By Sandy Meyer

The Tampa area is home to many military members, including active duty, retired and reservists. This Tuesday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day, several area businesses are thanking those that serve and have served by offering deep discounts or freebies. Here are some that are being offered locally.


VET_zooLowry Park Zoo – Free Admission

In honor of Veterans Day, military personnel (active-duty, retirees and veterans) receive free zoo admission on that day. The military member will need to show a Department of Defense photo ID at the zoo’s ticket windows. As many as three direct dependents of the military personnel are also entitled to free admission. Dependents may take advantage of the offer without their service member, though an adult must accompany minors. Visit


Busch Gardens – Discount TicketsVET_buschGardens

Veterans get 50 percent off tickets now through Tuesday, November 11 and must be used by Sunday, December 21. Active duty military members who already used their free admission for the year can also get 50 percent off tickets. Visit


VET_legolandLEGOLAND – Free Admission

LEGOLAND Florida Resort is proud to offer free admission to military veterans of the United States Armed Forces leading up to Thanksgiving in the month of November. From Saturday, November 1 through Sunday, November 23 veterans will receive free admission to LEGOLAND Florida, along with 50 percent off tickets for up to six accompanying guests. Visit


Seaworld – Discount TicketsVET_Seaworld

Veterans get 50 percent off tickets now through Tuesday, November 11 and must be used by Sunday December 21. Active duty military members who already used their free admission for the year can also get 50 percent off tickets. Visit


VET_great ClipsGreat Clips – Free Haircut

Great Clips, the world’s largest hair salon brand, is giving veterans a free haircut from Veteran’s Day, Tuesday, November 11, through Wednesday, December 31. Customers can come into any Great Clips salon on Tuesday, November 11 and with the purchase of a service, receive a free haircut card to give to a veteran. Limit one card per customer. Visit



Applebee’s – Free MealVET_applebees

On Tuesday, November 11, from open to close, veterans and active duty military can choose from a free signature Thank You Meal menu that includes some of Applebee’s favorite items, including a 7 oz. House Sirloin, The American Standard All-In Burger, Three-Cheese Chicken Penne, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Double Crunch Shrimp, Chicken Tenders Platter or Oriental Chicken Salad. Must present valid veteran’s form of identification or be in uniform. Visit


VET_goldencorralGolden Corral – Free Dinner Buffet

At all of its restaurants nationwide, Golden Corral will serve free dinner buffets with beverage from 5– 9 p.m. on Monday, November 17 to any person who is serving or has served in a United States Military branch, including the National Guard and Reserves – identification is not required. Visit


Boston Market – Free Chicken with PurchaseVET_Bostonmarket

Stop into any Boston Market on Veterans Day and show a military ID and receive a free whole chicken with the purchase of a family meal. Visit



VET_californiapizzaCalifornia Pizza Kitchen – Free Pizza

On Tuesday, November 11, all veterans or active duty military personnel will be able to get any pizza from the menu for free (dine-in only). Please come in uniform or bring a military ID or other proof of service. Visit



Carrabba’s – Free AppetizerVET_Carrabbas

All active and retired veterans can receive a free appetizer at participating locations. Visit


Chili’s – Free MealVET_chilis

Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a special menu with proof of service. Visit



Longhorn Steakhouse – Free AppetizerVET_longhornn

Service members receive a complimentary appetizer from a list of 10 delicious options, including new Crispy Fried Green Beans, Lobster-Crab-and-Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms and Sweet Chili Shrimp. Offer valid for veterans and current service members. Visit www.longhornsteak


VET_RedRobinRed Robin – Free Burger and Fries

All veterans and active duty military get a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day. Visit



Sweet Tomatoes – Free Meal with PurchaseVET_sweetTomatoes

All current and former military personnel can eat free, with the purchase of one full price meal and two beverages; or can purchase a single meal at 50 percent off with the purchase of a refillable fountain beverage. Visit

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