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Trying to plan a vacation on a budget? Why not plan a staycation in Miami instead? There's plenty to do and see, even if you have lived in South Florida for your entire life. You can sometimes forget what all is here in Miami. Keep reading an follow along for the latest tips and suggestions for planning your next Miami staycation.You will get find tips on things to do and ways to save even more money with discount options, coupons, and more. And everything suggested is within a couple hours (or approximately 100 miles) by car from the center of Miami. And if you want a little more out of your staycation, you can just as easily turn it into an overnight or weekend trip without much added cost!

The Latest Staycation Ideas

  1. City Sightseeing Bus Miami
  2. Miami Children’s Museum
  3. Everglades Alligator Farm
  4. Morikami Museum
  5. Exclusive Ticket Discounts
  6. Naples Zoo
  7. Flagler Museum
  8. Vizcaya Museum
  9. Bike and Roll Miami
  10. Everglades Safari Park

$5 Admission to Zoo Miami

2014 June 30
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Miami Staycation

For this week only everyone is invited to the 5th annual hot summer special. Starting July 2nd and continuing through July 6th (10 am to 4 pm) all families are invited to visit Zoo Miami for just $5 admission each. This event is sponsored by the Ford Motor Company. That’s not all either. Not only do you get a fantastically low price on admission to Zoo Miami but they are also offering a lot of great giveaways. You can enter to win a brand new 2015 Ford Fusion as well as family giveaways from Walmart and Greyhound. There really are a lot of great things offered and it will be a great time for the entire family to enjoy.

Save time by going ahead and purchasing your tickets online through the Zoo Miami website. When you click purchase tickets you can just scroll to the bottom of the ticket list. That is where you will find the option for the $5 admission tickets. All you have to do is select the day that you wish to visit the zoo. Keep in mind that the price for an adult ticket and a child’s ticket is the same, but still need to select the number of adults and children in your party. The reason is to make sure that your children get all of the freebies that they can get. Finally, children 2 years and younger get free admission to the zoo so you don’t need to select a ticket in this case.

Visiting Zoo Miami at another time? If you are then be sure to check out the Zoo Miami coupons before you purchase your tickets to make sure that you get the absolute most savings possible on your admission to the zoo. This includes the latest tips, discounts, deals, and of course coupons for Zoo Miami.

Learn to Sail with Captain McClusky

2014 April 20
Miami Staycation

Try something totally different for your next staycation and take a trip down to Marathon to learn how to sail with Captain McClusky. What he offers is a private, two hour sailing trip where he teaches everything that you need to know about sailing. Your adventure will take place aboard a replica gaff-rigged sloop, which was a very popular vessel of the Florida Keys during the 19th century. Your trip will take you from Islamorada to Marathon. Make your experience even more memorable and enjoyable by bringing along your own food and drink. Of course you can also just take the opportunity to just enjoy some time on the open water while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Florida Keys.

Get 51% Off 2 Hour Sailing with Captain McClusky

You will need to make your reservations well in advance, especially during the peak tourist season for the Florida Keys. Captain Manny Lee has navigated the seas since 1979. He is a USCG-licensed boat pilot and has well over 30 years of experience in  operating sailing vessels. His current vessel can easily accommodate up to five passengers. Each trip launches from the marina in Islamorada and returns to the same marina. This really is a private sailing adventure. Now if you are ready to book you will have to call (281) 508-7174 in order to set up your reservation. Currently Captain McClusky does not offer online bookings.

Now if you miss out on this deal then don’t worry. There are often deals for many of the other sailing charters in the Florida Keys. All you have to get a great deal is to keep an eye on the daily deal / coupon sites like Groupon or Livingsocial for savings of up to 50% (and sometimes more) off the total cost of your sailing adventure. These are limited time only promotions.

2014 Artopia Miami

2014 February 5
Miami Staycation

This year marks the 6th annual Artopia event at the Coral Gables Museum. Artopia brings together a fantastic blend of art, culture, fashion, music and food together. You will get a chance to see a lot of artwork from the local artists. The event itself takes place on Thursday, February 27th from 7pm to 10pm. Your ticket includes food samples from many of the top local restaurants, liquor and beer samples, and of course full access to Artopia. Tickets are on sale right now but before you get your tickets, here are some ways that you can actually save a little extra money off the total cost of your admission. This of course includes a listing of the latest known coupons for Artopia Miami as well which should actually save you even more money off the cost of your admission to the event.

