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The Tampa Bay area offers a lot to see and do so there is plenty to choose from when making staycation plans. It sometimes does not seem so obvious if you live in the area. So instead of taking a vacation this time why not take a staycation instead. You'll save a bundle and have fun too. Just follow along as we highlight some of the things you could do on your staycation as well as offer tips on how to get even more savings like with combo packages, best times to go, and even coupons for additional discounts on your admission. Your staycation does not have to be restricted to the Tampa Bay area either. You will also find suggestions on day trips that are within a two hour drive or roughly about 100 miles from Tampa.

The Latest Staycation Ideas

  1. Glazer Children’s Museum
  2. Speed Boat Adventures Tampa
  3. Sunken Gardens
  4. Suncoast Primate Sanctuary
  5. Airheads Tampa
  6. Grand Prix Tampa
  7. Florida State Fair
  8. John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
  9. Skatepark of Tampa
  10. Big Cat Rescue

MythBusters Exhibit at MOSI

2014 February 26

Mythbusters, The Explosive Exhibition is coming to MOSI. This special exhibit mixes scientific method with gleeful curiosity. Each of the exhibits uses interactive technology that allows you to explore the world of science the MythBusters way. The exhibit is only here until May 8th though and if you want to see it you will need a separate ticket. Before you get your tickets though, here are some tips and suggestions on how you can save a little extra money off the total cost of your admission there. This includes all of the latest coupons that you could use to save even more money on your admission to the special exhibit.

Get 48% Off Your Admission to Mythbusters, The Explosive Exhibition at MOSI

Tips & Coupons

  1. Check with the Florida Attractions Association. They offer a few coupons for area attractions and at last check they had a coupon good for $3 off your combo tickets for Mythbusters, The Explosive Exhibition at MOSI.
  2. Become a member of MOSI and you will get one free ticket for Mythbusters, The Explosive Exhibition.
  3. If you are a senior then be sure to mention this and you can save $3 off your combo ticket for MOSI and Mythbusters, The Explosive Exhibition.
  4. Kids 12 and under get $5 off the adult admission price for the exhibit.
  5. Keep an eye on the daily deal / coupon sites like Groupon where you can sometimes save as much as 50% off your admission to MOSI and the special exhibitions there.
  6. Be sure to follow MOSI on Facebook and Twitter as they will keep you informed of the latest news (like getting to meet Kari) as well as discount savings opportunities on tickets.

Planning a visit for another time? Be sure to check out the MOSI coupons first before you make your visit to insure that you get the most savings possible on your tickets.

2013 Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

2013 December 19

This year there are more lights and more fun than ever at the Christmas Town at Busch Gardens. In total there are more than 3 million twinkling lights that light up the Busch Gardens theme park, turning it into Christmas Town. In addition to the lights you’ll find the 15,000 square foot SnowWorld, Santa’s House, Christmas Town Express, Penguin Point, Mrs. Claus’ Family Feast, and much more. It’s an unforgettable Christmas tradition that is perfect for a family staycation. Now you will need separate tickets for this event as the standard daytime tickets will not work. Before you get those tickets though, take a moment to read over all of the tips and suggestions on how you can get the most savings possible on your Christmas Town at Busch Gardens tickets.

Get Over 15% Off Admission to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Tips & Coupons

  1. If you buy your tickets for Christmas Town in advance you can save up to $20 off your admission. You can upgrade to the Christmas Town Unlimited Ticket and get free admission every night. This works like a season pass and pays for itself in 2 visits.
  2. If you are buying your tickets for Christmas Town online then be sure to check for promo codes. You should notice a little link at the top right of the ticket selection page. Click that link and a promo code box will pop up. Enter the coupon here and then click apply and you should see the discount appear in the ticket price.
  3. Keep an eye on the daily deal / coupon sites like Groupon where you can save as much as 50% off tickets to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens.

If you are visiting Busch Gardens at any other time you might want to first check out the Busch Gardens coupons which can save you a little extra money off the total cost of your admission.

2013 Wild Wonderland

2013 November 3

This holiday season you won’t want to miss out on the Wild Wonderland event at the Lowry Park Zoo. You will get a chance to meet Santa and his merry mammals. This includes real reindeer as well as all of the other local residents. In addition to the animals, you’ll also be treated to a million twinkling lights, free zoo rides, and plenty of the traditional holiday treats. Don’t miss this holiday tradition at the Lowry Park Zoo. Keep in mind that admission is separate from the general admission tickets for the Lowry Park Zoo. Of course before you buy your tickets you will want to first make sure that you take advantage of all of the discount opportunities that are available. Just check out the tips and coupon which have been outlined below for you to help you save even more money off the total cost of your admission to the Wild Wonderland event at the Lowry Park Zoo.

