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How to Save Money at the Zoo

Worried about an expensive trip to the San Diego Zoo? From the cost of admission to expenses inside the theme park such as food and souvenirs, families can easily spend hundreds of dollars just for a single day at the zoo. While this may seem daunting for vacationing families on a budget, the Marina Inn in San Diego offers some great ways to save big bucks during your trip. By using the following money saving tips, your entire family can enjoy a trip to the zoo at a fraction of the cost.

Money Saving Tip #1

Pack Your Lunch. Although the San Diego Zoo does not allow large coolers into the park, you can bring your own food and drinks. With $18 being the average cost per person for lunch at the zoo, food for a family of five can be estimated around $100. This price includes only one drink during the day and no additional snacks. By packing your lunch or picking something up before you enter the park, you can save dramatically during your trip to the zoo.

Money Saving Tip #2

Get a Souvenir Cup. The souvenir cups at the zoo serve two purposes. The first, for drinks and the second, as something to take home to commemorate your trip. If your family is okay with sharing, you can purchase a few cups and refill them at restaurants and kiosks around the park for only $1.

Money Saving Tip #3

Purchase Zoo Tickets from the Marina Inn. The Marina Inn offers discounted zoo tickets to help you save. In addition, you will be able to arrive to the zoo early with your tickets already in hand. You do not have to wait in the long entry lines and can start exploring the zoo, making sure you make the most of your day and see all of the amazing exhibits.

Enjoy Free Amenities when You Reserve a Room at the Marina Inn

At the Marina Inn in San Diego, we know how a day trip to the zoo can quickly turn into an expensive nightmare for vacationing families. To help with other costs associated with your San Diego vacation, we offer seasonal hotel discounts for our guests who plan on visiting the zoo. Although we offer some of the lowest rates for family hotels in Downtown San Diego by the zoo, you do not have to sacrifice comfort or quality when staying with us. Our rooms are spacious and clean and we offer a variety of complimentary amenities including free wireless internet, television with premium channels, parking in our private lot and hot breakfast prepared fresh daily.

At the Marina Inn, it is our goal to help you save on your accommodations so you can enjoy what America’s finest city has to offer. Don’t hesitate and reserve your room at the Marina Inn today and call us at 1-800-571-2933.

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