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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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Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion!

Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion - 15 Ways to Get Discount Tickets as Low as $19.99! Hours, Planet Spooky, Trick or Treat with Dinosaurs, and More...

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Howl-O-Scream Member Sneak Peek Rescheduled

Okay, that's a bit of a misleading headline. Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Howl-O-Scream had to cancel their Members' Sneak Peek night thanks to Hurricane Florence. They aren't exactly rescheduling, BUT they are making things up to members by announcing a special Members' Exclusive Night on Oct 4 from 5 pm to 11 pm.

No details have been shared yet, but expect to hear them soon from their Twitter @Busch GardensVA feed.

In the meantime, you can get the Howl-O-Scream facts you need, like hours, operating dates, and ticket deals here.

First Howl-O-Scream Deals Announced

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has just announced the first ticket deals for Howl-O-Scream. These include a 50% off kids' deal, and a 50% off adults deal for two specific dates.

I've got the details here, as well as park hours, info on this year's "terror-tories" and haunted houses, and few surprises, like their new escape room.

Check it out before the haunting begins Sept. 15.

Howl-O-Scream Haunts Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Howl-O-Scream Haunts Busch Gardens Williamsburg - 2018 Hours, 50% Off Deals, Haunted Happenings, and Promo Codes, Plus Dining Deals, Quick Queue & Where to Find Coupons...

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Free Admission to Montpelier Estate

James Madison's Montpelier estate is offering free admission on Saturday, Sept. 15 for their Constitution Day Celebration.

James Madison is considered the father of the US Constitution, so this day remembers his work on that amazing document. But it also gives you a chance to save $22 for adults and $9 for kids on their house tour.

Besides free house tours, they'll also be offering live music and family-friendly activities throughout the day, a "We the People" trail walk at 9 am and 11 am, and food for purchase from Gordonville's fabulous BBQ Exchange from 11 am to 4 pm. It'll be quite possibly the best BBQ you've ever had.

Ocean Breeze Waterpark 40-50% Off

Enjoy those last few weeks of summer with a visit to Virginia Beach's Ocean Breeze Waterpark for 40-50% less.

Groupon is offering two options for the deal:

- Two admissions and two meal vouchers for $59.99 (41% off)
- Four admissions and four meal vouchers for $99.99 (51% off)

The deal must be used by Sept. 9. To get the deal, go to Groupon and type "Ocean Breeze Waterpark" in the search bar.

Busch Garden Coupon Codes

Busch Garden Coupon Codes: Current Deals & Promo Codes to Save You Up to 58%, 2-Park Summer Flex Deal, Military, Teacher, First Responder, and College Student Discounts, and more ways to save at the park.

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Visit Monticello for 50% Off

It pays to be local. During the month of August, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is offering 50% off admission for local residents-- specifically, residents of these counties: Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, Orange, Louisa, Fluvanna, Buckingham, Nelson, Augusta, Rockingham and Madison.

To get this Monticello Hometown deal, be sure to bring a driver's license or proof of residency to the ticket window. If you purchase your ticket online, you'll be refunded 50% of your purchase at the window.

Plus, if you show your Monticello Hometown ticket at nearby Michie Tavern, you'll get $4 off an adult lunch buffet, featuring colonial fare and what is generally known around the area as the best fried chicken in town. (Keep in mind that they serve lunch only, from 11 am to 3 pm).

Turn it into a full day by visiting on a Thursday and ending your day by going to nearby Carter's Mountain Orchard for their Thursday Evening Sunset Series, featuring free live music and breathtaking views. It's held on Thursdays from 5 pm to sunset now through Sept. 27.

50% Off Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Water Country USA

If you want 50% off Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA tickets you need to act fast: Their mid-summer flash sale ends Sunday, July 29.

Go to their website and you'll get a single-day admission to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for $45. You can also get 50% off their 2-Park, 2-Day and 2-Park, 3 Day tickets, which give you admission to Water Country USA as well.

If that's not enough, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is also offering 50% off their Ticket Plus All-Day Dining & Drinks deal (you pay $65 instead of $130).

Tickets are good through Sept. 9. To get the deal, go to the park's website.

Cruise Essentials

21 Travel & Cruise Essentials - Don't Board Your Cruise Without These 21 Items if you Want to Save Money, Time, Space, and Stay Healthy

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High School Night at Water Country USA for $15

Water Country USA is offering a High School Splash Night this Thursday, July 26 from 7 pm to 10 pm. Limited to only high schoolers, the event features tickets for just $15, which includes access to select rides in the water park, a DJ, photo booths, and giveaways.

You'll need to show proof of age, with valid forms of ID including school ID, or a driver’s license, passport or report card. Rising 9th graders may show an 8th grade report card as proof of age.

