Top 10 Summer Travel Destinations

Well I supposed it depends on what kind of vacation you like but here at what seems to be the Top 1o Summer Travel Destinations for 2011.

10. Seattle, Washington – I do love this place and yes, you do need to go in the summer, due to all the rain. Plenty to see.  [Read more…]

Planning This Summers Roller Coaster Vacation

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It’s that time to start thinking about that summer vacation to your favorite amusement park. I am going to take just a minute to recap they ways to save money and the ways to get the most out of your vacation. [Read more…]

How to Get the Most Out Of Your Theme Park

Want to learn how to really enjoy and get the most out of your theme park trip?  I have some proven tips to share with you.

If you have already booked your trip there are still some tips to help you out.  Even if you can’t use them all there are still some great tips in here to keep you happy while at the park of your choice.

  1. Pack Light – If you don’t have little ones, take as little as you possibly can.  This works great for places like Disneyland, because you can skip the bag check line and pass up all those people.  We load up the boys cargo shorts with things we might need, like snacks, phones, cameras and sunscreen.  You never have to keep up with a bag and in the end, we have never missed the bag.
  2. Be Willing to Eat in the Park – This is a big one for me, because I like good food and good food is hard to find in a park, and it’s expensive.  We try and choose a hotel with a big breakfast, then we pack snacks in hopes of just needing to eat a light lunch.  Try and find healthy food so you don’t make yourself sick and miss out on all the fun of the park. We don’t like to waste time leaving the park and re-entering, so we just try and find something there.
  3. Don’t be Cheap, Drink Lots of Water – Especially during the summer, stay hydrated.  You don’t want to ruin your day and get sick because you didn’t drink enough.  Try asking for a free glass of water at the counters.  I know Cedar Point has to give them out.  Other things we have done in the past is carry a reusable bottle and filled it for FREE at the water fountain.  Our kids also have fond memories of us buying a HUGE water bottle and walking from our motel to the Disneyland entrance, we couldn’t enter until the whole bottle was gone.  That was our way of making sure they started the day hydrated.
  4. Wear Good Shoes – There will be lots of walking no mater what park you are intending on going to, so make sure you have good shoes.  Our family runs from ride to ride, because we keep track of how many rides we can go on during the day and write it down when we get back to the hotel in the evening.   Here’s a comment from my daughter when she wore the “cute” shoes instead of the comfy shoes.
  5. Check School Calendars –  I mention this tip a lot, but it has given us some great vacations.  You pay so much money to go, you might as well try really hard to find out when the area is out of school or when they go back.  We have done Cedar Point late August a few times because they had gone back to school and we hadn’t yet.  We also hit the California parks once we get out, but before they get out.  We almost always use this tip.  You can see from the picture above, that April is a great time to go to Great America in California, we had the place to ourselves.

FREE Admission to Armed Forces

Cedar Fair is doing something special to honor the military and that is giving them FREE admission to any of their parks.  For Memorial Weekend, May 30 and May 31 also  the 4ht of July weekend, July 4 and July 5 Military can get in for  FREE. This for active or retired military.  You just need your Military ID to get in.

It doesn’t stop there.  They are also offering discount tickets to immediate family(max 6) those days as well.  For all the details check it out HERE.

Check out the 14 parks you can choose from.

Thanks for all you do!!!  Enjoy your day of fun with your family.

9 Steps to Do Cedar Point on a Budget

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If you are looking for a frugal Cedar Point Vacation, I have the information you are looking for.

Here are 9 steps to do Cedar Point affordably and do it well.

1. Be flexible about when you can go.  If you go earlier in the season or later in the season the rooms are cheaper.  We always go late August.  The room rates go down and the park is less packed.  To get the most out of my trip I also plan around the local school schedule.  I try to go once they are back in school in hopes of having it not be as crowded.

2. Use one of their motels first and foremost.  You get in an hour before the public if you do.  Breakers Express is the cheapest, unless you choose to camp.  Plus if you are staying for a day or two the packages save you money on the entrance fee. We have stayed at Hotel Breakers and Breakers Express and we like the benefits of both properties. Plus you get free parking.

3.  Get a room with a fridge.  Go to the grocery store and buy fruit and muffins for breakfast and  meats and veggies for lunch along with nuts and chips for snacks. This option works best if you stay on the property and it’s so much cheaper and better than the food in the park.

4. Don’t buy expensive drinks in the park.  Better yet, don’t buy any drinks at the park. They have to give you a cup of water if you ask.  This is true, our last trip we did it the whole time and paid very little for any water.  If you must buy water, buy it out of the vending machine so you don’t have to pay sales tax.

5. Buy a Season Pass.    Since we travel all the way from Oregon we make a full week of it.  Therefore we buy the season pass.(Chances are there will be a day pass to the water park with your season pass.)  It costs a lot up front, but in the end it’s cheaper than buying a ticket every day.  Plus you don’t have to go to the window to get your ticket every day before you enter the park.

6Leave the property to eat dinner.  You will probably spend the same as the restaurants on the grounds, but you will get better food if you leave the property.  We went to a great restaurant just down the road, had amazing food, great service and no wait at all.  We came back to find an hour wait at TGI Fridays.  Our food was much better than what they were going to get and we paid about the same (ours was more upscale), plus it was less stressful.  We chose a restaurant that Dan Aykroyd even ate at, so it must be good.

7No need to do anything else.  Take advantage of the beach and the boardwalk.  After you have paid so much to get there and do the park, don’t spend money on other things, enjoy it!! It’s Cedar Point!! The Roller Coaster Capital of the World!!

8. Carry your snacks in with you.  We have the guys wear cargo shorts and we pack snacks in there so no one has to carry any bag.  When you need refueling pull out some nuts or trail mix and ask for that free glass of water. We bring ziploc bags to put our snacks in after we purchase them from the grocery store.

9. When you get a season pass you should get a booklet that shows discounts you get at participating stores.  Take advantage of this when getting souvenirs and any food you choose to purchase.

Now throw your hands in the air and enjoy!!