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Los Angeles is an enormous city. Of course living in the area you know that. Now if you are looking to take a vacation, yet want to do it on a much smaller budget, this is the perfect opportunity to take a Los Angeles Staycation. What is this? These are little mini vacations that involve short drives for day trips or over night trips. There is actually quite a bit to do in the area that you may have forgotten about. You can still have a lot of fun and relax while not spending so much money. Sometimes because you live right there in a city like Los Angeles, you forget or are blind to what is right in your own back yard. Follow along and we will help you plan your next Los Angeles Staycation. All while saving you even more money at the same time!

Now if you are planning a day trip to Anaheim or anywhere in Orange County you can just hop on over to Orange County Staycations to check out the latest tips, coupons, and other discounts that you can use on your staycation day trip.

The Latest Staycation Ideas

  1. Harbor Breeze Cruises
  2. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  3. Splash La Mirada
  4. LA City Tours
  5. Norton Simon Museum
  6. Golf N’ Stuff
  7. Titanic The Artifact Exhibition
  8. Hurricane Harbor
  9. Raging Waters San Dimas
  10. K1 Speed Torrance

2014 Los Angeles County Fair

2014 August 25
Los Angeles Staycation

Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of the Los Angeles County Fair. The fair runs from August 29th through September 28th. For 2014 there is a huge lineup of highly anticipated events and activities which include Luminasia (presented by Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa), the Grinding Gears nightclub, Toyota End of Summer Concert Series, Fire Dancing, Hall of Heroes, the China exhibit at the Flower & Garden Pavilion and Atrium, America’s Kids, horse racing, World of Wonders, the NHRA Motorsports Museum, Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon, 5D Adventures, and a whole lot more. You will just need to check the event calendar to see what’s happening on each day of the fair. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the gate but before you do that, here are some tips and suggestions for how you can get a little extra savings for your visit this year.

Get up to 50% Off Admission to the Los Angeles County Fair

Tips & Coupons

  1. If you are purchasing your Los Angeles County Fair tickets online then be sure to check for promo codes. You should notice a promo code box at the very top left of the checkout page. Just enter your coupon in that box and then click add to cart. You should see your discount appear on the next page.
  2. Be sure to follow the Los Angeles County Fair on Facebook and Twitter as they will sometimes post special promo codes that you can use on your ticket purchase.
  3. If you are a student of UCLA you can get free admission to the Los Angeles County Fair plus additional discounts for friends and family.
  4. Check with the Chamber of Commerce as they have a coupon that is good for $5 off the cost of your admission to the Los Angeles County Fair.
  5. Ride the Metrolink to the Los Angeles County Fair and save on your transportation and admission to the fair. Use promo code METROLINK to save $5 on admission.
  6. There are special discounts offered for scouts. Just check with your troop for the special promo code that you can use on your ticket purchase.
  7. If you are a member of a credit union like the Glendale Federal Credit Union you can purchase discounted 2014 Los Angeles County Fair tickets through the credit union.
  8. Group discounts are available for groups of 20 or more people. You just need to make your purchase in advance in order to get the group discount rate.

LA Zoo Membership Coupon

2014 July 15
Los Angeles Staycation

The LA Zoo is always a great option for a staycation. The zoo offers lots of great attractions as well as many planned activities, shows, and other programs. Some of the top events this year include the Roaring Nights, Brew at the Zoo, Cool at the Zoo, Boo at the Zoo, Members Walks, and much more. Most of these events are free with your admission but there are a few events that do have an additional cost or may be exclusive to members only. Of course the best way to save on your admission costs for the LA Zoo is to get a zoo membership.

Get 27% Off Membership to the LA Zoo

With a membership you pay one price and then get unlimited admission to the LA Zoo for an entire year. In addition to that you get a 10% discount in the shops and restaurants, subscriptions to both Zooscape and Zoo View, and discounts on their lectures and educational programs. You also get discounts on ZooCamp, Wild Wonders Slumber overnight, birthday parties, Roaring Nights, and either free or 50% off admission to over 170 different zoos and aquariums throughout the country. A family membership pays for itself in just two visits. The best part out of all of this though is that your membership is a tax deduction. You can give up to $1,500 or more and have it all deducted from your taxes.

