Spending a day (or more) at the Fair can be an expensive outing (on average, visitors spend about $121). As the goal of this blog is to help save you money, I’ve compiled a list of ways to have a good time at the Fair without breaking the bank:
Tickets / Admission
Advance sale tickets – Available through August 23, 2017 only – $6 for adults* (otherwise $10 at the gate)
A full list of locations where these are sold can be found here
*NEW* Preview Day/Governor’s Day – $1 admission on Wednesday, August 23
Six-Day Frequent Fairgoer Admission Pass – allows one person to attend six days at the Fair for $30
$3 admission Thursdays (August 24, August 31)
*NEW* Family Fishing Day (August 27) – free admission for those who show a valid sporting license at the gate
Law Enforcement Day (August 28) – free admission to any active or retired law enforcement personnel or corrections personnel
Senior Citizen’s Day (August 28 and August 29) – free admission to senior citizens (60 years of age and older)
Fire & Rescue Day (August 29) – free admission to any active or retired member of a fire department or emergency services organization
Armed Forces Day (August 31) – free admission to any active duty or veteran with military identification
Six Nations Day (September 1) – free admission for Native Americans
Student Day (September 1) – free admission to those 18 years old and under
Summer Send Off “Dollar Day” (September 4) – $1 admission on the last day of the fair
*Children 12 and under are admitted free every day of the Fair*
Save on gas and parking (and hassle, too) by taking the bus!
Centro will once again provide its popular direct service to the New York State Fair. The 12 Park-N-Ride locations and schedules can be found here. Centro Ride Passes and transfers are accepted. For most of the locations, it is a $2 fare for adults (ages 10-64) and children 5 and under are free.
PLEASE NOTE: Centro will NOT be running direct service from the Syracuse Transit Hub to the Amphitheater during the State Fair.
Park-N-Ride at Destiny USA
Looking for the closest, quickest, most convenient way to get to and from the New York State Fair? Destiny USA is your official Park-and-Ride location! Centro provides direct service to The great New York State Fair from Destiny USA. The Park-N-Ride Express departs every 10 minutes from the shelter located between Eastside Lots 2 & 3 on Solar St beginning at 10:00 am and continuing until midnight. Returning shuttles depart the State Fair Main Gate every 10 minutes beginning at 10:15 am and continuing until 12:15 am.
*NEW* Round-trip shuttle passes available for purchase at the Park-N-Ride location. Cash only. See Centro attendant at shuttle shelter for details.
Head over here to check out and download the State Fair Money Saving Coupons! The coupons include discounts on a variety of things including food, wine, bull riding, and more. These easy print at home coupons are the perfect way to save a buck.
Get a delicious 7 ounce cup of chocolate or white milk for 25 cents at the Rainbow Milk Bar (Dairy Building)
Get a baked potato with toppings for only $1 at the Potato Booth (NE corner of Horticulture Building)
There are various food stands that offer $1 hot dogs (i.e. Emmi’s Hots)
Utica Coffee Company offers $1 ice cream scoops
Several ice cream stands offer mini-cones for $1
Turkey Hill is handing out free carmel-peanut butter gelato cups this year
$3 to $5
$3.50 quarter-pounder hamburger – Horan’s
$4 sausage burger – Gianelli Sausage
$3 double cheese burger – Emmi’s
$2 and under choices
Las Delicias – Chicken Empanadas ($2 each)
Several stands sell 12-ounce cans of soda for a dollar
The apple fritters from The Cabin at the West End are three for $2
Chicken tenders – The Hofmann Hot Dogs/Twin Trees Restaurant stand offers tenders for $1 (Hot dogs and water, too)
Bonus tip: If you go on a hot day and/or tend to get thirsty often, plan on purchasing from a vendor who offers free refills. For example, you pay $10 upfront but get unlimited refills throughout the day. If possible, never pay more than $1 for a bottle of water or a soda.