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Veterans Day freebies and deals in South Florida

Once the ceremonies, parades and festivities are over, there are still plenty of deals and discounts being offered by restaurants, local attractions, businesses and other establishments that may not only apply to vets and active-duty military, but also to their families, as a way of saying, “Thank you for your service!”

Special note: All National Park Service sites that normally charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, in recognition of Veterans Day. More details at

Some discounts and free entry opportunities are valid only on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, but many more deals may also apply prior to that weekend or beyond. 

Usually military ID is required for discounts and free offers, however, some deals may also apply to the general public on that day only or during a specified timeframe. Following is a comprehensive list of what we have compiled for 2023.

We have organized this list into sections that include the following categories:

  • Food & restaurants
  • Shopping: products & services
  • Attractions by county

Bookmark this page and check back, as we continue to update this list. Also, these offers may vary depending on participating locations, so please check with the establishment before heading out. 

South Florida is also celebrating Veterans Day with Veterans Day events in Miami-Dade County, Veterans Day events in Broward County and Veterans Day events in Palm Beach County.

Everglades National Park

Food & Restaurant Deals

Note: Just because it's not listed here, doesn't mean there aren't deals we may have missed. So, wherever you go on or around the holiday, we suggest you ask, and you may be pleasantly surprised.

Applebee’s Veterans Day Free Meal
Applebee’s is offering military Veterans and current military personnel a free meal from a select menu on Veterans Day. Proof of service is required.

Chili’s Grill & Bar Veterans Day Deal .

To find a Chili's location near by you, click here.

Ford’s Garage

25% off the tab, excluding liquor, for veterans and up to three others at participating restaurants.

Golden Corral Military Appreciation Night
On Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, from 5 p.m. to close, active and former military members are invited for Military Appreciation Night, where they can receive a complimentary meal. This offer is for dine-in only. Find a location near you, here.

Hooters Veterans Day Deal. Click here for locations near you.


  • With purchase of an adult entree, receive 1 or 2 free kids entrees. The offer is valid Veterans Day for active duty personnel with ID
  • Free entree November 10-12  for military and veterans

Other Ikea restaurant deals

Ikea Broward, 151 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise 33325

Ikea Dade, 1801 Northwest 117th Avenue, Miami 33172

Outback Steakhouse Veterans Day Deal
Free Bloomin’ Onion and your choice of any Coca-Cola® product. Offer available for dine-in or to-go (call-in orders only, not available online). Also available: 10% OFF Heroes Discount is open to service men and women, police officers, firefighters and first responders, year-round with corresponding state or federal service ID. Find a location, here.

Panera Bread
Panera Bread to offer free bagel and coffee on Veterans Day. On Saturday, Nov. 11, the 27 participating locations in Palm Beach and Broward counties will offer this deal with military ID. This offer valid in-store only until 11 a.m. and includes one regular sized hot or iced coffee and one free bagel of choice. 

Publix Veterans Day Deal
Military members, Veterans and their families save 10% on groceries on Veterans Day. 

Tijuana Flats Veterans Day Deal
50% off for in-store and takeout orders. Orders may also be placed online on the Tijuana Flats Rewards app. Valid ID required. Locations in Florida listed here.

26 Degree Brewing 

Hot Dogs for Heroes, free hot dogs for veterans 5 p.m. to8 p.m. November 10 at 26 Degree Brewing, 954-532-6964, 2600 E. Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach 33062. The event includes DJ,  live band,  JEEP show, raffle and art auction.

Shopping discounts on products and services in South Florida


Active Military & Veterans Save 10% on Train Tickets | Amtrak

Great Clips

Vets and military personnel can cut their grooming costs on Veterans Day at Great Clips. The popular salon is offering FREE haircuts to veterans and active military on November 11.  Vets not in need of a haircut on Nov. 11 can pick up a card good for a FREE haircut — valid for a few weeks. Click here to find a location near you.


Participating Ikea stores are offering 15% discount valid to November 22 for eligible purchases in  stores for veterans and active U.S. military and their spouses

JOANN Fabrics

Military Discount: Enjoy a 15% discount at JOANN for Veterans, military members and their families.

Current or veterans honorably discharged from the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Marine Corps, US Coast Guard, Reserves or the National Guards and their spouse and/or or dependent children.

