Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Waves of Honor Program
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Waves of Honor Program
Busch Gardens Waves of Honor Program

Active Military Promotion

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is proud to support Active Military Members with special pricing and promotions.
To qualify for this promotion, you must be registered with GovX. Once you are, click the button below to login to your GovX account and see your offers.
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Busch Gardens Military Discounts



Waves of Honor Proudly Supporting America's Bravest

We are proud to salute the men and women of our armed forces and their families.

Waves of Honor permits any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman to one complimentary admission per year to either SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® or Sesame Place® for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents. Service members and their direct dependents must have a valid active military ID in order to participate. Inactive, standby and retired reserve members, military retirees, U.S. Merchant Marine and civilian Department of Defense workers are ineligible for the program. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment reserves the right to terminate the program.

Many of our parks have different hours of operation throughout the season, we encourage you to check the park operating schedule for the park you’re visiting. SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and SeaWorld San Diego are open year round. Check the schedules for our parks that have seasonal operating hours by selecting: Busch Gardens Williamsburg, SeaWorld San Antonio, Sesame Place Philadelphia.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Military Discount FAQs

What is this program about?

Waves of Honor Complimentary Admission is a tribute to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces including active-duty military, reserve soldiers, airmen, Marines, sailors, and Coast Guardsmen.

A Military Pass to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island can be purchased for $149.99 by U.S. active-duty military as well via the GovX login. It includes unlimited admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island until December 31, 2024 with no blockout dates and includes free parking. Not available for purchase at the park.

What does it include?

Waves of Honor complimentary admission permits any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman to one complimentary admission per year to either SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens®, or Sesame Place® Philadelphia for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents. The offer is valid for one park and one visit only.

Do military veterans or civilians working for the Department of Defense qualify?

Only U.S. active-duty military qualify for the Waves of Honor complimentary admission. Learn how to enjoy your prized moments with your family at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. 

Do reservists and National Guardsmen qualify?

Certainly! All activate or drilling members of the reserves and National Guard are eligible for the Active Duty offer. Please note: Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) members are eligible for the Veteran ticket offer (when available).

You offer a total of four free tickets. What if there are more people in my family?

You may purchase additional tickets by visiting a base MWR office.

Can dependents visit the park without their service member?

Yes. It would be best to verify the active-duty members' military status using GovX online. Meanwhile, spouses and family members of military personnel can create a GovX  account. The complimentary/discounted tickets are only accessible to those accounts verified as service members, veterans, or retirees. Once verified, you can print out up to three direct dependent single-day admission tickets.

If I serve overseas and my children live with a relative, how can my kids visit?

The primary caregiver should contact the Guest Relations Department of the park they would like to visit. They will make accommodations for minor dependents. Proof of military status and deployment is required.

I am service member from an Allied country, does this program apply to me?

No. The Waves of Honor Program only applies to U.S. military members.

What if I am having trouble validating my status with GovX?

Please visit support.govx.com for more details on verification.

Can I exchange or trade my offer for a pass?

In most cases, this promotional product cannot be exchanged or transferred unless explicitly stated. Please review the terms for each offer.

During checkout for my ticket, it says “guest name” – does this mean I can bring an extra guest with me?

No. As our special guest, the guest name is YOUR name that will appear on your ticket.

Specific promotions may also have options for dependent tickets – however, you will select a quantity for these & be prompted for each additional guest name as separate entries during checkout.

I’ve logged in successfully and see your “offers” page, but there are no offers there. What could be happening?

This could happen as a result of a few different issues:

  • You took advantage of the promotion already last year and will be able to once again in the next period. Please see the promotion details for more information.
    Note:  If you are merely trying to find your tickets from your earlier purchase, you should have them by email or logging in to your account (IF you created a password/account). Otherwise, you can contact us to review your order and resend it.
  • We may be experiencing an error in our link with “GovX. Please try again in 30 minutes, and if you are still unable to access your offers, use our contact us form to give us as many details as possible.
  • We might have made a mistake! Please contact us as above with your details (affiliation, offer, GovX email, browser, and any other relevant information to help us assist).

After logging in with the “GovX” system, I see the login page for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay instead of my offers. Do I need to log in here too?

This issue might happen for one of three reasons:

  • You are accessing a different offer than GovX has you qualified for (for instance, you’re accessing the “Active Duty” offer page when GovX has you registered as a Veteran or Retiree. GovX can assist in this case. Their verification support  website is: https://support.govx.com/
  • You started your process somewhere other than the park offer page to verify with GovX (either on their site or an external page). Start your journey by using the buttons on the offer page on the park site for which you want to access offers.
  • You have other GovX tabs or are logged into the park site already. The easiest way to continue is to open a single “incognito” window on your browser (In Chrome: Control+Shift+N; in Safari: the " “Private” tab) - then come back to the park offer page and try verifying with GovX through the links again.

Who else can I bring to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay – what if they’re not immediate family?

Each offer page has individual terms for that offer; please read the details for each for eligibility requirements about the offer you’re eligible for. Every attendee will need a ticket/card, so be sure you have the correct quantity selected to account for every member of your party!

I accidentally got my tickets for the wrong park/location. Can I exchange it for the right location?

Typically, you can still visit the park you like, but you must stop at a ticket window first. If your Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ticket has not been used, one of our ambassadors can exchange it for you. 

  • Disclaimers


    Valid U.S. military identification reflecting active status or dependent ID required for offer and must match the name on the eTicket. Inactive, standby and retired reserve members, military retirees, U.S. Merchant Marine and civilian Department of Defense workers are ineligible for the program. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment reserves the right to terminate the program. Non-transferrable and non-refundable. Not for sale. Not valid at Discovery Cove, Aquatica Orlando, Aquatica San Antonio, Sesame Place San Diego, Water Country USA, or Adventure Island. Offer not valid for separate ticketed events including Busch Gardens Williamsburg Christmas Town, SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream, SeaWorld San Diego Howl-O-Scream, and Busch Gardens Tampa Howl-O-Scream. Not valid with any other discounts, offers and has no upgrade value. Limit one complimentary admission per year, per person to one park. Blackout dates may apply. Offer expires December 31, 2024.

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