Category: Visitors

April 4th, 2011 by RichmondBargains


The Richmond Region is joining with the Virginia tourism office to target the Washington, D.C. area with a month-long marketing push that will drive visitors to the region… The theme of the marketing blitz is Like! to LOVE Virginia. Throughout the month of April, people who “like” the Virginia is for Lovers Facebook page will have access to super saving, limited-time-offer travel deals through a special VADeals4DC tab.

While the marketing emphasis is on attracting the DC area, anyone can take advantage of the deals. You should be able to access the offers directly on the Virginia is for Lovers website.

The first Richmond-area deal will be posted tomorrow at 9am, and will be for the Jefferson Hotel. I’ll incorporate the Richmond ones into the Daily Deals post, plus any other Virginia ones that sound interesting! Other local offers will include Richmond International Raceway, Segway of Richmond and the Valentine Richmond History Center.

Today’s deal is $55 for two behind-the-scenes “Seals Premium Experiences” at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach (save $55). Call 757-385-0300 to book.

(There are a limited quantity of these deals available, but it’s unclear how to know when they are sold out.)

Posted in daily deals, Visitors

February 17th, 2011 by Alison

There’s a Picasso exhibit opening at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts this weekend. You may have heard about it.

I haven’t mentioned it before because exhibit admission is $20, but I’m sure it will be well worth it! Worth considering as well, VMFA members get in free – $50 for individual memberships, $75 for family.


In conjunction with the exhibit, the local bus service 2BNB (To the Bottom and Back) will begin running a free museum bus route on Saturdays from 10am to 6pm February 19 to May 15. Two buses will run the 50 minute loop and circulate approximately every 30 minutes beginning at The VMFA, continuing along Cary Street to Shockoe Bottom, and returning along Broad Street. You can even track the buses’ GPS locations with a smart phone.

This is probably of most interest to Picasso visitors as a convenient way to reach the museum while staying at a downtown hotel. I’m also thinking it could be a fun (free) Saturday activity for the preschool crowd!

Posted in Free & Cheap Events, Visitors

October 20th, 2010 by Alison

christmas town

UPDATE 11/22/11: There are currently 3-day Christmas Town Passes available for $16 on Living Social

This was the $5 promotion from 2010; I posted about the 2011 $5 Christmas Town tickets here, but that has also expired.

UPDATE: Busch Gardens has ended promo already, hope a lot of you had a chance to take advantage of it! If you came here looking for Christmas Town discounts, check Chick-fil-A, Papa Johns, or Farm Fresh for $5 off admission coupons

Super deal! Busch Gardens posted a limited time offer to its Twitter account: Purchase Christmas Town tickets for only $5 with promo code BGVACT (regularly $21.99)

Christmas Town is open selected evenings from November 26 to December 31.

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October 10th, 2010 by Alison

B&Bs and Inns are providing free rooms on Wednesday, November 10, in observance of Veterans Day, November 11, to honor servicemen and women currently serving or who have previously served their country Reservations need to be made directly with the participating Inns and B&Bs. A valid Military or VA ID will be required for each reservation.

Each B&B is making at least one room available on the night of Wednesday, November 10 (only) to active and retired military personnel. Availability is limited, so Inns may not have a specific room listed for the promotion and once the available rooms are booked, the B&B may not be able to provide another free room.

Participating Virginia Inns:

Afton Mountain Inn Afton 800-769-6844
Arcady Vineyard B&B Charlottesville 434-872-9475
Bentley Manor Inn Williamsburg 757-253-0202
Brierley Hill B&B Lexington 800-422-4925
Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm Dyke 434-985-7129
Grace Manor Inn Richmond 804-353-4334
The Grey Swan Inn B&B Blackstone 434-292-3199
Historic Mankin Mansion Richmond 804-737-7773
Holladay House B&B Orange 540-672-4893
Inn at the Crossroads Charlottesville 434-979-6452
Inn at Hope Springs Farm Willis 540-789-3276
The Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm Charlottesville 866-566-7388
Iris Inn B&B Waynesboro 540-943-1991
Mayhurst Inn Orange 540-672-5597
The William Miller House Richmond 804-254-2928

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October 6th, 2010 by Alison

busch gardens

Busch Gardens has great limited-time offer on two-year, 2-park passes right now – Get admission to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA for the next two years for $139.95! Promotion code is 2YBigNews. (Regular price for the package is $219.95.) I figure it works out to $35 per park per year, which rocks.

