Here is a little confession. I haven’t been to the Pensacola Interstate Fair since my youngest was still in a stroller. It isn’t because we haven’t wanted to go. We were out of town for one year and sick for one. Another reason we haven’t been to the fair is that it can be a very costly adventure. With several fall birthdays, Halloween and the holidays coming up, we usually don’t have a lot of extra money sitting around.
This year, I am determined to take the kids to the Pensacola Interstate Fair. I think they are at the perfect age to enjoy it and are young enough that I can keep them off the rides that scare me (mainly because they can be packed up and moved to another location!).
I am also determined to make this visit to the fair as low cost as possible. Here are a few things we plan to do to save money.
Pack a cooler. This is my go-to money saving technique and I mention it often. Although outside food won’t be allowed and you can’t carry your cooler in, it will be waiting for you in the car when you are finished with your fair visit. Cold drinks and snacks that the kids don’t normally get will be a nice surprise after you have told them no one hundred times.
Attend a free or discount day. Figure out which day saves you the most money and go then. *Confirm dates before heading to the fair!*
- Kid’s Day – October 20 and 27 – “All kids 11 years and under will be admitted FREE to the Fairgounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Regular General Admission prices apply after 2 p.m.”
- Ladies Day (October 23) or Men’s Day (October 25) – Ladies and Men of all ages “admitted FREE to the Fairgrounds from 4 to 6 p.m. General Admission applies from 6 p.m. to closing” on appropriate day.
- Grand Opening Special – October 18 – “Adults and children admission will cost only $4.00! This price applies on this day only and is valid from opening to closing.”
- Special Admission Family Day – October 28 – “There is a special $5 admission price for everyone and FREE to children 3 and under at all times. (Any Discounted admission tickets will count as ONE ADMISSION ONLY.)”
- See other specials.
Do you and the kids ride the rides? Check out the handstamp specials.
Set a dollar limit before you go. My children aren’t big fans of the rides. They much prefer the games which add up very quickly. We will set a dollar limit before we leave and they will know exactly how much they are allowed to spend while we are there.
Eat before you go. Eating before you go will fill you up so you only pick the fair food that you really want!
What are your money savings tips for the Pensacola Interstate Fair?