At GPSMOM.COM we want to help you navigate the cost of buying attraction tickets. Activities in Toronto can be ridiculously expensive. Here are a few locations where you can get a break on admission prices. With a little advance planning, you can pocket a few extra dollars and enjoy the feeling of a discount well done.
With a CAA (Canadian Automobile Association) membership you are entitled to discounted attraction tickets when you purchase from their website or from your local CAA office. CAA members get discounted admission to the Ontario Science Centre, Hockey Hall of Fame, Casa Loma and the Toronto Zoo and more. Just in time for March Break 2013, CAA is offering 20% off Disney on Ice performance tickets at the Rogers Centre. In addition, they have reduced admission Cineplex Odeon movie tickets available as well.
Costco Wholesale members enjoy similarly discounted Cineplex Odeon tickets, which can be bought in store or on-line. The multi-attraction Toronto City Pass is available at CAA. Costco also offers the Toronto City Pass at a reduced price. This pass allows you to take in T.O. like a tourist without paying full price. Included in the City Pass is admission to the CN Tower, Casa Loma, the Science Centre, Toronto Zoo and the R.O.M. See City Pass details and conditions to determine if it’s cost effective for you.
Attractions Ontario offers moneysaving coupons and discounts to featured Ontario attractions. To receive the savings, you must be able to print off the e-coupons located on the site and present them at time of admission. E-coupons must be printed front and back and not cut down in any way, in order to be valid.
Professional association, union or federation members, students and government employees are often eligible for savings and discounts. For example, OCT (Ontario College of Teachers) members, receive discounts or free admission to many top attractions. Make sure to check venue requirements ahead of time, as some specify tickets be pre-purchased and printed from home. In addition, always have valid membership cards or applicable identification with you to claim any discounts. Check with your specific association’s website to discover what attraction promotions or local business partnerships could benefit you. And if you’ve become a Canadian citizen in the last year you may be eligible for a Cultural Access Pass, which is valid at a variety of cultural institutions.
An old-fashioned phone call can also be effective. Personally contacting your destination of choice in advance, can sometimes alert you to special promotions or events not listed on their website. You may be pleasantly surprised at the savings you can receive just by asking. Enjoy the activities in Toronto and while you are here, don’t forget to subscribe to GPSMOM.COM for local updates right to your inbox.