Veterans and active-duty members of the U.S. military are worthy of our gratitude every single day, but on Veterans Day, we reflect, show respect and honor them even more.
On Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, and throughout the month of November, veterans are appreciated with special events, tributes and FREE entry to local attractions and restaurant discounts. Share this list of Orlando Veterans Day discounts with the veterans in your life.
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Veterans discounts at local attractions
- FREE entry to U.S. National Parks on Veterans Day.
- Harry P. Leu Gardens is offering FREE admission on Thursday, November 11 for all veterans and current military.
- The Central Florida Zoo: FREE admission for active and retired military members with a paid single-day admission.
- Orlando Science Center: November 1 – 14, veterans and active military personnel with military ID will receive FREE admission and their attending family members will receive 50% off admission.
- The Wheel at ICON Park: Active and retired military members can hop aboard The Wheel for FREE November 11 – 14. Plus, bring up to four guests and they’ll save 50% on admission as well.
- The 400-foot observation wheel will be lit up in the pattern of the American Flag, all weekend, with its 64,000 LED lights glowing in red, white and blue.
- SeaWorld Orlando: Military veterans and active duty military can receive discounts through the Waves of Honor program. You must get the tickets through the Waves of Honor site – this offer is not available at the gate.
- Gatorland is offering FREE admission the entire month of November for all veterans, active and retired military personnel with ID presented at the admission gate. They are also extending 20% off for up to four family members.
- Discounted Gatorland and Screamin’ Gator Zip Line tickets are available for purchase at your local Info Tickets & Tours (ITT) office on base.
- Crayola Experience implemented the True Blue Heroes Annual Pass Program that offers active, retired and veteran military personnel, law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians a FREE Bronze level annual pass.
- Passholders also receive perks such as discounts on admission tickets for friends and family and 20% off food.
Veterans Day events in Orlando
Sanford Veterans Day Ceremony
Thursday, Nov. 11, 11am – 12pm
Fort Mellon Park, downtown Sanford
Join the City of Sanford for a ceremony and visit the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall.
Winter Springs Veterans Day Tribute
Thursday, Nov. 11, 6pm – 7pm
Winter Springs Town Center Veteran’s Memorial, Winter Springs Town Center
12th Annual Veterans Day Celebration “Honoring Winter Park Heroes”
Friday, Nov. 12 at 9:30am
Winter Park Community Center, Ruby Ball Amphitheater
All veterans that have served in any military campaign or branch in honor of our nation’s freedom are invited to attend for our community to pay tribute to their dedicated service to our country. This celebration will be held safely outdoors with seats socially-distanced for attendees.
- At 9:30 a.m., the public is invited to visit with organizations that offer resources specifically for veteran needs as the VFW Post 2093 Community Band entertains guests.
- At 10 a.m., the official program will begin with musical tributes, anecdotal speakers including guest speaker Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Tommie Maldonado, U.S. Army Retired, and recognition of veterans according to the various military branches served.
Veterans Golf Play Day
Friday, Nov. 12 at 12:30pm
Winter Park Golf Course, 761 Old England Ave.
The Veterans Day Celebration continues at the Winter Park Golf Course where veterans play for FREE.
- Tee times begin at 12:30 p.m.
- Reserve your tee time for a patriotic round of golf by Friday, November 5, at 407-599-3419.
City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade
Saturday, Nov. 13, 11am – 1pm
This year’s parade will open with a tribute to those who have fought for our country and defended our freedom, led by Mayor Dyer and local veterans. The parade’s theme is “Remembering September 11” in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Lake Nona’s Veterans Celebration- Home of the Brave
Thursday, Nov. 11, 5pm-10pm
Lake Nona Town Center, Orlando
FREE event to celebrate our community veterans.
Veterans deals and freebies 2021
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.
4 Rivers BBQ: One FREE sandwich and two sides for all veterans on Veterans Day.
Applebee’s: For 14 years, Applebee’s has served more than 10 million meals in honor of our nation’s heroes. On Nov. 11, veterans and active service members can enjoy a FREE meal from a select menu, including: 6-oz. Top Sirloin, Double Crunch Shrimp, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Chicken Tenders Platter, Classic Bacon Cheeseburger, Oriental Chicken Salad or Three-Cheese Chicken Penne.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: On Nov. 11, current and former military who dine-in at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse will receive a FREE entrée (from a select menu) and a Dr. Pepper beverage. The entrée options include the following: BJ’s Sauced ‘n’ Tossed Chicken Thighs, Bacon Cheeseburger, Bacon-Guacamole Deluxe Burger, Deep Dish Ziti, Grilled Chicken Alfredo, Jumbo Spaghetti & Meatballs, Parmesan-Crusted Chicken, Mediterranean Chicken Pita Tacos, Small BJ’s Deep Dish Pizza or Soup & Salad Combo.
Bonefish Grill: Vets are honored every day at Bonefish Grill. The restaurant’s Heroes Discount is offered all year long — 10% off for all service members, veterans and first responders.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Vets can just “wing it” on Veterans Day at Buffalo Wild Wings. The restaurant is offering all past and present armed services members a FREE order of 10 boneless wings and fries. The offer is available for dine-in or takeout.
