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$25 Off Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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Now that the park is open, you can get $25 off Busch Gardens Williamsburg tickets when you use these promo codes.

Don't forget that active duty military can get an amazing freebie at Busch Gardens Williamsburg to thank them for their service. And this year, they have an additional deal-- a military season pass-- to benefit military members who want to visit the park more than once this season. Check out the details here.

Note that the park is now open for every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through May 27, which it will switch to being open seven days a week. So for tips and facts you need for planning your visit to the park this year, check out these links:

- Park hours and operating schedule
- 2018 park events
- 2018 ticket facts and discounts (and a current promo code)

$5 Off Virginia Historic Garden Week

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With the 85th Historic Garden Week in Virginia starting this coming Saturday, you only have a few short days to take advantage of their in-advance ticket discount.

Buy your tickets at least 48 hours in advance, and you can get $5 off tours. Nearly 30 different tours of historic gardens and residences will be offered April 21-28.

Dubbed "America's Open House," the event gives you entrance into 250+ gardens, homes, and historic landmarks-- some of them rarely open to the public. Looks like temps should be in the mid-high 60's by Saturday, and with more and more trees and shrubs coming into bloom, it will be a great way to get out and explore the best of spring.

Tour tickets range from $25-$55 per tour.

Here's the schedule of what area tours are offered each day.

More Tax Week Deals & Freebies

If you haven't already taken advantage of the significant Tax Week freebies and deals out there now through April 18, I'm posting them again...plus adding a few more that just popped up.

New:

- Wawa - Free any size coffee at Wawa on 4/12 - no coupon necessary; one per person.
- Wendy's - Free BOGO chicken sandwich with their app.
- Redbox - Free DVD rental. Just text push to the number 727272.
- Noodles & Company - Get $4 off $10 through April when you use the code TAXDAY18. Ends April 18.

And don't forget these deals:

- Free cone at Ben & Jerry's 4/10 - no coupon required - participating locations only.
- Bruegger’s Bagels - Go to Brueggers.com to get a coupon for a Big Bagel Bundle (any 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese) for just $10.40. Good 4/11-4/17.
- Boston Market - You can buy a $10.40 Tax Day meal special (half chicken with two sides, cornbread, beverage and a cookie). Good on 4/17 only.
- Cinnabon - Get two free Cinnabon bites on Tax Day.
- Chili’s - Get blueberry and pineapple margaritas for just $6 all day on 4/17.
- Chuck E. Cheese - 4/17-4/19, get a free large cheese pizza with the purchase of any large regular-priced pizza.
- Firehouse Subs - Go to their site to download a coupon for a free medium sub with the purchase of any medium or large sub, chips, and a drink.
- Hot Dog on a Stick - Get a free Original Turkey Dog on a Stick on 4/17.
- Kona Ice - Get a free tropical shaved ice cone on 4/17.
- Great American Cookies - Get a free Cookies & Cream cookie at participating stores on 4/17.
- Noodles & Company - 4/11-4/18, use the code "TAXDAY18" on any online order to get $4 off any $10 purchase.
- Planet Fitness - Get a free HydroMassage at any Planet Fitness location 4/14-4/21 when you download a coupon from their website.
- Quizno’s - Get a 10.40 percent deduction off any purchase on 4/17.
- Schlotzsky’s - Get a free small The Original with the purchase of a medium drink and a bag of chips on 4/17.
- Sonic - Get half-priced cheeseburgers all day on 4/17.
- Tony Roma’s - on j4/14-4/17, get a free Kickin’ Shrimp appetizer with the purchase of an entrée.

Like more freebies? Here's more.

More Tax Week Deals & Freebies

If you haven't already taken advantage of the significant Tax Week freebies and deals out there now through April 18, I'm posting them again...plus adding a few more that just popped up.

New:

- Wawa - Free any size coffee at Wawa on 4/12 - no coupon necessary; one per person.
- Wendy's - Free BOGO chicken sandwich with their app.
- Redbox - Free DVD rental. Just text push to the number 727272.
- Noodles & Company - Get $4 off $10 through April when you use the code TAXDAY18. Ends April 18.

