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Free Beer Here! (and at SeaWorld Orlando this Summer)

Capone’s has always offered free beer for their guests, however, this summer SeaWorld Orlando will also be giving away a brew or two! The summer promotion begins May 25 and continues through September 2. This longtime tradition at SeaWorld is returning again. We say cheers!

History of Free Beer at SeaWorld

Busch Gardens in Tampa offered free beer years before SeaWorld did. They were, after all, both owned by Anheuser-Busch, maker of Budweiser. It only made sense to offer a taste of their product at the theme park. It wasn’t much, but park visitors enjoyed the sample.

Around 1992, their sister park, SeaWorld Orlando started offering cups of beer. It was a nice touch, especially on a hot day. Even the Budweiser Clydesdales paraded through the Orlando theme park twice a day. Then in 2009, a ‘last call’ was announced. The cold draft stopped flowing (for free). Little did we know at the time, