Military and Veterans: Take Your Family to Busch Gardens, SeaWorld for Free

A mother tickles her son. She is a veteran.
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If you’re a veteran or an active-duty member of the military, here’s a way to save money on a quick summer trip.

Veterans can get a free single-day ticket AND free tickets for three dependents to Busch Gardens or SeaWorld. (Yes, you’ll all need to visit at the same time.) Registration is required by May 14. You must use your tickets by July 9, 2023.

And if you’re active-duty military? You’re entitled to one free admission every year to Busch Gardens, SeaWorld or Sesame Place for yourself and three dependents. To get this year’s ticket, you’ll just need to register online to reserve and print your ticket. Tickets expire Dec. 31, 2023. Some blackout dates will apply.

Both offers are valid for Busch Gardens theme parks in Tampa Bay, Florida, and Williamsburg, Virginia; SeaWorld theme parks in San Antonio, San Diego and Orlando, Florida; Sesame Place theme parks in Philadelphia and San Diego; and Aquatica San Antonio. They’re not available for Aquatica Orlando.

How to Get Free Tickets to Busch Gardens or SeaWorld

Visit the Waves of Honor website to reserve your tickets. You’ll need an account to verify your military or veteran status. From there, just select the date and book your tickets. You can also take advantage of other discounts for military members and veterans, such as 50% off up to six single-day tickets.

Make sure you bring your military or veteran’s ID with you to the gate. Then go enjoy a well-deserved day of fun with your family.

Looking for additional ways to save money? Here’s a list of nearly 200 companies that offer discounts for military members and veterans.

Robin Hartill is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. Senior writer Mike Brassfield contributed to this article.