We received complimentary tickets in exchange for our thoughts in this post. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
Have you heard of Diggerland USA yet? It’s such a unique place unlike anything you’ve been to before. This amusement park is guaranteed to be a unique experience for the young and old members of your family. Since Diggerland is just down the street from us, we’ve been here a few times. First, when they opened and then a few times since. Now that our oldest is 4.5 years old, we finally feel like we found the perfect age to go. Don’t get me wrong, even the little had fun at almost 2 on our recent trip, however, for maximum experience, we think we’ve found the best time.
Today, I wanted to share with you how to make the most of your trip to Diggerland. After going a few times, we think we have the expertise to let everyone know how to get the most for your money at Diggerland USA. For us, cost versus benefit is a big factor in where we go as a family. We know it is for our readers as well.
Watch our trip:
How to Maximize Your Trip to Diggerland USA
Save on Tickets
- Buy tickets online. You automatically save $5 on most tickets just for purchasing online.
- If you are planning to go more than 2 days during the year, or during your trip, look into buying a membership BEFORE the season opening – you can typically purchase for around $50.
- Check for Discounts on-line – Military, First Responders, and AAA members get discounts off tickets. Students who bring a report card showing straight As also do. Additionally, seasonal discounts are offered like Free Mom’s Admission on Mother’s Day.
Get there Early, During the Week
- Pick a day that you can get there around 10am and plan to spend at least 4 hours there.
- Ideally, if you want to do every ride, you can maximize the full day of 10-6.
- Go during the week instead of the weekend. Weekday waits for us have been about 1/3 of the weekend wait times, especially on the more popular waits.
Pack a Lunch
- You can’t bring food into the park, however, the park has picnic tables set up outside the gates. There is a concession style stand there, but the prices are typical amusement park prices. Save money by packing a lunch.
- If you do want to buy lunch, we recommend getting the whole pizza combo that comes with a 16″ pizza and (4) 21oz drinks for ~$30
- There’s also numerous fast food and sit down restaurants within 5 miles of Diggerland. You are allowed to come and go during the day of your pass as long as you have your wristband on.
Have an extra adult for smaller kids under 36″
- There’s only one actual ride that a child under 36″ can get on currently.
- Many of the rides for kids 36-48″ needs adult supervision. Even if babywearing a smaller baby, they will not let you be the adult on the ride with a child if you have a young child under the height requirement with you.
- Once your child hits 42″ they can pretty much do everything with an adult helping them, so we preferred this height to go if paying to maximize the experience.
Take a break while they play at the park
- The Kid Zone is a large park with steps, slides, and activities built in throughout the area. There’s also four “baby-style” swing with a canopy. Benches throughout the area allow parents to relax for a bit in between rides while kids an still play.
Wear tennis shoes/closed toe shoes
- I really can’t stress this one enough. A lot of the rides have this as a requirement, so if you don’t have closed toe shoes on, then you won’t be able to get on the ride.
Coming from out of town? Check out the hotel partners which gives you a packaged deal with tickets and your hotel stay.
- You can find those partnerships listed on the Diggerland USA website here.
BONUS TIP! Check for special activities going on at Diggerland USA. Recently, WHYY was there and brought Buddy from Dinosaur Train with them! It was a special surprise and our littles were so excited.ama