And don't forget these deals:

- Free cone at Ben & Jerry's 4/10 - no coupon required - participating locations only.
- Bruegger’s Bagels - Go to Brueggers.com to get a coupon for a Big Bagel Bundle (any 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese) for just $10.40. Good 4/11-4/17.
- Boston Market - You can buy a $10.40 Tax Day meal special (half chicken with two sides, cornbread, beverage and a cookie). Good on 4/17 only.
- Cinnabon - Get two free Cinnabon bites on Tax Day.
- Chili’s - Get blueberry and pineapple margaritas for just $6 all day on 4/17.
- Chuck E. Cheese - 4/17-4/19, get a free large cheese pizza with the purchase of any large regular-priced pizza.
- Firehouse Subs - Go to their site to download a coupon for a free medium sub with the purchase of any medium or large sub, chips, and a drink.
- Hot Dog on a Stick - Get a free Original Turkey Dog on a Stick on 4/17.
- Kona Ice - Get a free tropical shaved ice cone on 4/17.
- Great American Cookies - Get a free Cookies & Cream cookie at participating stores on 4/17.
- Noodles & Company - 4/11-4/18, use the code "TAXDAY18" on any online order to get $4 off any $10 purchase.
- Planet Fitness - Get a free HydroMassage at any Planet Fitness location 4/14-4/21 when you download a coupon from their website.
- Quizno’s - Get a 10.40 percent deduction off any purchase on 4/17.
- Schlotzsky’s - Get a free small The Original with the purchase of a medium drink and a bag of chips on 4/17.
- Sonic - Get half-priced cheeseburgers all day on 4/17.
- Tony Roma’s - on j4/14-4/17, get a free Kickin’ Shrimp appetizer with the purchase of an entrée.

Like more freebies? Here's more.

Up to 60% Off Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg

Groupon is offering a deal that will allow you to save up to 60% off a family suite at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg. Prices start at $129 per night on stays from April 11 through July (with the lowest prices obviously being mid-week).

The Great Wolf Lodge Groupon deal (type in "Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg" in the search bar) not only gives you full access (including water passes) to a family suite in an amazing indoor waterpark that is impervious to weather (it's always a balmy 84 degrees there). In addition, you'll get an additional 10% off if you use the code SALE3 at checkout.

Tip #1: You can maximize your time at the park by checking in at 1 pm on the day of arrival, then stay at the park until it closes the next day, getting in effect, two days for the price of one.

Tip#2: Save on food, room, prices, and more with these tips we've learned from visits over the years.

Tax Day Deals & Freebies

This is a busy week for freebies and deals, thanks to Tax Day (you filed your taxes, did't you?). Here's some deals you'll want to take advantage of:

- Free cone at Ben & Jerry's 4/10 - no coupon required - participating locations only.
- Bruegger’s Bagels - Go to Brueggers.com to get a coupon for a Big Bagel Bundle (any 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese) for just $10.40. Good 4/11-4/17.
- Boston Market - You can buy a $10.40 Tax Day meal special (half chicken with two sides, cornbread, beverage and a cookie). Good on 4/17 only.
- Cinnabon - Get two free Cinnabon bites on Tax Day.
- Chili’s - Get blueberry and pineapple margaritas for just $6 all day on 4/17.
- Chuck E. Cheese - 4/17-4/19, get a free large cheese pizza with the purchase of any large regular-priced pizza.
- Firehouse Subs - Go to their site to download a coupon for a free medium sub with the purchase of any medium or large sub, chips, and a drink.
- Hot Dog on a Stick - Get a free Original Turkey Dog on a Stick on 4/17.
- Kona Ice - Get a free tropical shaved ice cone on 4/17.
- Great American Cookies - Get a free Cookies & Cream cookie at participating stores on 4/17.
- Noodles & Company - 4/11-4/18, use the code "TAXDAY18" on any online order to get $4 off any $10 purchase.
- Planet Fitness - Get a free HydroMassage at any Planet Fitness location 4/14-4/21 when you download a coupon from their website.
- Quizno’s - Get a 10.40 percent deduction off any purchase on 4/17.
- Schlotzsky’s - Get a free small The Original with the purchase of a medium drink and a bag of chips on 4/17.
- Sonic - Get half-priced cheeseburgers all day on 4/17.
- Tony Roma’s - on j4/14-4/17, get a free Kickin’ Shrimp appetizer with the purchase of an entrée.

Like more freebies? Here's more.

Latest Busch Gardens Coupons & News

Latest Busch Gardens Coupons, News, Deals & Discounts...Fun Card & FREE Preschool Pass, Quick Queue Ticket, and Ways to Save $$$ at the Park...

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Historic Garden Week in Virginia

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The 85th Historic Garden Week in Virginia is just a few short weeks away, but you can already purchase tickets for one or more of the 29 different tours offered April 21-28.

Dubbed "America's Open House," the event gives you entrance into 250+ gardens, homes, and historic landmarks-- some of them rarely open to the public.

