A whale of a deal: SeaWorld, Busch Gardens offering veterans free tickets

Matt Saintsing
June 12, 2018 - 12:52 pm

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Five Busch Gardens and SeaWorld themeparks are offering free admission (you read that right) to veterans and military retirees. Oh, and they can bring up to three guests, also free of charge, through July 4, 2018. 

Troops still in uniform can also catch in on the action with the same deal (free entrance for them and up to three other guests) through the Waves of Honor program. 

Veterans can get the tickets online only, not at the park's ticket booth. When you login, you'll be asked to provide your Troop ID to verify your military status via ID.me. 

Here's the participating parks: 

SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. And the offer is for a one-time visit to any of the parks mentioned, chosen by the veteran. 

The deal could lead to some incredible savings. At SeaWorld San Diego, for example, a family of four would save nearly $360, based off the park's ticket price. 

This deal may run out on the Fourth of July, but currently serving service members can take advantage of year-round discount admission to SeaWorld parks through Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) offices on military bases around the world or Waves of Honor online. 

The Waves of Honor program began in 2005, and has seen more than 9 million service members, veterans, and retirees walking through the themepark gates without spending a dime.