Free Park Admissions for Active Military
Anheuser-Busch Parks offers Active Duty Service Members free admission for them and up to 3 dependents to any of their parks once a year. Members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission. Available to any active duty, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman. Eligible parks include: Adventure Island, Busch Gardens (Tampa Bay or Williamsburg), SeaWorld (Orlando, San Diego, or San Antonio), Sesame Place, and Water Country USA. For more information and to register, visit: Free admission summary, and ticket application.
Numerous businesses and organizations want to show their support and appreciation for the troops and their families and they do so by offering military discounts, freebies and special programs. Most stores and many restaurants offer some form of military appreciation discount, never hesitate to ask and have your military ID handy.
Following is a compilation of websites that list military offers. It's important to note that before you take advantage of the discounts listed below, make sure and read the details, limitations and exclusions that are featured on each company's webpage. The Navy does not endorse these websites or any of the businesses, services or products you may find listed therein.
*MERCHANTS AND EVENT PLANNERS: Sites with asterisk designation accept your listings and updates. Please contact the individual sites directly with your military offers.
On-Base Lodging Worldwide
This lodging website enables DoD personnel to gather detailed information, view photos, and make reservations at military lodging locations throughout the world. Great accommodations at very affordable rates are the foundation of the DoD lodging program. All US Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy lodging facilities are featured, including Navy Gateway Inns & Suites, Navy Lodges, and Navy Getaways (cabins, cottages and RV Parks).
Armed Forces Vacation Club
Armed Forces Vacation Club offers MWR patrons great deals on fabulous vacation destinations worldwide - depending on space available inventory. These limited time, space-available offers are chosen from more than 200,000 accommodations in over 100 countries, including the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Italy.
Armed Forces Recreation Centers
These Joint Service facilities are full-service resort hotels that provide quality, wholesome, affordable, Family-oriented vacation recreation opportunities to service members, their families, and other authorized patrons (including official travelers) of the Total Defense Force.
- GERMANY: Long revered as one of the most desirable destinations in the Bavarian Alps and Germany's premiere sports center, the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area is an idyllic location nestled at the foot of sweeping Alpine vistas and home to the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
- FLORIDA: Experience the warm Florida sun, cascading waterfalls, lush tropical gardens, spectacular views, or a dip in the pool at Shades of Green Resort. Add easy access to Disney World. Doesn't this sound like the total vacation to you?
- HONOLULU, HAWAII: Whether you're strolling barefoot on the sand, sunbathing lazily on Waikiki Beach, or simply relaxing comfortably, you'll simply be dazzled by this Polynesian paradise. Come discover the spirit of Aloha at Hale Koa Hotel.
- SOUTH KOREA: Nestled in the heart of Seoul, Korea, Dragon Hill Lodge is the gateway to Asia's mystical culture. Visit internationally acclaimed museums and art galleries, attend sporting events, or simply enjoy world-class shopping! Experience Asia in style.
Initially established for military pilots, this website links to and lists travel discounts including lodging, attractions, services, and other deals for military members and their families. The site solicits submissions of additional deals from merchants and military visitors.
This website allows direct booking of discounted airline tickets for active military and their families. The website also features links to other travel related discount sites.
San Diego is home to one of the largest military complexes in the free world with numerous Navy, Marine and Coast Guard installations. The region is also well known for decades of impressive military presence and achievements.
To show appreciation for the dedicated United States men and women in uniform, many San Diego hotels, attractions and activities are offering discounts exclusively to military personnel. Following is a list of featured military discounts currently available.
SeaWorld San Diego
Offers one free single-day admission to active duty service members, activated or drilling reservists and National Guardsmen. The Waves of Honor program also entitles up to three direct dependents of military personnel free admission into the park. Dependents can take advantage of the offer without their service member, although an adult must accompany minor dependents. Dependents, aged 10 and over, must present valid dependent ID. For more information, visit www.wavesofhonor.com
The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Offer a complimentary one-day pass to the Zoo and an Africa Tram Safari at the Safari Park throughout the year for active duty military, cadets of military academies and reserves with active orders. Individuals must show a valid, active military ID; the program also includes U.S. cadets who do not have “Active” on their IDs. For more information, visit www.sandiegozoo.org
Located in the North County community of Carlsbad offers active duty and retired military a 40% discount on tickets and a second day free when tickets are purchased at a military ticket office. At the LEGOLAND California gate, active and retired military receive a 10% discount on all LEGOLAND tickets with a valid military ID. For more information, visit www.california.legoland.com
San Diego Padres
During the regular season, the San Diego Padres offers discounts off every game ticket at certain price levels with a valid active duty, dependent, reserve, retired or Department of Defense ID card. The tickets can be purchased at PETCO Park ticket windows, as well as at select on-base ticket offices. On Sundays, military personnel in uniform receive a 50% discount when purchasing tickets at PETCO Park the day of the game.
