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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.

Check out my ticket deals at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Kings
Dominion, and Water Country USA!


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Free B&B Stay for Veterans on Veteran’s Day

Military members and veterans can get a free night's stay at participating bed and breakfast locations on Nov. 10 and 11 through the B&B's for Vets program. Reservations fill up quickly, so this is one to act on fast.

For details, go to Betterwaytostay.com. And for more military deals, go to my Military Discounts page.

Halloween Freebies & Deals

Here are some Halloween freebies available on Friday, October 31:

- Free Halloween donut when you wear a costume at participating Krispy Kreme locations.
- 50 cent corn dogs all day at Sonics (at some locations, kids also get a free can of soda and candy)
- Pay $1 at Wendy's for a coupon book good for 10 kids' size Frosties (coupons are good through Feb. 2014)
- Pay $1 for McDonald's Halloween Treats books, good for 12 free menu items including ice cream cones, apple slices, and more.
- IHOP is offering its "Scary Face" pancakes to kids ages 12 and under for free on Halloween at participating locations. The deal is available from 7 am to 10 pm.
- Get a burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos for $3 when you come in costume to participating Chipotle locations between 4 pm and closing on Oct. 31.
- Kids eat free at Outback Steakhouse and Olive Garden with purchase of an adult entree
- Free kids entree at Bob Evans on Friday when you present a coupon you can download from their website.
- Free Halloween screensavers and printables from the FreeSite

Fall Fun in Virginia

Fall Fun in Virginia - Howl-O-Scream & Halloween Haunt Discount Tickets, Fall Foliage Guide & Itineraries, Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches, Free Museum & Parks Days

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Celebrate Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg!

Celebrate Christmas Town at Busch Gardens - Save $5, Promo Codes, Bounce Ticket Deal, Dine w/ Santa, What to See and Skip, and More

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Up to 71% off Washington DC Museums

If you're like me, and you've always had a hankering to visit some of few Washington DC museums which aren't free, here's your chance.

Groupon is offering 45% off tickets to the International Spy Museum which features spy gadgets and memorabilia and the special exhibit "Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains." Instead of paying $21.95 for adults, you'll pay just $12.

They are also offering 45% of admission to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, as well as 71% off the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

For details, go to Groupon and type the museum you want to visit in the search bar. Just remember to act fast, as Groupon deals don't last for ever!

Virginia Beach Rental Deals for October

If you can swing it fall is a fabulous time to save up 30% or more on a relaxing beach rental in Virginia Beach and Sandbridge, thanks to deals at Siebert Realty.

Click here to see the deals, including their 4 nights for the price of 3 deal for October.

Free Fall Festival at Yankee Candle Oct. 11-19

Enjoy free fall fun at the Fall Festival at Williamsburg's Yankee Candle Oct. 11-19.

On various days, from 10 am to 4 pm, you'll be able to take advantage of things like free hayrides, a teeny tiny petting zoo, pumpkin carving, pumpkin carving demos, "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" performances, and visits with Snow White and Princess Elsa.

For details, click here and for more on their Christmas store and their indoor "snow," click here.

Latest Howl-O-Scream Deals and Promo Codes

Only a few weeks left for Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Howl-O-Scream, and if you haven't been yet (or want to go again) I've got frighteningly good deals which will save you up to up to $23 per ticket.

To see the latest promo codes and deals go to my Howl-O-Scream page.

Latest Kings Dominion Halloween Haunt Promo Codes and Deals

Kings Dominion promo codes may come and go, but I've got the ones that work as you take advantage of the last few weeks of Halloween Haunt! I've posted 7 ways you can save $32 or more on Kings Dominion single-day tickets, including current promo codes which you can use for Halloween Haunt season.

Here's how to save!

Visit Hundreds of Attractions for Free Sept. 27

There are TWO great reasons to get out and visit local attractions on Sept. 27: Smithsonian Day and National Parks Day. Both will get you into hundreds of great attractions for free!

Smithsonian Day allows you to visit Visit hundreds of awesome museums for free tomorrow 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. (Personally, I'm using my free ticket to visit the Woodrow Wilson birthplace in Staunton!)

To get the deal, click here.

Sept. 27 is also one of several free admission days at about 100 national parks throughout the US, including Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield, which normally charge an entrance fee...unless you're visiting on select fee-free days.

If you miss this date, the next fee-free date is Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. For details and a list of fee-free parks, 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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Smithsonian Day Offers Free Museum Admission on 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.

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.

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. 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 the promo codes and deals I've noted on my Howl-O-Scream page.

McDonald's and Wendy's Treat Coupons

If you want an early Halloween treat, stop by your local McDonald's or Wendy's to take advantage of fall treat coupons.

Wendy's is again offering its "10 Frosties for a Dollar" coupon book which gives you ten Junior Frosties for a $1 donation. Similarly, McDonald's is offering Halloween coupon books (just $1) offering 12 free goodies, including free hamburgers, free ice cream cones, free chocolate milk, and free apple slices. You can break the coupon books apart and give them out as Halloween treats, give entire books away to friends, or just keep them for yourself.

The books should be offered at participating locations through the end of October, and coupons are good through the end of the year for McDonald's, and the start of February for Wendy's.

For more cheap eats deals like this, click here.

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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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, 7 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.

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