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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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$10 Off Christmas Town With This Promo Code

The best Christmas Town deal of the season may be over, but you can still get $10 off Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Christmas Town (open this weekend for its second weekend of the season) when you use the promo code you'll find here.

Best of all, the promo code is good for tickets every day of the Christmas Town season. For Christmas Town dates, hours, and tips to save money and make the best of your visit, click here.

To get the deal, go to the Busch Gardens Williamsburg site starting on Nov. 12.

For more Christmas Town deals, plus Christmas Town hours and more, click here.

Christmas Town Hours & Tips

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens - 2014 Hours, Discounts, Ways to Save Money, What to See and What to Skip, Best Places to Take Photos

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Mount Vernon Holiday Candlelight Tours Begin

Join a beloved holiday tradition by taking a special Holiday Candlelight Tour at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Tours begin Nov. 28 and run through Christmas. In addition to touring the mansion, grounds, and their new (and fabulous) museum (where it "snows" during a movie about Washington at Valley Forge), you'll be able to join fireside caroling, hot cider and ginger cookies, and dancing, plus meet costumed interpreters, including “Mrs. Washington.”

Timed tickets for the tour (which runs from 5 pm to 8 pm nightly) are $22 for adults and $15 ages 11 and under. For details, click here.

Celebrate Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg!

Celebrate Christmas Town at Busch Gardens - Save $10 or More! Promo Codes, Bounce Ticket Deal, Dine w/ Santa, What to See and Skip, and More

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50% Off Nauticus Deal

PilotOnline is offering a 50% off Norfolk's Nauticus deal. You'll pay just $8 for admission (normally $16) all day to enjoy touch tanks, 3D movies, interactive nautical exhibits, aquarium exhibits, and of course, the Battleship Wisconsin. To get the deal, click here.

Busch Gardens Virginia 2014 Admission Deals

Busch Gardens Virginia Admission Info -- Save up to $30 on Tickets, Including Christmas Town; Current Promo Codes, Free Preschool Pass, Flex Deals, Park Hours

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Holiday Fun Flows With Fantastic December Events in Virginia

Holiday Fun With Fantastic December Events in Virginia - Christmas Town, Holiday Lights at the Beach, Parades, and More...

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Get $20 Off Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Busch Gardens Williamsburg just announced this amazing Christmas Town deal: Buy your single-day ticket during their special online sale Nov. 12-18 and you'll pay just $12. That's $20 less than the usual single-day ticket price.

Tickets are good for one of these dates: Nov. 21, 22, 23, or 30, Dec. 7, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22 or 30. Trust me-- you're not going to see a better offer than this all season!

To get the deal, go to the Busch Gardens Williamsburg site starting on Nov. 12.

For more Christmas Town deals, plus Christmas Town hours and more, click here.

More Veterans Day Freebies

I've found a few more freebies for Veteran's Day:

- AMF Bowling - on Nov. 11, veterans can buy one game, get one game free, plus get free popcorn all day. To get the deal, print this coupon.
- Mount Vernon - free admission on Nov. 11 for all veterans, active duty, and retired military. Veterans also get a 15% discount at their on-site restaurant.
- Free haircut for veterans at Great Clips - go to www.greatclips.com for details.

In case you missed them, here are the deals I posted yesterday:

All deals are for 11/11 unless otherwise noted. Deals vary quite a bit (some are for lunch, some require you to be in uniform, etc.) so check their websites first.

- Free Big-To-Do breakfast at Friendly's for veterans & military with ID
- Free meals or appetizers at Applebee's, Chili's, California Pizza Kitchen, Outback Steakhouse, Max and Erma's, Perkins, Red Robin, Red Lobster, Chick-fil-A's, and Denny's
- Free buffet at Golden Corral and Bonanza Steakhouse from 5 pm to 9 pm on Nov. 17
- Free lunch at TGI Fridays and Sizzler, or free sub at Subway
- Free pancakes at IHOP and Bob Evans
- Free tall drink at Starbucks and free coffee at Einstein Bagels
- Free donut and coffee at Krispy Kreme
- Free admission at Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield Nov. 11
- Free admission to over 100 National Parks Nov. 11
- Free admission to Colonial Williamsburg Nov. 11

It's late, but you may still be able to take advantage of this offer:

- Free B&B Stay: Military members and veterans can get a free night's stay at participating bed and breakfast locations on Nov. 11 through the B&B's for Vets program. See the "Free B&B Stay for Veterans" post on my Daily Deals blog.

