Veterans Day Discounts on Amusement Parks, Zoos and Aquariums
This Veterans Day you can find all types of discounts from a free meal, to an extra percentage off of a product. You and also find discounts for military, veterans, and their families at amusement parks, zoos, and aquariums around the US.
Veterans Day Discounts For Amusement Parks, Zoos, and Aquariums
On Veterans Day, all visitors can visit National Parks for free as a way to remember veterans. There are more than 400 parks, some normally charge a fee, and others are free all of the time. This does not cover amenity or user fees such as for camping, or special tours.
Carowinds, a family amusement park in Charlotte, NC, has offered free admission to veterans with an honorable or medical discharge during their Military Appreciation Days, which typically are Saturdays and Sundays around Veterans Day. The discount applies to all service members, active, retired, national guard, and ROTC. You would need to show a valid military ID. Family members can use the Carowinds military discounts when you buy them in advance online. There is also a 2022 Military Gold Pass which gives you unlimited visits to Carowinds and Carolina Harbor.
At Legoland Florida, in Winter Haven, Florida, outside of Orlando, they are offering free admission from November 1-20, 2021. You can also get theme park tickets for up to six guests for 60% off on the same dates. On the weekend of November 13-14th, you will receive a 10% discount on food, beverage and retail purchases at all locations including carts. No restrictions, except alcohol is not included with the discount. You must show your military at the ticket window. They also offer Legoland Hotel military discounts of up to 25% off. Active duty military can always receive free admission to Legoland Florida Report and Water Park with no restrictions or blackout dates. They can also receive 25% off hotel prices.
At Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA, you can find Military Tribute Days at this family amusement park. From November 1-18, 2021, and November 29-December 16, 2021, Monday through Thursday, active and retired military personnel and up to 5 guests can buy tickets for $19.99. You would need to show your military ID or DD214. Spouses of deployed service members can also receive this deal with deployment orders, and spouses of deceased service members can receive the deal with a military spouse ID. You can also find military discounts at your local MWR/ITT.
Six Flags Great Adventure Safari in Jackson, NJ, is a fun amusement park usually has a Veterans Day Celebration. They will offer free admission for veterans when showing your military ID. Friends and family can get a discounted admission of $29.99 when buying online. There will also be a park opening ceremony at 11:00 am at the Fountain as well as a Kids Tent from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm by the Joker.
At Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA, they are offering Heroes Days on November 6th, 7th, and 11th. They offer active military members and veterans free admission when visiting during Heroes Days. Proof of service is required and you would purchase tickets at the main gate.
Six Flags St. Louis, Missouri’s Coaster Capital
At Six Flags St. Louis, Missouri’s Coaster Capital, they have offered a Veterans Day weekend in the past. In 2018, they had Military Appreciation Days offering complimentary admission to the theme park with a valid US military ID for all active duty, national guard, reservists, and retired military members. You could also get a special military discount for family and friends for $37.99. Hopefully, they will have a similar deal in 2021.
The Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, LA, and November is Audubon Military Appreciation Month. They offer a Veterans Day discount of a complimentary ticket for active duty, and veterans, including the national guard and the reserves. You can also purchase tickets for 50% off up to 4 immediate family members. It is good at the Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium, and Audubon Butterfly Garden, and Insectarium.
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, WA has offered all veterans and active duty military members free admission, as well as half-price tickets for their families from around Veterans Day.
At Zoo Atlanta, in Atlanta, GA they are offering veterans and active duty, retired, and reserve members free admission every day. On Veterans Day they offer $4 off general admission for up to six guests when showing your military ID at the zoo.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, OH, are offering free admission to all members of the military on Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Veterans Day. This offer is for active duty, retired military, national guard, veterans, and ROTC. You can also purchase up to six half-price admission tickets for your immediate family.
Naples Zoo at the Caribbean Gardens
NOTE: Link not currently available. Will update if they offer in 2021.
At Naples Zoo at the Caribbean Gardens in Naples, FL, they are offering free admission to active and retired military service during Veterans Day weekend, Saturday, November 9, through Monday, November 11, 2019. Adult and child guests in your party will receive $2 off regular zoo admission with a valid military ID or other proof of service.
Sedgwick County Zoo, in Witchita, KS has offered free admission to active duty and veterans as well as their immediate families on Veterans Day, November 11 in the past. Families of deployed service members can also get in on the deal with a valid military ID.
The San Antonio Zoo in San Antonio, TX is being sponsored by USAA to offer active duty, retired, veterans, national guard, and reserves free admission. Up to four family members can receive 50% off standard admission at the ticket window. These discounts are valid during the month of November.
At Zoo New England, at both the Franklin Park Zoo location in Boston, MA, and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA, veterans can receive free admission on November 11th. You must pre-register online. The last admission is at 3:30 pm.
At the Nashville Zoo in Nashville, TN, the Nashville Zoo and Regions Bank are putting on a Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, November 7, 2021. Active duty, veterans, and their immediate families will receive free admission. You would need to show your military ID or other proof of service. If your service member is deployed you can also take part in this deal with a valid ID.
At Brevard Zoo, in Melbourne, FL they have offered current military and veterans a complimentary general admission to the zoo. If a service member is deployed overseas, the zoo will admit the spouse with no charge. Proof of service is required.
At the Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY, they have offered a Military Appreciation week around Veterans Day. They offer free admission to active and retired military, disabled military, reservists, or anyone who has served in the military. You must show your military ID at the ticket window. Family members can receive a military discount of $3 off adult tickets and $2 off child tickets.
At the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA, they are offering free admission to active military, and veterans on Veterans Day, November 11, 2021. You will need to reserve tickets online. Friends and family can also buy tickets at your local MWR/ITT office or receive $3 off of adult admission, or $1.50 off of a child’s admission by showing a military ID at the window.
At the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT, they have offered military veterans and active duty military complimentary general admission when they visit during certain days in November. You would need to have a valid military ID or other proof of service. Family members also receive a discounted admission rate of $10 off general admission with a military ID. The dependent discount is valid for up to four guests.
At the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, CA, they have had free admission over Veterans Day weekend if you are a veteran, active duty, reservist, or a retiree with a valid military ID. They also offer discount tickets to family members.
As you can see, there are quite a few amusement parks, zoos, and aquariums offering discounts to military and veterans and their families this Veterans Day. You should definitely take advantage of a free and/or discounted ticket for a day of fun with your family this Veterans Day weekend.
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Julie Provost is a freelance writer, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.