March 25th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

colonial williamsburg coupon

In its “Salute to VA Residents,” Colonial Williamsburg is offering Virginians the opportunity to purchase a Single-day Ticket that grants admission for the remainder of the year.

(So $41.95 gets you an adult pass valid through December 31; youth 6-12 are $20.95; under 6 free)

Enjoy the Revolutionary City in bloom this spring and return later this year to take advantage of new art exhibitions, lectures in the Colonial Williamsburg Speaker Series, or experience our Grand Illumination celebration. With an exciting lineup of seasonal events for 2013 and exclusive discounts on carriage rides, tours, and evening experiences, you’ll have the perfect excuse to come see what’s new in America’s birthplace.

Tickets are available for purchase online here.

Offer available to all Virginia residents until May 31, 2013, including active-duty military stationed in Virginia. Proof of residency and/or eligibility required. This pass is nontransferable and expires December 31, 2013. No other offers or discounts apply.

I’m not sure if you have to visit at least once by May 31, or just purchase by May 31. Regular price of an annual pass is $63.95 for adults. If you only want to visit for one day, it might be worth waiting on another Groupon offer to show up.

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November 24th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

colonial williamsburg passes

Through Cyber Monday, Colonial Williamsburg is offering a discount on annual passes: Buy one, get one free!

Adult annual passes are $61.95, kids 6-12 are $32.50. The passes are valid for one year from date of purchase. Go here to buy.

For each Annual Pass you purchase, you can get a second one free.

Savor each moment of the holiday season with friends and family in the Revolutionary City. Take in the natural decorations and enjoy festive, timeless Christmas events.

As a pass member, return whenever you like. Get to know the stories of the residents in the Revolutionary City, explore the museums at your leisure, and enjoy all the exciting events coming in 2013.

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August 30th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

colonial williamsburg discount

Now through October 31, 2012, Virginia residents and all seniors 50 or older can purchase a Colonial Williamsburg Single-day Ticket that grants admission for the remainder of the year.

Enjoy autumn in the Revolutionary City now and return to see it dressed for the holidays. With no reason to hurry, you can browse our world-class museums at your leisure.

Virginia Resident & Senior Offer $39.95/adults $20.95/youths

For more information call: 1-800-447-8679

*Offer available to Virginia residents and all seniors 50 or older until October 31, 2012. Proof of residency and/or eligibility required. This pass is nontransferable and expires December 31, 2012. No other offers or discounts apply.

Available for purchase online here.

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June 6th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

great wolf lodge water bucket

After hearing about fun times from many friends, I finally got to check the resort out for myself last month. Along for the ride were my four-year-old, my ten-month-old, and my mom.

GWL is located an hour’s drive or less down I-64. Its main attraction is the huge indoor waterpark, for which lodge guests receive free passes.

First things first, of course, I had to find a great deal on a room…

How to get a discount on Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg rooms:

    – Request a Savvy Saver card from RichmondMom.com and use the code RICH230A to save 20% on best available room rates and spa services. (Restrictions may apply in peak periods)

    RichmondMom also sometimes gets blocks of rooms at a discount for specific dates, which is how I got our premium suite for $149.99. The lowest price I’ve seen is $139.99 a night for the basic suites.

    – Sign up for Great Wolf Lodge emails to receive notification of the periodic 48-Hour Sales, when you can purchase rooms at a discount

    – Check the Great Wolf Lodge Deals page for current discount package options

    – Ask about discounts for military, AAA, etc.

    – Not surprisingly, the cheapest rates are usually offered Sunday through Thursday nights

Overall, we had a blast. My oldest was fascinated by all the furniture and decor made from rough-hewn logs.

My favorite feature was actually our waterpark pass bracelets that doubled to scan as our room key! Oh-so-stylish and no worries about losing them:

great wolf lodge wristband

My second-favorite was that, since the waterpark is indoors, I didn’t have to hassle with sunscreen!

Apparently simplification and convenience are my top priorities these days 🙂

Most of our free time was devoted to waterpark shenanigans. There are over a dozen sections/slides to the giant indoor park, which is kept a balmy 84 degrees. My uber-cautious four-year-old didn’t venture beyond the kiddie (Whooping Hollow) and wave (Beaver Tail Pond) pools this visit. He developed a paranoia about the huge water bucket that dumps 1,000 gallons of water in the central play area periodically; when her heard the warning dings, he would freeze wherever he was and cover his ears. Despite his misgivings, he did, however, thouroughly enjoy himself!

Saving at the resort, and random tips

Bring your own food! The rooms all come with a mini fridge and microwave. They do not, however, have any plates, utensils, or other cooking equipment (I ended up slicing bananas with my trusty mini Swiss Army knife). Dining prices at Great Wolf are high, though not highway robbery.

