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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 back with us when those holidays roll around to see what parks offer discounts.
Big Surf Waterpark
Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe, Arizona offers a military discount to active-duty service members on general admission. Pay $19.95 on tickets at the gate instead of $34 and spend the day enjoying the wave pool, rides and slides.
Cedar Point offers discounted admission for all active, retired and honorably-discharged members of our Armed Forces.
Colonial Williamsburg 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 an Annual Passes for themselves and up to three dependents throughout the year.
Crayola Experience offers the True Blue Heroes Annual Pass Program in which active-duty military and veterans get free Bronze level annual passes. This pass includes unlimited visits for interactive, creative play at any of the five Crayola Experience family attractions -- Easton, Pa.; Orlando, Fla.; Plano, Texas; Mall of America (Bloomington, Minn.); and Chandler, Ariz. The membership card must be renewed annually and is only available on-site.
Diggerland in West Berlin, NJ offers a military discount of $37.95 for general admission per person. This offer is valid for the military ID holder and up to three additional family members.
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 and veterans get exclusive military pricing for reservations at Discovery Cove.
Dollywood in Tennessee offers a 30% military discount on one-day admission tickets. Military families can also ask park hosts how to upgrade this ticket for a discounted military Season Pass.
Military members receive $15 off Royalty Admission Tickets at Dutch Wonderland in Pennsylvania with a valid military ID.
Great Wolf Lodge
The Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor water park with locations throughout the country, offers a discount to military families through their Howling Heroes program.
Hersheypark offers military discounts valid for Regular Summer Operating Season, Hersheypark in the Dark, and Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. Check with your local military base for discounted admission tickets.
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana offers a military discount every day. To purchase tickets with a military discount at the ticket booth, show your military ID to save $20 off full-price General Admission tickets. Children ages three and younger get in free. This discount may be used on up to eight tickets per visit. They also offer a military discount when purchasing tickets online.
Idlewild and SoakZone
Idlewild and SoakZone in Pennsylvania offers a military discount off gate admission as well as online pre-purchase for active-duty military, retired military and veterans.
Active and retired military can purchase discounted single day general admission tickets to Kings Dominion in Virginia. Up to six discounted tickets can be purchased at the gate with a valid military ID.
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.
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. Buy a Military Admission Ticket online and get special discounts.
LEGOLAND Florida offers active-duty service members free admission to LEGOLAND Florida Resort & Water Park. Veterans, non-active military and military families can save 25% when buying online or receive a 10% discount on 1 and 2 day tickets with a valid military ID at the ticket window.
Magic Springs Theme and Water Park
Magic Springs offers a military discount with ID of $29.99 plus tax at the gate. Family members are $36.99 plus tax.
Morgan's Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas offers $6 off entry for military personnel. You must show your military ID at the 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 10% discount.
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.)
Most military bases offer discounted admission tickets to Six Flags parks so check with your nearest MWR/ITT office. Not all Six Flags parks offer military discounts at the park ticket offices so call before you go. Parks include Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
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, DoD personnel, National Guard, Reservists and their dependents. You can pre-purchase tickets at your MWR/ITT office or you can order than on the phone.
Wild River Country
Wild River Country, a 26-acre park in North Little Rock, Arkansas has thirteen attractions, party decks, three pavilions and a volley ball 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 get discounted tickets at local military installations, such as Offutt Air Force Base and Fort Leavenworth.
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