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Tampa's Busch Gardens, Adventure Island offer ticket deals to veterans, college students

Tampa's Busch Gardens has announced summer deals that provide college students half-priced admission to its sister water park across the street, Adventure Island, now through July 15. During this time, active-duty military members, veterans and their families also receive free admission to Busch Gardens and SeaWorld Orlando.

The seasonal promotion gives veterans and up to three guests the opportunity to experience Summer Nights, kicking off May 31, when they will ride thrill rides in the dark and see live entertainment and fireworks each Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening.

College students can kick off the summer with a splash at Adventure Island with the limited-time offer of $29.99, a 50 percent discount. Students must present a valid college ID. The deal is available online at adventureisland.com/special-offers.

But it's not just for college students. The park has also announced a $29.99 weekday ticket that ends June 2. Urging water park fans to "call in sick," the weekday ticket is valid through June 21. Go to adventureisland.com/tickets.

Busch Gardens and SeaWorld's offer for veterans is part of their Waves of Honor program, which has saluted the military with special pricing and promotions throughout the year since its launch in 2005. Veterans can redeem their free single-day tickets online at wavesofhonor.com by June 9 and use them by July 15. The deal is not available at the front gate.

Back at Adventure Island, weekday visitors should take advantage of the buy one, get one free promotions, too:

• Monday, May 20-Friday, May 24: frozen cocktails

• Tuesday, May 28-Friday, May 31: soft-serve ice cream

• Monday, June 3-Friday, June 7: pineapple specialty cocktails

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

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