Get 40% Off Admission to Artopia Miami at the Coral Gables Museum

Tips & Coupons

  1. If you purchase your tickets online then be sure to check for promo codes. You should notice a promo code box at the bottom of the checkout page. Just enter your coupon in there and then click apply code. You should then see the discount appear right above.
  2. You can enter CGBID into the promo code box to get $5 off each ticket for Artopia Miami. Valid for general admission as well as for VIP tickets.
  3. Register for the Miami New Times and you will be entered in a drawing for free tickets to the 2014 Artopia Miami.
  4. Be sure to sign up for the email newsletter or follow Artopia on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news, updates, and promotions.

Keep in mind that this event is for adults only due to the alcohol that is served at Artopia. You can only purchase a ticket for the Artopia Miami event if you are 21 years or older.

Musical Rags at The Plaza Theatre

2014 February 1
Miami Staycation

For just a few nights only you can catch the performance of Musical Rags at The Plaza Theatre. This Tony Award winning show is produced by an all star cast including Stephen Schwartz from Wicked, Charles Strouse from Annie, and Joseph Stein from Fiddler on the Roof. It’s a moving story about love, greed and power and the Jewish immigrants in New York City. The show is a must see as it is excellently done. Performances run through March 16th and tickets are on sale now. Before you get your tickets though, here are just a few ways that you can save a little extra money on your admission to see the show.

Get 45% Off Tickets for Musical Rags

Now you can also purchase your tickets through the Plaza Theatre. Currently there does not appear to be any sort of a discount on tickets for the show if you purchase through the box office. You can however get a season subscription to the Plaza Theatre and get tickets for all of the shows there at a discounted price. This would be a part of the 2013-2014 season at the Plaza Theatre. Don’t forget that you can also sign up for the email newsletter from the Plaza Theatre as well as follow them on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest news, promotions, and sometimes even discount tickets.

The final way that you could possibly save some extra money on your tickets for the Musical Rags show at The Plaza Theatre is to check out the ticket marketplaces like Vivid Seats. This is where you purchase tickets from individuals. You can get the tickets immediately and can sometimes save as much as 60% off the face value of your tickets to see the Musical Rags show at The Plaza Theatre.

The Wizard of Oz at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts

2013 December 24

Take a journey to Oz like no other. Check out the latest production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz. This is an enchanting adaptation of the all time classic with all of your favorite characters including Tin Man, Lion, Scarecrow, Dorothy, Toto, and more. The show opens up at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on January 7th and runs through January 19th. Tickets are on sale right now, but before you get your tickets, here are just  a few suggestions for how you could save a little extra money off the total cost of your tickets for The Wizard of Oz at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Get 40% Off Tickets to The Wizard of Oz

Tips & Coupons

  1. If you buy your tickets online then be sure to check for promotional codes. You should notice a promotional code box along the right hand side of the ticket purchase page. Enter the coupon here and then click submit code.
  2. You can also check with ticket discounters like Vivid Seats where you can often save on your Wizard of Oz tickets. Plus you can enter the code REPEAT to get an additional $10 off your tickets.
  3. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts does offer group discounts but you will need to check with them for further details.
  4. If you catch a week day matinee showing of The Wizard of Oz there may not be a discount on the tickets but there is a discount on the parking. You actually end up save $5 off the total cost of your parking this way so long as you park before 6pm.

Note, if you get club level seats you can actually get access to the lounge, hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and even complimentary parking for any time or day of the week. Finally, if you need tickets to other performances then be sure to first check out the Broward Center for the Performing Arts coupons to make sure that you save the most money possible on your tickets.

SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Combo Ticket

2013 December 10
Miami Staycation

If you are thinking about making plans to visit Orlando anytime soon then you should be all over this deal. For a limited time only you can save 50% off your admission to both SeaWorld and Aquatica in Orlando. Each discount combo ticket gets you admission to each of the parks for one day. Get up close and personal to whales, penguins, dolphins, and more. And of course there’s all of the thrill rides at the park as well. You can purchase now and then you have until the end of February to redeem this offer.