“Pay for the first year, and the second year is free. Take advantage of this Twitter-only offer for a two-year pass to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA that only costs as much as a one-year pass to both parks. As always, pass members enjoy the benefits of unlimited visits, free parking and discounts on food and merchandise.”

Passholders get free admission during regular operating season for two years from date of purchase, plus free parking and 50% off on Christmas Town tickets.

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September 22nd, 2010 by Alison

great wolf sale

If you’re looking for a fall family getaway, check out the 48-Hour Sale for Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg, going on now through 10am Friday. Autumn rates start at $149.99 a night.

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September 20th, 2010 by Alison

New to Richmond Bargains? Welcome, and I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the About page with more information about the site and tips for lots of other ways to save money around Richmond!

howl o scream

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Halloween event Howl-O-Scream begins this Friday, September 24th and runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 31.

Tickets are $63.99 for adults. There are several options to save money:

Multiple visits:

If you are a Virginia resident and want to go multiple times, get the Virginia Resident Fall Fun Card for $63.99, valid for unlimited admission September 11-October 31.

If you’re not a Virginia resident and would like to visit multiple times in a weekend, get the Fall Discovery Ticket for $63.99, which is valid for 7 consecutive days from first use (Busch Gardens is only open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays)

One visit:

If you’re only going one day, pick up coupons for $15 off admission at Wendy’s or Papa John’s (These might be valid on the Fall Discovery ticket, above, as well)

OR If you’re only going one day, buy your tickets in advance from one of various county parks and rec departments. Henrico County offers Busch Gardens tickets for $46 for ages 10 and older and $36 for children

OR If you’re only going one day, you can purchase tickets through for $47.95 for an adult, or $37.95 for a child. There is an additional convenience fee of $2.50 charged

For regular season (summer) savings, check out this post.

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August 17th, 2010 by Alison

all you can jet

For all you kid-free jetsetters…

Back by popular demand, JetBlue is offering “All You Can Jet” (AYCJ) passes for unlimited flights between September 6 and October 7. There are a limited number of passes available, so buy now!

Enjoy unlimited travel from September 7 to October 6, 2010 with our All You Can Jet Pass, now with two great options! Use your AYCJ Pass for business, for pleasure, to visit your favorite cities or to meet with a client. You might as well just do it all. With more than 60 cities to choose from, and for just $699* for the AYCJ-7 and $499* for the AYCJ-5, it’s a deal you can’t pass up.

AYCJ-7: $699* for 30 days of unlimited travel
AYCJ-5: $499* for 30 days of unlimited travel (excludes Fridays and Sundays)

* Pass travel valid on JetBlue-operated flights in the JetBlue route network only
* Domestic taxes and fees included
* International and Puerto Rico taxes and fees not included
* On sale now, while supplies last
* Travel dates: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 through Wednesday, October 6, 2010
* Each flight must be booked and ticketed no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT or 11:59 p.m. local time, whichever is earlier, three (3) days prior to the flight’s scheduled departure
* Last seat availability
* Nonrefundable/nontransferable/no name changes permitted

If you’re getting in on the deal, make sure to “like” the AYCJ Facebook page to keep up with the latest and connect with fellow travelers.

For those of us who can’t spend a month jetting around the U.S., where would you fly if you could? I would go to Denver to visit my sister, Chicago to catch a Cubs game, Austin for a wedding, and maybe somewhere Caribbean 🙂

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July 19th, 2010 by Alison

busch gardens loch ness monster

UPDATE: the 2012 information is here

(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. – 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.

busch gardens elmo

Virginia Residents:

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.


salute to the heroes

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.

Finally, follow Busch Gardens on Facebook and/or Twitter to hear about new ticket discounts and park special offers!

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May 29th, 2010 by Alison

blue star museums

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, active duty members of the military and their immediate families with ID can receive free admission to more than 600 museums nationwide, through a program called Blue Star Museums.

List of participating Virginia museums (some already have free admission):

Wilton House Museum
Virginia Historical Society
The Museum of the Confederacy
Meadow Farm Museum
Chesterfield County Museum
US Army Quartermaster Museum, Fort Lee

Nearby museums:
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum – Williamsburg, VA
Colonial Williamsburg – Williamsburg, VA
DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum – Williamsburg, VA
Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop – Fredericksburg, VA
James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library – Fredericksburg, VA
Mary Washington House – Fredericksburg, VA
Muscarelle Museum of Art – Williamsburg, VA
Rising Sun Tavern – Fredericksburg, VA
Virginia Discovery Museum – Charlottesville, VA

Found on Thrifty NW Mom

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