Veterans and active-duty members of the U.S. military are worthy of our respect and gratitude every single day. But on Veterans Day, we set aside time to reflect, respect and honor them even more. On November 11, they are appreciated with special events, tributes and deals at local attractions and restaurants. Share this list of freebies and discounts to local attractions with the veterans in your life.
Veterans Day events near Orlando 2018
Winter Park’s Veteran’s Day Celebration
Friday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m.
Winter Park Community Center, Ruby Ball Amphitheater located at 721 W. New England Ave.
The Veterans Day Celebration continues at the Winter Park Golf Course, located at 761 Old England Ave., with a Veterans Golf Play Day. Tee times begin at 12:30 p.m. and veterans play for FREE. Reserve your tee time for a patriotic round of golf by Tuesday, November 6, at 407-599-3419.
City of Ocoee’s Veterans Day Ceremony
Monday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m.
Ocoee Woman’s Club, 4 N Lakewood Ave.
City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m.
The parade begins at the corner of Robinson Street and Orange Avenue, traveling south along Orange Avenue to Central Boulevard, heading east to Rosalind Avenue, and ending at the corner of Rosalind Avenue and Robinson Street.
Sanford Veterans Day Ceremony
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m.
Veterans Memorial Park
Winter Springs Veterans Day Tribute
Sunday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m.
Winter Springs Town Center Veteran’s Memorial
Volusia County Veterans Day Parade
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.
Downtown DeLand, Woodland Blvd.
Celebration Veterans Day Parade
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.
Lakeside Park to Founders Park in Celebration
Discounts at local attractions
Harry P. Leu Gardens is offering free admission on Sunday, November 11 for all veterans and current military.
Orlando Science Center: November 1 – 21, veterans and active military personnel with military ID will receive free admission and their attending family members will receive 50% off admission. A wreath laying ceremony will be held at the Red Tails Monument in partnership with Vision of Flight on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Crayola Experience: Every day this month, all veterans, active and retired military personnel get free admission as a thank you for their service.
Brevard Zoo in Melbourne is giving free entry Veterans Day weekend, November 10 – 12, to all veterans and current military.
Universal Orlando : Military members can purchase a 4-Day ticket for the price of a 1-Day ticket for use now through Dec. 31, 2018. 2-Park and 3-Park options are also available.
Military veterans and active duty military get free entrance into SeaWorld theme parks for free or at lower cost when they access the theme park website through Waves of Honor. You must get the tickets through the Waves of Honor site – this offer is not available at the gate.
During the month of November, LEGOLAND Florida Resort will once again honor U.S. veterans and active military personnel with free theme park admission, free standard parking, 50% off tickets for up to six guests and up to 25 percent off overnight stays.
Offers don’t usually cover gratuity and tax. In addition, proof of military status is required for most offers, so be prepared to show ID verifying your service. If you know of any deals we left out, please comment below.
Participation may vary, so be sure to check with your local restaurant to confirm that they’ll be offering the Veterans Day special.
Applebee’s : Every year on Veteran’s Day, Applebee’s serves a free meal to active duty and veteran military service members. Although the majority of Applebee’s restaurants participate, call your local franchise and ask about requirements.
Bar Louie : Active military and veterans will receive a free flatbread or burger up to $15 in value on Sunday, November 11, from open to close. Valid military I.D. must be shown.
BJ’s Restaurants: On Sunday, November 11, all military members who dine-in restaurant receive a complimentary entree up to $12.95 plus a free Dr Pepper beverage by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse location nationwide. And for the entire month of November, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and Dr Pepper are contributing 11,000 Pizookies to the restaurant’s ‘Buy a Hero a Pizookie’ program. Current or retired military simply claim a Pizookie by following this link from November 1 through November 30, while supplies last. Once claimed, the offer is emailed and valid for 72 hours. Guests who would like to honor these heroes can contribute $1 or more on their restaurant bill to the program. With a contribution of $1 of more, Guests will receive a bounce-back coupon for a FREE Pizookie® with any food purchase of $9.95 valid through December 31, 2018.
Bonefish Grill: Complimentary Bang Bang Shrimp on Sunday, November 11th, active and retired service members with a valid military ID will receive the deal at all Bonefish Grill locations.
Chili’s Restaurants : Chili’s founder, Norman Brinker, proudly served in the U.S. Navy. Today, Chili’s honors generations past and the historic sacrifice of our veterans. On November 11, Chili’s offers a special menu for veterans to eat for free at the restaurant’s many locations across the United States. Valid ID is required. Call your local Chili’s for more information.
Cracker Barrel: All military veterans will receive a free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert. Dine in only.
Friendly’s: Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military to a free dine-in breakfast, lunch or dinner from select menus on November 11, 2018. A valid military ID or honorable discharge card must be shown.
Golden Corral: On Monday, November 12, 2018 from 5 PM to 9 PM, military veterans, retires and active duty personnel are invited to a free sit-in “thank you” dinner.
On the Border: Simply present proof of military ID or service on November 11, and enjoy a Free Create-Your-Own Combo 2 Meal. Choose any two items off the combo menu like tacos, enchiladas, empanadas, mini chimis and more. All are served with Mexican rice and beans, plus endless chips & salsa.
Red Lobster: All active duty military personnel receive a 10% discount on purchases every Monday. On November 11 and 12, veterans, active duty and reservists will receive a free appetizer or dessert from a special menu.
Red Robin: FREE Double Tavern Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries. You must show proof of service. Offer valid only on November 11, 2018.
Rock and Brews: All active duty military, veterans, and first responders will receive a complimentary meal on Veteran’s Day at any Rock & Brews location nationwide. Contact your local Rock and Brews for more information.
Texas Roadhouse: FREE meal from a limited menu to active, retired, and former military personnel on November 11. Call your local restaurant for specific guidelines – each restaurant may offer different menu items.
TooJay’s: FREE entry on Veterans Day for veterans and active military.
Great Clips: FREE haircuts for veterans and active duty military.
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