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10 Fun And Inexpensive Amusement Parks You Can’t Miss

10 Fun And Inexpensive Amusement Parks You Can’t Miss

With summer coming close to an end for many families, this is the time when they may begin planning their final family trip before life goes back to normal. Visiting an amusement park is a great way for families to enjoy themselves without having to spend a boatload on having fun. Aside from a ticket, transportation, and food, costs are usually minimal aside from a souvenir here and there. Today, let’s take a look at ten fun but inexpensive amusement parks from across the country that you should add to your list of places to visit.

Hersheypark – Hershey, PA

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    Hersheypark is located in the city of Hersey, PA. It is a well known amusement park for the area and attracts tons of visitors to Lancaster County, PA every year. Tickets per adult is $52.95 and per child is $31.95. However, while being the second most expensive on this list, it still comes with a big bang for your buck. There are a ton of rides, and you’ll find yourself paying less than $50 for a full meal for your whole family of four.

    Knott’s Berry Farm – Buena Park, CA

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      Knott’s Berry Farm isn’t actually a farm, but the amusement park in Buena Park, California. Originally owned by the jam producers of the same name, Knott’s Berry is a classic amusement park that offers visitors a break from Disneyland. There are two parks, Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City, their adjacent water park. Pricing for both parks is $60, however if you want to just enjoy Knott’s Berry Farm, you’ll only have to pay $45 for yourself and $35 for children and grandparents. Visiting on a hot day and just want to visit Soak City? They have a pass that allows you to pay $30 for yourself and $26 for the kids.

      Cedar Point – Sandusky, OH

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        Cedar Point is one of the oldest in the country and is equipped with over 70 rides. When you add in lines and the number of hours in a day, you won’t be able to experience them all in one visit. The park, brewing with attractions, even has three water rides in that total. Pricing, done by height, is $45.99 for those over four feet and $19.99 for those under four feet. If you are a senior citizen, you’ll be able to enjoy the $19.99 ticket price as well. You’ll find yourself paying no more than $60.00 for food while there.

        Kings Island – Mason, OH

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          Another Ohio favorite is Kings Island in the city of Mason. Kings Island is a must-see for those looking to have amusement park fun at an amazing price. With nearly 50 rides, the park is a value for adults, paying $33.99 and kids costing $29.99 for a full day’s fun. While kids are a little more here than at Cedar Point, you won’t find yourself paying more than $40 for a meal for a family of four. If you aren’t sold by the price just yet, the fact that admission also includes enjoyment in the Boomerang Bay water park should have you packing the car now for some summer fun!

          Michigan’s Adventure – Muskegon, MI

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            With a slogan like “Two Parks for the Price of One, Thrills Connect”, there’s no doubt Michigan’s Adventure would make our list. Located in Muskegon, Michigan, this water park has a total of over 50 rides and the second park, WildWater Adventure is located adjacent to Michigan’s Adventure. Single-day admission is $29.99, a general price for all family members over the age of three. However, their two-day admission ticket allows you to save $10, for $49.99.

            Disneyland – Anaheim, California

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              Disneyland is the most expensive on this list, however, you get the most bang for your buck. This Anaheim, California park is a vacation in itself for those outside of the California area. However, if you are from Southern California, or even other parts of the state or neighboring states, Disneyland can be a great way end to the summer. After the $72 price tag for adult tickets and $62 for children, you can find yourself able to save money with food. Unlike other, smaller and cheaper parks that may up charge on food, in Disneyland you have a choice of fine dining and cheaper eats that can total a little over $35 for the whole family.

              Knoebels – Elysburg, PA

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                From the most expensive, but still affordable amusement park on this list Disneyland, to one that is practically free to get in to, Knoebels is a great way for individuals to tailor how they want to spend their amusement park day. Being free to enter and park, you only pay for an unlimited park pass if that’s what you like or a hand stamp for the rides you’d like to enjoy. This means that those not inclined to certain roller coasters can still enjoy family day without feeling left out or wasting admission. For a family of four, your whole day will only cost around $100, not just food.

                Schlitterbahn Water Park – New Braunfels, Texas

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                  It is still summer after all, so Schlitterbahn Water Park is an amusement park we had to feature for those looking to cool off in the last few dog days of summer. The award winning water park isn’t simply your run-of-the-mill slip-and-slide water park. Schlitterbahn allows you to enjoy everything water related, from water coasters to beaches and even a bit of surfing to mix things up. A one-day adult admission is $47.99, while your children and senior citizens are $37.99 each.