Tickets are limited, so go to Water Country USA to order. And don't forget to check here for park info on other ticket deals.

Amazon Prime Freebie and Amazon Prime Day Deals

You may have heard that Amazon Prime Day is July 16, but you might not know that the online giant is offering a freebie this week for Amazon Prime members who shop at Whole Foods.

Now through July 17, make a purchase of $10 or more at Whole Foods, show them your Amazon Prime code or mobile number and you'll a $10 Amazon Prime credit which you can use on Amazon purchases between 12 am PT on Monday, July 16 through 11:59 pm PT on Wednesday, July 18.

The website Cnet.com has done a great job of highlighting some of the most anticipated Amazon Prime Day deals if you want to check them out here.

Luray Caverns Discounts

Summer is a fabulous time to visit Luray Caverns, the largest and most popular caverns in Eastern America.

Here are just a few reasons why:

- The caverns are 54 degrees year round, perfect on a hot day.
- Their stalacpipe organ is the largest musical instrument in the world.
- The caverns feature cathedral sized rooms with ceilings up to 10 stories high, plus rare stalactite formations and lakes.
- They have a challenging ropes course and garden maze, perfect for burning off energy.
- For more air-conditioned entertainment, their Car and Carriage Museum is included in admission.
- Kids will love to pan for gems in their Gem Sluice mining station.
- Their Toy Town Junction, an antique toy train set, is included in your admission to the Caverns.
- They offer two places to eat: The fast food Stalactite Cafe, and the restaurant-style Heartpine Cafe near the Luray Valley Museum.

One thing a visit to the Caverns is not is inexpensive, and there are very few discounts other than the ones I've listed here, so be sure to check them out before you visit.

Kings Dominion & Soak City for Just $29.99

Paramounts Kings Dominion is offering tickets for just $29.99 now through July 31 when you take advantage of their "Summer Splash" deal. This is one of the lowest prices of the season, and between that and the hot weather (remember, admission includes their waterpark, Soak City) this is a great time to visit.

One even better reason to go this Saturday, July 14, is that the park is hosting its annual Joyfest, a Christian music event featuring Fred Hammond, Tye Tribbett, and Tasha Cobbs. (The cheapest lawn tickets for Joyfest are currently $59, but the good news is that that includes admission to Kings Dominion and Soak City.)

If those deals don't work for you, I have nearly 10 other ways for you to save on admission at the park.

Park to Park Bicycle Tour July 14

It's not too late for bikers to participate in the Park to Park Bicycle Tour on July 14 in the Jamestown/Williamsburg area.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the event will start near the James City County Marina, moving on to Chickahominy Riverfront Park, Veterans Park, Freedom Park, the Virginia Capital Trail, and other locations. In addition, participants will also be able to cool off at Chickahominy Riverfront Park's pool.

There are several routes, including a 50-mile trek, a 30-mile trip, a 15-mile ride, and a short family ride. The admission fee, which ranges from $10-$20, includes lunch, and participants can register on the day of the event. Helmets are required. To register in advance, go to the event's website.

Looking for somewhere cheap to pig out after burning off all those calories? Check out my favorite cheap Williamsburg eateries.

Free Virginia Zoo Admission Swap

Want to double your money while having fun in Hampton Roads?

Try this BOGO museum admission deal: During the month of July, purchase admission to either the Virginia Zoo or the Virginia MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Arts) and you'll get a free admission to the museum.

It's part of a summer-long admission swap the Virginia Zoo is having with other area museums, including the Heritage Museum, the Children's Museum of Virginia, Nauticus, and the Mariners Museum. Here are the details on the other months' deals.

While at the Virginia Zoo, don't miss their new additions, including Sofie, their newest orangutan, who was born on July 6.

Speaking of the Mariners Museum, don't miss their $1 summer admission deal.

Water Country USA for $25!

Now here's a true bargain: You can get mid-week admission to Water Country USA with this limited-time Groupon deal.

That's 58% off the regular ticket price, and their only stipulation is that you must visit Monday-Friday (no weekends). This is by far the best deal I've seen in some time, but as with all Groupon deals, it can end at any time.

Remember to bring $16 for parking, plus some granola bars or other snacks since the food there can get kind of pricey. The deal is good for up to 10 tickets, and can be used on a weekday through Sept. 3.

And don't forget to check the Water Country USA hours before your visit.

50% Off Busch Gardens Williamsburg Fun Cards

Groupon is offering 50% off a Fun Card-- good for unlimited visits all season-- to Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

This is a good one, folks, likely the best Fun Card deal you'll find all season. But act fast, because sometimes Groupon deals like this only last a few days or a week. (And remember, Fun Cards don't include parking. You can save $2 (you'll pay $18 per day instead of $20) if you purchase your parking in advance online.)

