Get out to your favorite theme parks this summer with your family! Many are offering military appreciation days with free admission. See what's happening near you.
Why visit theme parks as a family?
Does your family love thrill rides, seeing great shows and spending time together? Plan a family trip to a theme park near you. It's a great way to spend the day outside, you'll definitely get in your steps, and everyone will end up tired till the day is over…you're guaranteed a good nights rest!
Do any theme parks offer free admission for military family members?
Your military family can get free admission with these Military Appreciation Days happening at US theme parks all summer long. It's a wonderful program that offers families a chance to have some budget friendly fun!
Are there any new additions for summer 2019?
I try and update this post each year so that it stays relevant and so that everyone can continue to reap the benefits of this great program. Here are some of the changes that have happened over the last year!
Here in Virginia, our theme parks are no longer allowing backpacks or purses through the ride line at all. There are pay lockers at the entrance to each ride, and that can add up!
Your best bet is to revive the old trend: fanny packs. Most allow you to wear a fanny pack while on the roller coasters.
This is especially great for someone like me who needs my glasses off for the ride but needs them back to see my way out.
FREE Military Appreciation Days
All the following US theme parks offer completely FREE admission. You didn't read that wrong…completely free!
Read each offer carefully to see if the rest of the family also receives FREE admission. The fine print is important here because you don't want any surprises when purchasing tickets, etc.
Otherwise, you'll need to purchase military discount tickets for the rest of your party.
You may also want to consider buying group rate tickets if you're bringing 15+ people. That's not hard–just your family plus one or two others! Group rate tickets are a great way to save some extra money when heading to the theme parks this summer!
Parks are listed in alphabetical order.
Printable Free Military Days Summer 2019 List:
Carowinds - Charlotte, NC
May 26-27 and June 29 - July 7
Cedar Point - Sandusky, OH
Every Monday plus May 24-27 and July 4-6
Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom - Allentown, PA
May 25-27 and July 1-4
Idlewild and SoakZone - Pittsburgh, PA
May 25-27 (including family) and July 1-5
Kings Dominion - Doswell, VA
Kings Island - Mason, OH
LEGOLAND Florida - Winter Haven, FL
Michigan's Adventure - Muskegon, MI
Sea World San Antonio- San Antonio, TX
Once per year with 3 dependents
Sea World San Diego - San Diego, CA
Once per year, plus 3 dependents
Sesame Place - Langhorne, PA
Once per year, plus 3 dependents
Six Flags Over Georgia - Austell, GA
Six Flags St. Louis - St. Louis, MO
Story Land - Bartlett, NH
Sundays from Sept 8 - Oct 13
Valley Fair - Shakopee, MN
May 24-27 and July 4-7
Wild Waves Theme & Water Park - Federal Way, WA
Worlds of Fun - Kansas City, MO
May 18, May 27, July 4, Sept 2
How about Disney parks?
Note–Disney Parks do not offer free admission. Instead, they offer the Armed Forces Salute for discounted tickets. Read all the ins and outs of the Armed Forces Salute at Tales of One Mom's Mess.
More ways to save at theme parks:
Ways to save money at theme parks