For more military deals, see my Military Discounts page.

Veterans Day Freebies

Here are some great Veterans Day deals for active or retired military and veterans. All deals are for 11/11 unless otherwise noted. Deals vary quite a bit (some are for lunch, some require you to be in uniform, etc.) so check their websites first.

- Free Big-To-Do breakfast at Friendly's for veterans & military with ID
- Free meals or appetizers at Applebee's, Chili's, California Pizza Kitchen, Outback Steakhouse, Max and Erma's, Perkins, Red Robin, Red Lobster, Chick-fil-A's, and Denny's
- Free buffet at Golden Corral and Bonanza Steakhouse from 5 pm to 9 pm on Nov. 17
- Free lunch at TGI Fridays and Sizzler, or free sub at Subway
- Free pancakes at IHOP and Bob Evans
- Free tall drink at Starbucks and free coffee at Einstein Bagels
- Free donut and coffee at Krispy Kreme
- Free admission at Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield Nov. 11
- Free admission to over 100 National Parks Nov. 11
- Free admission to Colonial Williamsburg Nov. 11

It's late, but you may still be able to take advantage of this offer:

- Free B&B Stay: Military members and veterans can get a free night's stay at participating bed and breakfast locations on Nov. 11 through the B&B's for Vets program. See the "Free B&B Stay for Veterans" post on my Daily Deals blog.

For more military deals, see my Military Discounts page.

Holiday Lights at the Beach

Holiday Lights at the Beach - See Dazzling Virginia Beach Boardwalk Nov. 21-Jan. 3 - 50% Off Days, Military Discount - See Surfing Santas in a Fanta-Sea of Lights...

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

Save on Busch Gardens Williamsburg! Discount Ticket Secrets for 2014, $5 Off Christmas Town Discounts + Christmas Town Hours, Verbolten & Mach Tower Videos, Hours, Events & Inside Tips...

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Busch Gardens Christmas Town Discounts

Busch Gardens' Christmas Town starts in less than three weeks, but it's not too late to grab tickets for $5 off the regular price. Check out my dedicated Christmas Town pages to learn how to get this deal, Christmas Town Fun Cards, and more.

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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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.

Recent Articles

  1. $10 Off Christmas Town With This Promo Code

    Nov 24, 14 08:11 PM

    The best Christmas Town deal of the season may be over, but you can still get $10 off Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Christmas Town (open this weekend for its second weekend of the season) when you use…

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  2. Christmas Town Hours & Tips

    Nov 24, 14 08:04 PM

    Christmas Town at Busch Gardens - 2014 Hours, Discounts, Ways to Save Money, What to See and What to Skip, Best Places to Take Photos

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  3. Mount Vernon Holiday Candlelight Tours Begin

    Nov 22, 14 07:16 PM

    Join a beloved holiday tradition by taking a special Holiday Candlelight Tour at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Tours begin Nov. 28 and run through Christmas. In addition to touring the mansion, gr…

    Read More

Recent Articles

  1. $10 Off Christmas Town With This Promo Code

    Nov 24, 14 08:11 PM

    The best Christmas Town deal of the season may be over, but you can still get $10 off Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Christmas Town (open this weekend for its second weekend of the season) when you use…

    Read More

  2. Christmas Town Hours & Tips

    Nov 24, 14 08:04 PM

    Christmas Town at Busch Gardens - 2014 Hours, Discounts, Ways to Save Money, What to See and What to Skip, Best Places to Take Photos

    Read More

  3. Mount Vernon Holiday Candlelight Tours Begin

    Nov 22, 14 07:16 PM

    Join a beloved holiday tradition by taking a special Holiday Candlelight Tour at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Tours begin Nov. 28 and run through Christmas. In addition to touring the mansion, gr…

    Read More

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