| Sierra Redmond | May 24, 2019
The Best Places for Travel in Florida on A Military Discount
If you’ve got Florida on the brain, chances are you already know that Florida is a tourism mecca. The Sunshine State is full of getaway destinations, 15 of the best beaches in the United States, some of the world’s largest and most famous cruise terminals, and multiple international airports.
Luckily, choosing to call Florida home means that you have a ton of options when it comes to travel. We have already discussed how military and veteran-friendly the state is regarding education, living, and working. But did you know that the state goes the distance to offer military discounts when you’re enjoying a getaway?
From Pensacola to Jacksonville and Jacksonville to the Florida Keys, there’s a military discount waiting to help you explore this large state. Here are some of the best military and veteran travel discounts in the State of Florida.
Space A and Airline Travel
The most expensive part of travel is often the airline tickets. Luckily, Florida is home to 10 registered Space A flight locations and veterans + dependents can gain a spot on a Space A flight for leisure travel. Although a tricky process, it could be worth doing the research and taking a flight if you qualify.
Florida is also home to major international airports and American Airlines has hubs in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Most airlines at these airports have some sort of military appreciation deals. American offers 2 free bags and early boarding for service members and their families with proof of a military ID, while United and Allegiant Air offer military discounted airfare.
Theme Parks and Central Florida Attractions
Central Florida is home to Orlando which was nicknamed the Theme Park Capital of the World. The city is full of military-friendly attractions, shopping, nightlife, accommodations, and more.
For starters, Walt Disney World resort offers a packaged military discount deal every year for park hopper passes. They also operate Shades of Green, a DoD-owned resort that allows you to stay on property at a discounted rate. Service members and veterans also receive discounts at Disney golf courses.
The Waves of Honor program from SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment is an outstanding salute to both active duty and separated troops. If you are still active duty, your family can enjoy up to 4 tickets to SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens in Tampa for absolutely FREE, while veterans can enjoy 50% off admission for up to 4 family members.
Outside of the parks, military families enjoy a variety discounts that cut down on the total cost of the trip. For a full list of military discounts in Orlando, visit http://www.thedailyimpressions.com/military-discounts-orlando-florida/
The state of Florida is home to 160 state parks featuring sandy beaches, stunning springs, and nature trails. As a member of the military (active, reserve or retired) you are entitled to 25% off annual or daily state park admission.
However, if you are a Honorable Discharged veteran with a disability or a surviving spouse, parent, or child of a service member you are given a free lifetime membership as a thank you for your service. Even better, becoming a Florida state resident gives you 50% off the annual pass fees.
Florida has hundreds of museums, including over 35 Blue Star Museums. The Blue Star Museums initiative aims to assist active duty military families in sharing adventures and exploring their communities through art, history, and culture. Each summer, entrance to Blue Star Museums is completely free with a military ID. For a complete list of Florida Blue Star Museums, click HERE.
Cruises are an excellent way to see multiple countries and destinations in a weekend or longer. Regardless of your preference, Florida hosts major cruise ports in Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami, Cape Canaveral, and Fort Lauderdale and they all carry the major cruise lines. Most cruise lines offer a military discount anywhere between 10% and 25% off. Some even allow you to couple military and Florida state resident discounts. Check for deals year-round and pay close attention during military holidays for the best savings.
Finding Additional Discounts:
With over 20 military installations, you’re never far from Travel and Leisure offices, PX/BX, and Commissary services.
The very best way to find military discounted attractions for your family is taking a visit to your local Travel and Leisure office. Someone will be there to assist you in finding deals, passes and more.
Click here to learn more about the perks of living in the Sunshine State and see why over 1.5 million veterans call Florida home.