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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.

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

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Ready for the latest news, ticket deals, and travel and entertainment advice for southeast Virginia? Look below:

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Newseum "Kids Free" Deal

Now through Sept. 7, get up to four free kids' admissions for every paying adult at Washington's Newseum. That's a savings of $14 per child!

The deal is good for kids ages 7-18 (kids 6 and under are always free). Trust me: This is an amazing deal because your kids will love this highly interactive news-oriented museum where they can actually see themselves on tv (see what I mean here).

For pictures and highlights of what you should see at the Newseum, go to my Newseum Page.

20% Off Groupon Local Deal

Amazon isn't the only site offering a mid-July deal. For two days (July 15 and 16) get 20% off up to three local Groupon deals when you use the promo code COOL20.

I just used a recent Groupon promo to nab an 11-piece comforter set for a dirt-cheap price. You might use your deal on something more to your taste-- such as 50%+20% off doughnuts at Krispy Kreme, or 67%+20% off an Exotic Car Driving Experience at Richmond International Speedway.

Just remember, the deal ends at midnight on July 16, so start looking at the local Groupon deals here.



Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg 20% Off Promo Code

Skip the sunburn at your water park adventure by taking advantage of Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg's 20% off deal when you book by July 21.

Using the promo code I'll share with you here, you can save 20% off a two-night stay at this amazing 55,000 square foot indoor water park where it's always a perfect 84 degrees.

I'll also show you how to save on food and fun at the park, plus share my favorite cheap but yummy places to eat nearby.

Virginia Beach Hotel Booking Tips

It's not too late to book a summer getaway to Virginia Beach, and it's never too late to do it for less-- especially if you take advantage of the Great Rate Tips I've got for you!

For example, one savings tip is to put a booking powerhouse to work for you, such as Hotelscombined.com. In less than a minute, they can give you the latest deals on Hotels in Virginia Beach so you can focus on more important things (like packing and figuring out what to do with the money you'll save).

For more ways to save on a getaway in Virginia, go to my Accommodations page.

Yankee Candle Christmas in July Event

If you can't wait 5 months for Christmas, stop by Yankee Candle in Williamsburg July 25 and 26 for their "Christmas in July" weekend. In addition to discounts on Christmas ornaments and candles (and free personalization), you can take advantage of free activities including photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus (not sure how you'll explain their summer visit to the little ones, but oh well) and free takeaway crafts. You'll also be able to watch master sand sculptors create Christmas-themed sand sculptures, plus enjoy their indoor Holiday Park and animatronic mice show.

Most events run from 10 to 4 pm, but for specific event hours and details, go to Yankee Candle.

Groupon $5 Deal Day

Today (June 17) is Groupon $5 Deal Day, a great opportunity to nab select Groupon deals, including things to do, for dirt cheap.

I was particularly interested in 75% off an architecture tour of historic Edgewood Plantation (yep, one of the fabulous James River Plantations), or 75% off a visit to Richmond's Valentine History Center. But you may prefer to spend your five bucks on Swarovski earrings, a hardcover photo book, or a personalized photo mug with that perfect photo from your recent vacation.

Either way, the deal ends today, so start looking at the $5 Groupon deals here.

New Busch Gardens & Water Country USA Discounts

I've just found four new ways to save on Busch Gardens Williamsburg tickets. It's an easy way to keep an extra $15 per person in your pocket! Plus, these new promo codes can save you money on Water Country USA as well.

To get the promo codes (or the locations of where to pick up free coupons if you want to just buy your tickets at the gate), go to my Busch Gardens Single-Day Discounts page.

Kings Dominion Kings Fest Deals

If you love gospel music and roller coasters or water parks, the June 25-27 Kings Fest at Kings Dominion is a great deal.

For as little as $32 per ticket (plus about $6 processing fees) you can enjoy a day's admission to the park, plus great Gospel music by groups like Lecrae, Skillet, and Matthew West. For a full day of entertainment, that's a great deal!

For details, go to my Kings Dominion Events page.

Kings Dominion One Day Sale!

Act fast and you could save $35 on Kings Dominion tickets by taking advantage of today's just-posted One-Day Sale.

That's right: Buy today (June 15) and you'll pay just $29.99 per ticket for a visit to a park that combines both roller coasters AND a water park (perfect for this week's 90 degree weather!).

Tickets are good June 17-June 30. To get the deal, go to https://www.kingsdominion.com.

If you miss today's deal, or can't go on those dates, you can still get tickets for as little as $34 each when you use the promo codes I'll share with you here.

$2 Bowling and More Cheap Summer Fun

If you like to bowl, take advantage of AMF Kegler's Lanes' $2 Tuesdays this summer. Every Tuesday after 8 pm, fees are just $2 per game, $2 per shoe rental, and $2 for Pabst Blue Ribbon drafts.

Note that they also have a Summer Games Pass which gives you three days of bowling per week all summer for one low price. For details on this and other free or low cost summer fun for the whole family, click here.

Free Summer Fun in Virginia!

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Virginia Thrills Ticket Now Available

Finally! After weeks of waiting, you can finally order the new Virginia Thrills Ticket which gives you one day of admission each to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Kings Dominion. This unprecedented joint deal marks the first time you can get a package deal to both parks.

You have two options:

- Virginia Thrills Ticket - $106 gives you two total visits-- one each-- to the parks through Sept. 7. Visits must be used within 7 days of each other.


