By Heather Sweeney,

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The Hampton Roads area in Virginia, which includes Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Suffolk and Chesapeake, is home to several military installations. And it’s not hard to find local and regional businesses and attractions that offer military discounts in this area highly populated with military families.

Whether you live in Hampton Roads or you’re just visiting, the following are 20 military discounts to check into while you’re here. Don’t forget your military ID!

Keep in mind that MWR Information, Tickets and Tours (ITT) offices offer discounted tickets to parks, museums, movie theaters, and concerts. So before purchasing tickets either online or on location to local attractions, take the time to call or visit an ITT office at any base in the area (like NAS Oceana, Naval Station Norfolk, and JEB Little Creek-Fort Story).

1. American Indoor Karting

American Indoor Karting in Virginia Beach provides indoor racing fun for the entire family (children must be at least 8 years old). They offer military discounts for service members on races.

2. Busch Gardens

Through the SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment program “Waves of Honor,” military members can receive one complimentary admission per year to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. This discount includes active duty military, activated or drilling Reservists, and National Guardsmen, as well as three direct dependents. Register online or buy tickets at the park.

3. Colonial Williamsburg

Active duty military can receive one complimentary admission ticket per year (and as many as three direct dependents). Retired military and veterans qualify for a 50% discount on Single-day tickets or on Annual Passes for up to five direct dependents.

Colonial Williamsburg has also joined Blue Star Museums, which means that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, military families are offered one day of free admission to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

4. Great Wolf Lodge

The Great Wolf Lodge, a huge indoor water park in Williamsburg, offers a discount to military families through their Howling Heroes program. However, they set aside a specific number of military discounts per day, so try to book your reservations well in advance to make sure the discount is available for the dates you want.

5. Hercules Moving

Are you relocating somewhere in Hampton Roads? Hercules Moving, based in Virginia Beach, helps families move to and from Norfolk, Hampton, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach. They offer military discounts and a free moving quote.

6. King’s Dominion

Active and retired military can purchase discounted single day general admission tickets. Purchase up to 6 tickets at the gate with a military ID.

King’s Dominion also offers seasonal discounts. During Military Appreciation Days, Memorial Day weekend, and Fourth of July weekend, admission is free for active and retired military.

7. Nauticus

At the Nauticus science center and museum in Norfolk active duty service members can get discounts off adult tickets every day. Spend a day learning through exhibits and activities at this interactive science and technology center that is home of the Battleship Wisconsin and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum.

8. Norfolk Botanical Garden

The Norfolk Botanical Garden is a Virginia Historic Landmark filled with beautiful themed gardens, 95 species of birds, and 30 kinds of butterflies. They offer $2 off general admission tickets with a military ID.

Don’t miss their holiday Garden of Lights on display from Thanksgiving night through December 31. They typicallly offer military discounts. (Check back at or their website around the holidays.)

9. Norfolk International Airport

The airlines serving Norfolk International Airport offer discounts subject to availability to active duty military travelers and their dependents. Active duty military also receive 10% discount in all airport retail shops courtesy of Hudson News.

10. Norfolk Tides Baseball

Active duty service members and dependents can enjoy a military discount on single game tickets to Norfolk Tides baseball games. Purchase tickets in advance online for $9 or at the box office for $11. Play ball!

11. Ocean Breeze Water Park

Ocean Breeze in Virginia Beach, which is open from mid-May through early September, is a family-friendly water park that features over 30 rides, slides and attractions. Enjoy free parking, free sunscreen and free inner tubes.  They offer a military discount off daily admission tickets (ages 10 and up is $32.99, ages 3-9 is $24.99), as well as military season passes for $59.99. Local MWR offices may also offer discounts.

12. Shopping

The Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia Beach is filled with stores that show their appreciation for the military with discounts.

The MacArthur Center in Norfolk is a shopping mall with 140 stores. Although not all stores in the mall offer military discounts, many of them do.

The MacArthur Center isn’t just for shopping! Each year starting in November and going through January, an ice skating rink opens up outside the mall. Military personnel and their family members receive a discount off the admission price, so lace up your skates and head over for winter fun for a discount.

If you’re shopping for groceries, stop at Farm Fresh. Farm Fresh supermarkets offer a 10% military discount every day on store-brand merchandise.

13. Topgolf

Topgolf in Virginia Beach, where players hit microchipped golf balls at targets on an outfield, combines golf and entertainment. With their heroes discount, active duty military and veterans get 10% off Topgolf game play.

14. Virginia Air and Space Center

The Virginia Air and Space Center, located in Hampton, Virginia, is the visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base. It features interactive aviation exhibits spanning 100 years of flight, over 30 historic aircraft, a hands-on space exploration gallery, space flight artifacts, and more. They offer military discounts on admission.

15. Virginia Aquarium

The Virginia Aquarium offers a $2 off Aquarium admission to active duty military personnel, immediate family members, and retired military with a valid ID. Discounted tickets for the whole family are available at most MWR offices. Choose between admission to the aquarium only or a combination that includes a 3D IMAX movie. And make sure you plan for a boat excursion!.

16. Virginia Living Museum

At the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, all military ID holders can receive 10% off general membership or $1 off per family member for daily admission tickets. Spend a day learning about 250 living species native to Virginia through discovery centers and interactive exhibits. While you’re there, try to catch a planetarium show and stop by the observatory.

17. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Portsmouth, honors over 350 Virginia athletes, coaches, administrators, educators and journalists who have influenced the sports’ world.  There are 9 exhibit areas that showcase 20 sports. And military personnel can get $1 off daily admission.

18. Virginia Beach National

Grab your golf clubs and head over to Virginia Beach National to use your military discount. In season (April through October), military green fee rates are $45 on weekdays and $55 on weekends. Out of season (November through March), military rates are $40 on weekdays and $50 on the weekends.

19. Virginia Zoo

The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk offers $1 off general admission for active duty, retirees, and dependent family members every day. The zoo also typically holds an annual Military Appreciation Day when admission is free for military members and their families.

20. Ynot Pizza

Every Monday, all active duty military and dependents will receive 10% off dine-in orders at Ynot Pizza & Italian Cuisine. Bring your military ID!

What are your favorite discounts in the Hampton Roads area?

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