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Looking for ways to have fun family outings, but you’re on a limited budget? Here are some venues offering discounts on admission for military this summer.

BLUE STAR MUSEUMS: Morris Museum is one of more than 1,500 across America that will participate in the Blue Star Museums program. The program will offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families (military ID holder and up to five family members) this summer from Tuesday to Sept. 2.

Active-duty military includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, active-duty National Guard and active-duty Reserve. Participating museums can be found at www.arts.gov/
bluestarmuseums.

Georgia’s participating museums include:

• Augusta: Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, Morris Museum of Art

• Athens: Georgia Museum of Art

• Atlanta: Atlanta History Center, David J. Sencer CDC Museum, High Museum of Art, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Margaret Mitchell House, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

• Savannah: Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum & Nature Center, Telfair Museums

• Thomson: Hickory Hill

• Washington: Robert Toombs House Historic Site

South Carolina’s participating museums include:

• Charleston: Gibbes Museum of Art

• Columbia: Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame, South Carolina Military Museum

WORLD OF COCA-COLA: All active-duty, reserves and retired members of the Armed Forces receive free admission to the World of Coca-Cola year round. The free admission is valid only for the Armed Forces member. Regular admission rates apply to family members and guests.

Members of the Armed Forces must present an Armed Forces ID card at the ticket window.

NATIONAL PARKS AND PUBLIC LANDS: Several government agencies are granting free access for military personnel to more than 2,000 parks, wildlife refuges, national forests and other public lands around the nation.

Starting this month, active duty Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and activated National Guard and Reserves members can obtain the new military version of the “America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass.” The pass will be accepted at National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees.

For more information, visit: http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html.


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