Get an Additional $3 Off Admission to Wild Wonderland at Lowry Park Zoo

Tips & Coupons

  1. Keep an eye on the daily deal / coupon sites like Livingsocial. In the past the Lowry Park Zoo has offered savings of up to 50% off admission to the Wild Wonderland.
  2. If you are purchasing your Wild Wonderland tickets online then be sure to check for promotion codes. You should notice a promotion code box at the very bottom of the checkout page. Enter the coupon in there and then click continue checkout. You should notice your discount appear on the next page.
  3. During the month of December if you visit the Lowry Park Zoo during the day you can upgrade to a combo ticket which also includes your admission to the Wild Wonderland. You end up saving $4 off your admission to the Wild Wonderland.
  4. If you are an annual Zoo Pass holder you can also save $4 off your admission to the Wild Wonderland at the Lowry Park Zoo.

If you are just visiting outside of this special event then be sure to check out the Lowry Park Zoo coupons for extra savings on your general admission tickets.

2013 Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa

2013 October 1

howl-o-scream-2013This fall if you want to take in one of the very best Halloween events in Tampa then just head on over to the Busch Gardens theme park for the Howl-O-Scream event, which is being held every Thursday through Sunday evening from 7:30 pm to 1 am. Attractions for the 2013 Howl-O-Scream event include the Death Water Bayou, The Basement, Circus of Superstition, Blood Asylum, Nevermore, Zombie Mortuary, Ultimate Gamble, The Experiment, and more. It’s the biggest Halloween event that Busch Gardens Tampa has ever had. Now before you head over there though, you’ll want to read over the tips and suggestions listed below. These should help you to save a little extra money off the total cost of admission. Also listed below are the latest known coupons for the Howl-O-Scream event at Busch Gardens Tampa which should help you to save even more money.

Tips & Coupons

  1. You can buy your tickets online and when you do, be sure to check for promo codes first. There is a link under the buy tickets menu to enter a promo code. Click that link and you will be taken to a page to enter a promotion code. Enter the coupon here and then click go. You should then see your discount appear on the ticket order page. Try entering Facebook2013 into the promotion code box to save $39 off your ticket.
  2. Stop by a local Taco Bell or Applebees location and ask about a coupon for the Howl-O-Scream event at Busch Gardens. You can also check specially marked packages of Fanta for promotion codes to use with your online ticket purchase.
  3. If you visit Busch Gardens for the Howl-O-Scream event on Thursdays you can get the 4 pack, which can save up as much as $35 off the cost of a Saturday ticket price.
  4. If you get together a group of 15 or more people you can also save up to $35 per person on admission to the Howl-O-Scream event at Busch Gardens Tampa.
  5. If you are already a season pass member for Busch Gardens Tampa you can purchase discounted tickets for the Howl-O-Scream event. At last check you can automatically save about $20 off your Saturday admission.
  6. Finally, be sure to follow Busch Gardens Tampa on Facebook or Twitter or sign up for their email newsletter. They will sometimes send out special promotion codes for their followers to use towards the purchase of discount tickets for the Howl-O-Scream event at the park.

Swimming with Manatees in Crystal River

2013 April 5

manatee-snorkel-toursTake a three hour guided manatee snorkeling tour at Crystal River during your staycation this year. The tour includes all of the necessary gear for snorkeling as well as a boat with a guide that takes you into the crystal clear waters of Crystal River where the manatees float lazily along the edges of the river. It’s only a little over an hour north of Tampa so it makes for a very easy trip.

Save 53% off Manatee Snorkeling Tour

Now if you miss out on the daily deal there are still a few other ways that you can save a little extra money on your manatee snorkeling tour. For starters if you are in the military, police, firefighter or other public servant you can get a discounted rate. You will have to check ahead of time to see what the current discount is. Also, there is a discount that is offered for students for many of the tours and certification classes.

Another thing to keep in mind when looking to book a manatee snorkeling adventure at Crystal River is to check on the rate calendar. There are a lot of companies that offer manatee tours at Crystal River and many of them offer discounts during the offseason. This means that if you book your staycation tour before mid June you will be able to receive an additional discount on your Crystal River manatee tour. Just call or visit the tour operator’s website to see what the off peak season discounts are.

Also along the same lines, some of the Crystal River tour guides offer a bit of a discount for early morning tours. These typically start around 7 am. It should also be noted that manatees are more active in the early morning hours so there is a much greater chance for an encounter with a manatee.

Busch Gardens Coupons 2013

2013 February 7

busch-gardens-tampaThe 2013 season is well under way at Busch Gardens and there is a new ride. The Cheetah Hunt is the newest and longest (4,400 feet in length) roller coaster experience at Busch Gardens. And of course there’s also the exciting shows, animal attractions, and exclusive park experiences. Now if you are planning a Tampa staycation this year and a trip to Busch Gardens, keep reading for coupons and tips on how to save on admissions for 2013.

