Summer is here and usually that means going on vacation and spending some time with the family. Make this summer a summer to remember by taking advantage of some of the great spots available to military members and their families for free all summer long. Throughout the country, there are places you can go and attractions you can visit for free if you are active military personnel. Below are some of the places you can visit and some useful links.
Check out the Blue Star Museum Initiative which allows active-duty military personnel and their families the opportunity to visit some fantastic museums for free. Click on the state you are looking to vacation in to see if you can check out some of the local attractions for free (www.nea.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index2013.php). The attractions are free from now till Labor Day, so plan your trip accordingly.
If you live closer to Milwaukee, consider visiting The Milwaukee Art Museum (http://mam.org/visit/) which offers free admission to veterans and their families with a military i.d.
Active military personnel are also eligible to receive a free annual pass to all U.S. National Parks. More information on the pass can be found at www.store.usgs.gov/pass/military.html.
If none of those places are on your vacation list, perhaps a theme park is. Many theme parks offer free admission to military personnel and their families on the 4th of July. Some even include veterans as well. Check out a list of participating theme parks at www.veteransunited.com/money/july-4th-military-discounts-and-deals/.
Want to catch a baseball game? The Chicago White Sox also offer free admission to active military personnel during select White Sox home games. Details can be found at http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ballpark/cws_ballpark_guide_dir.jsp#m. The Kane Co. Cougars are also hosting a Military Appreciation Night on July 6th where military members, veterans and their families will get in for free. More information can be found here.
As Dr. Seuss said, “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” Enjoy your summer and enjoy some of the sites and sounds of our nation as a small thank you for your service.