As with most holidays this year, Veterans Day 2020 will look and feel different, but there are still many Central Florida attractions and restaurants who are offering deals to honor those who have served.
Here are the deals specifically for veterans, U.S. Armed Forces members and military families:
As a thank you to all the nation’s service men and women this Veterans Day, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has announced will offer complimentary admission to members of the military – veterans, active-duty, retired and reserve – from November 9 – 11, 2019.
Many of the most famous NASA astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and John Glenn served in the military, and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex wishes to honor their legacy with this offer.
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: Read more
In appreciation of the service and sacrifice of U.S. veterans, LEGOLAND Florida is offering all non-active duty military personnel free admission Nov. 1-20, 2016
Veterans will also receive a 50 percent discount on tickets for up to six guests during the same period, so they can bring the family.
In gratitude for their service, all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces can receive free admission to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort from now through November 22, 2015.
To receive free admission and purchase discounted tickets, veterans must present valid military identification or proof of veteran status at a LEGOLAND Florida Resort ticket window on the day of their visit.
In Honor of Veterans Day, the US Park Service is waiving entry fees to all national parks, including those in Florida, November 11, 2014.
Among those within a day trip of the Orlando area are:
Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise
For a list of the national parks waiving their fees, visit nps.gov.
Orlando Science Center will erect the first monument in the nation to honor the Red Tail pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2013 at 10am.
The event will be attended by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 3 City Commissioner Robert F. Stuart, representatives from Vision of Flight and Orlando Science Center, as well as 12 surviving Red Tail pilots and their families, and additional elected officials and community leaders.
There will also be a flyover by a P-51 Mustang — the same type of plane flown by Red Tail pilots during World War II — courtesy of Kermit Weeks, founder of Polk City-based Fantasy of Flight.
The ceremony will take place outside the OSC, at the east entrance facing Loch Haven Park. The general public is invited to attend for free, but seating is limited.
In addition to the ceremony, OSC will show the 2012 film “Red Tails,” a fictionalized portrayal of the Red Tail pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen, Friday, Nov. 8 – Monday, Nov. 11 in the Digital Adventure Theater: A National Geographic Experience.
Lockheed Martin will also be on-site with a flight simulator to enable visitors to experience what flying a P-51 Mustang would be like.
Indoor activities will require admission to Orlando Science Center which is $19 for adults and $13 for youth (ages 3 – 11).
For more information, call 407.514.2000 or visit osc.org/redtails.
One of Orlando’s most popular events is the Veterans Day Parade, which returns to downtown Orlando on Saturday, November 9.
The parade starts at 11am, at the corner of Robinson St. and Orange Ave., heads east on Central Ave, and back north up Rosalind Ave to end at the intersection with E. Livingston St, at 1pm.
There will also be major road closures throughout the downtown area from 7am to 3pm. You can view the map of these closures at cityoforlando.net.
The parade is free to view, but it will cost for parking in downtown Orlando.
We here at CitySurfing Orlando appreciate the sacrifices our past, present and future military have made in service of this country.
If you’re looking for some Veterans events to partake in today and this weekend, here’s a brief rundown of events happening around Central Florida:
- City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade – Saturday, November 13 – 11am
Downtown Orlando (Parade begins corner of Orange Ave and Livingston St)
Will be broadcast live on Brighthouse Channel 13
- Flagler County Veterans Day – Thursday, November 11 – 10am
Government Services Building; 1769 E. Moody Blvd; Bushnell
- New Smyrna Veterans Day – Thursday, November 11 – 11am
Riverside Park; New Smyrna Beach
- Ormond Beach Veterans Day – Thursday, November 11 – 10:30am
Ormond in the Pines; 101 Clyde Morris Blvd; Ormond Beach
- Osceola Veterans Day Parade – Saturday, November 13 – 10am
St Cloud Lakefront Park
- Volusia County Veterans Parade – Saturday, November 13
Pancake Breakfast at 7am; Parade at 11am
- Wildwood Veterans Day Breakfast – Saturday, November 13 – 9am
Wildwood Community Center