I guess it never occurred to me that I just might be in rare company because of a couple of vacations from my childhood.

So...how many people do you know that have visited Sea World in BOTH Florida and southern California? Yep, and it was a very long time ago on both occasions--the Florida trip sometime in the 70s and San Diego in 1980.

We got to see Shamu in SoCal and, I guess, Bizarro Shamu in Florida. The park was fun but it really could have used some rides. Fortunately, there are TONS of rides at Sea World, these days.

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Honestly, when I hear folks talk of Florida vacations, I rarely hear them mention Sea World, but if you are a member of the military, that could change.

SeaWorld Parks and Busch Gardens are offering free admission to military members and their families, and also to veterans. That sounds like an amazing Florida vacation on the super cheap if you're not paying admission to high-profile theme parks like that.

According to WWSB-Sarasota, men and women covered under those categories will be able to take advantage of free admission through June 27th.

Additionally, members of the military, veterans, and their family members may purchase up to six extra tickets at 50% off. What a sensational offer.

But you'll need to move relatively quickly; the deadline for the offer is May 16th. Just go to seaworldentertainment.com/programs/waves-of-honor to register by that date. If you do qualify, you'll be able to secure free tickets for yourself and up to three dependents. And you'll need a valid, active military ID in order to participate.

Once you get the tickets, you'll need to use them by June 27th.

Have fun at Sea World...or Busch Gardens...or BOTH.

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