A record number of Florida travelers are planning Memorial Day weekend getaways this year.
Thanks to higher wages and lower gas prices, more than 2.08 million Floridians are expected to travel, the largest number in 12 years, according to a AAA holiday travel forecast. Fuel prices averaged $2.34 nationwide and $2.32 in Florida. Nationally, more than 39.3 million will travel this weekend.
Not surprisingly, Orlando is once again No. 1 on AAA’s Top 10 hottest destinations list this year, with Rome, London, Dublin and Vancouver following.
Lucky for us, we don’t need to travel far to have free fun or save at holiday sales on Monday as we honor and salute the sacrifices made by our military heroes to keep American free and strong.
Here’s the list so far for solders and civilians. I’ll be adding to it, so check back through Monday.
Allegiant Airlines: Free bags checks, boarding passes printed, seat assignments for active duty military, retired military veterans, members of the National Guard, military reserve and their dependents.
AAA: Free tipsy tow service for everyone on Memorial Day weekend Friday-Tuesday.
Apple: Special savings on Apple products for current, former and retired U.S. military, National Guard and reservists, government employees, contractors and family members of government entities. There are special offers on Apple Care Protection Plans, too.
AT&T Thanks: Free screening of “Megan Leavey” for veterans and active duty and three others on May 30 at participating theaters.
Blue Star Museum Program: Free visits to 2,000 museums for military and their families starting Memorial Day through Labor Day with ID.
Blue Star Theater Program: Free and discounted movies for vets, active duty and their families at 159 national theaters.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Coupon for free appetizer with any $9.95 purchase; expires June 17.
BJ’s Wholesale Club: Free trial membership; expires July 31.
Brides Across America: Free wedding dresses for military and first responder brides.
Butterfly World: $10 off admission on Monday for veterans and active duty military at the Coconut Creek attraction.
Costco Wholesale: Free $10 or $20 gift card with membership; expires May 31.
Cinemark Theaters: Show military ID at participating theaters and get a special discount. Offers vary by location.
Delta Arlines: Free bags check for military personnel.
Denny’s: Coupon for 20 percent off entire check; expires Monday.
Disney World Military Discount: 4-day Park Hopper passes for $196 for active, retired or spouses with ID.
GovX.com: Veterans, active duty, government employees and first responders get up to 40 percent discounts on major league sports tickets, including Miami Dolphins, Miami Marlins, Florida Panthers and Miami Heat, as well as concerts, travel, apparel and more with ID.
Home Depot: 10 percent off for veterans and their families on military holiday weekends and every day for active military and families with ID.
Hooters: 10 free wings or choice of four other entrees for veterans and active-duty military at participating locations with ID on Monday.
IKEA: Eat for free in the restaurant with $100 furniture purchase on Saturday-Monday and save $25 with a coupon.
JC Penney: Coupon for $10 off $25 purchase through Monday; free 8-by-10 portrait for military families through July 11.
Jiffy Lube: $5 off a signature oil change.
Jungle Island: Free entry for veterans with ID on Monday. Plus, up to four family members get 50 percent off admission, too.
Kohl’s: Coupon for $10 off $25 purchase; expires Monday.
Lowe’s Home Improvement: 10 percent off for veterans and their families on military holiday weekends and every day for active military and families with ID.
Macy’s: 20 percent off and earn $5 in free Macy’s Money with $25 purchase through Monday.
Miami Marlins: Free tickets and discounts for the 2017 season.
Miami Museum Month: Free and discounted entry at 25 museums and gardens from the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; expires Tuesday.
Miami Seaquarium: Free entry, 50 percent off family discounts for vets, military and first responders with ID through Monday.
National Parks Military Pass: Free pass for active-duty military and their families offers free entry to U.S. National Parks with ID.
Outback Steakhouse: 15 percent off for vets, active duty military and their families through July 4.
Overwatch: Free game play on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on May 26-29.
Rapids Wate Park: Free admission in June ith paid admission on Saturday-Monday.
Rick Case Automotive Group: Double miltiary discount of up to $2,000 on Hondas, Hyundais, Genisis, Fiats, Kias and Acuras at South Floroda dealerships for veterans, active duty and spouses; expires May 31.
SeaWorld and Busch Gardens: Waves of Honor program offers free entry to theme parks for military and their families with ID through Dec. 31.
South Florida Adventure Pass: Pay one price for unlimited summer fun at Flamingo Gardens, Jungle
Island, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Sawgrass Recreation Park and Young at Art Museum; expires Sept. 30.
Summer Savings Pass: Free unlimited visits to Lion Country Safari, Museum of Discovery and Science, Zoo Miami and Miami Seaquarium; expires Sept. 30.
Sunny.org 2-for-1 Summer Offers: Buy-one-get-one free deals at South Florida attractions, stores and restaurants; expires Sept. 30.
Texas de Brazil: 50 percent off dinner for veterans and active-duty military and 20 percent off take-out orders on Monday at participating locations.
VisitOrlando.com: Discounted theme park tickets for Memorial Day weekend.
Zoo Miami: Free admission for veterans, military, fire, police and EMT personnel and up to six family members get 50 percent off admission on Friday through June 2.
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