The Best Amusement Park Discounts for Servicemembers, Veterans, and Families

The Best Amusement Park Discounts for Servicemembers, Veterans, and Families
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Editor’s note: This article by Heather Sweeney originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community. Military.com may receive compensation from qualifying purchases as an affinity partner.

 

Amusement parks are a fun way for families to spend time together while on vacation. But tickets aren't cheap, especially for larger families.

 

Many military families take advantage of the military discounts available for the Disney parks, but may not be aware of the discounts available for other popular amusement parks.

 

The following are amusement parks that offer military discounts. Keep in mind that many other amusement parks throughout the country offer military discounts on specific holidays like Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. Check with Military.com when those holidays roll around to see what parks offer discounts.

 

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Carowinds

Carowinds in North Carolina offers military discounts to active military personnel and veterans on single-day admission tickets and Gold Season Passes. Purchase single-day admission tickets or a Gold Season Pass at a discount off the front gate price with a valid military ID or purchase online after verification.

 

Cedar Point

Cedar Point in Ohio offers discounted admission for all active, retired and honorably-discharged members of the military with proper ID.

 

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia offers active-duty military, Reservists, National Guard personnel, retired military and veterans complimentary admission once a year for themselves and up to three dependents on either Memorial Day weekend or Veterans Day weekend. They also qualify for 25% off the purchase of single-day admission tickets or 25% off the purchase of annual passes for themselves and up to three direct dependents.

 

Diggerland

Diggerland in West Berlin, N.J., offers a military discount off general admission for Spring/Fall ($44.99) and Summer ($46.99) tickets. This offer is valid for the military ID holder and up to three additional family members.

 

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Discovery Cove Orlando

Discovery Cove in Orlando is an all-inclusive day resort where guests can enjoy an opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel among tropical fish and rays, hand-feed exotic birds and encounter playful otters. Active-duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman and as many as three direct dependents get discounted rates on Day Resort Admission and Signature Dolphin Swim Package.

 

Dollywood

Dollywood in Tennessee offers a military discount on one-day admission tickets and Season Passes. Purchase your discounted tickets online.

 

Great Wolf Lodge

The Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor water park with locations throughout the country, offers a discount to military families through their Howlin' Heroes program.

 

Hersheypark

Hersheypark's military discount includes a BOGO offer at $86.95 for the two tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased for $49.99.

 

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Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana, offers a military discount online for up to 10 tickets. To purchase tickets with a military discount at the ticket booth, show your ID  to save $20 off full-price General Admission. A military discount on season passes is also available.

 

Kings Dominion

Active-duty military and veterans can purchase discounted tickets to Kings Dominion in Virginia. The discount is available online and can be used for up to six family members.

 

Kings Island 

Kings Island in Ohio offers discounted tickets to active and retired members of the military and veterans on all public operating days. The discount offer is available online and is valid for up to six family members. (The discount may vary throughout the season.)

 

Knoebel's Amusement Resort

Knoebel's Amusement Resort in Pennsylvania offers all active-duty members of the military a $40 book of ride tickets. Retired/disabled veterans can receive a $20 book of ride tickets. This is available once per season.

 

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Knott's Berry Farm

Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, has roller coasters, family rides, water rides, games and arcades and live entertainment. Active-duty military and veterans can purchase single-day admission tickets at a discount off of the front gate price. This offer extends to immediate family members as well.

 

LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND Florida offers active-duty service members special pricing and promotions online. Veterans, non-active military and military families should check with your local ITT office on base for discounted tickets that include a second day free.

 

LEGOLAND California Resort also offers exclusive specials for active-duty military, veterans, and their families.

 

For both parks, you can check your local MWR/ITT offices on base for discounted tickets.

 

Magic Springs Theme and Water Park

Magic Springs offers a military discount with ID of $34.99 plus tax at the gate. Family members pay $36.99 plus tax. 

 

Morgan's Wonderland

Morgan's Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas, offers $6 off entry for military personnel. You must show your military ID at the park.

 

Pacific Park

Located on the Santa Monica Pier, Pacific Park has rides, games, ocean front specialty food outlets and seaside shopping. All active-duty military personnel and immediate family members accompanying them get a discount on wristband purchases with a valid military ID card at the ticket booth. (This discount is not available online.)

 

Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort

Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort in New Braunfels, Texas offers military discount tickets to active-duty military, veterans and immediate family members online after verification.

 

SeaWorld Parks

Through the SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment program "Waves of Honor," military members can receive one complimentary admission per year to either SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, or Sesame Place. Register online because the offer is not available at the parks.

 

You can also purchase tickets at Shades of Green, an Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) in Orlando, Florida, which is a 15 to 30 minute drive from SeaWorld. (Shades of Green is also a great place to stay if you're looking for affordable hotels in the area.)

 

Six Flags

Most military bases offer discounted admission tickets to Six Flags parks so check with your nearest MWR/ITT office. Some Six Flags parks offer military discounts at the park ticket offices or online after verification so call or visit their websites before you go. Parks include Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

 

Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park in Georgia offers a military discount on the One-Day Attractions Ticket at the ticket window with a military or dependent ID.

 

Universal Studios

Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, offers a Military Freedom Pass that lets you choose from 2-Park or 3-Park options. They also offer vacation packages, including a Military Create Your Own Vacation Package, as well as discounts on Universal hotels. Purchase discounted tickets at your MWR/ITT office or Shades of Green.

 

Universal Studios Hollywood offers a discount off general admission tickets for active duty and retired military, National Guard, Reservists and their dependents. These discounted tickets must be purchased in advance from participating Military Ticket Offices.

 

Valleyfair

Valleyfair, located in Shakopee, Minnesota, offers military discounted tickets online to active and retired military personnel, veterans and immediate family members.

 

Wild River Country

Wild River Country, a 26-acre park in North Little Rock, Arkansas, has thirteen attractions, party decks, three pavilions and a volleyball court. The water park offers military personnel $8 off one-day admission tickets.

 

Worlds of Fun

Worlds of Fun, located northeast of downtown Kansas City, offers a military discount off the front gate admission price to military members and their families. You can also look into getting discounted tickets at local military installations, such as Offutt Air Force Base and Fort Leavenworth.

 

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