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Cool Activities for Hot Weather

Virginia is currently in the grip of some really hot weather, with heat indexes in the 100's for much of the state. But if you don't have the option of hanging at the beach or by a pool all day, what can you do to keep the kids occupied?

AMF Bowling is offering a $10 deal on July 4, which includes two straight hours of bowling (in blissful air conditioning, I might add) for just $10 per person.

Another option is to consider some of the indoor activities I've outlined here (yes, I know it's called "Rainy Day activities," but the principal is the same: indoor fun!).

This is also a great time to visit Water Country USA or Kings Dominion's water park, Soak City. Or, another option is Virginia Beach's own Ocean Breeze Water Park.

Fourth of July Events in Virginia

Fourth of July Events in Virginia, including Free Fireworks, Music, Entertainment at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, and more.

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Ocean Breeze Water Park is Wet and Wild!

Ocean Breeze Water Park - $2 Off Deal and Tickets for as Little as $19.99 at Virginia Beach's Hottest & Coolest Water Park! Twilight Ticket Deals, Meal Deals, Tips and More

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New TSA Regulations Affecting Carry-Ons

A new TSA regulation designed to detect powder which may be used for explosive devices will start affecting carry-ons starting on June 30. Specifically, those flying into the US from foreign airports will be affected. The rule means that you may have to start treating powdered items the same way we've treating liquids while flying.

Here are the details, plus other TSA rules you should consider before flying.

8 Ways to Save on Gas This Summer

I just updated my Cheap Gas page to reflect a new app which could save you up to 18 cents per gallon (maybe more) on gas.

Best of all, it's a free app and you'll get actual cash back.

The Get Upside app is really simple to use. It alerts you to stations in your area which are offering deals ranging from 3 cents gallon to 18 cents per gallon. You pay as usual, upload the receipt to the app, and your savings build up until they reach the cash back level you choose. You can even save more by referring friends.

There are some limitations, and Get Upside is not available in all areas, but I'm happy with it so far.

Here are the details, plus 7 more ways to save at the pump this summer.

Today Only: $49 Airfare Sale

Today only, Alaska Airlines is offering a fall airfare sale featuring fares as low as $49 one way. The deal is good on flights throughout the US and Mexico.

Here's the fine print: The best deals are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays Sept. 12-Dec. 19. You'll need to book by 11:59 p.m. PT tonight for the best deals.

The cheapest deal is from Las Vegas to or from Los Angeles ($49), but you can also snag cross country deals like $159 fares from New York to or from San Francisco.

To get the deal, go to alaskaair.com.

Kings Dominion Independence Day Events

Kings Dominion is offering not one day, but five days of Fourth of July events. From June 30-July 4, they'll be offering fireworks shows each night, along with special all-you-can-eat BBQ, and special performances each day by military bands.

(Your best fireworks viewing spots are probably the Eiffel Tower and Drop Tower.)

In addition, the park will be honoring members of the military with free admission for retired and active duty military and discounted admission for dependents (June 30 through July 8).

On July 4, they are offering a special admission/meal combo deal. For $64.95 ($56.99 for juniors), you'll get admission plus a meal which includes BBQ Beans, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Cubed Watermelon, Corn Bread, Potato Chips, Nestle Ice Cream novelties, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Coca-Cola Beverages (no meat, apparently, so be prepared for that). If you've already purchased discount tickets using these Kings Dominion deals and promo codes you can also purchase the meals separately. Pass holders get a 10% discount on the meals.

For information on more upcoming events at the park, including their new Coaster Campout (where you can camp in the park), see my Kings Dominion Events page.

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    Sep 18, 18 07:51 PM

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  2. Howl-O-Scream Member Sneak Peek Rescheduled

    Sep 16, 18 07:19 PM

    Okay, that's a bit of a misleading headline. Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Howl-O-Scream had to cancel their Members' Sneak Peek night thanks to Hurricane Florence. They aren't exactly rescheduling, BU…

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  3. First Howl-O-Scream Deals Announced

    Sep 09, 18 08:09 PM

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  1. Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion!

    Sep 18, 18 07:51 PM

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  2. Howl-O-Scream Member Sneak Peek Rescheduled

    Sep 16, 18 07:19 PM

    Okay, that's a bit of a misleading headline. Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Howl-O-Scream had to cancel their Members' Sneak Peek night thanks to Hurricane Florence. They aren't exactly rescheduling, BU…

    Read More

  3. First Howl-O-Scream Deals Announced

    Sep 09, 18 08:09 PM

    Busch Gardens Williamsburg has just announced the first ticket deals for Howl-O-Scream. These include a 50% off kids' deal, and a 50% off adults deal for two specific dates. I've got the details here

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