8 of the Best Amusement Park Hacks

Finally, the weather forecast is boasting warmer temperatures. It won't be long before summer and Amusement Park Season are upon us! While rollercoasters and park fries are certainly amusement park staples, it's no secret these things can get expensive, so follow these eight tips if you're interested in saving money and time: 

Keep an eye on the weather: If there's a threat of rain in the forecast, most people will steer clear of amusement parks, which is why it's the perfect time to grab a poncho at the Dollar Store and head to your favorite coaster. The lines will be shorter which means more riding for you and yours. 
 
Arrive later: Research your park's rates and plan accordingly; most parks offer discount admission rates if arriving later in the afternoon. 
 
Bring your own water & snacks: If the park allows, packing your own drinks and food not only saves money, but so much time. Sometimes the lines at concessions are longer than the lines at the rides! 
 
Extra clothes: No one likes to walk around in wet or sweaty clothes. Packing extras, especially for the little ones, helps avoid discomfort and rashes and, ultimately, meltdowns. 
 
Plastic Bags: The kind with zippers and the grocery store variety will come in handy for protecting electronic devices and taking home wet clothes. 
 
Change: Younger kids are content throwing pennies in a fountain, and older kids love playing random games at the arcade. Keep a few dollars' worth of coins in one of those zipper plastic baggies and you're prepared for when wet weather hits or when everyone needs a break from riding.  

Bring your own wagon/stroller: Even though parks do offer wagons and lockers to help transport and store all your stuff, but they come at a price. If you have a wagon or stroller, bring it. 
 
Sunscreen: Save time and ensure a thorough application by applying sunscreen (to face, body, lips, and scalp!) before going into the park, and often throughout the day. Kids won't want to slow down to reapply, so pull double-duty and lather them up while they're in line or during lunch.

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