La Quinta by Windham

Current or retired military personnel, Veterans and their families who book and stay at La Quinta hotels in the U.S. and Canada can take advantage of the 12% off military discount from the best available rate per night, and 1,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points for members. This offer is good year-round.


Active duty service members, Veterans and family members can enjoy a 15% discount on their purchases at Michaels. Click here to find a store near you.


Veterans and active-duty service members can get a FREE haircut at Sports Clips on Veterans Day, thanks to the Haircuts for Heroes program. In addition, the salon will donate $2 for every haircut service provided on Nov. 11 to the VFW's “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” program.” There are multiple locations throughout South Florida click here to find one near you.


Qualifying customers enjoy 10% off two separate storewide purchases — from Oct. 29 to Nov. 11, 2023. You must be a member of Target Circle for the special discount. Read this post on Living on the Cheap for more details.

Credit: Flamingo Gardens

Deals for veterans and military at attractions in Broward

Butterfly World regularly offers military and veterans 25% off, and the discount is valid for everyone in the party. There is also a printable $5 off coupon online. 954-977-4434. Located in Tradewinds Park, South, at 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek.

Flamingo Gardens. For Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2023, Flamingo Gardens offers free entry for military and veterans and 25% off for immediate family members in their party. Other days, veterans and military receive a regular discounted fee, which is $17.56. Call (954) 473-2955. Location: 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie.

Museum of Discovery & Science offers veterans free entry to IMAX on Nov. 11. Call 954-467-6637. Location: 401 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale.

Xtreme Action Park. This indoor arcade and recreation venue offers a regular promotion for military of 10% off. (954) 491-6265. Location: 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale.


‘Little Shop of Horrors' November 11 and 12 in Broward offers free tickets for veterans with password VET.  Purchase tickets online. The venue is Miramar Cultural Center.

Deals for veterans at attractions in Miami-Dade

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Regular offer for veterans & active military personnel is free entry. Location: 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami.

Miami Seaquarium is offering active and retired military personnel free entry Nov. 11 with valid ID. Up to 6 family members receive 50% off entry fee. Location: 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149.

Museum of Contemporary Art always offers veterans free entry. Location: 770 NE 125th St., North Miami, FL 33161.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens always offers free entry to active duty military personnel & veterans is free entry. Location: 3251 S. Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129.

Zoo Miami regularly offers 50% off regular adult admission for active or former U.S. military personnel plus 25% off regular admission for up to six additional guests. Military photo identification is required at time of purchase. These tickets must be purchased onsite at the onsite ticketing building. Location: 12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177.

Deal for veterans at attractions in Palm Beach County

Photo/Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum offers free entry in November for veterans with valid military ID. 561-747-8380. Location: 500 Captain Armours Way, Jupiter.

Norton Museum of Art always offers free entry for veterans and military with ID, and up to 4 others in their party. 561-832-5196. Location: 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach.

Silverball Arcade offers veterans and military a discounted rate of $5. Call 561-266-3294. Location: 19 NE 3rd Ave., Delray Beach.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens always offers active military personnel a discounted rate of $13. Call 561-495-0233. Location: 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach.

Palm Beach Zoo regularly offers veterans and active military free entry, and 50% off for up to 3 family members. 561-547-9453. Location: 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach.

Mounts Botanical Garden is not open Veterans Day. Regular discount offer for military with ID is $10, $2 off the regular price. 561-233-1757. Location: 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach.

Cox Science Center and Aquarium offers all active-duty military personnel and veterans to visit at no charge on Veterans Day, plus half-price entry on the last Saturday of each month. 561-832-1988. Location: 4801 Dreher Trail N, West Palm Beach.

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Mary Lou Cruz

About Mary Lou Cruz

I worked at the South Florida Sun Sentinel for 21 years, as an Advertising Special Sections Writer; Editorial Systems Editor in Technology; and Editorial Assistant in the Newsroom. Before my newspaper career, I worked in the airline and travel industry and I have lived in Brazil, Puerto Rico and vacationed in more than 25 countries. Originally, I'm from Maryland. I moved to Florida in 1984 and raised my daughter in Miami. Email:

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