Visit Shamu for Free!

By: Erica I. Peña-Vest

In February of 2005, Anheuser-Busch, owners of SeaWorld Parks, announced that they would be offering free admission to all active duty military, ready reserve members, Coast Guardsman or national Guardsmen who wish to visit any SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Sesame Place, Adventure Island or Water Country USA park nationwide.  “Here’s to the Heroes” program offers free admission for the service member and as many of three of his or her dependants with dependant ID.    Since then, the tribute program had provided free admission to more than 4 million members of the U.S. and coalition armed forces and their families.  “We take great pride in saluting our men and women in uniform,” said SeaWorld San Diego Manager Andy Fichthorn.  “For all of us at SeaWorld and Anheuser-Busch, it’s an honor to show our appreciation for the sacrifices they and their families make every day for our freedom.”

Anheuser-Busch has recently announced that it will extend its program through 2009.  What a great opportunity to take your family on a memorable vacation for minimal cost.  To take advantage of this offer, log on to or visit the entrance plaza of a participating park and show your Department of Defense ID.  Unfortunately, inactive, standby and retired reserve members, military retirees, and civilian department of defense workers are ineligible for the program.  For more information on SeaWorld parks, go to

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