(This story has been sitting in draft form for MONTHS. It’s not as comprehensive and organized as I envision, but I’m going to post it in hopes the information will be helpful to folks. I’ll continue to tweak. If you know of a good deal not listed, please pass it along!)
All offers are for the 2010 season)
Look for discount coupons, worth $8 or $10 off, at fast food restaurants and convenience stores around Richmond, Hampton Roads, and even Washington DC. Participating chains have included Wawa, Wendy’s, and Chick-fil-A.
Ticketmaster.com – Purchase a one-day pass (expires 10/31) for $47.95 for an adult, or $37.95 for a child. There is an additional convenience fee of $2.50 charged
County Parks and Recreations Theme Park Tickets – Numerous Parks and Rec departments in the Richmond area sell discounted tickets. For instance, Henrico County offers Busch Gardens tickets for $46 ($36 for ages 3-9). Valid June 1 to September 6. Must purchase at the Parks Dept in the Human Services Building, and bring exact cash or a debit card. The City of Richmond also has them available, with all the details about prices and how to purchase here.
Virginia Resident Fun Card – The Fun Card is your ticket to an exciting line-up of concerts and events all spring and summer. Pay for a day ($61.95) and get unlimited admission through September 6, 2010. The pass doesn’t cover parking fees, so it’s worth considering purchasing a regular one-year pass for one member of a group.
Forest of Fun Preschool Pass – Virginia resident parents of children ages 3-5 can register their kids for a preschool pass which provides FREE admission all summer through September 6.
Virginia Resident Free Child Ticket – For a limited time, Virginia residents receive one FREE child single-day admission to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg with the purchase of a full-price single-day adult admission. Child ticket is valid for children 3 to 9 years old. This offer is for Virginia residents only, and is only valid and must be used at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg from June 21, 2010 through August 31, 2010. This online offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. (Really only of value if you have a 6-9 year old, because preschoolers are free with Preschool Pass!)
2 Park 2 Day Offer – Our flexible new 2 Day 2 Park ticket gives Virginia residents two full days to experience both Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, so you can go where you want, when you want any time between Now and October 31, 2010. For only $69.95, you get two days at two parks. And unlike the Fun Card (which expires on September 6), your 2 Day 2 Park ticket gets you into Howl-O-Scream if you want. It’s a great value, but it’s only available to Virginia residents, and it’s only available online.
Free admission for members of the military – “We are proud to salute the men and women of our armed forces and their families. Throughout 2010, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission.” Register online.