersey. This is the largest Six Flags park in the country and it includes water rides, roller coasters and special events including celebrity appearances.
- AAA: You can get a discount at Six Flags with a AAA (â€œTriple Aâ€) membership at $5.00 off your admission. If you spend $15.00 or more on merchandise, show your card for 10 percent off that cost.
- Military: Six Flags doesn’t give military discounts, but encourages military personnel to check with individual bases regarding additional discounts.
- Coke Can: Some Coca-Cola cans and products offer discounts. These vary by season and day of week.
1 Six Flags Boulevard
Jackson, NJ 08527
The Park: HersheyPark is located in Hershey, PA near other attraction such as the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. During the summer, this area is notoriously expensive for vacationers (especially when compared to other sites like Gettysburg).
- Military: Like Great Adventure, Hershey advises members of the military to inquire at their bases for tickets and discounts.
- Giant Food Stores: You can get free parking at the park in June if you purchase your tickets at Giant when you do your grocery shopping.
- Free Coupons: Coupons are available at multiple retail locations that you probably already frequent. Popular Philadelphia destinations offering coupons include Wawa, Friendly’s (until June 20), Chick-Fil-A, CVS and Wendy’s.
- Reservations: Because Hershey is a major travel destination, you can buy vacation packages offering discount park admission. See site for details.
100 West Hersheypark Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
The Park: Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is best known for its fabulous water rides and comparatively inexpensive prices.
- AAA: AAA (or â€˜Triple A’) members can purchase discounted tickets, but they must be purchased in advance at AAA and not at the park.
- Acme: Discount ticket sales happen at many grocery stores for Dorney tickets, but the only participating store in the Philadelphia area is Acme.
- Pepsi Cans: Check Pepsi cans and other Pepsi products for a discount on admission.
- Coupons at Fast Food Chains: In June, check Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts. Come July, look for coupons at Burger King. In August, find them at Taco Bell and Wendy’s.
3830 Dorney Park Road
Allentown, PA 18104
Many parks include varying prices depending on time of season. Ticket prices also vary by age (with discounts for students and seniors), so check the parks’ sites in advance for detailed information and possible advance ordering for discounts and to you avoid the lines.