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Save on Rides at the Midway (#INStateFair)

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!

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Written by : Nicole is a stay-at-home mom and blogger living in Columbus, Indiana. She blogs about adventures at home and away with her husband and 2-year-old son at She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She spent seven years living and working in downtown Indianapolis following college. Nicole is always looking for fun, kid-friendly outing ideas. You can contact her via email or find her on Twitter at @arrowssentforth. Nicole receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.