|by Kaeli Conforti||Amusement and Theme Parks, Hotels, Trip Ideas, Family Travel||19|
Several hotels and theme parks around the country are offering vacation deals exclusively for military personnel and teachers, with discounts on rooms, spa services, and even free park passes.
FOR ACTIVE MILITARY PERSONNEL
Members of the active military—whether on active duty, activated or drilling reservists, or National Guardsman—are offered free passes at any Anheuser–Busch theme park through the Here's To The Heroes program. This includes Busch Gardens (Tampa Bay and Williamsburg), Seaworld (San Antonio, Orlando, San Diego), Sesame Place, Water Country USA, and Adventure Island. Register through their website and show a valid Department of Defense ID at the park to gain free admission for you and up to three additional guests (they must be direct dependents and show their own valid dependent Department of Defense ID). Only one free–admission day can be redeemed per year, per person.
FOR THOSE IN UNIFORM—ANY UNIFORM
The Sanderling Resort & Spa in North Carolina's Outer Banks is offering a special discounted rate on rooms and spa treatments as part of their Heroes Welcome program. If you're a current or former member of the military, or work in fire and rescue, law enforcement, or are medical personnel, book online or call 877/697-4613, then show your ID at the resort to get the discounted rate. Book any stay from Sunday to Thursday from September 5 thru October 25, and pay $149 per room per night. You'll also get a 20% discount on spa services at The Sanderling Spa and Salon.
The following discounts for teachers are available for travel through September 21, 2012. You must show an official school photo ID or pay stub with a photo ID to get the discount.
South Florida's Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa is offering 20% off the lowest available rate on a Tropical Resort Guest Room for any hotel stay between Sunday and Thursday. Reserve online, or call 800/438-4373 and use promo code W8Z. Room rates start at $151 per room per night after the discount is taken.
Teachers will receive a special 20% discount off the best available room rate at Florida's Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa in North Palm Beach, as well as breakfast for two adults, 20% off spa treatments, and 50% off valet parking at the resort. To get the discount, reserve online or call 866/943-0950 and use promo code MKTEDU.
Teachers get 25% off all reservations at Puerto Rico's San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Call 888/817-2033 or reserve online, and mention promo code SUM to get the discount. Room rates range from $149 to $243 per room per night once the discount is taken.
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