UPDATED APRIL 2016
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 in Tempe, Arizona offers a military discount to active duty service members on general admission. Pay $14.95 on tickets at the gate instead of $29.95 and spend the day enjoying the wave pool, rides and slides.
Active duty military and immediate family members can receive a Military One Day Plus Pass to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia through MWR/ITT offices, or 10% off on multi-day tickets at their ticket windows. Click here for more details.
The Crayola Experience in Easton, Pennsylvania offers $5 off admission when you purchase tickets online. The discount is available to active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, National Guard and their dependents.
Dollywood in Tennessee offers a 30% discount on one-day admission tickets for active or retired military, disabled veterans, reservists, spouses, and dependents. Tickets can be purchased exclusively at the front gate of Dollywood and cannot be pre-purchased.
Active duty military personnel and guests may purchase a $24 General Admission on all public operating days at Gilroy Gardens in Gilroy, California. Discounted General Admission tickets may also be purchased at many California Military Bases.
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 in Santa Claus, Indiana offers a military discount from the start of the 2016 season until Splashin’ Safari closes for the season. Save $12 off full-price General Admission tickets on up to four tickets per visit.
Active and retired military can purchase discounted single day general admission tickets to King’s Dominion in Virginia.
King’s Dominion also offers seasonal discounts. During Military Appreciation Days, Memorial Day weekend, and Fourth of July weekend, admission is free for active and retired military.
King’s Island in Ohio offers discounts off the regular Front Gate admission price to active duty service members. The discount is available only at the park for up to 6 family members.
Members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for military discounts at Knoebel’s Amusement Resort in Pennsylvania any day during the season. Active duty and Reservists get a $40 book of ride tickets, and veterans get a $20 book of ride tickets. Available once per season (including pre & post season weekends).
Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California has roller coasters, family rides, water rides, games and arcades and live entertainment. Show your ID to purchase Knott’s Berry Farm Regular admission tickets for only $44.00. You can also visit your local base to find deals.
LEGOLAND Florida offers Military Appreciation Days, where all active duty military personnel receive one free 1 Day Admission to LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Water Park. Dependents and family members, as well as retired military members receive a 10% discount on one-day admission tickets, or they can pre-purchase tickets for greater discounts on base.
At LEGOLAND California Resort, active duty military can receive discounts on one-day admission tickets as well as resort hopper tickets.
For both parks, you can also get discounts if you plan ahead and purchase the tickets through your MWR/ITT offices on base.
Morgan's Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas offers $6 off entry for active duty and retired military personnel and their families.
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 15% discount.
At Santa's Village Azoosement Park outside of Chicago in East Dundee, Illinois enjoy rides like the Viking Sea Dragon, catch a show and visit with Santa. Active duty military and direct dependents get free admission, and veterans get a discounted admission.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort in New Braunfels, Texas offers military rates through ITT/MWR offices at military installations. This discount is not available at the park.
Through the SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment program “Waves of Honor," military members can receive one complimentary admission per year to either SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Water Country USA, Sesame Place or weekdays at Aquatica San Diego.
Register online or buy tickets at the park. 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. There are no military discounts available at the park ticket offices. 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 an on-site hotel vacation military package with special ticket offer from only $299 per adult. This includes 3-night hotel accommodations, 1-day park-to-park ticket with 2 days free, early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk.
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. But you can still receive the discounted tickets at the ticket booth with your valid military or US government ID.
Wet'n Wild Emerald Pointe, the Carolinas' Largest Water Park offers a military discount at the main gate on any operating day. You''ll get $7 off each all day adult general admission ticket. Discounted tickets can also be purchased at most North Carolina military bases.
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 $5 off one-day admission tickets.
Worlds of Fun, located northeast of downtown Kansas City, offers a $9 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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