Save $10 purchasing your Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Single Day ticket and enjoy a 2nd visit FREE

Tips & Coupons

  1. Check the Florida Residents discount page. You will see a link at the top of the ticket order page. Right now you can save $62 on a 2 park pass. These Florida residents discounts do change throughout the year though.
  2. Check with local ticket discounters like Best of Orlando. This year they are offer a 15% discount on tickets when you purchase through them.
  3. Get the Busch Gardens Fun Card and enjoy unlimited admission to the park through December 31st, 2013. Right now the Fun Card is the same cost as a single day admission.
  4. If you are a AAA member you can show your AAA membership card at the gate and save $5 off your admission.
  5. For an ultimate staycation get the 6 park Orlando FlexTicket. This year this includes admission to Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Sea World of Orlando, Sea World Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, Wet ‘n Wild, and Busch Gardens. Right now you can save $33 off the Orlando FlexTicket through Undercover Tourist.
  6. There are several options for redeeming rewards points for tickets to Busch Gardens. These include Hilton HHonors, American Express, and Air Miles.
  7. This year Busch Gardens is again offering the Hero Salute program. If you are not familiar with the program, you just register on their site and then you get 1 free admission for your whole family.

2013 Monster Jam Tampa Coupons

2013 January 15

monster-jam-tampaThis weekend the Monster Jam truck series is coming to Raymond James Stadium. See these 4 ton, 2,000 horse power monsters in action as they race and fly through the air. Tickets are available for purchase online through Ticketmaster. If you purchase them before the day of the even you can save $5 off the face value. There are also coupons available from MetroPCS and Advance Auto Parts. Buy 3, Get 1 SuperValue Ticket FREE from MetroPCS or Advance Auto Parts has a FREE Monster Truck Ride Pass. Just stop by any of their locations in the Tampa area.

50% Reciprocal Savings from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

2013 January 2

clearwater-marine-aquariumA great place that is loaded with staycation activities is Clearwater and one of the highlights there is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Now is the best time to go ahead and get an annual membership. In addition to the free admission all year long you also get a whole host of other benefits including discounts of up to $50 on camps as well as 50% off admission to many of the great highlights in the Tampa and Clearwater area including the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, and MOSI, Great Explorations Children’s Museum and more! See HERE for a complete list from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Credit for this goes to the Coupon Guide. More coupons and money saving tips for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium can be found HERE.

Discount Days at 2012 Florida State Fair

2013 January 2

florida-state-fairThis year’s version of the Florida State Fair goes from February 7th – 18th. Purchase your tickets early (either online or at local Sweetbay Markets) before the start of the state fair and you can save on your admission. During the dates of the Florida State Fair there are also several other opportunities to save with the designated discount days. Below are the dates and discounts offered for this year.

Opening Day Deal – February 9
After 5:00 PM – Admission for $5.00 – Ride Armbands for $20.00

College Night – February 9 – College Students with I.D.
After 3:00 PM – Purchase a $20.00 Midway Ride Armband and
Receive FREE Fair Admission
5 After 5 – February 9, 13, 14, 15, & 16
After 5:00 PM – $5.00 Adult Admission

Student Days
February 10 – Hillsborough County Students Provided a Free Ticket
February 20 – Pasco, Polk, Manatee County Students Provided a Free Ticket
All Other Students – For Discount Purchase Your Tickets at the Gate
$6.00 Admission for Ages 12 through 12th Grade
$5.00 Admission for Ages 6 to 11

Midway Power Hour – February 11 & 18 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Most Midway Rides – One Ticket
4-H & FFA Days – February 11 & 18
FREE Admission with Member I.D. or Jacket

Senior Days – February 14, 15, & 16
Gate Admission $8.00 – Advance Tickets $6.00 for 55+

National Salute to Veterans Day – February 20
FREE Admission For Everyone After 4:00 PM

Pepsi Armband Days – February 10 & 20
Bring an Empty Diet Mtn Dew Can – Pay $25.00 for Ride Armbands (Save $5)
1 Discount Per Diet Mtn Dew Can – Offer Valid Only on Diet Mtn Dew

Tampa Trio Pass

2012 October 16

Experience the top 3 attractions in the Tampa Bay area on your staycation and save a ton of money at the same time with the Tampa Trio Pass (sometimes referred to as the Tampa Triplet Pass). It gets you admission to The Florida Aquarium, Museum of Science & Industry, and Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo for a discounted savings of about $8 per person. Each pass is good for one admission to each attraction. See HERE for further details on this offer as well as for purchasing.