The Memorial Day 2018 weekend is here, and veterans and active-duty members of the military are being honored with free admission deals all over the country. Theme parks, museums, aquariums, zoos, and more are thanking current and former members of the armed services by offering them free admission, special discounts, and other great deals throughout the wrekend—and sometimes well beyond.
For Memorial Day 2018, people with military ID can get free admission to places like Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio, Colonial Williamsburg, and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, to name just a few examples.
Here are all the best Memorial Day 2018 freebies and deals—plus some discounts for family and friends of veterans and active-duty military. Note that ID showing proof of service is generally required.
From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day each year, active-duty military and their families get free admission at over 2,000 participating museums and cultural attractions around the country as part of a collaboration with Blue Star Families, a group that supports service members and their families. The freebies include complimentary admission at places like the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
Veterans and military can get free admission for themselves and up to three guests at Busch Gardens and SeaWorld amusement parks by booking tickets online at the SeaWorld site WavesofHonor.com. Free tickets are available any day now through July 4, 2018, for SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, or Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
Throughout Memorial Day weekend 2018, active and retired military with ID get free admission at California’s Great America, and up to six additional tickets can be purchased at the theme park for $23.99 each—about 40% off normal prices.
Ohio theme park Cedar Point has free admission throughout the entire Memorial Day 2018 weekend for guests with military ID.
All veterans and active-duty military get free admission for themselves and up to three direct dependents throughout Memorial Day weekend at Colonial Williamsburg, in Virginia.
The Pennsylvania theme park Dorney Park has “Military Days” scheduled for Memorial Day weekend as well as July 1-4, 2018, with free admission for all all active and retired military. Guests with military ID can also purchase up to six additional tickets for family and friends at the discounted rate of $29.
Veterans and active-duty military get free admission at Kings Dominion (in Virginia) and Kings Island (Ohio) theme parks from May 26 to 28, 2018. Show military ID and you can also get up to six discount tickets for family and friends.
Show proof of active-duty military status and you’ll receive free admission to Legoland Florida Resort & Water Park any day of the year. Other Legoland parks offer various discounts for military members.
From May 26 to 28 at Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium, veterans and active-duty military members with ID get free admission, plus discount admission for family.