Looking for some summer fun to share with the family? Appreciation for service in the form of military discounts can be found practically everywhere. Here are a few selected military discounts that make extra sense for having summer fun on a budget and that can be found within the states of the Southwest Conference, and come highly recommended.
Military Discounts in the VFW Southern Conference States
Busch Gardens (Florida, Texas)
The Busch Gardens family of theme parks (including Sea World and others) has many attractions on offer including wildlife, theme parks, water parks, and many more family friendly attractions. Free one-day admission is extended to military, and in the past, this has included up to 3 direct dependents. Call 1-888-800-5447 for details.
Dollywood is one of the top attractions in the state of Tennessee. Come and soak up all that the iconic theme park has to offer including rides, music events, and the Dixie Stampede dinner show. Dollywood offers a blanket 30% discount to all military active or retired personnel, as well as spouses and dependents. Tickets are only sold on Dollywood premises.
Great Wolf Lodge (North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia)
Book a stay at this family-friendly resort and water park chain. With five locations in the SW states, and several more across the country, a stop at Great Wolf Lodge can be incorporated into other travel plans. Discounts are said to vary, but book over the phone for up to 33% off.
LEGOLAND offers Military Appreciation Days, when active duty personnel receive one free 1-day admission to the associated parks. Dependents, family members, and retired military also receive 10% off 1-day admission tickets. Trips planned in advance through your Information, Tickets & Travel (ITT), may be eligible for additional discounts.
Miami Marlins (Florida)
For baseball fans, make your way to South Beach for a Marlins baseball game. All active and retired military personnel and veterans receive complementary tickets (for themselves and up to four family members) to any Monday Marlins home game! As of this writing, that makes six opportunities to take advantage of this offer through September.
Regal Cinemas (every state)
Get out of the sun for a few hours and catch a blockbuster! Regal offers matinee pricing for all show times with an ID.
Schlitterbahn Water Parks (Texas)
Schlitterbahn claims to be America’s First Family of Water Parks and has four Texas locations. Come and see why while enjoying as much sun, relaxation, and water park action as you like. Purchasing tickets in advance from participating bases could result in up to a 50% discount.
Six Flags (Georgia, Texas)
A classic theme park experience with rollercoasters and rides galore, as well as shows and souvenirs. To buy discounted tickets, they must be purchased in advance from bases and MWR or ITT offices. With multiple locations in both states, check with the individual parks for military appreciation days with free park admission.
Wet’n Wild at Emerald Pointe (North Carolina)
Visit the Carolinas’ favorite water park this summer! With a wide variety of slides, rivers, and pools for all ages, Wet’n Wild is a destination for family vacationers. All day adult general passes are discounted, and passes can also be purchased on most North Carolina military bases.
Wild River Country (Arkansas)
Another great water park option is Wild River Country, located a bit northwest of Little Rock. A military ID will get you a reduced admission price every day, and free admission on July 4th, with discounted admission for family members on that day.
For much more regarding military discounts for summer 2016, Military.com is a fantastic resource.