6 insider tips for maneuvering summer theme parks
A recent survey by Busch Gardens and Mom Central found that 70 percent of moms rely on vacations as a time for kids to unplug and get outdoors. And the vast majority of moms — and kids, too — reported they wanted to have more fun as a family.
Making the most of family vacation time at a theme park:
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2. Buy tickets online ahead of time. Also, plan your parking in advance to get the best deals.
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3. Don’t forget where you parked by taking a picture of it on your phone or using a car-finding app, like Park’n Find. Follow the map that automatically guides you closer to your parking spot. (If you’re at a meter, it can also remind you when you need to pay to avoid tickets.)
4. Tell your kids they can pick one souvenir at the end of the day so you don’t have to lug it around all day. Some parks let you stash your souvenirs at the front gate.
5. Start at the back of the park and work your way forward to the front, to avoid the biggest crowds (and minimize walking).
6. Eat meals at non-peak hours (noon and 6 p.m.) to minimize the time spent waiting in food lines. Or pack a healthy lunch, or at least snack, to save money and time in line.
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