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Busch Gardens, SeaWorld salute military with free tickets

Veterans and active duty military members get free admission for themselves and three guests to visit the theme parks.
SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are offering free admission to active duty military and veterans through Nov. 11.
SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are offering free admission to active duty military and veterans through Nov. 11. [ JOHN RAOUX | AP ]
Published Jul. 22, 2020
Updated Jul. 30, 2020

Newly reopened theme parks Busch Gardens and SeaWorld Orlando are offering a perk to the military: free admission for themselves and three guests for the next four months — plus, they can get a deep discount on tickets for even more friends and family.

The parks, which are owned by parent company SeaWorld Entertainment, reopened to guests on June 11, with new safety protocols. You now have to reserve admission in advance, and face masks and temperature checks are required. Also, ride seating is spaced out between parties.

The parks recently announced that to say thank you to the military for their service, they are offering free admission to active duty military, veterans and up to three guests through Nov. 11. In addition, they can take an additional four guests at half off the regular $110 admission price, a $55 savings.

Visitors enjoy the Cheetah Hunt roller coaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa.
Visitors enjoy the Cheetah Hunt roller coaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa. [ AP/Busch Gardens ]

Active duty military and veterans who take advantage of this offer can also get $10 off the All-Day-Dining deals that allow you to eat and drink as often as once per hour for one price. Military members and guests also get half off Quick Queue Unlimited, which allows you to skip the lines and get priority access to the most popular attractions.

All deals are valid through Nov. 11 and must be combined with the free military admission offer. To claim the tickets, you must be registered with ID.me. Once you are logged in, you can see your offers.

Related: Busch Gardens brings back fireworks, food fest for Summer Nights

Tip: Check park hours before purchasing tickets. Select weekends at the parks have extended hours and special entertainment throughout the summer.

For those who aren’t in the military, there is currently a sale on one-day tickets for $85.99, a $25 savings, at buschgardens.com/tampa. SeaWorld has an online sale right now for a one-day ticket for $87.99, a $20 savings, at seaworld.com/orlando.