5 Great Ways for Military Families to Save on Fun


Being a military family has its unique challenges and sacrifices, but also presents opportunities for finding hidden gems that can stretch your budget. From discounted travel options to exclusive campgrounds, your military family can take advantage of sometimes overlooked offers to make your life a little easier!

Here are a few deals for military families that you may not know about!

  1. Space-A Travel: Space-A, short for Space Available Travel, is a program that allows military personnel and their families to travel on military aircraft for free or at a significantly reduced cost. This can be a great way to save money on flights, especially for vacation travel. There are Facebook groups for many bases listing their Space-A options and real-time information.
  2. Military Campgrounds: Have you stayed at a military campground before? There’s a network of campgrounds and RV parks across the country, often located in beautiful settings, just for military families. These campgrounds have affordable accommodations, often priced by rank, just for military personnel and their families. It’s a great option for those who enjoy outdoor activities and camping!
  3. Armed Forces Vacation Club: The Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC) is a vacation rental program that offers discounted vacation stays at resorts worldwide. Military members and their families can access these deals for a fraction of the regular cost, which can make it a more affordable way to enjoy vacations in different locations.
  4. Military Discounts at Theme Parks: Many theme parks and attractions offer military discounts, but some lesser-known might be Busch Gardens, Hersheypark in Pennsylvania, King’s Dominion in Virginia, SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, or Wild River Falls in Arkansas! These parks often have special offers and discounted tickets or days for military families, letting your family enjoy a day there for less. Our family has enjoyed LEGOLAND, King’s Dominion, and SeaWorld!
  5. Military Museums and Attractions: Military museums and historic sites often offer free or discounted admission to military personnel and their families. It’s worth researching local museums, historical sites, and attractions in your area to see if they offer any special deals or discounts for military-affiliated families. 

It’s always a good idea to check with websites, or military support centers for the most up-to-date information on available discounts and deals. Let us know your favorite way to save with your military family adventures!

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Alicia is a mom of two girls and married to her National Guard-turned-Active Duty husband for 15 years. Alicia has left part of her heart in the hills of Kentucky, the Piney Woods of East Texas, every taco truck in San Antonio, the Northern Lights of Fairbanks, Alaska, and now resides in Northern Virginia. She spends her time learning watercolor painting, reading too many books, trying new foods, riding the Peloton, and playing with her dog. She is also a new contributor for DC Area Moms.