Now if you want to just visit the LA Zoo for a daily visit then you will want to at least check out the LA Zoo coupons first to make sure that you get the absolute most savings possible on your admission costs. There are a lot of discount options not only for admission to the LA Zoo but for many of the other attractions in the area as well.

Zipline Through the San Gabriel Mountains

2014 June 20
Los Angeles Staycation

The Zipline Experience by Southwest Adventures offers amazing views with adrenaline filled action. There are multiple zipline tours available that range from 90 minute tours to full day tours. These zipline tours are great for all adventure levels from beginner to moderate. The full day adventures include other activities which include hiking and of course many photo opportunities. You will need to make your reservations well in advance though to insure a spot on one of their tours.

Get Over 50% Off the Zipline Adventure

There are a few other ways that you can save on your zipline adventures too. The biggest thing to keep in mind is the time of year that you take your zipline adventure. April through October is the standard in season rate. If you happen to plan your zipline adventure from November through March then you can get a discounted rate, which at last check was a discount of $50 off the normal in season rate. In addition to the off season rate discounts there are also group discount rates. These are offered for the purchase of multiple zipline tour tickets. You will need to call them directly in order to find out what the best rate is for your tickets.

You can even have them pick you up from downtown Los Angeles. They offer pickup service at Union Station. Just keep in mind that everyone in the group must weigh between 90 lbs and 250 lbs in order to be able to take the zipline adventure. Everyone must also be at least 14 years old and those that are under the age of 18 must be accompanied with an adult. That’s basically it for the requirements. Just dress comfortably and make sure you have close toed shoes on. The Southwest Adventures team will literally take care of the rest for you.

Easter Weekend at Pierce Farm Center

2014 April 17
Los Angeles Staycation

Strawberries are ripe for the picking right now at the Pierce Farm Center but the highlight of spring is the Easter Egg Hunt. This weekend at the Pierce Farm Center you can join everyone for a scavenger hunt, Easter crafts, egg painting, visit the animal farm, take pony rides, and more. Of course the highlight is the egg hunt where there are literally thousands of eggs to hunt. The Pierce Farm Center is open from 9 am to 6pm but you will need to check their calendar of events for specific times for each event. Of course you can also call (818) 999-6300 Ext: 24 for further information on the events going on at the Pierce Farm Center. Tickets for this Easter Weekend event are on sale right now starting at $10 per person. Of course there are ways that you can save even more money on your admission to Easter Weekend at the Pierce Farm Center.

Get 50% Off Easter Weekend Admission at Pierce Farm Center

Don’t forget to follow the Pierce Farm Center on Facebook and to sign up for their email newsletter for the latest news, updates, and promotions. You can do this on their website. They also offer places for birthday parties, field trips, and even more events throughout the year. You may also want to keep an eye on the daily deal / coupon sites like Groupon. They will often offer ticket packages for the Easter Weekend event where you can purchase 4 – 6 tickets all at a 50% discount rate. This is of course perfect for families that are planning an Easter weekend staycation in the Woodland Hills area. Tickets cannot be purchased online through the Pierce Farm Center though. Note, the Pierce Farm Center is about a 45 minute drive from the center of Los Angeles. It is also about halfway between Burbank and Thousand Oaks.

The 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

2014 March 27
Los Angeles Staycation

This year marks the 40th annual event of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It’s an event that draws the top race car drivers in the world as they attack the challenging street course. This weekend event kicks off on Friday, April 11th and concludes on Sunday, April 13th. Weekend events include the Firestone Indy Lights and TUDOR Championship, the Pro/Celebrity Race, the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge, the Pirelli World Challenge, a family fun zone, a lifestyle expo, concerts featuring rocker Paul Rodgers of Bad Company and much more. Tickets are on sale right now and there are several different ticket options available. Of course before you make your plans or purchase your tickets, take a moment to read over the tips and suggestions which are outlined below. There are definitely ways that you can save a little extra money on this weekend event.

