Experiencing the thrills, spins, swirls, drops, and rush of the rides on the Midway is a highlight of any trip to the Indiana State Fair, especially if you’re bringing along your kids. My 3-year-old still remembers riding some little cars they had last year, and he is already begging to go back for more fun this year.
But without a doubt, it can be the one area of the Fair where your wallet can suddenly feel a lot lighter. So here are a few suggestions on ways to save at the Midway for all you thrill-seekers.
- Buy a wristband. You’ll be able to ride as much as you want on these days. Wristbands are $25 per person on August 3, 10, 17, and 19. They are $22 on August 6, 8, 9, 15, and 16. They are a steal at $15 on August 13. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. and you can buy them up to 8:30 p.m. You’ll also get free Pepsi with any wristband purchase.
- Get a voucher. Walmart offers special vouchers for wristbands for just $18. They are sold through August 19. (And while you’re there, Walmart is also offering $3 off admission to the fair.)
- Go early. On August 4-5, visit the Midway from 11 a.m. to noon and rides are only $1 each. This is what I did last year, and there were so few people in line that we were able to ride a lot of things in just one hour.
- Visit on $2 ride days. On August 7 and August 14, all rides are only $2 from noon to 10 p.m.
- Buy coupons in bundles. If you can’t take advantage of these other deals, then at least buy your tickets in batches. 4 coupons for $5; 22 coupons for $25 and 55 coupons for $60.
- Figure out what you and your kids can ride in advance. No reason to buy a bunch of tickets you won’t use. You can see a list of rides, their height requirements, and coupon amounts here.
And as a final money-saving tip, I recommend eating after your visit to the Midway.
Have any tips for saving on rides? Please share!