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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.

Plus, I'll give you insider reviews of the best restaurants and free or cheap places to visit. 

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Free National Parks Admission for Military

Active military members can get a free annual pass offering admission to the national parks (an $80 value).

The deal is good for active duty military and their dependents, as well as members of the Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserves. It can save you admission or amenity fees at about 100 national parks. If you're traveling by car, it is also good for admitting up to 3 other car occupants at no charge.

To get the deal, apply for a pass in person at any federal recreation site (like your local national park) that charges entrance or amenity fees.

BOGO Deal on Lonely Planet Travel Guides & Books

Now through Monday at midnight, Lonely Planet is offering a BOGO (buy one, get one free) deal on travel guides, ebooks, and PDF chapters.

Use the code JUSTGO when you order to get the deal. They offer over 500 titles on travel books and guides for nearly 200 countries, so you're sure to find something to plan that special trip (even in your dreams). Go to http://shop.lonelyplanet.com.

Don't Miss Norfolk Harborfest

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Yorktown Events & Festivals

Yorktown Events - Check out Free Concerts, Fireworks & Family Fun near the fabulous Yorktown Battlefield, Riverwalk Landing, and delicious Carrot Tree Kitchens...

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50% Off Busch Gardens & Water Country USA

I know I posted this yesterday, but this deal is too good to miss.

For a very limited time, Groupon is offering 50% off a Busch Gardens Summer Bounce Pass, good for 7 days of unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA.

Normally costing $120, you'll get a week's worth of admission to both parks for just $60 with this Groupon deal.

Don't forget that I have more ways to save you money at these parks-- including a number of active promo codes for single-day admission-- plus park hours, military discounts, and more.

Busch Gardens Two-Park Deal Discount - Limited Time

For a limited time, Groupon is offering a discount on the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Two-Park Deal, which gives you 7 days of unlimited visits to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.

For a very limited time (like, four days!) you'll get the deal for $60, which is supposedly 50% off the regular deal thanks to this Groupon deal.

(If the deal doesn't come up right away, just type in Busch Gardens Williamsburg in the search box.)

Now my research shows that this Two-Park ticket is actually usually closer to $115, but that's still nearly a 50% savings.

If you're interested in single-park discounts, I also have some active promo codes which can save you $20 per ticket.


Busch Gardens Virginia Admission Deals

Busch Gardens Virginia Admission Info -- 2017 Prices, Free Preschool Pass, Online Ticket Tips, 2-Park Fun Card Deal, Promo Codes, Park Hours and More

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Kings Dominion Free Military Days

Kings Dominion will once again honor the military May 27-29 with special events and free park admission for all active, inactive or retired US Service men and women with valid military I.D.

If you miss those free days, you can still take advantage of the same free military admission on July 3-4.

Here are other upcoming Kings Dominion events over the next few months.

Kings Dominion's Soak City Opens May 27

Only a few weeks left until Kings Dominion's Soak City waterpark opens for business. On May 27, you'll be able to add 15 waterpark rides to your amusement park experience at no extra charge.

And it's not too early to reserve a cabana for up to six people, including chaise lounges, a covered area, pool service, and early entry into Soak City. Cabana prices range from $65 to $165 for the VIP Cabana-- you can even split the cost with friends by getting a Beach Party cabana, good for 15 people, for $350.

And you can enjoy Soak City, Planet Snoopy, Dinosaurs Alive, and dozens of rollercoasters and rides for less with these discount ticket tips.

Massive Technicolor Maze at Nauticus Next Week

Nauticus in hosting Arboria, a huge, technicolor maze that sounds absolutely amazing on May 11-14.

This inflatable, walk-in maze, which will be based on Town Point Park, gives you three options for an amazing experience. The Virginia-Pilot calls it a "bouncy castle without the bouncy and with a castle the size of a small village."

Admission is $5 per person with kids 2 and younger free. Kids 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more info, check out this article in the Virginia-Pilot.

