Waves of Honor: Free Admission for Military & Veterans

Free Sea World Parks Admission and Discounts for Families of Military and Veterans with Waves of Honor

Summer is almost here! This means barbecues, days at the pool or beach, and at some point a trip somewhere. If you are a member of the military community, you should consider taking advantage the Waves of Honor program sponsored by Seaworld Parks & Entertainment.

Waves of Honor: Free Admission to Sea World Parks

Seaworld Parks has long supported the military by offering discounts and free admission to any one of their parks across the country. With the Waves of Honor program, Veterans can get FREE admission for one day for themselves and up to three guests!

This offer is valid at SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Additionally, a veteran can purchase tickets for additional guests at greatly reduced prices, which varies by the park. 

Free Admission on Single-Day Ticket Locations

  • SeaWorld Orlando
  • SeaWorld San Antonio
  • Busch Gardens Tampa

Who is Eligible for Free Admission on Single-Day Tickets for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment?

  • Active duty military
  • National Guard
  • Reserves
  • Veterans
  • Retirees
  • Spouses of deployed service members

Please note that you MUST make an online reservation for the park you wish to attend once your veteran or military status is verified. To qualify for these offers, you must be registered with ID.me. This is a necessary step to verify your military or veteran status.

Waves of Honor permits any U.S. active duty military, an activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman access to one complimentary admission per year, with as many as three direct dependents.

Active duty service members must provide military ID at the front gate.

This offer is only available online through the SeaWorld Parks website, or through the following links. Be advised that this is a limited-time offer and there are blackout dates. Since these details may vary based on the park of your choosing, please ensure that you read the fine print.

Can Military Dependents get Tickets too?

Active Duty military members, veterans, and retirees are allowed to redeem a free admission on single-day tickets for themselves as well as up to three friends or family members.

Verification Required

Military members and their dependents will need to have a valid military I.D. to apply for the discount. Verification will be confirmed through id.me.

Some Restrictions May Apply

As with any program, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment can terminate the program or have blackout dates. The Waves of Honor Website has different promotions for Active Duty Members and Veterans, so make sure to sign-up for the correct promotion.

Extra Waves of Honor Discounts for Military and Veterans

  • Veterans can add up to four guest tickets at 50% off, this is in addition to tickets that qualify for free admission
  • Along with the free ticket offer Veterans will receive $10 off All-Day Dining
  • Along with the free ticket offer Veterans will receive 50% off Quick Queue Unlimited

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Click here to if you are interested in learning more about the safety changes SeaWorld Orlando has implemented regarding COVID-19. Click here to learn more about Busch Gardens Tampa new Covid-19 safety changes.

Does The Waves of Honor Program Normally Have a Military Discount?

Yes, the Waves of Honor Program through SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment offers one complimentary admission per year to active duty, reservist, National Guardsmen, or veteran, and up to three direct dependents. The complimentary tickets can be used at SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, or Sesame Place.

You can check all the discounts each park offers by visiting the Waves of Honor website or by checking in with your local Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) office or the Information, Tickets, and Travel (ITT) office located on your military base. Each branch of service has its own dedicated office or website you can visit for more details. Discounts and offers can vary by location so make sure to check the discounts offered by the park you are wanting to attend.

Waves of Honor Military Offer Locations

Through The Waves of Honor Program, Active Duty Personnel and Veterans Have Access to Military Tickets and Discount Offers at These Locations:

Waves of Honor Program History

Since 2005 Anheuser-Busch has offered free admission to SeaWorld Orlando, Tampa’s Bush Gardens, and other Busch Theme Parks through their Heroes Salute program. In 2013 Heroes Salute changed to the SeaWorld Parks Waves of Honor Program. Anheuser-Busch hasn’t owned the theme parks since 2009, but they have maintained their dedication to the military by providing a complimentary free admission on a single-day ticket each year for those in the military community to enjoy.

If visiting Florida, check out The Shades of Green Resort. It is an Armed Forces Recreation Center Resort located on the Walt Disney World property, they offer affordable military room rates.

Get Kraken on Your Savings

I anticipate that this summer will fly by, especially since we endured the pandemic lockdowns of 2020. That means that before we know it, summer will be over and the kids will be heading back to school.

If you are a member of the military community, please take advantage of the free admissions and discounts offered by Waves of Honor. You and your families deserve a break from the stress of a military lifestyle.

(Neither I, this website, nor Home Front Alliance are affiliated with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, or the Waves of Honor program. The information presented above is sourced directly from SeaWorld’s website, and we do NOT receive a commission for any purchases made through the links above.)

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Robert Haynes is a retired Army infantryman who has a squad of kids and is married to an active duty Soldier. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, who spent his last few years in the Army as a Drill Sergeant. He is now a full-time dad, freelance writer, and out-of-work comedian.

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Lori Waddell serves as Co-director of an emergency response COAD in Montana, a freelance writer, and an Air Force Key Spouse. She is passionate about empowering communities and individuals through knowledge and resources. She currently lives in Montana with her husband and two children.