A vacation can be a pricey proposition but a fun getaway doesn’t have to break the bank. Savvy travelers can save keeping just a few simple tips in mind.
Use the little blue box
You’ll see them all over Niagara – those blue boxes offering free maps. Inside those boxes are Niagara Falls coupon books. These books contain a lot of fluff but they also contain savings on some of the most popular area attractions. The coupons don’t necessarily offer deep discounts but they will take at least a dollar or two off admission. When you’re seeing several sights, that small savings really adds up. A bonus: the map on the back of the coupon book really does come in handy.
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Buy an Adventure Pass
Skip the tours and save money by buying an Adventure Pass. These passes allow you to travel at your own pace, build your own itinerary and give you the same priority access to attractions that joining a tour group would. The Adventure Pass includes admission to Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls, the White Water Walk and Niagara’s Fury. The Pass also includes two-day fare on WEGO bus transportation.
Watch what you eat
Many restaurants in the tourist district can pack a pricey punch for so-so quality food. There are a number of beautiful, well-manicured spots perfect for a picnic lunch. TripAdvisor members suggest getting food at a local grocery store such as Lococo’s and simply eating al fresco. Another money-saving move is to take advantage of free water. Many restaurants and coffee shops such as Starbucks will gladly give you a cup of water if you ask.
Ask for discounts
Speaking of asking, sometimes saving money is as simple as that. Don’t be afraid to ask what discounts are available at your hotel or tour desk. You’ll be surprised at the savings you might discover.
Use these tips for successful savings and come home with money in your pocket.