                  Six Flags – North America

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                    Six Flags is a household name in amusement parks and they are friendly to your wallet, believe it or not. While their one-day pass saves you only if you are certain you will only visit a particular park once, and that’s it, their Play Pass could be a much larger savings. for $8 more than their $51.99 for adults ($32.99 for kids) pass, you can have access to all of Six Flag’s parks around North America. This means from Montreal to Texas, you can enjoy what Six Flags has to offer.

                    Dells Water Parks – Wisconsin Dells, WI

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                      Imagine a water park, brimming with H20, open all year-round, in the middle of America. That’s a water park you’ll find in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Dells Water Parks features both indoor and outdoor water fun, allowing the park to keep some parts open during various parts of the year. The grouping of parks include Noah’s Ark (largest in the US), Chula Vista Resorts, Mt. Olympus, and Temple of the Black Pearl. Each park ranges between $20 – $39.

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                      How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

                      How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

                      Many people will suggest that the best thing to do with your credit cards during these tough economic times is to cut them up with a pair of scissors. Indeed, if you are already in huge debt, you probably should stop using them and begin a payback strategy immediately. However, if you are not currently in trouble with your credit cards, there are wise ways to use them.

                      I happen to really love my credit cards so I will share with you my approach to how I use mine without getting into deep financial trouble.

                      Ever since about 1983 when I got my first Visa card, I continue to charge as many of my purchases as possible on credit. Everything from gas, groceries and monthly payments for services like my cable and home security monitoring are charged on credit. Despite my heavy usage, I have maintained the joy of never paying any interest fees at all on any of my credit cards.

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                      Here are some tips on how best to use your credit cards without falling into the trap of paying those nasty double-digit interest fees.

                      Do Not Treat Credit Cards as Your Funding Sources

                      Too many people treat their credit cards as funding sources for major purchases. Do not do this if you want to stay out of trouble. I use my credit cards as convenient financial instruments so I do not have to carry around much cash. In fact, I hate carrying cash, especially coins. When you buy things on credit, the purchases are clean and you will not get annoying coins back as change.

                      I do not rely on my Visa, MasterCard or American Express to fund any of my purchases, large or small. This brings me to my golden rule when it comes to whether I will pull out any of my credit cards either at a retail or online store.

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                      I never purchase anything with my credit cards if I do not have the actual cash on hand in my bank account.

                      If I really cannot pay for the item or service with cash that I already have at the bank, then I simply will not make the purchase. Remember, my credit cards are not used as funding sources. They are just convenient alternatives to actual cash in my pocket.

                      Make Sure to Always Pay Off Balances in Full Each Month

                      The next very important part of my overall strategy is to make absolutely sure that I pay the balances in full each and every month no matter how large they are. This should never be a problem if the cash has been budgeted for my purchases and secured in the bank. I have always paid my full balances each month ever since my very first credit card and this is why I never pay interest charges.

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                      Using Credit Cards with Rewards

                      Most of my credit cards are of the “no annual fees” type, including one MasterCard on a separate account I keep at home as a spare in case I lose my wallet or incur any fraudulent charges. However, I do use a main Visa card which does have an annual fee because all purchases on that card reward me with airline frequent flyer points. For me, the annual fee is worth it since I do travel and I get enough points to redeem many free flights.

                      You have to decide for yourself if you will charge enough purchases on credit each year without paying interest charges to warrant a credit card that rewards you with airline points (or other rewards). In my case, the answer is “yes” but that might not be the case for you.

                      I occasionally use a MasterCard or American Express card on small purchases just to keep those accounts active. Also, I have been to the odd retailer that accepted only a certain type of credit card, so I find that having one from each major company is quite handy. Aside from my main Visa card which earns the airline points, the rest of my cards are of the “no annual fees” variety.

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                      So this is how I use my credit cards without getting into any financial trouble with them. This strategy is recommended only if you are not in debt, of course. In fact, it is worth keeping in mind once you’re out of debt so that you can keep your credit cards active and treat them responsibly.

                      What are your credit card usage strategies? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear what methods you use.

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