Kevin Payne

Kevin Payne is a travel and personal finance writer, contributing to publications like Forbes Advisor, Bankrate, Fortune Recommends, Fox Money, Matador Network, Newsweek, Time, and USA Today. He founded the award-winning site Family Money Adventure, where he explores the intersection of finance and travel. Kevin also hosts the Family Money Adventure Show podcast.

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Kings Island Halloween Haunt Guide

Kings Island is one of our favorite places to visit during the summer. It has some of our favorite roller coasters, like Orion, and of course, that iconic blue ice cream. In the fall, Kings Island is transformed into a fall and Halloween-themed wonderland for Halloween Haunt and the Tricks and Treats Fall Fest. 

Keep reading to learn more about Halloween Haunt at Kings Island, including what to expect this year, the Tricks and Treats Fall Fest, and where to get tickets. 

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Weekend Retreat At Bayfront Resort At Crossview

Bayfront Resort at Crossview is a luxury RV and cottage resort. We don’t own an RV, but I wish we did after visiting Bayfront. The good news is that you can stay here even if you don’t have an RV. They offer several cottages, which is where we stayed. There’s also an option to rent an RV and have it dropped off directly at the resort. You don’t have to worry about driving or parking it. 

Here’s a closer look at what makes Bayfront Resort a perfect option for your next weekend getaway. 

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Visiting Michigan’s Adventure in 2024: A Complete Guide

Nestled along Michigan’s western coast sits Michigan’s Adventure, the largest amusement park in the state. Part of the Cedar Fair family, Michigan’s Adventure is a delight to the thousands of families and guests who pass through its admission gates each season. The park is home to over 60 rides and attractions, including seven roller coasters.

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Kings Island 2024 News & Updates

On August 10th, 2023, Kings Island Amusement Park and Cedar Fair announced that it was expanding its award-winning kids’ area, Camp Snoopy. The park announced Snoopy’s Soap Box Racers, a new roller coaster, would be added to the family-friendly area for the 2024 season, along with other new additions to Camp Snoopy. 

We’re huge fans of Kings Island. Our kids are teens now and probably not as interested in Camp Snoopy, but the updated kids’ area will surely be a hit among families visiting the amusement park for years to come.

Keep reading to learn more about the changes coming to Kings Island in 2024. 

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Are Kings Island Season Passes Worth It?

ings Island Amusement Park is one of our favorite Ohio spots to visit each year. I have fond memories of annual visits as a child and teen to Kings Island. I’m old enough to remember when Woodstock Express was called the Scooby-Doo roller coaster (then Beastie, followed by Fairly Odd Coaster). 

If you’re a fan of Kings Island or live within driving distance, you may be wondering if season passes are worth the cost. The answer depends on how often you plan to visit the amusement park during the season and how likely you are to take advantage of the benefits that come with a Kings Island season pass. 

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A New Era For Your Money: Financial Lessons From Taylor Swift

0.75x 1x 1.25x 1.5x 2x 0:0011:33 A New Era For Your Money: Financial Lessons From Taylor Swift Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsPlayer EmbedShare Leave a ReviewListen in a New WindowDownloadSoundCloudStitcherSubscribe on AndroidSubscribe via RSS Powered by the Simple Podcast Press Player Get ready because class is in session. We’ll be looking at some financial lessons from Taylor

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The Cedar Fair and Six Flags Merger 2024: What You Need To Know

In November 2023, two of the largest theme park operators, Cedar Fair and Six Flags, announced an agreement to merge. This groundbreaking move promises to reshape the landscape of entertainment and leisure for families and other park guests. 

We’re long-time season passholders at Cedar Point, one of the most popular Cedar Fair properties and frequently visit the Buckeye State’s other premier Cedar Fair park, Kings Island. As huge fans of those and other Cedar Fair parks, we’re anxious to see how the merger of these amusement giants plays out.

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Cedar Point HalloWeekends Guide 2024

Cedar Point is one of the most entertaining amusement parks on the planet. From roller coasters and thrilling attractions to live entertainment, dining, and overnight accommodations, Cedar Point has it all. 

The park’s fun extends in the fall with HalloWeekends. The annual special event is a favorite among park guests and horror enthusiasts. HalloWeekends offers not-so-scary activities and events for families and more terrifying scares and experiences for older guests. 

Here’s a closer look at what to expect this year during HalloWeekends at Cedar Point Amusement Park. 

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