The Best Amusement Park Military Discounts

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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

Cedar Point offers Military Mondays, when military can buy tickets for $18.70 any Monday during the 2020 season. All active, retired or honorably discharged military members are eligible, plus up to six Cedar Point tickets can be purchased for $44 each for immediate family members.

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg offers active-duty military, Reservists, National Guard personnel, retired military and veterans 25% off the purchase of Single-day admission tickets for themselves and up to three direct dependents or 25% off the purchase of an Annual Passes for themselves and up to three direct dependents throughout the year.

Diggerland

All active, retired, and veteran military members and their families (spouse, children, grandparents, etc.) are eligible to receive discounted admission to Diggerland USA Amusement Park in West Berlin, NJ. Admission ticket with military discount costs $31.95 per person.

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

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.

Gilroy Gardens

Active-duty military personnel and guests may purchase a $30 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.

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

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 ID to save $20 off full-price General Admission tickets and $13 off tickets for guests under 54″ and seniors. The discount is also available online.

Kings Dominion

Active and retired military can purchase discounted single day general admission tickets to Kings Dominion in Virginia. Kings Dominion also offers seasonal discounts. During their Memorial Weekend Salute: Honoring Our Heroes and Star Spangled Celebration events, admission is free for active and retired military.

Kings Island 

Kings Island in Ohio offers discounts off the regular Front Gate admission price to active and retired members of the military and veterans. The discount offer is also valid for up to six family members. (The discount price 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. Show your ID to purchase Knott's Berry Farm Regular admission tickets for only $54. You can also visit your local base to find deals.

LEGOLAND

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.

At LEGOLAND California Resort, active-duty military can receive discounts on Resort Hopper tickets, Sea Life Hopper tickets and one-day admission tickets.

For both parks, you can also get discounts if you plan ahead and purchase the tickets through your MWR/ITT offices on base.

Magic Springs Theme and Water Park

Magic Springs offers a military discount with ID of $29.99 plus tax. Family members are $35.99 plus tax. 

Morgan's Wonderland

Morgan's Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas offers $6 off entry for military personnel and their families. You must show your military ID at the park.

Pacific 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. 

Santa's Village Azoosment Park

At Santa's Village Azoosment 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, their dependents and veterans get free admission.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort

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 so make sure you plan ahead.

Sea World Parks

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.)

Six Flags

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.

Stone Mountain Park

Members of the military and their immediate family can purchase an All-Attractions Pass at Stone Mountain Park in Georgia for $24.95 plus tax.

Universal Studios

Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida offers an exclusive military vacation package. This includes 3-night hotel accommodations, 3-Park 4-Day Park-to-Park Ticket, 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.

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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