Spring break attraction discounts

Kimberly Smith / AJC staff

Kimberly Smith / AJC staff

Spring break is at your fingertips, and summer’s not far behind. You can’t wait to relax, spend time with the family … and potentially spend an absurd amount of money to usher your kids or other relatives to every major Atlanta attraction.

Do not fear. Here are some deals on seeing the sights this spring break:

Six Flags Over Georgia: Visit the park’s website right now to buy one ticket, get one free. That makes it $25 for adults and $17.50 for kids, which is especially cost-effective for large parties. You will, of course, see Coca-Cola cans and grocery store coupons with other offers later in the season. The price of a season pass will start dropping sometime after midsummer.

Atlanta Fair: Ride the Ferris wheel, experience zero gravity or get aggressive in the bumper cars — but make it a priority to go to the fair at Turner Field in the middle of the week. Adult tickets are only $3 (regularly $5-$8) if you enjoy the funnel cakes Mondays through Thursdays.

Zoo Atlanta: Check out the family pass DVD at any participating Georgia public library. When you return the DVD, you’ll get a free pass (worth $73.96) for two adults and two children to visit the zoo, valid for seven days from date of receipt.

Georgia state parks: You can also check out the state parks and historic sites pass at the library to avoid parking fees at Amicalola Falls, Tallulah Gorge and other state parks.

Imagine It Children’s Museum: Free from 1 to 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Tickets distributed from 1 p.m. until they run out.

Georgia Aquarium: Free for Georgia residents on your birthday when you bring a valid ID to the ticket window, so organize that trip around someone’s special day to save more than $25. Also, college students get half-off admission after 3 p.m. Sundays-Fridays.

High Museum of Art: Free for Fulton County residents and students on the first Saturday of every month. Additionally, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders get free admission on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month. The High also offers half-price admission after 4 p.m. Thursdays.

Do the math: Please calculate your predicted savings before buying combination attraction passes. For example, a Pemberton Place pass for the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola will save you a whopping $1.45. There are better discounts out there.

And the Atlanta City Pass could be a good deal for adults if you’re truly doing a whirlwind tour of the city and visiting at least four attractions within nine days. Otherwise, you’ll end up eating some of the $69 price tag.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

See a great deal I should know about? Email me at ldavidson@ajc.com. You can also follow me on Facebook or on Twitter @atlbargains.

8 comments Add your comment

Grover Gaddis

March 22nd, 2011
9:28 am

I’m thinking about riding up to the mountains this weekend Lauren. Have you got any discount coupons for boiled peanuts? Thanks, Grover

jaris

March 22nd, 2011
9:29 am

To hell with Six Flags and their support of the Cobb County School Board. I hope they never come out of bankruptcy.

Lorraine

March 22nd, 2011
10:11 am

Great deals! Thanks!

Guy Incognito

March 22nd, 2011
10:51 am

LD,

The deals r just like U…………..HOT!!!!!!

scooby-doo

March 22nd, 2011
11:06 am

These are some of the best deals I’ve seen so far this year. I love BOGO’s and freebies! The last time we went to Six Flags we had a blast. The zoo is always a great place to go to also as long as the weather is mild. I just called my local library and they said they’re running the zoo promo for the rest of the year, but they only have one DVD and it’s available right now! Guess where I’m heading to on my lunch break? And I didn’t know you can get into the aquarium for free on your birthday. On April 2 the new dolphin exhibit opens and my birthday is in June. Perfect timing! Thanks Lauren!

Tuckergirl

March 22nd, 2011
11:10 am

Thanks, Lauren! The birthday Georgia Aquarium deal is especially good, did not know about that one.

Amber

March 23rd, 2011
5:26 pm

The BOGO offer is not valid on child admission… children can redeem a BOGO ticket, though. Just FYI :)

Ole Guy

March 28th, 2011
4:57 pm

Spring Break used to be piling a bunch o’drunks in the 57 Chevy an’ screamin down Hwy 27 to Panama City. All ya had to do was stay a step or two ahead o the corn-fed PC Constables. One would get “oiled up” with a few quart bottles of $.35 Bud before throttling back on the $.25/bottle Black Lable.

Of course, this was back in the “good ole days”…Six Flags, fairs and zoos all seem pretty tame. But then again, it’s a pretty tame generation…can’t run from here to there without passing out…can’t pass a simple dumb bell military entrance test without prep courses…can’t graduate from high school/enter (much less graduate from) college without grade inflation out the gazoo.

These kids need another break, following the recent winter break, like a hole in the head.