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Waves of Honor: Discounted Admission for Military & Veterans

Sea World Parks Free or Discounted Admission for Families of Military and Veterans with Waves of Honor

If you are a member of the military community, you should consider taking advantage of the Waves of Honor program sponsored by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

Waves of Honor: Discount for Military to Sea World Parks

SeaWorld Parks has long supported the military by offering discounts and free admission to any one of its parks across the country. With the Waves of Honor program, veterans and active military can save with offers at SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

What is the Waves of Honor Military Discount?

For Active military, National Guard, and Reserve, there is free admission one time each year for up to 3 dependents at participating parks. Additional park admissions can be purchased at a 50% discount for eligible parties.

At this time, the only non-participating parks in terms of free admission are Water Parks and Discovery Cove.

Discovery Cove

Does not offer free admission at this time for active military, veterans, or retirees. They do however offer discounted admission on up to 4 tickets and their Signature Dolphin Swim Package. The percentage discount is not indicated.  See the link below.

Are Veterans Eligible for the Waves of Honor Program?

Yes, however, the offer is different for veterans and retirees depending on the park. In some cases, the discount is not specified.

SeaWorld Orlando

Offers 50% off of a one-day ticket for the veteran and three guests.

SeaWorld San Antonio

One complimentary ticket plus three complimentary tickets for guests to use (still need to be updated for 2023.)

SeaWorld San Diego

One complimentary ticket plus one complimentary ticket for a guest to use (still need to be updated for 2023.)

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Six discounted tickets to use by October 31, 2023.

Sesame Place Langhorne

Offers up to 50% off admission for veterans and retirees and up to 6 guests through December 31, 2023. 

Discovery Cove

Offers discounted rate on day resort admission and signature Dolphin Swim Package. 

Important Notes about the Waves of Honor Programs

Please note that you MUST make an online reservation for the park you wish to attend once your veteran or military status is verified. To qualify for these offers, you must be registered with ID.me. This is a necessary step to verify your military or veteran status.

This offer is only available online through the SeaWorld Parks website, or through the following links. Be advised that this is a limited-time offer and there are blackout dates. Since these details may vary based on the park of your choosing, please ensure that you read the fine print.

Waves of Honor Military Offer Locations

Through The Waves of Honor Program, Active Duty Personnel and Veterans Have Access to Military Tickets and Discount Offers at These Locations:

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld San Antonio

The website only indicates a discount for veterans and retirees exists, but without a percentage.

SeaWorld San Diego

Busch Gardens Tampa

This park does not currently have an offer for veterans or inactive ready reserves.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Sesame Place Langhorne

Discovery Cove Orlando

Can Military Dependents Get Tickets too?

Active Duty military members are allowed to redeem free admission on single-day tickets for themselves as well as up to 3 friends or family members.  However, military status will need to be verified with ID.me and purchased with the active duty service member’s account.

Verification Required

Military members and their dependents must have a valid military I.D. to apply for the discount. Verification will be confirmed through ID.me.

Some Restrictions May Apply

As with any program, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment can terminate the program or have blackout dates. The Waves of Honor Website has different promotions for Active Duty Members and Veterans, so make sure to sign-up for the correct promotion.

Waves of Honor Program History

Since 2005 Anheuser-Busch has offered free admission to SeaWorld Orlando, Tampa’s Bush Gardens, and other Busch Theme Parks through their Heroes Salute program. In 2013 Heroes Salute changed to the SeaWorld Parks Waves of Honor Program. Anheuser-Busch hasn’t owned the theme parks since 2009, but they have maintained their dedication to the military by providing a complimentary free admission on a single-day ticket each year for those in the military community to enjoy.

If visiting Florida, check out The Shades of Green Resort. It is an Armed Forces Recreation Center Resort located on the Walt Disney World property, they offer affordable military room rates.

Get Kraken on Your Savings

If you are a member of the military community, please take advantage of the free admissions and discounts offered by Waves of Honor. You and your families deserve a break from the stress of a military lifestyle.

(Neither I, this website, nor Home Front Alliance are affiliated with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, or the Waves of Honor program. The information presented above is sourced directly from SeaWorld’s website, and we do NOT receive a commission for any purchases made through the links above. Offers and information are subject to change without notice.)

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Julie Provost is a freelance writer, and blogger. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.