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Memorial Day deals for the military

Free admission to museums and amusement parks, plus discounts on cruises, are among the offerings.

By Teresa Mears May 27, 2010 11:09AM

With Memorial Day weekend approaching, it's time to remember the reason for the holiday: to honor those who gave their lives in defense of our country.


In honor of all U.S military members, both past and present, some businesses and attractions are offering special deals this weekend. Some deals are only for active-duty personnel, and others include retired and former military members.

Some businesses always give a military discount, and it never hurts to ask. The Army Times maintains a long list of year-round military discounts.


Here are some other Memorial Day weekend deals for the U.S. military:

  • Active-duty military personnel and their families can get free admission to more than 600 museums in 50 states May 31 through Sept. 6 through the Blue Star Museum program. You can find participating museums here.
  • The Cedar Fair chain of amusement parks is offering free admission for active-duty, retired and former military members on Sunday, May 30, and Monday, May 31. The military member can purchase tickets for up to six members of the immediate family at a discounted rate of $33.99 each. The same deal is being offered July 4-5.
  • Carnival Cruise Lines has a deal that allows past and present service members to book up to three cabins at a discounted rate for themselves, family and friends. Reservations must be made by May 31, but the deal is good on select cruises through April 30, 2012.
  • Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska is waiving entrance fees for current and retired service members and their families May 29-31.
  • The Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif., is offering free admission to all U.S. military personnel, both active and retired, May 29-31.

You can find some local Memorial Day discounts for military personnel and their families at Slick Deals and Hot Coupon World.

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