2016 Veterans Day Specials in Central Florida

Veterans Day Specials in Central Florida

If you served our country, some Central Florida businesses want to say thanks by offering free food, admission, and more on Veterans Day, November 11.

Here is a list of those who have a military I.D. to show, and all are valid on November 11, 2016 only, unless otherwise stated:


Florida Aquarium – All active duty military, retired, prior service of the Armed Forces (includes Guards and Reserve), and Dependents, can receive one free general admission ticket to this Tampa attraction.

Kennedy Space Center – Active duty military (with valid ID) are offered free admission over the weekend Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13.

LEGOLAND Florida – In appreciation of the service and sacrifice of U.S. veterans, the park is offering all non-active duty military personnel free admission Nov. 1-20, 2016, plus a 50 percent discount on tickets for up to six guests during the same period. On Veterans Day only, veterans with also get a 10 percent discount on retail purchases and food and beverage items. Active duty U.S. service members receive complimentary admission to LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park and Water Park all year long.

Lowry Park Zoo – Active-duty and veterans are entitled to free Zoo admission, plus one free guest on Veterans Day.

Orlando Science Center – In Honor of Veterans Day, active Military and Veterans can enjoy free admission to Orlando Science Center and 50 percent off for their family. Veterans and their families are also eligible for 10 percent off of any annual Membership level. This very special offer will be valid Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13, and guests must present a valid military ID to redeem it.


Aloma Bowling Centers – Veterans will receive two free games of bowling and shoe rental as a way to thank them for their service. Valid at Airport Lanes in Sanford, Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center in Orlando and Aloma Bowl in Winter Park

Florida State Parks – Free park entry for everyone at Florida state parks.

Great Clips – Bring in proof of military service on November 11 and you’ll get a free haircut or a card valid for a free haircut through December 31. All other customers who get a haircut on November 11 receive a card that can be gifted to a veteran or active-duty member of the military valid through December 31.

Kings Bowl America Orlando – All Veterans, Active, and Reserve military members will receive one free game and shoes rental 365 days a year. All military members must show proof of service.

Meineke – Free basic oil changes for all customers with military ID on Veterans Day.

National Parks – Free admission is granted on November 11 for all guests at parks and federal lands that normally charge an entrance fee


Applebee’s – Veterans and active members of the military get a choice of seven different free meals on November 11, plus a $5 coupon valid on a return visit from November 12 to 27.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse – Show a military ID and you’ll get a free entrée (value up to $12.95) on Veterans Day.

Bob Evans – Veterans and active military members get free breakfast, served all day on Veterans Day, plus 10% off your bill on future visits anytime through the end of the year.

Bonefish Grill – All active and retired military with ID get a free order of Bang Bang Shrimp on November 11.

Boston Market – Active or retired military and their families can get a free brownie or cookie with any purchase on November 11, no ID required.

Buffalo Wild Wings – Show proof of military service and you’ll get a small order of wings and fries for free on Veterans Day.

California Pizza Kitchen – Customers with military ID get a complementary entrée at participating CPK locations on Veterans Day, including a choice of pizzas, salads, and pasta dishes.

Chevys – Active and retired military get a choice of items like Mesquite Grilled Chicken, Steak Fajitas, or Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas free of charge on November 11.

Chicken Salad Chick – Veterans and active military get an Original Chick meal (sandwich or scoop of chicken salad, with a choice of sides, pickle, cookie, and a drink) at no charge on November 11.

Chipotle – Buy one burrito, bowl, salad, or order of tacos, and you’ll get another one free if you have military ID, from 3 p.m. until closing time on Veterans Day.

Cracker Barrel – On November 11, all customers with military ID can get an order of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake on the house.

Denny’s – Get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast from 5am until noon at participating Denny’s locations on November 11.

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse – Veterans and active-duty personnel get 50% off their bill, plus 10% off for up to three guests, on Veterans Day.

Golden Corral – This chain of buffet restaurants is hosting a Military Appreciation Night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, November 14, when all customers with military ID get a free meal.

Hooters – Show military ID or proof of service on November 11 and you’ll get a free entrée – choices include 10-piece wings, Hooters Burger, and Buffalo Chicken Salad.

Huey Magoo’s – All active and retired military service members may receive a free 5 Tenders Meal, including a soda or tea. Offer requires a valid ID or proof of service. Valid at all locations in the Orlando area.

Hurricane Grill & Wings – Veterans and active-duty military can order an entrée and nonalcoholic beverage free of charge on November 11.

IHOP – Show proof of military service and you’re welcomed to a free order of red, white, and blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at participating IHOPs on November 11. The pancakes come with strawberries (red), whipped cream (white), and blueberry compote (blue). Some locations are offering an alternate freebie, with a combo order of two eggs, hash browns and choice of two bacon strips or pork.

Ker’s WingHouse Bar and Grill – Free boneless for any military members with current or retired IDs on Veterans Day

Krystal – From opening until 11 a.m., Krystal restaurants will give each customer with military ID a free sausage biscuit.

LongHorn Steakhouse – Customers with military ID can enjoy a free dessert or appetizer on Veterans Day, and the entire table gets a 10% discount on the bill.

Menchie’s – Show military ID and your first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt are free on Veterans Day.

Olive Garden – Veterans and active military can select a free entree from a special menu, with unlimited soup or salad and breadsticks included.

Orlando Brewing – Free beer for veterans on November 11th, from 1pm until midnight.

Pirates Dinner Adventure – On Veterans day, free admission for Veterans and Active Duty Military, and a Military discount for their guests. Must make reservations in advance using code PDAVET16 when purchasing. Show proof of service at check-in and gratuity is not included.

Red Lobster – On November 10 and 11, customers with military ID get a choice of free appetizer or dessert.

Red Robin – Get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger plus unlimited steak fries with a military ID on November 11.

Rock & Brews Oviedo – Each person who presents a veterans, military or first responders ID will receive one complimentary pulled pork sandwich on Friday, November 11th.

Ruby Tuesday – Show military ID for a free appetizer (value up to $10) on November 11.

Shoney’s – Get a free All-American Burger by flashing military ID on Veterans Day.

Sizzler – Through 4 p.m. on Veterans Day, guests with military ID get free lunch, including a choice of three entrées and coffee, tea, or fountain drink.

TGI Fridays – From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 11, customers with military ID can order a lunch menu item worth up to $12, free of charge.

Twin Peaks – On Veterans Day, participating Twin Peaks locations will offer a free menu item to vets and active-duty military.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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