It's that time of year again: the sun is shining, schools are on vacation, and the thrill of a new adventure is in the air. This summer, you can reconnect with your inner kid by visiting one of the country's top theme parks. However, rising gas prices and expensive entrance fees can discourage even the most enthusiastic of travelers. Here are several ways you can cut costs without cutting corners on a great vacation.
Home to the most rides on earth, Cedar Point is not for the faint of heart. The park offers water rides, carousels, and 17 roller coasters, including the Corkscrew, the first triple loop coaster in the world.
Cedar Point's hotel-and-ticket vacation packages may be just the key to save a little extra dough, as many include free extras like restaurant discounts and parking vouchers. Also, guests of Cedar Point resorts can enter the park 60 minutes before it officially opens. AAA members can also receive discounts on park tickets.
Corkscrew coaster at Cedar Point, Ohio (Photo: Cedar Point)