Hornblower Cruises & Events
Offers discounted tickets for purchase through a military ticket office, including discounts on one-hour harbor cruise, two-hour harbor cruise, nightly three-hour dinner cruise and weekend brunch cruise. For more information, visit www.hornblower.com/hce/home/sd
The Veteran’s Museum and Memorial Center
Located in Balboa Park exhibits a collection of military artifacts, photographs, memorabilia and artwork and honors the active men and women of the military and their families with free daily admission. For more information, visit www.veteransmuseum.org
The San Diego Air and Space Museum
Located in Balboa Park offers free admission for active military and a discount for family members. The museum is home to many original and reproductions of historic aircraft and spacecraft. For more information, visit www.sandiegoairandspace.org
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Home to Southern California’s only IMAX Dome Theater, and located in Balboa Park, offers active military and their families a 10% daily admission discount and free admission on the first Tuesday of each month. Vouchers for IMAX films may be purchased at a 15% discount at military ticket offices. For more information, visit www.rhfleet.org
New Children’s Museum
Located in downtown San Diego offers a 50% discount for active, veteran and retired military. The museum celebrates children and the arts through engaging artworks, exhibitions and hands-on art projects. For more information, visit www.thinkplaycreate.org
Museum of Photographic Arts
Housing more than 7,000 works, the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park offers free admission for active military and their dependents, and retired military receive a discount off admission prices. For more information, visit www.mopa.org
Japanese Friendship Garden
Active military can wander through the Zen garden, koi ponds and bonsai exhibits of the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park for a discounted admission price. For more information, visit www.niwa.org
San Diego Symphony
Military personnel can enjoy a military discount off tickets to the San Diego Symphony, valid for certain sections of the Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego. For more information, visit www.sandiegosymphony.org
Happiness is calling in San Diego. For more information on San Diego’s offerings, including exciting vacation packages and valuable coupons for attractions, restaurants and more, visit the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website at www.sandiego.org or call 619-236-1212.
Navy Region Southwest FFR Programs
Your local Fleet & Family Support Programs encompasses Morale, Welfare & Recreation, Dining Services, Fleet & Family Support Programs, Family and Bachelor Housing, as well as Child & Youth Programs. On this website you can find discounts and freebies on recreational activities, recreational lodging, dining and more for the entire family. Keep your eye open for special events as well.
San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau
The San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau is a great resource to find out what’s happening on a daily basis in San Diego. Free and for-cost events are encouraged to promote for participation here. Dig in and find something fun to do every day!
Navy Times Marketplace
The Navy Times links to hundreds of companies and name brand products that offer special discounts in honor of your military service.
Military One Source
Military OneSource is a free service provided by the Department of Defense to service members as a 24-hour a day resource similar to Fleet & Family Support Programs. The site offers webinars, newsletters, health and wellness coaching, and free educational materials on Military Life & Deployment, Family & Recreation, Health & Relationship, Career & Education, Financial & Legal and Crisis & Disasters.
This link will provide active or retired military and dependents with coupons redeemable at on base Commissaries ONLY.
Various deals and discounts for active duty, retirees, and their dependents for services such as shopping, eating, and traveling. Military must sign-up for free military.com membership to access full details of deals. Merchants and members can upload discounts, coupons and special deals.
The deals page provides an alphabetical listing of companies and organizations that support the military by offering coupons, discounts, and deals. This list, although extensive, does not include all corporations and local business that provide deals for military and their families. The website encourages companies to add their military discount information.
About.com Military Families
This website provides a list of businesses that offer products and services at a discounted price to the U.S. military and their family. It also provides a brief statement on what the deal is, how to obtain it and business links.
Armed Forces Crossroads
The Armed Forces Crossroads offers information on deals and discounts to companies all over the country for categories such as: automotive, electronic, hotels, sports, theme parks, and travel. This site is also an excellent resource for information on all elements of military quality of life.
Information and links about discounts and deals for members of the U.S. Armed Services and U.S. Military veterans including vacation destinations, coupons, deals, special offers and more.
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