There are a number of restaurants just around the corner, including Sonic (Go for the half-price drink happy hour from 2-4pm every day!), IHOP, Burger King, Subway, and Chick-fil-A. If you need to pick up anything, there’s a Walmart as well. Or if you continue down Rochambeau Drive past Great Wolf Lodge, you’ll reach the delicious Pierce’s Pitt BBQ!

Pack a separate bag with your swim gear. You can start using the waterpark at 1pm on the day you arrive, and all day the day you check out, but you might not be allowed into your room until 4pm and have to check out by 11am. If your swim stuff is separate, you can head straight for the pool and change in the changing rooms. (I only saw three changing/shower stalls in the women’s area, however, which seemed insufficient)

Lockers are available to rent for $10 a day. We skipped the rental, and I just shoved my keys in our swim bag. Everyone leaves their clothes and towels on a table/surrounding chairs (It’s a good idea to claim a prime spot early in the day!)

You don’t need to bring towels – they are provided at the entrance to the waterpark (and are extremely scratchy I might add. No temptation to pilfer them)

DO bring warm cover-ups, like a zip-up sweatshirt, for the air-conditioned walk back to your room.

If you have older kids, anticipate a some pricey extras. Thankfully, my four-year-old was blissfully oblivious to all the alluring things for sale, but elementary age and older will certainly realize that there is a kids spa, mini golf, a big arcade, and game involving wands. As someone who enjoyed the computer game Myst as a kid, I thought the MagiQuest game looked like a fun activity down the road when my son is older. You have to buy a wand (I didn’t check the price, but I think they are $20 or $25) and pay $10 for a game.

“Suite” just means it has a fridge. As a mom with little ones who need their naps in peace, this is one of my pet peeves about hotels that advertise suites. To me, a suite has a separate bedroom with a door, but most hotels disagree with my definition, making it difficult to book rooms because the descriptions are often unclear.

(Great Wolf Lodge calls this a Queen Sofa Suite)
queen sofa suite.

I greatly appreciate the floorplans and room views included on the website, so at least I know what I’m getting. The reason I finally booked a stay was that RichmondMom had a bargain for premium suites – $149.99 for rooms that were $389 (!) at full price. I snapped up a Grizzly Bear Suite, which is HUGE, with two separate bedrooms and big living space.
great wolf lodge grizzly bear suite

It was more than ample for the two boys, my mom, and I, and could sleep six in comfort. The only thing I would change is I wish it came with a bigger table and more than two chairs. Oh, and a better balcony view (future home of a car dealership):

great wolf lodge view

The biggest recommendation for the resort was the fact that everywhere I looked, people were having a great time. Great Wolf Lodge definitely knows what it’s doing!

What are your tips for great stays at Great Wolf Lodge (saving money or in general)?

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September 10th, 2011 by RichmondBargains

col wmburg pass discount

Virginia residents and seniors 50+ can receive pass admission to Colonial Williamsburg for the rest of 2011 for the single-day rate of just $37.95 ($18.95 Youth). Offer must be purchased by October 31.

With new programs each week and more than 100 special events planned for the holiday season, there is no better time to visit the Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg.

Your pass includes

Access to 35 exhibition sites, including the Governor’s Palace, Great Hopes Plantation, and the workshops of 16 Historic Trades
New interpretive programming at the Palace, Charlton’s Coffeehouse, and the Capitol
Access to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, including new exhibits
Revolutionary City® street theater daily
Seasonal offers on special events and shopping
Free parking and shuttle service

The regular price of annual passes is $58.95 for adults and $29.50 for youth 6-17.

good neighbor williamsburg

Williamsburg and James City County residents can take advantage of Colonial Williamsburg’s “Good Neighbor” program, which allows them to purchase a pass for only $10!

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August 18th, 2010 by Alison

good neighbor pass

Technically Williamsburg is beyond my jurisdiction. But if any readers live/attend school in Williamsburg, or if you know anyone in these zip codes, it’s a great savings over the regular Colonial Williamsburg ticket cost of $36 or more.

For $10 a year (free for kids under 17), residents of Williamsburg & environs* can purchase a Good Neighbor Pass for Colonial Williamsburg, which is valid for one year and the following benefits:

Admission to all of Colonial Williamsburg’s exhibition sites and museums
Use of Colonial Williamsburg’s bus service, including shuttle to Yorktown and Jamestown
25% off tickets for most evening programs
25% off up to 20 general admission passes each year per household for your friends and family
Additional special offers & events

Good Neighbor annual passes can be purchased and renewed at Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center or at the Lumber House Ticket Office (open seasonally) on Duke of Gloucester Street. Each member of the family, from the age of 6 and up, must be present to receive a Good Neighbor annual pass.

*Residents of the following zip codes are eligible: 23089, 23090, 23127, 23168, 23185, 23186, 23187, 23188. Also employees of Williamsburg, James City County, or the Bruton District of York County, and teachers in the local school system

William & Mary faculty, staff and their immediate family receive a FREE Good Neighbor annual pass. College of William and Mary students need only show their current ID cards to receive Good Neighbor benefits.

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