Kings Dominion Taste of Virginia Event May 6-21

Kings Dominion is offering the culinary event "Taste of Virginia" on weekends, May 6-21. Sample foods from regions in Virginia, from meatloaf and apple pie, to Chesapeake seafood and Brunswick Stew.

You have two options:

- Add "Taste Tokens" to your existing park admission ticket: Food "tastings" are sample size and food tastings range from 2-4 tokens each, while wine/beer tastings are 4 tokens each. Tokens average $1.60 each and can be purchased in groups of 3, 6, 9, 11, and 15.
-"Taste of Virginia" Admission + Tokens Combo: For $56.40 per person, you'll get a single day admission plus 9 tokens.

Note: You must be age 21 or older to redeem wine or beer tokens. For more information about upcoming Kings Dominion events, click here.

Teacher Appreciation Week Freebies

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, which runs May 2-9, a number of stores and eateries are offering deals. Here are a few:

- Teachers get 5% off at Food Lion on May 2 w/MVP card + teacher ID card
- Jimmy John's is offering $1 subs on May 2 between 4 pm to 8 pm (good on subs # 1-6).
- Chipotle - On May 2, 3 pm until close, teachers, faculty and staff with ID (and homeschoolers with ID) can get a free bowl, salad, taco or burrito.
- Chick-fil-A - On May 2, teachers, educators and administrators can get a free Chick-n-Mini's (3-count) from open to 10:30 am, or free Chicken Sandwich from 10:30am – close.

As with all such offers, these deals are good at participating locations only (although most do participate), so you may need to check your location before visiting.

Kings Dominion All-Inclusive Package - Save $89

Kings Dominion is offering a all-inclusive package that could save you up to $89 over the cost of buying tickets, meals, and more a la carte.

For $145, you'll get a single day admission, parking, all-day dining, fast lane plus (to help you bypass the lines), a souvenir bottle, and a single day Fun Pix photo pass.

If you're going as a family or group, it might make sense to buy regular single-day tickets for all of the family but one (try these ticket discounts to single-day tickets at the lowest prices) plus one all-inclusive ticket because the all-day dining deal might be enough to feed the whole family if you space meals out through the day (if you're willing to wait 90 minutes between meal purchases, your family could snack their way through the day with this unlimited dining plan.)

The deal is good through June 30.

Starbucks Happy Hour May 5-14

If you love Starbucks, May 5-14 is your chance to get happily "frapped" for less. You'll get 50% off all blended Frappucino beverages between 3 pm and 6 pm.

No coupon necessary.

$20 Concert Tickets on May 1 Only

In honor of National Concert Day, AT&T is offering $20 concert tickets to a variety of participating bands when you purchase tickets between 10 am and 11:59 local time on May 1.

Participating bands include the Goo Goo Dolls, Boston, Chicago, John Mayer, Nickelback, One Republic, Styx, and Lady Antebellum, plus about a dozen others.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 6 tickets per person. To get the deal, go to Live Nation.

Extra $30 Off Groupon With Code

Get up to $30 off a Groupon deal when you use the code OFF. Deal expires 4/30 and is good on one local deal (can be used up to three times total per customer).

Current examples you might want to consider:

- 51% off a paintball party at Adventure Sports Park
- 70% off bowling at AMF Bowling
- Discounts on a DC Attractions to Go City Card (good for saving you money on 3-5 DC attractions, including the Spy Museum and Madame Tussaud's)
- 45% off a pirate party cruise at Captain Jack's Pirate Ship Adventure

To see deals like these and use the promo code to save up to $30 on a deal, go to Groupon.

Kings Dominion Easter Eggstravaganza April 14-16

Kings Dominion will offer its annual Easter Eggstravaganza event April 14-16 from noon to 5 pm.

Have your photo taken with Eggward the Easter Bunny and Snoopy the Easter Beagle, as well as take advantage of family-friendly crafts at the new attraction, Joe Cool's Pit Stop.

