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My Virginia Beach Family Vacation Blog is your source for daily deals and breaking news on travel and ticket discounts in Virginia Beach, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Washington, DC, and beyond.

I'll give you the latest deals-- from hotel stays for 1 cent per night, to free admission days at Virginia attractions-- as well as secrets for visiting the top spots for less.

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Dominion, and Water Country USA!


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50% Off Zombie Wars Admission

Unleash your inner zombie fears for less by taking advantage of a 50% off deal at the Zombie Wars Tour at Virginia Beach's Hunt Club Farm on Sept. 20. Pilotonline.com is offering two admissions to the creepy evening event for $30 (usually $60). Gates open at 3 pm and the event starts at 4 pm. In addition to admission, you'll get two Zombie Wars posters and two Zombie Wars cups. For details, click here.

Busch Garden Military Discount

Get a Busch Garden Military Discount...Plus Veterans Day Deals, Discounts for Hotels, Resorts, Museums

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Busch Gardens' How-O-Scream Bring a Friend Deal

Got a friend who has an annual pass to Busch Gardens Williamsburg? Time to get friendly. Annual pass members can bring a friend absolutely free (nope, not a typo) for a single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream on Sept. 19 or 26. If you're that lucky friend, you'll save $75!

Don't have a friend who's an annual pass member? You can still enjoy Howl-O-Scream for less if you take advantage of this limited time Groupon deal or the seven promo codes and deals I've noted on my Howl-O-Scream page.

Last 48 Hours for 40% Off Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg Deal

You only have two days left to take advantage of a Groupon deal that will get you 40% off an amazing water park adventure for up to 7 at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg-- yep, up to 7 people!

On our annual visit to the lodge, we usually pay closer to $350 per night for a room and water passes at the lodge-- and that's for only five people (not the 7 people for this deal). Plus, this deal includes a $25 restaurant credit.

To get the deal, click here, but do hurry before it's gone!

Not convinced? We're talking about an indoor water park (that's always 84 degrees) with multiple slides, a "lazy river," pools with "waves," a kiddie section, a 66,000 square-foot indoor entertainment area featuring an arcade, MagiQuest games, fitness and children's activity rooms, multiple restaurants and more. My kids say it is "better than Disneyland!"

Stay during Oct. 9-31 and you'll be able to enjoy their "Howl-O-Ween" event, with trick or treating, crafts, and a daily monster bash dance party.

Here's all you need to know about this great family adventure spot.

Time is Running Out for Groupon Howl-O-Scream Deal

Just a few days left to take advantage of Groupon's great Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Just $45 (a 40% discount) gets you a single-day admission good now through Oct. 24. (with the exception of Oct. 11, 15, 25 or 26).

To get the deal, click here.

If this deal doesn't work out for you, don't fret: Go to my Howl-O-Scream page for more ways to save $10-$20 off tickets.

Free Coffee at McDonald's Sept. 19-29

Get a free small McCafe coffee during breakfast hours at participating McDonald's Sept. 19-29. No coupon or purchase necessary.

Sept. 29 marks national Free Coffee Day, so if it's anything like last year, you may also find free coffee deals from Krispy Kreme, Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, and Dunkin Donuts.

For more cheap eats deals, click here.

Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond

Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond - Free and fascinating walk through Civil War history - three presidents, one pyramid, and a strange black dog...Walking tour discount too!

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Kings Dominion Halloween Haunt Tickets for $29.99!

Absolutely amazed. That's how you'll feel when you save $34 off Kings Dominion Halloween Haunt tickets when you take advantage of the latest deal I just found for getting Halloween Haunt tickets for just $29.99!

Even if you can't take advantage of that deal, I've got 14 other deals and promo codes which will leave you maniacally laughing all the way to the bank (and Halloween Haunt).

Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion!

Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion - 2014 Admission, 15 Ways to Get Discount Tickets up to $34 Off! Current Promo Codes + 2013 Hours, Planet Spooky, Trick or Treat with Dinosaurs, and More...

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg - Here's How to Save Money!

Save on Busch Gardens Williamsburg! Discount Ticket Secrets for 2014, Howl-O-scream Promo Codes & Discounts Up to $30 Off, Verbolten & Mach Tower Videos, Hours, Events & Inside Tips...

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Howl-O-Scream Groupon Deal

Groupon just announced a limited time deal on admission to Busch Garden's Howl-O-Scream. For $45, you'll get admission to the upcoming fright fest, definitely a savings on the $75 single-day admission fee. It is good all operating days during Howl-O-Scream with the exception of Oct. 8, 15, 25 and 26.

To get the deal, click here.

If this deal doesn't work out for you, don't fret: Go to my Howl-O-Scream page for more ways to save $10-$20 off tickets.