California Pizza Kitchen: This Veterans Day, California Pizza Kitchen is serving vets and active military members a FREE entrée on Nov. 11.
Chicken Salad Chick: Veterans and active service military will receive a FREE Chick Special and regular drink at Chicken Salad Chick on Nov. 11.
Chili’s: Vets and active military members can heat up Veterans Day at Chili’s. Vets enjoy a FREE entrée from a select menu, including the following: Chicken Crispers, Margarita Grilled Chicken, Soup & Salad, Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas, Just Bacon Burger, Oldtimer with Cheese or Cajun Chicken Pasta
The COOP by 4 Rivers: On Veterans Day, all veterans receive a FREE meal with 2 chicken tenders, 2 sides and a fountain drink.
Dunkin’: Veterans and military members can take a break on Nov. 11 at Dunkin’. Vets enjoy a FREE donut of their choice.
Fogo de Chão: Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a meaty offer at Fogo de Chão. The restaurant is offering 50% off their entire meal. Plus, each veteran or active duty guest will receive 10% off their meal for up to three additional diners.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers: Vets can get a full meal at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers and not just on Veterans Day. Veterans and active military can stop by on Nov. 11 and pick up a FREE Freddy’s Original Double combo meal card. The card is valid Nov. 11 to 30. No purchase necessary to receive or redeem the card.
Golden Corral: Veterans and active military can satisfy their hunger at Golden Corral. The “endless buffet” restaurant is serving a FREE “Thank You” Meal from 5 p.m. to close.
Great Clips: Veterans and active military can cut their grooming costs on Veterans Day at Great Clips. The popular salon is offering FREE haircuts to vets. Vets not in need of a haircut on Nov. 11 can pick up a card good for a FREE haircut from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10.
Hooters: All active-duty and retired military will receive a FREE entrée from a select menu at Hooters on Veterans Day with the purchase of a beverage. Vets can choose from the following dishes: Buffalo Chicken Salad, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Hooters Burger or 10-Piece Boneless Wings.
Little Caesars: Veterans and active military get a FREE Lunch Combo at Little Caesars, which includes a 4-slice DEEP!DEEP! Dish pizza and a 20-ounce Pepsi product. The offer is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: All veterans receive their first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt and toppings for FREE on Veterans Day at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. If vets swirl more than 6 ounces, they can just pay the difference.
On The Border: Veterans can spice up Nov. 11 at On The Border. The Mexican restaurant is serving them a FREE Pick 2 Combo meal on Veterans Day.
Pollo Tropical: All active duty and veteran military with valid ID can enjoy a complimentary Pollo Tropical quarter chicken platter with two sides on Veterans Day, all day.
Red Lobster: In honor of Veterans Day, Red Lobster is offering a FREE appetizer or dessert from a select menu to veterans, active duty military and reservists. Customers only need to show a valid military ID or proof of service to enjoy the offer.
Red Robin: Veterans and active military can take a bite of an American classic at Red Robin. The family-friendly restaurant is offering a FREE Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries from Nov. 1 to 14. Veterans must also be a member of Red Robin Royalty. Military status must have been confirmed by Nov. 1.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Veterans and active military can grab a fork and dig in to a big bowl of gratitude at Romano’s Macaroni Grill on Veterans Day. The Italian restaurant is serving a FREE full-size order of Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti.
Shoney’s: Vets can start their day with a buffet on Nov. 11 at Shoney’s. Veterans and active duty military enjoy a FREE all-you-care-to-eat Breakfast Bar at the family-friendly diner on Veterans Day. The offer is only available from opening to 11 a.m. (Most locations open at 8 a.m. However, hours vary by location.)
Sport Clips: Veterans and active duty service members can get a FREE haircut at Sports Clips on Veterans Day.
Starbucks: On Nov. 11, Starbucks is pouring a complimentary cup of coffee for veterans, military service members and their spouses. Qualifying customers can enjoy a FREE Tall hot brewed coffee.
Target: In honor of Veterans Day, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 13, Target is offering all U.S. active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families 10% off two separate purchases. (Some exclusions apply.) To receive the offer, you must first confirm eligibility by registering here. After verification, the exclusive one-Target Circle offer will be available in customer’s account to use in-store or online.
TCBY: Vets and active military can chill out on Veterans Day at TCBY. The frozen yogurt shop is giving them their first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt and toppings for FREE on Nov. 11. If vets swirl more than 6 ounces, they can just pay the difference.
Wendy’s: Vets can start their day with a complimentary meal at Wendy’s. To thank all of those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Military, the popular fast-food restaurant is offering them a FREE small breakfast combo — during breakfast hours only. Most locations serve breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
White Castle: All veterans and active duty service members will be treated like kings and queens at White Castle on Veterans Day. The fast-food chain is offering vets a FREE Combo Meal (choose from #1 to #6) or Breakfast Combo Meal on Nov. 11.
Yard House: Vets and active duty military will definitely measure up on Veterans Day at Yard House. The restaurant is serving them a FREE appetizer on Nov. 11.
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