A Military Discount Guide to America’s Historic Triangle for Serious Savings
Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown.
Do you know what you get when you combine these three hotspots? The Historic Triangle in none other than our home state of Virginia, marking major colonial events in our nation’s history.
And for that reason, there are so many family-friendly activities to be enjoyed while exploring this patriotic part of Old Dominion. So, while we live near a major military hub, we asked Jocelyn, our resident milspouse (that’s military spouse for the uninitiated!), to embark on an epic Historical Triangle tour with her family to scout out the best spots for military discounts. That way, our travel lovers who so dutifully serve our country, along with their families, can make the most out of learning about the evolution of America!
1. Busch Gardens & Water Country USA
If roller coasters, animals, and fried food sounds like your idea of a good time, you have to check out Busch Gardens in Williamsburg! Or, ride the waves and relax at the lazy river at Water Country USA. Both parks provide endless entertainment for the kids and offer great military discounts.
Grab your one free pass a year through the Waves Of Honor website, and hang out all day long at either Busch Gardens or Water Country USA. This offer extends to the military member and up to three dependents. Additional tickets can be purchased for a discount at your local Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) center.
Tripbound Traveler Tip: go later in the afternoon (if the kids will allow) for shorter wait times! You won’t regret it.
2. Yorktown Battlefield & Beach
Discover what it took for the United States of America to be independent as you explore the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War at Yorktown Battlefield. When you sign up for an annual America The Beautiful Pass, you’ll be granted free access to National Parks and Federal Recreation sites, like this one, all across the country!
Then, admire the beauty of the nearby beach scenery at Yorktown Beach, located in none other than Historic Yorktown. While at the riverwalk, be sure to stop in for a waffle cone at Ben & Jerry’s for a 10% military discount!
3. Colonial Williamsburg
You can’t come to the Historic Triangle and not visit Colonial Williamsburg! The kids will get a kick out of the beautiful historic homes and traditionally dressed colonials who really make it feel like you’ve taken a step back in time.
Active duty military members receive a complimentary pass for themselves, and up to three dependents, once a year. Additionally, retirees and veterans qualify for 50% off (or free if visiting during Memorial Day weekend). And best of all, most businesses and restaurants in the Colonial District are more than willing to offer a military discount. Just ask!
Oh, and you can’t forget to grab something to eat before or after all the walking! The Cheese Shop is a fan favorite (don’t let the lines deter you – after all, the house dressing is delicious!), and it’s where you can also get a 10% discount.
4. Colonial Ghost Tour
The fun and history doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! Come back to Colonial Williamsburg after dark to take a lantern-lit, guided walk and hear tales of residents past.
The Original Ghost Tour company offers several start times where the stories get increasingly spooky as the night goes on. Book the 8 p.m. stroll if you have some faint of heart in your party, or attend the 10 p.m. tour if you’re feeling brave. A 10% discount is offered to military, and who knows, you might even see a ghost!
5. Go Ape Williamsburg
Seeking an outdoor adventure? Check out Go Ape Williamsburg for a fun obstacle and zip line experience that lets you swing from the trees. There are varying skill levels to accommodate anyone in your party, and with a 10% military discount, you can take the whole family!
The staff is wonderful, and the kids will be talking about it for weeks to come. And you’ll obviously need to refuel afterwards, so grab a bite to eat at the local Italian restaurant —Sal’s by Victor. You won’t regret your meal choice, and military can save 10%.
6. Jamestown Settlement
Take a step back in time and see how the first colonial settlers lived at Jamestown Settlement. This spot within the Historic Triangle is a living history museum with an indoor museum and re-creation of the original James Fort, which you can explore! Jamestown Settlement also features replicas of the original settlers’ ships, such as the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery.
Military saves 10% on tickets and food at the on-site cafe. But if you’re still hungry, top the day off with some burgers and shakes at Retro Good Eats where you’ll also save 10%.
Need a place to stay during your visit?
A place that’s not a cramped hotel room? Explore Wyndham Kingsgate in Williamsburg, Virginia, offering spacious suites so the whole family can enjoy a stress-free getaway from the hustle and bustle. You and the kids will love the on-site indoor and outdoor pools, mini golf course, and so much more!
The best part? Tripbound offers active-duty and veteran military families a lifetime travel savings of 10% off all vacation rentals year-round.
It’s just a very small token of our appreciation for service member families all around the world. So, when you’re ready to book, ask about our military discount – available to all service members (past & present) and their family members with a valid military ID!