Nothing can make up for the costs and sacrifices of being a part of a military family. However, some Tampa Bay businesses show their gratitude for the military by offering freebies for Memorial Day weekend. Here is a list of Military Freebies for Memorial Day in Tampa Bay.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 • 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., military personnel (active-duty and retirees) are entitled to free admission at Lowry Park Zoo. The military member will need to show a Department of Defense photo ID at the Zoo’s ticket counter. As many as three direct dependents of 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.
Hours will be 5 to 10 pm on Friday May 24, 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday May 25 and concluding Sunday May 26 between the hours of 11am and 6 pm. In the plans are live music, lots of vendors, a play area for the kids and bike shows Saturday and Sunday.
Arts Tampa Bay is reporting that Henry B. Plant Museum will be offering free admission for all active or retired military personnel and their families on Sunday, May, 26, 2013 from noon to 5 p.m. Call (813) 254-1891 for details and confirmation. Henry B. Plant Museum is located within the University of Tampa at 401 W. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Fla.
Located at 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy in Bradenton, active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification now qualify for a free annual pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites including De Soto National Memorial. Passes began being offered on May 19, 2012. It can be obtained in person at Federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. The pass admits the pass owner and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, or the pass owner and up to additional three adults at sites that charge per person. See the USGS site for more information.
May 25th - 27th, any Active duty, retired or drilling reservist or National Guardsman is entitled to two free Florida Aquarium admission tickets* for themselves and a guest. Additional family members (up to 4 people) can receive $10 admission.