Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Five Dollar Fun

Posted By on April 27, 2016, 4:00 AM

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We went to the season-opening game of the Salt Lake Bees a few weeks ago. I so love our city's baseball stadium. The views of the Wasatch Range from the seats are enhanced by the red dirt of the mound and the perfectly groomed grass on the field. It's about the best damned fun anyone can have for a really great price. Best of all, if you get your tickets from Smith's Tix for Monday night games, you only pay $5 for great seats and a darned good hot dog, too. I was thinking to myself, "What else will $5 buy you around this town?"

Megaplex Theaters have $5 Tuesdays at any of their theaters. Actually, many movie chains offer weekday specials, so just Google "movie deals" and I'm sure you'll find some near you. If you get 15 of your friends together, you can jump to your heart's delight at the Wairhouse Trampoline Park (3653 S. 500 West, Salt Lake City, 801-266-5867, TheWairhouse.com). Kids at the AIRena there (1-6 years old) can jump for $5 per hour on weekdays. They have several other good deals, too.

What you really might want to take advantage of is getting advance tickets to the Twilight Concert Series this summer (TwilightConcerts.com). Folks often don't remember that they can purchase tickets ahead of time, especially when there are bands in the lineup that they don't want to see. It looks like there could be some sellouts this summer, so plan accordingly.

Need a staycation? Travel outside of the capital city and pay $25 per vehicle for a seven-day pass to Arches National Park just outside of Moab; Zion National Park or Bryce Canyon is $30 per vehicle. Or, for a closer adventure, plan a trip to Lagoon for $53.95 for adults or $38.50 for kids.

Staycations are so much more affordable than out-of-state adventures. A one-day adult ticket to Disneyland or California Adventure in Anaheim starts at $95. Tickets for the Magic Kingdom park in Florida start at $105, and Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios or Disney's Animal Kingdom Park (also in Florida) start at $97. If you're a roller-coaster freak, Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, has 18 coasters and is a deal at $65 per person (or $45 online). If you're headed to the Big Apple, know that a visit to the Empire State Building starts at $32 for adults, and the Statue of Liberty starts at $18. Legoland California starts at $111, while the one in Florida starts at $69.

We do live in one of the most beautiful states in the country. The splendor of our mountains, deserts and waterways is always free. Get out and enjoy!

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