We are so excited and feel very blessed that our home was chosen for a Grossman reunion. In less than a week my Dad, Uncle Andy, Aunt Nancy, Uncle Glenn and Aunt Molly will be flying in from all areas of the country to collectively spend a week with us in Houston! Needless to say, we’ve been busy preparing our home for five extra bodies. Aside from things like cleaning windows, installing new doors, and unblocking the bathtub drain in the guest bathroom, I also want to offer our guests some coupons for places they may wish to eat or visit. After all, saving people money is something I love to do.
When looking at discounts for entertainment and attractions, the choices seem to be visiting these locations on free/discounted days, collecting coupons, purchasing an entertainment book, or purchasing the CityPASS (available for the following cities: Houston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Hollywood, Seattle, Southern California, Toronto and San Francisco). Since I cannot find coupons for all the attractions our guests might want to see, I am wondering if it will be worth it to purchase coupons.
If we decide to purchase coupons, is the potential to save money greater with an Entertainment book, or with the CityPASS? While I don’t think we will do all of the activities listed below, this list allows some sort of comparison between the CityPASS, the Entertainment Book, free coupons I have found, and just purchasing tickets to each of these activities outright.
|Attraction||Actual Cost, 1 Adult||CityPASS||Entertainment Book||Free Coupons|
|Space Center Houston including Tram Tour||$22.95 (at gate)||Included||$20.95 ($2.00 off of up to six adults)||$11.45 if purchased online or from coupons found at some Subway cash registers|
|Downtown Aquarium||$9.25||Included||$9.25 (B1G1 Free exhibit pass)||$9.25|
|Houston Museum of Natural Science||$15.00||Included||$15.00 (B1G1 Free admission)||$15.00|
|Houston Zoo (including African Forest) or Health Museum (including Planet You 3D)||$13.00; $8.00||Included||$13.00; $8.00 (No coupons available)||Courtesy booth at Fiesta Stores offers tickets at $11.00; B1G1 ½ off for up to four adults|
|Museum of Fine Arts (includes non-ticketed exhibitions) or Children’s Museum||$10.00; $9.00||Included||$10.00 (No coupon); $9.00 (B1G1 Free for Children’s Museum)||$10.00; $9.00|
|George Ranch Historical Park||$10.00||$10.00||$10.00 (B1G1 Free)||$10.00|
Total Cost (calculated using the highest costing attraction where there is a choice):
It appears that the CityPASS is the winner for the attractions above. But the comparison is not completely level. The CityPASS is $39 per adult for Houston, and must be used within 9 days of first use. The Entertainment Book is $35 at full price, or approximately $15 if you purchase it within the year it is published, and it can be used for an entire year. Also, if you purchase the Entertainment book, you could use the B1G1 free coupons with someone else and split the cost of the single ticket. This would bring the cost down to $67.07 (this includes splitting the full cost of the Entertainment book with this person as well).On top of this, the Entertainment Book also offers discounts on many other services and restaurants. Still, if you are looking for these specific attractions and will be seeing them in a short period of time, then the CityPASS is the winner from above.
Perhaps you do not want to see all of these attractions, or you want a longer period of time to see them all (this itinerary could make a guest and host quite exhausted!). Then it might be better to collect some free coupons or to purchase the Entertainment Book.
Have you had luck finding free coupons for some of the other attractions above? Where did you find these coupons—I’d love to know!