The State Fair of Texas will be here before you know it, and chances are good that you are working hard to make this year the most fun yet for your family. And even though you may have been every year since you were a little kiddo yourself, there are still some things about the place and how it operates that probably would surprise even the biggest fair fanatic. Here are the best steals, deals and insider tips that will help you to conquer the State Fair of Texas this year with your family. And with this much knowledge under your belt, you just might decide to take the kids more than once. Maybe.
1. Perhaps the biggest shocker to us is that you can actually bring your own food and drink with you inside of the fairgrounds. This becomes particularly advantageous to those families with small kids who may not be ready to try all of the fair food or for those members of your family with specific allergies that may otherwise limit them from being able to eat while enjoying the festivities. Non-alcoholic beverages are allowed too but know that your cooler will be searched at the gates before you enter.
2. Once inside, parents can be sure that the State Fair of Texas takes a “safety first, safety always” approach to proactively protecting families from getting separated. They’ve adopted the Safe Kids Program which allows for kids to wear wristbands with their parents contact information clearly marked on it in the unfortunate event that a kiddo gets away from his or her family. Thanks for looking out, State Fair of Texas!
3. Coupons are also a big deal at the State Fair of Texas. Yep, huge actually! And you thought couponing was just a major mom thing. You can buy your coupons in advance to make the process more seamless when you are actually inside and ready to rock. No lines is always a good thing. Interested? Those who love a good bargain may also consider coming to the fair on Tuesday when attendees can take advantage of six coupon rides.
4. We touched on this a little bit in our last post, but did you know that there are actually more than 110 shows and exhibits that are absolutely free at the State Fair of Texas. From endless animal experiences to arts and crafts and even a daily firework show, you technically don’t have to spend a dime once you buy your tickets. Those behind Texas’s most cherished fall tradition really do work all year to ensure that you and your family have the time of your lives regardless of your budget.