Nauticus Deals for September

Here's two great and cheap family events at Norfolk's Nauticus this month:

- Family Fun Night on Friday, Sept. 19 from 6:30-8:30 pm - $15 allows two adults and two kids to enjoy a special evening on the Battleship Wisconsin, featuring scavenger hunts, navigation by the stars, and educator-led demos. Reservations are required, so call (757) 664-1025 or email abby.dotson@norfolk.gov.
- "2 for $20 Deal" - To celebrate Nauticus' 20th anniversary, two people can enjoy admission for just $20 during the month of September.

Fall Homeschool Events and Deals

If you homeschool, here are some great fall deals and events that combine education and great savings on Virginia attractions.

- Virginia Air & Space Center Homeschool Appreciation Day - Sept. 27 - $2 per person/add an IMAX for just $6. For details, go to www.vasc.org.
- Luray Caverns Home Educators Week - Nov. 10-16 - $7 per student, $11.50 per adults. Go to www.luraycaverns.com.
- Homeschool Day at Mariners Museum - Oct. 15 - $15 per person. Go to www.marinersmuseum.org.
- Homeschool Day at Mount Vernon - Nov. 1 and 10 - $8 per student, $10 adults, free ages 5 and under. Go to www.mountvernon.org.
- Homeschool Day at the Frontier Culture Museum - Oct. 3 - $3 per student, $5 per adult - Go to www.frontiermuseum.org.

Halloween Haunt Tix for Up to $25 Less!

This is some kind of record for me: I've found 13 different ways to save you up to $25 off Kings Dominion's Halloween Haunt!

From lots of promo codes, to Bring a Friend deals, to meal and drink deals, I've got the savings for your trip to Halloween Haunt. To get your savings, click here.

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Sept. 26-28 - Photos, Free Entertainment, Sand Sculpture Competition, Food & Craft Vendors, and Family Fun...

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Looking for Military Discounts?

Looking for Military Discounts? Discounts to Busch Gardens, Waterparks, Hotels and Home Loans. Free B&B Night's for Vets. Plus, Free Admission to 900 Museums!

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Jamestown Settlement Virginia Residents Deal

For a limited time, Virginia residents can take advantage of a 40% off deal at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. The American Heritage Annual Pass allows Virginia residents to pay once and get unlimited admission for a year.

Adults will pay $20.50 (normally $35) and youth (6-12) will pay $10.25 (normally $17.50). To get the deal, go to www.historyisfun.org. You will have to submit proof of Virginia residency or Commonwealth of Virginia employment ID at check-out.

Great Wolf Lodge at 30% Off - Limited Time

Water fun without the need for sunscreen? That's what you'll find when you take advantage of a 48-hours sale good for 30% off family suites at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg.

Have the time of our life at this family-friendly indoor waterpark which my kids say is "better than Disneyland" and has been named one of the best waterparks in the US. Stay during Oct. 9-31 and you'll be able to enjoy their "Howl-O-Ween" event, with trick or treating, crafts, and a daily monster bash dance party.

Click here for latest promo code to get you 30% off.

Great Wolf Lodge Discounts and Tips

Great Wolf Lodge Discounts - 6 Ways to Save, Promo Code for Military & First Responders Discount

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Free Concerts, Jazz and Glass Demos

Love culture but hate spending beaucoup bucks for it? Take advantage of these free (or mostly free) opportunities to enjoy music and entertainment:

- Jazz Cafe at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Every Thursday from 6 - 9 pm at the museum's Best Cafe, enjoy free live jazz. Food and drinks are available for purchase (and don't miss the museum - it's free!).
- Second Fridays Wine Tasting at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - It's free from 6 pm to 8 pm. On First Fridays from 5 pm to 8 pm, they offer free entertainment and Happy Hour specials on beverages all evening and free half-hour gallery tours at 7 and 7:30 pm.
- Free Glass Demonstrations at Norfolk's Chrysler Museum - Tuesdays through Sundays at noon, enjoy free glass demos at their Glass Studio building. Also, on the third Thursday evenings of the month at 7 pm, they offer live music, a cash bar, and glass performance art. It's just $5 per person.

Free Museum Admission on Smithsonian Day, Sept. 27

Visit hundreds of awesome museums and attractions for free on Sept. 27 when you download a free ticket for two from the Smithsonian.

There are about 40 participating attractions in Virginia, including the Museum of the Confederacy, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, Bacon’s Castle, the Virginia Discovery Museum, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, and the James Madison Museum.

To get the deal, click here, register, download the tickets, and bring them with you Sept. 27.

Don't Miss This When You Fly From Washington Dulles!

Planning a flight into or out of Washington Dulles airport? Why not build in a little extra time and visit two nearby attractions that are either free or almost free?