Get up to 50% Off Tickets to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Tips & Coupons

  1. The best value is to get the 3 day pass for the whole event. General admission tickets allow for a free junior admission with an accompanying adult.
  2. You can purchase your tickets online and if you do then be sure to check for promotional codes. You should notice a promotional code box at the very bottom of the checkout page. Just enter your coupon on that box and then click checkout. You should then see the discount automatically reflected in the order price.
  3. The K1 Speed is offering a $5 discount on general admission tickets when you use K1Speed40 in the promotional code box.
  4. You can also follow the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook as they will sometimes put out special promotional codes that you can use for your ticket purchase.
  5. Finally, check with the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Center as they sometimes offer coupons for area attractions and events like the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Whale Watching Cruise from Shoreliner Cruises

2014 March 5
Los Angeles Staycation

Try something relaxing and spend the morning or afternoon whale watching with Shoreliner Cruises. They are offering a 2-1/2 hour weekend morning cruise or 2-1/2 hour weekday afternoon cruise aboard their classic vessel. The boat is driven by a seasoned captain with over 35 years of experience. There’s no guarantee that you will see whales but you’ll stand a pretty good chance with this cruise. The boat has both indoor and upper deck seating as well as bow and stern seating. You will also get a nice educational experience from one of their knowledgeable guides along the way. You will have to call 310-832-8304 to make your reservations though.

Get 50% Off Your 2-1/2 Hour Whale Watching Cruise

Shoreliner Cruises offers free parking on their property so you won’t have to worry about any additional costs there. You will also get narration on the other wildlife along the California coast. The Grey Whales typically migrate south from November through February (to give birth) and then head north from February through April. During the summer months you will most likely see Blue Whales. Additionally, you may also catch glimpses of other whales like the Minke, Fin or Pilot Whales as well as the White-sided Dolphin, the Bottle-Nose Dolphin, or the hundreds of other Common Dolphin. Cruises depart from the Port of Los Angeles, Vincent Thomas Bridge, Lane Victory, Terminal Island, and the historic Fish Harbor.

Shoreliner Cruises also offers private parties. You can rent out their vessel, which can accommodate up to 50 people. They offer a full bar, live music, and of course the whale watching experience. You will need to make your reservations well in advance, especially during the peak whale migration season because they fill up fast. Unfortunately they currently do not accept online reservations so you will have to call to make your whale watching reservations.

2014 Horse Expo at Pomona Fairplex

2014 January 19
Los Angeles Staycation

If you love horses then you will certainly want to make plans to attend the upcoming Horse Expo at the Pomona Fairplex. The expo will be in town from February 7th through the 9th. You’ll see a showcase of some of the greatest talents and educators in the horse world. They’ll provide seminars, demonstrations, and more. Of course there is also riding, the Great American Truck Display, an Art Show, and more. Tickets are on sale right now and if you get your tickets early then you can certainly save a little extra money off the total cost of your admission. General admission for this year’s show (at the gate) is $18 per adult and $5 for each child with a paying adult.

Get Free Admission on Opening Day or 50% Off All Other Days at the Horse Expo

Now if you miss out on this discount there are still other ways that you can save on your admission. Planning on attending for all 3 days? If you get the 3 day pass you actually save $9 off the total cost of your admissions versus paying for each day separately. You can also check for promo codes. You should notice a promo code box at the top of the ticket purchase page. Enter the coupon in that box and then just click update cart. You should then see the discount appear to the right.