Tour tickets range from $25-$55 per tour; in many cases, you can purchase single tickets for only $25. Plus, if you buy them in advance, you can save $5 or more per ticket in some cases. Advance tickets are available up to 48 hours before tours.

Here's the schedule of what area tours are offered each day.

Historic Garden Week in Virginia

Historic Garden Week in Virginia April 21-28 - Visit 250+ rarely-seen homes & gardens for a little American "Downtown Abbey."

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Paramounts Kings Dominion for as Little as $21!

Paramounts Kings Dominion - 6 Ways to Get Tickets as Low as $21. Promo Codes, Free Pre-K Pass, Free Parking, Season Pass Deals, and Money-Saving Tips...

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Limited Time Busch Gardens Williamsburg Deals

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No telling how much longer Groupon will offer their 50% off deal on Busch Gardens Williamsburg tickets, so act fast if you want to get tickets for just $45.

Of course, if you do miss this deal, it is possible to still get $25 off the regular ticket price, as I've detailed here..

Remember that the park is now open for an extended spring break, being open every day now through April 8. So for tips and facts you need for planning your visit to the park this year, check out these links:

- Park hours and operating schedule
- 2018 park events
- 2018 ticket facts and discounts (and a current promo code)

Yankee Candle Easter & Spring Fling March 24

Yankee Candle Williamsburg is holding a Spring Fling event on Saturday, March 24. Activities include photo ops with the Easter Bunny, a Golden Goose Egg hunt, an amateur Peeps eating contest, free crafts, and Peeps-inspired treats.

If you miss tomorrow, don't fret: They'll offer the same event on these dates: March 25, March 31, and April 7 & 8.

All events run 10 am to 6 pm. For details, go to Yankee Candle Williamsburg.

Kings Dominion Pass Member Preview Night

It's not too late to attend the Kings Dominion Pass Member Preview Night March 23 from 5 pm to 9 pm, but you have to act fast if you're not already a member.

Once again, prices have gone up on the Silver, Gold, and Premier passes, plus they've cut down the payments from six to five plus a downpayment.

The good news is that if you buy a Gold or Premier pass you can order "Bring a Friend" tickets for opening weekend (March 24-25) for just $29.99 (that's $38 off).

Here are all the details to help you choose which plan is best for you. And to start plans for your first visit, check out these topics:

- Kings Dominion Hours/Operating Schedule
- Kings Dominion Events for 2018
- Single-day Ticket Discounts

Free Guest Tickets for Busch Gardens Season Pass Holders

As you may know, Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced a radically different season pass program for 2018, and one of the perks for some passes is free guest tickets.

Just in time for Opening Day on March 24, the park announced details of the free guest tickets. Premier Members will receive one single-day ticket to use 3/24 - 5/31, one single-day ticket to use 6/1 - 8/31, and one single-day ticket to use 9/1 - 1/1. So basically, you're getting one free ticket for the spring season, one for summer, and one for Howl-O-Scream.

Based on Twitter comments, it appears that some current pass holders aren't happy with the fact that the free tickets can only be used during certain dates.

But if you want to pay the lowest price on passes, you'll need to act fast. Here's why.

50% Off Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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Groupon just announced a 50% off deal on Busch Gardens Williamsburg tickets, just in time for the official opening day on March 24.

I've seen them offer this deal before, and it's a good one. But beware: I've also seen them end the deal pretty quickly once they've reached a magic internal number of available discount tickets. So you want to jump on this deal quickly, just in case.

For details of exactly how much you'll save, plus a link to the deal, click here.

And for tips and facts you need for planning your visit to the park this year, check out these links:

- Park hours and operating schedule
- 2018 park events
- 2018 ticket facts and discounts (and a current promo code)

Busch Garden Coupon Codes

Busch Garden Coupon Codes: Current Deals & Promo Codes to Save You Up to 50%, 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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Colonial Williamsburg Virginia Residents Deal

Once again, Colonial Williamsburg is offering Virginia residents a great deal. Pay for a single-day admission by May 31 and you'll get the rest of the year free.

The free annual pass is good for Virginia residents (just show proof of residency) and active duty military and their dependents. The pass expires Dec. 31, 2018.

For details on this and other Colonial Williamsburg ticket deals, check out my Colonial Williamsburg Admission Guide. And to learn Historic Area secrets that only the locals know, click here.

Free Fishing Days This Year

If you love to fish (count me out) the only thing better than fishing may just be fishing for free. Takemefishing.org has posted a handy guide which lists free fishing dates-- the days when you can fish in public waters without a license-- by state.

