Waves of Honor: Discounted Admission for Military & Veterans

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

Summer is 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: Discount for Military 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 and active military can save with offers at SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

What is the Waves of Honor military discount?

For Active military, National Guard and Reserve, there is free admission one time each year for up to 3 dependents at participating parks.    Additional park admissions can be purchased at a 50% discount for eligible parties.

At this time, the only non-participating parks in terms of free admission are Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Discovery Cove.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Does not offer free admission at this time for active military, veterans or retirees.  They do however offer discounted admission on up to 6 tickets.  The percentage discount is not indicated.  You will need to purchase online at which time the discount will be revealed.  See link below in article.

Discovery Cove

Does not offer free admission at this time for active military, veterans or retirees.  They do however offer discounted admission on up to 4 tickets and their Signature Dolphin Swim Package.  The percentage discount is not indicated.  See link below in article.

Are Veterans Eligible for the Waves of Honor Program?

Yes, however the offer is different for veterans and retirees depending on the park.  Currently the only park offering free admission to veterans and retirees is Sea World San Diego, though all others indicate a discount.  In some cases, the discount is not specified.

Sea World Orlando

Offers up to 50% off admission for veterans and retirees and up to 3 guests.

Sea World San Antonio

Offers and unspecified discount on admission for veterans and retirees and up to 3 guests.

Sea World San Diego

Offers FREE admission for veterans and retirees and up to 3 guests.  Veteran must be present at time of admission.

Busch Gardens Tampa

There are currently no offers for veterans, retirees, or inactive ready reserves.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Does not offer free admission at this time for active military, veterans or retirees.  They do however offer discounted admission on up to 6 tickets.  The percentage discount is not indicated.  You will need to purchase online at which time the discount will be revealed.  See link below in article.

Sesame Place Langhorne

Offers up to 50% off admission for veterans and retirees and up to 6 guests.

Discovery Cove

Does not offer free admission at this time for active military, veterans or retirees.  They do however offer discounted admission on up to 4 tickets and their Signature Dolphin Swim Package.  The percentage discount is not indicated.  See link below in article.

Important Notes about the Waves of Honor Programs

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.

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.

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:

Can Military Dependents get Tickets too?

Active Duty military members, are allowed to redeem a free admission on single-day tickets for themselves as well as up to 3 friends or family members.  However, military status will need to be verified with Troop ID and purchased with the active duty service member’s account.

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.

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 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.

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.

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. Offers and information are subject to change without notice.)

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