Don’t forget you can also follow the Horse Expo on Facebook and Twitter. They will keep you informed of the latest news, updates, upcoming shows, and other discount opportunities. The last thing to know about the show is the parking. They do charge for parking at the Fairplex. At last check the fee is $10 per vehicle to park on the property. Of course you can take the transit there and save on your parking. Finally, if you want to visit the Pomona Fairplex for another event then be sure to take the time to check out the Pomona Fairplex coupons to make sure that you get the most savings possible on your tickets.

California Wine Festival at Santa Anita Park

2014 January 12
Los Angeles Staycation

Join everyone at the Santa Anita Park at the end of this month for the California Wine Festival for wine, horse racing, and fun. The event will be held on Saturday, January 25th with the action picking up at 12:30pm. The headline event for the day is the Sunshine Millions California Cup. Tickets are on sale right now and your general admission ticket includes a daily racing program and a commemorative acrylic wine glass for tastings. You can upgrade to a VIP ticket to get a club house admission, t-shirt, fast-track pass, a free glass of wine, and much more. Tickets are on sale right now for the event and you will want to hurry up and get your tickets before they sell out.

Get 50% Off Tickets to the California Wine Festival at Santa Anita Park

Now if you miss out on this ticket deal you can always check with the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce as they often have coupons and discounts for local events. Of course you can also get your tickets through the Santa Anita Park ticket office. If you purchase your tickets online through the events page on the Santa Anita Park site then be sure to enter WINE123 into the coupon code box during checkout. It gets you up to 50% off select package deals for this event. You can of course also follow the Santa Anita Park on Facebook for the latest news and updates on upcoming events. This is where they posted this information on the 50% off coupon code. It has not been verified yet but is assumed to be working since it was on their Facebook page.

One other thing to keep in mind is that all ticket sales for this event are final. They do not issue any refunds once your purchase has been made. Of course you will have to be of age in order to sample the wine.

Shrek the Musical at Simi Valley

2014 January 1
Los Angeles Staycation

The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center is always known for offering great, family type performances. The trend continues with the coming of Shrek the Musical. See your favorite green ogre and his friends sing and dance. Shrek the Musical will be performed every weekend starting March the 1st. Now you can purchase your tickets right now through the ticket box office but if you want to save even more money then you might want to purchase online through local ticket discounters.

Get 50% Off Tickets to Shrek the Musical at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center

Now there are a few ways that you can save a little extra money off your admission to Shrek the Musical in case you miss out on this discount. For starters, if you are a senior then you can automatically get $4 off you admission. Students can also get $4 off their admission to Shrek the Musical (may be asked to show your student ID in order to get the discount). Finally, kids 12 years and under get a $6 discount off of their admission to see Shrek the Musical at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. Don’t wait too long to get your tickets though because they will surely sell out pretty quickly.

One last thing. If you are interest in seeing other performances then be sure to first check out the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center coupons to make sure that you get the absolute most savings possible on any of your tickets.

2013 Magicopolis Celebration

2013 December 26
Los Angeles Staycation

Ring in the New Year with Magicopolis in Santa Monica. This year they offer a performance of “Escape Reality”, which is the title of their longest running and most critically acclaimed show, in combination with their New Year’s celebration and countdown. All guests will be you’ll be treated to a magic class, a souvenir bag of magic tricks, hats, noisemakers, soft drinks, popcorn, pizza, plus plenty of surprises.Tickets for the New Year’s eve celebration are on sale right now and if you get them early you can not only assure yourself a spot but you will also assure yourself of a discount on your admission.

Get 50% Off Your Tickets for Magicopolis New Years

Now if you miss out on this deal you can still purchase your tickets through Magicopolis. There is a special link n the Magicopolis site to purchase tickets specifically for the Magicopolis New Year’s Eve party. All purchases go through Paypal so you will need to create a Paypal account if you do not already have one. Now if you want to see performances at any other time then you may want to first check out all of the Magicopolis coupons beforehand to make sure that you save the most amount of money possible on your tickets to Magicopolis.