CouponsforFun, a website where you can download savings coupons for attractions across the country, is highlighting patriotic attractions that are especially appropriate to visit over the Memorial Day holiday.
On couponsforfun.com, travelers will find savings coupons at attractions, such as the USS Midway (San Diego, CA), Pacific Aviation Museum (Pearl Harbor, HI), USS Arizona Memorial (Pearl Harbor, HI), Historic Ships of Baltimore (MD), Battleship Cove (Fall River, MA), Battleship New Jersey (Camden, NJ), Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum (Rio Grande, NJ), USS Slater (Albany, NY), USS Lexington (Corpus Christi, TX), the CAF Airpower Museum (Midland, TX), the Blue and Gray Museum (Fitzgerald, GA), and Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum (Denver, CO). Visitors will also find tours at historic places that played a part during wars on our own soil.
With the summer vacation travel season underway, Couponsforfun.com offers visitors savings at all sorts of attractions, from theme parks, cave adventures and outdoor activities to fine arts, science, technology, railway, sports, western, or just plain odd museums. There are savings at historic homes, presidential libraries, state parks, dinner theaters, riverboat cruises and aerial tramways. And talk about animals! from A-quariums to Z-oos — at a discount. There are savings for sports lovers too, such as year-round whale watching, sport fishing excursions and whitewater rafting. And for film fans, there are Hollywood studio tours and star-themed museums.
So far, Couponsforfun.com has over 300 savings coupons for attractions in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington DC.
There is no registration or prepayment required. You choose by state or theme, then print out the coupon—from your home or hotel. Terry Wade, the CEO claims that many of the attractions are not found on other discount websites. Participating family and cultural attractions do not pay to participate, but are encouraged to supply good offers. New attractions are being added all the time, he says.
Here are his suggestions for patriotic attractions most appropriate for Memorial Day:
USS MIDWAY MUSEUM – San Diego, CA – The USS Midway is the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century! Imagine living aboard a floating city at sea with 4,500 shipmates, by exploring galleys, officer’s country, sleeping quarters, and the 4-acre flight deck. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour, narrated by Midway sailors. Check out the new child’s audio tour with content geared specifically for 7-12 year olds. Climb aboard aircraft and cockpits, walk through helicopters, ride three types of flight simulators, climb in bunks, sit in ejection seat theatre and listen to real pilot conversations during Desert Storm.
PACIFIC AVIATION MUSEUM – Pearl Harbor, Oahu, HI –The Pacific Aviation Museum occupies World War II-era hangars that still bear the scars of our nation's first aviation battlefield. See rare aircraft, such as a Japanese Zero, an F4F Wildcat, B-25 Mitchell Bomber, F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, dioramas, videos, and more. Veteran docents bring history to life.
USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL – Pearl Harbor – There is a reason the USS Arizona Memorial is the number one visitor destination in Hawaii. Million of people from all over the world come to this majestic setting to see for themselves where World War II began for the United States on December 7, 1941. Discover the newly built, $62 million Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument; featuring two new world class museums, wayside panels and panoramic shoreline views.
HISTORIC SHIPS OF BALTIMORE – Baltimore, MD – Historic Ships in Baltimore is home port to one of the most impressive collections of military vessels in the world. Located within easy walking distance of each other, the US Sloop-of-War Constellation, the US Submarine Torsk, the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney, and the Lightship Chesapeake exhibit life at sea from the mid-19th century to the mid-1980's. Also included in the collection is the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, which marked the entrance to the Patapsco River and Baltimore Harbor for over 130 years.
BATTLESHIP COVE – Fall River, MA – This world-class maritime heritage museum brings history to life with the world's largest and most diverse collection of historic naval ships. The Pearl Harbor Experience is the only outdoor multimedia reenactment of Pearl Harbor anywhere, recreating the sights and sounds of the surprise attack on December 7, 1941. Runs seasonally from April - September and is included in general admission.
BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL – Camden, NJ – Our nation's largest and most decorated battleship, the "Big J,” is berthed on the Camden Waterfront on the Delaware River across from Philadelphia.
USS LING at the New Jersey Naval Museum: Take a guided tour and see and hear how the sailors lived on New Jersey's submarine, the USS Ling, a real World War II sub! Open Saturdays and Sundays.
NAVAL AIR STATION WILDWOOD AVIATION MUSEUM – Rio Grande, NJ – The Aviation Museum boasts over 26 aircraft displays as well as exhibits of military memorabilia, engines, photographs and more, such as a vast selection of interactive exhibits that allow visitors to discover the science of flight. The museum is dedicated to the 42 airmen who perished while training at NAW between 1943 and 1945.
USS SLATER – Albany, NY – During World War II, 563 Destroyer Escorts battled Nazi U-Boats on the North Atlantic protecting convoys of men and supplies. In the Pacific, they stood first in line to defend naval task forces from Kamikaze attacks. Today only one remains afloat in America. Step back in Time. Return to 1945 aboard the USS SLATER. (This ship recently went into drydock, for repairs and won't open until mid-June 2014).
CAF AIRPOWER MUSEUM – Midland, TX – The CAF Airpower Museum is dedicated to preserving the complete history of World War II military aviation and the memory of the men and women who built, serviced and flew the historic military aircraft of World War II. The CAF Airpower Museum is also home to the world's largest collection of original aviation Nose Art.
USS LEXINGTON – Corpus Christi, TX – This one-of-a-kind adventure is sure to send shivers down your spine. Virtual Battle Stations are an interactive experience that thrusts you into the chaos and grit that was World War II. Imaginations run wild aboard the USS LEXINGTON. The sights and sounds are so real and so intense you'll feel like you've been transported back in time.
WINGS OVER THE ROCKIES AIR & SPACE MUSEUM – Denver, CO – Housed in a 1939 Air Force hangar, Wings Over the Rockies maintains a collection of more than four dozen aircraft and space vehicles. Highlights include a rare B-18A Bolo, five of the Century-Series fighters, an RF-84K Thunderflash Parasite, an Alexander Eaglerock built in Colorado and the only Star Wars X-wing on display signed by Harrison Ford and other members of the cast.
BLUE AND GRAY MUSEUM – Fitzgerald, GA – Located in Fitzgerald’s historic railroad depot, the museum reveals the remarkable founding story of the city and its roots in the Civil War.
Karen Rubin, National Eclectic Travel Examiner
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