While you're there, check out three new family attractions in the Planet Snoopy part of the park, including Charlie Brown's Kite-Eating Tree, Sally's Sea Plane, and Peanuts 500 (where adults and kids can ride together in pint-sized race cars).

Here are Kings Dominion's hours for this weekend, and if you're looking for the cheapest way to get single-day tickets, check out these tips and promo codes.

2017 Tax Day Freebies

If stressing out over the upcoming Tax Day is getting you down, here are some Tax Day freebies which might make filing a little easier:

- Free Birthday Cake Cookie at Great American Cookies April 18 (no purchase necessary)
- Free curly fries at Arby's April 17 (no purchase necessary)
- Free small sandwich at Schlotzky's with purchase of 32 ounce drink and chips April 15
- Papa John's pizza deal now through April 18: Free large pizza (up to 3 toppings) plus a 2-liter bottle of a Pepsi product for $10.40. Must purchase online with the promo code TAXSPC.
- McDonald's freebie on April 15: Varies by location and may include BOGO Big Macs and Quarter Pounders with Cheese for 1 cent, 15 cents, or 25 cents, or free small French Fries.
- Pay no sales tax at Bravo's or Brio's April 18 when you mention "Tax-Free Tax Day" when ordering.
- Two free Classic Bites at Cinnabon on Tax Day.
- Half-price cheeseburger at Sonic's on April 18.
- Free Kona Shaved Ice on April 18

Keep in mind that April 15 falls on a weekend this year, meaning that the official filing day is April 18.

Free National Park Admission April 15-16 and 22-23

In honor of National Park Week, the National Parks Service is offering free admission to nearly 120 national parks which normally charge entrance fees on April 15-16 and April 22-23.

Parks in Virginia which will offer free admission those days include Shenandoah National Park, Yorktown Battlefield, Historic Jamestowne, and Assateague Island National Seashore.

For more information, and a list of parks which will be free those days, go to nps.gov.


Free Coffee at Wawa April 13

If you're looking for a free pick-me-up this week, stop by any Wawa location on April 13 and you can get a free coffee all day. If that's not enough, the deal is good on any size coffee, so you'll have no problem getting properly caffeinated for free.

Be sure to stay tuned to my blog and Twitter @vabeachfundeals for an upcoming post on what Tax Day Freebies you can expect this weekend and next week.

40% Off Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg

Save up to 40% off a visit to Williamsburg's Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg thanks to a new promo code.

The deal is good on two-night or more stays through June 6 when you book by April 11. Deal includes a stay in a suite, and waterpark passes for up to sixt. Prices start at $119.99 per night.

Here's the promo code, plus more ways to save money at the park.

13 Ways to Get Kings Dominion Tickets for as Little as $29.99

I love having options, so I was thrilled to realize I've found 13 different ways to get Kings Dominion tickets for as little as $29.99.

Whether it's one of five different promo codes, first responder and military discounts, or their Twilight Ticket deal, I'll show you how to save 50% or more off your tickets, plus info on parks hours, events, and ways to save even more money on your visit to the park.

Get Up to $30 Off with Groupon Code

If you're considering buying a Groupon deal, you might want to act fast. Ending tonight, the site is offering up to $30 off select deals when you use the code GET30.

Options you might want to consider using the deal on include the Lego BrickUniverse Fan event, Sesame Street Live, a Washington Nationals game, a dozen cupcakes at Frostings, or yep, a much-needed massage.

To get the deal, go to Groupon by midnight tonight.

Busch Garden Coupon Codes

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Free Mariners Museum Admission Plus Double Days

Now through April 30 at the Mariners Museum in Newport News, take advantage of Double Days. When you join or renew your membership you'll get double the number of guest passes, two lecture series tickets to share with friends, and double the savings (20% off) at the museum gift store.

Here's why membership at this nautical/history museum is worth it. For details on the Double Days deal, go to marinersmuseum.org.

Plus, if you want to check out the museum out at no cost, visit on April 8, Community Day, when admission is free all day.

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