In Virginia, that means the first full weekend in June, June 1-3. For dates for other states, check out Takemefishing.com. Their site also offers handy information on places to fish by state, what you can catch, places to get licenses and rent/buy equipment and more.

Free Upgrade at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg

You can get a free upgrade to a themed suite at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg when you use the code UPGRADE when you book. Or, get $50 toward a premium suite. The deal is valid on stays through May 24, but you must book by March 22.

While their regular family suites are really nice on their own (including one or more beds and a sofa sleeper, they sleep 4-6 easily and include their own microwave and 32-inch TV), the themed suites are something really special. Choose from a Kid Kamp Suite (includes a tent-themed sleeping area), a Wolf Den Suite (a cave-themed sleeping area), a Log-Cabin Suite (you get the picture), and a Whirlpool Fireplace Suite.

As always, you'll get waterpark tickets for the family. You can even get a 2 pm late checkout for an extra fee.

For details, go to Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg and check out other potential deals here.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Preview Day is March 17

Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Pass Member Preview Day is March 17. This is good news for park members who are hoping to get a glimpse of what's new at the park, including "Escape from Eire," the park's new action virtual reality ride.

The preview day will be from 11 am to 8 pm and is open to all current annual pass holders as well as new members.

Even if you're not a member, you can get an idea of what you'll see new at the park when it opens on March 24 here at my Busch Gardens News page. Don't forget to check out these links to make sure you're up on the latest info on ticket prices, events, and hours.

- Park hours and operating schedule
- 2018 park events
- 2018 ticket facts and discounts (and a current promo code)

Travel & Entertainment Deals Week of March 13

Celebrate warmer temps by taking advantage of these early spring deals good for this week (and in some cases, beyond).

- Purchase $15 worth of Pizza Hut online using Visa Checkout and you'll get a free Chocolate Chip Cookie or Brownie. Valid through 3/30 through this link.

- Southwest 3-Day Fare Sale - get fares as low as $49 one way when you book by March 15. (Alaska Airlines is offering a similar deal now through March 19.)

- Amtrak 3-Day Sale - get fares as low as $19 one way when you book by March 15.

- Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg for $99.95 - Get a family suite with water park tickets for four for less than $100 per night when you book by March 25 and use the code RGETAWAY1.

- AMF Bowling Pass - Buy one pass and get two games (plus shoes) per day for three weeks to coincide with your spring break. Pick your three weeks between now and April 29 when you go to AMF.

- Free Redbox Rental - Get a free Redbox rental every Tuesday if you have T-Mobile and use their mobile app.

Williamsburg DoG Street Strut March 24

Historic Williamsburg is offering a DoG Street Strut on March 24 to celebrate dogs and their families. Families and their four-legged friends are invited to Duke of Gloucester Street for a walk/run to benefit the Heritage Humane Society.

Vendors will open at 9 am, the two-mile walk starts at 9:30, and contest and games will be held at the main stage at 10:30. There is also a Senior Walk for those who want a shorter length. Registration is $30 per walker (includes a goody bag, dog bandana, and a Strut t-shirt. Kids 6 and under are free (no t-shirt included).

While you're there, check out what only the locals know about what you can see of Colonial Williamsburg for free.

Kings Dominion School Group Discounts

If you have a school group (band, club, team, etc.), you can get a pretty significant discount for your group visit to Kings Dominion. Now is the time to book those reservations, though.

Tickets are $35.50 each, and you get one free ticket with every 15 tickets ordered.

You can use a purchase order and tickets ARE refundable if returned unused. They can also give you a quote for charter bus transportation or a group meal. To get the form, contact William Hoh at 800-339-4723 or via email to william@adventuresamerica.com. Once you have the form, you can fax it to 510-234-3124.

Not sure what date to choose? Check out the Kings Dominion operating schedule.

$5 Off Fandango

Get $5 off a Fandango movie ticket when you use the Fandango app and Apple Pay to buy your tickets. Use the coupon code STARPOWER at checkout to get the discount. The deal is good through March 4.

Kings Dominion Updated Hours & Operating Schedule for 2018

Kings Dominion has just updated their 2018 hours and operating schedule. There are some notable changes from last year, the key change being that the park is staying open until 11 pm far more days than in 2017.

In addition, they've updated their Soak City operating schedule so you'll know when the Kings Dominion water park will be open (not much change their at all).

Finally, they've updated their 2018 Events, including Joyfest, Kingsfest, Easter Eggstravaganza, and free Military Days.

One thing still missing: There's still little information on Winterfest, their winter-themed holiday event which is obviously planning to give Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Christmas Town a run for its money.

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