Literally on the airport grounds is the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center arm of the National Air & Space Museum. As I explain in my review here, this amazing museum is like a "space parking garage," jam-packed with airplanes and spacecraft ranging from a real space shuttle, to the Enola Gay (the bomber which dropped the bomb on Hiroshima), and a supersonic Concorde, plus artifacts like astronaut food and equipment. (Ever wonder how they go to the bathroom? Now you'll know...).

Best of all, the museum is free (there is a $15 charge for parking, although it's free if you enter after 4 pm). For details, click here.

Also nearby (and absolutely free) is the National Firearms Museum run by the NRA, which features room after room of firearms from the ages, all guaranteed to thrill hunting and shooting sports enthusiasts. The museum is open daily from 9:30 to 5 pm. For details, go to www.nramuseum.org.

Water Country USA Ticket Deals

Water Country USA Ticket Deals, $15 off deal! Promo codes, $3 off Summer Sizzler Pass, Military Discounts, and Where to Find Discount Ticket Coupons...

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Camping & Cabin Deals at Williamsburg KOA

Whether your idea of camping means a tent, RV hookup, or a cabin, you'll find great deals this fall at Williamsburg KOA.

Deals include:

- 20% discount for law enforcement, fire department, and active/retired military personnel
- Managers Special - 7th Night Free
- Free Thursdays (from Sept. 19 through October, stay free on Thursdays when you stay Friday and Saturday night)
- Deluxe cabin mid-week specials

This is a highly-rated, family friendly campground that's perfectly located near Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Water Country USA, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. It's also just 46 miles from Richmond International Speedway, which will host its NASCAR Weekend Sept. 5-6.

For details on these deals, go to Williamsburg KOA.

Looking for ways to save on local amusements and attractions? Check out these links:

- Busch Gardens Williamsburg discount tickets
- Water Country USA discount tickets
-
Colonial Williamsburg deals

Free Concerts in Williamsburg

There are only three Wednesdays left to take advantage of Williamsburg's free "Summer Breeze" concert series. This annual freebie takes place every Wednesday evening from 7 pm to 9 pm through the end of August in Merchant's Square.

Here's the remaining schedule for the summer:

August 13 - TRADOC Bahia Caliente Salsa Band
August 20 - TRADOC Rock Ensemble
August 27 - USAF Heritage of America Concert Band

While you're there, be sure to check out more free or cheap things in Williamsburg.

Recent Articles

  1. 50% Off Zombie Wars Admission

    Sep 16, 14 07:59 PM

    Unleash your inner zombie fears for less by taking advantage of a 50% off deal at the Zombie Wars Tour at Virginia Beach's Hunt Club Farm on Sept. 20. Pilotonline.com is offering two admissions to the creepy evening event for $30 (usually $60). Gates open at 3 pm and the event starts at 4 pm. In addition to admission, you'll get two Zombie Wars posters and two Zombie Wars cups. For details, click here.

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  2. Busch Garden Military Discount

    Sep 13, 14 08:46 PM

    Get a Busch Garden Military Discount...Plus Veterans Day Deals, Discounts for Hotels, Resorts, Museums

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  3. Busch Gardens' How-O-Scream Bring a Friend Deal

    Sep 13, 14 07:01 PM

    Got a friend who has an annual pass to Busch Gardens Williamsburg? Time to get friendly. Annual pass members can bring a friend absolutely free (nope, not a typo) for a single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream on Sept. 19 or 26. If you're that lucky friend, you'll save $75! Don't have a friend who's an annual pass member? You can still enjoy Howl-O-Scream for less if you take advantage of this limited time Groupon deal or the seven promo codes and deals I've noted on my Howl-O-Scream page.

    Read More

Recent Articles

  1. 50% Off Zombie Wars Admission

    Sep 16, 14 07:59 PM

    Unleash your inner zombie fears for less by taking advantage of a 50% off deal at the Zombie Wars Tour at Virginia Beach's Hunt Club Farm on Sept. 20. Pilotonline.com is offering two admissions to the creepy evening event for $30 (usually $60). Gates open at 3 pm and the event starts at 4 pm. In addition to admission, you'll get two Zombie Wars posters and two Zombie Wars cups. For details, click here.

    Read More

  2. Busch Garden Military Discount

    Sep 13, 14 08:46 PM

    Get a Busch Garden Military Discount...Plus Veterans Day Deals, Discounts for Hotels, Resorts, Museums

    Read More

  3. Busch Gardens' How-O-Scream Bring a Friend Deal

    Sep 13, 14 07:01 PM

    Got a friend who has an annual pass to Busch Gardens Williamsburg? Time to get friendly. Annual pass members can bring a friend absolutely free (nope, not a typo) for a single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream on Sept. 19 or 26. If you're that lucky friend, you'll save $75! Don't have a friend who's an annual pass member? You can still enjoy Howl-O-Scream for less if you take advantage of this limited time Groupon deal or the seven promo codes and deals I've noted on my Howl-O-Scream page.

    Read More

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