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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, 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.

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.

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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