- Virginia Thrills Ticket Plus - $135 gives you four total visits to these parks: Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, Kings Dominion and Soak City. Valid for 7 consecutive days from date of first use and expires Sept. 7.

To get a link to the deals, click here.

Kings Dominion Hours at a Glance

I'm kinda surprised that my Kings Dominion Hours page is so popular-- that is, until I remembered that my Kings Dominion Hours page lets you see park hours and operating schedule at a glance. No muss, no fuss-- unlike the official Kings Dominion site which isn't the easiest place to to search when you just want to know what time the park opens on a particular day!

So check out my Hours page, and while you're at it, check out no less than 14 ways to get Kings Dominion ticket discounts here.

Paramounts Kings Dominion for as Little as $32!

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Military Admitted Free to Colonial Williamsburg

In honor of Memorial Day, members of the military and their dependents will be admitted free to Colonial Williamsburg May 22-25. The deal extends to all active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their dependents.

According to Colonial Williamsburg, service members do not need to be present for the dependents to get the “Honoring Service to America” passes. Note the following:

- passes will be given "to dependents of currently deployed troops, with appropriate identification."
- "Military veterans who separated before retirement can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork, DD Form 214, as identification of service."

The free tickets will be available only at Colonial Williamsburg on-site ticket sales locations, including the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center. For more information call(888) 965-7254.

20% Off Groupon Local Deal

Groupon is offering 20% off up to three local deals for the next two days (expires May 20). The promo code is "FUN20". Keep in mind that there are certain exclusions, such as the current 50% off Busch Gardens/Water Country USA deal (I know, I tried). But it can still save you up to $50 on the right deal, so it's worth trying on another local deal!

If you still want the Busch Gardens/Water Country USA deal (just $47.50 for up to 7 days of consecutive visits to both parks) you can get the deal by going to Groupon now.

Water Country USA Opens May 16 - Discounts Here

Water Country USA opens tomorrow, and just in time, you can take advantage of a great Groupon deal offering 50% off admission. For a limited time, get 50% off the Summer Flex pass-- giving you 7 days admission to both Busch Gardens and Water Country USA-- for just $47.50. Get the link here.

I also have Water Country USA's full hours and operating schedule laid out in an easy-to-use view which you can see here.

New: Busch Gardens and Water Country USA Groupon Deal

This just posted: Groupon is offering a deal good for 50% off a Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA pass. Normally $95, you can get the pass for $47.50, which will give you up to 7 consecutive days of visits to either park. Visit two parks in one day, or alternate...it's up to you!

The deal is supposedly being offered for the next two weeks, but if they reach their limit they might cut it off earlier, so don't wait-- get the deal by going to Groupon now. (If you don't see the deal immediately, enter "Busch Gardens" in the search box.)

Looking for more amusement park deals and info? Check out these links:

- Busch Gardens Williamsburg
- Kings Dominion

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Military Deals at Virginia Theme Parks

Members of the military have reason to rejoice at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Kings Dominion thanks to military tickets discounts and freebies.

Busch Gardens is continuing their "Waves of Honor" program (a successor to their "Here's to the Heroes" program) offering a single-day admission ticket for up to three persons to Busch Gardens Williamsburg or Water Country USA. Click here for the free ticket deal or go to my dedicated Busch Gardens pages to find more about park hours, operating schedule, and more ticket deals.

As for Kings Dominion, they offer military members a discounted rate of $37.50 on tickets, plus offer free military admission on Memorial Day and July 4th. For more Kings Dominion deals and hours, click here.

Mother's Day Kings Dominion Deal - Just $18!

In honor of Mother's Day, Kings Dominion season pass holders can order up to 6 Bring-A-Friend tickets for just $18 each. (Plus taxes and fees.) Tickets are valid on two dates - May 10 and June 21, which (in case you've forgotten) is Father's Day, so you can make Dad happy too.

Normally, King Dominion's Bring-A-Friend deal isn't so generous (those tickets are usually $40). So if you're already a season pass holder, now's the time to make Mom, Dad, and a friend very happy. And if you're not a season pass holder but know one, now's the time to give them a call and nicely ask if you can be their friend for the day.


New Virginia Thrills Ticket Package

Theme park groupies will thrill to these just announced deals:

- The Virginia Thrills Ticket - For $106, get a single-day admission each to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Kings Dominion within seven consecutive days. You'll save $34 off the combined retail price of purchasing both separately.


- The Virginia Thrills Ticket Plus - For $135 you'll get two single-day admission tickets to Busch Gardens and/or Water Country USA® and two single-day admission tickets to Kings Dominion for seven consecutive days. The ticket saves you $121 off what you'd pay separately.

The good news is that these combo tickets are great deals. The bad news is that-- as of May 7-- they are not on sale yet, so keep checking back. I'll post the link for ordering them as soon as it becomes available.

Until then, these pages will give you other options for discount tickets:

- Water Country USA deals- Busch Gardens Williamsburg deals
- Kings Dominion deals

Latest Busch Gardens Williamsburg Hours & Deals

Now that May is in full swing you're probably thinking of summer, and where better to do that than at Busch Gardens. But the park won't be open daily until June, so be sure to check my Hours and Operating Schedule page before planning you visit in May.

And whatever you do, don't pay full price for your tickets when you can save up to $65 on a Busch Gardens Williamsburg ticket right now by taking advantage of five promo codes I've found (particularly if the words "free ticket" tickle your fancy).

Check out my Busch Gardens Coupon Code page to get these active promo codes.

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