Get 50% Off SeaWorld and Aquatica Tickets

Visit the park before the end of the year and you can see the Christmas Celebration while you are there. Now if you miss out on this fantastic deal then don’t worry. There are still other ways that you can save money on your admission to both of these parks. Just be sure to check out the SeaWorld Orlando coupons or the Aquatica coupons before you purchase your tickets for money saving tips as well as the latest available coupons to help you save even more money off the total cost of your admissions. Just keep in mind that this time of year is the best time of year to see it all without having to deal with the huge crowds.

2013 Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds

2013 October 2
Miami Staycation

fright-nightsIf you are looking for a scary thing to do this month then head on over to the South Florida Fairgrounds for the Fright Nights event. This Halloween event features up to four different haunted attractions as well as unlimited rides. The scream park is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this month and concludes with a Monster Bash finale on Sunday October the 27th. Tickets are available for purchase online but right now you can save 40% off your admission when you purchase your voucher through Groupon. There’s just a few days left for this promotion. If you miss out on the deal you can still save when you are purchasing your tickets online. Right now you can save $5 off the walk up ticket price for Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Also, there are currently not any coupons available for Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds but you can always check their Facebook page.

Monster Jam at the BB&T Center

2013 August 11
Miami Staycation

monster-jam-bbt-centerNext week the Monster Jam monster truck show will be making its way to the BB&T Center. If you want to see raw horsepower then you won’t want to miss out seeing these 12 foot tall, 10,000 pound behemoths roll over anything and everything in their way. The show starts Friday, August 16th at 7:30 pm with two shows to follow on Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale right now but if you check out the local ticket discounter Goldstar you can actually save nearly 50% OFF the total cost of your admission. Now if you miss out on this discount there are still a few other ways that you can save a little extra money off the total cost of your admission.

Now if you are purchasing your tickets online be sure to check for offer codes. You will see a link that says “Got an offer code?”. Click that and a box will pop up. Enter the coupon in there and then click apply. You should then see the discount appear in the ticket price. You can also stop by any Metro PCS store and you can pick up a coupon that’s good for $5 off your ticket.

Quidam at the BB&T Center

2013 July 2
Miami Staycation

quidamNext month you won’t want to miss the Cirque du Soleil performance Quidam that’s coming to town. This is one of the longest running performances by Cirque du Soleil which goes all the way back to 1996. Now it is being performed at the BB&T Center starting July 31st and running through August 4th. And if you get your tickets early through ticket discounter Goldstar you can SAVE $20 off the total cost of your tickets. Now if you miss out on this deal there are still other ways to save a little extra money off the total cost of your tickets.

Coupon Tips

  1. When purchasing your tickets online be sure to check for offer codes. You will see a link that says “Got an Offer Code?”. Click that link and an offer code box will pop up. Enter the coupon in that box and then click apply. You will see the discount appear in the ticket prices.
  2. If you are a student be sure to mention this when purchasing your tickets. Show your student ID and you will receive an additional discount off the total cost of your tickets. Students can save about $5 on their ticket.
  3. If you are a senior you can also save about $5 off the cost of your admission to see Quidam. Just mention this when purchasing your tickets.
  4. Get the family four pack of ticket which includes 2 adult tickets and two kids tickets. You end up saving about $10 per ticket this way.
  5. Be sure to join the Cirque Club. This is their exclusive email club. They will keep you informed of the latest news, promotions, and of course access to presale tickets.
  6. Keep an eye on the daily deal / coupon sites like Groupon. They will sometimes offer savings of up to 50% on tickets to see the Cirque du Soleil Quidam show.

Boomers Family Entertainment Center Discount

2013 May 18
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Miami Staycation

boomers-daniaJust north of Miami in Fort Lauderdale is the Boomers Family Entertainment Center (there’s also another one in Boca Raton). They’ve got a little bit of something for everyone there. You just need a play card to use for each of the activities.

Purchase your play cards through Goldstar and you can SAVE NEARLY 50% off your play cards. You just purchase your eticket online and then a voucher will be emailed to you. Then just print out that voucher and take it to the Boomers Family Entertainment Center and you will receive the discount playcard.

Don’t forget to sing up for the Boomers Discount Club if you have not done so already. You’ll earn points towards free plays in the future.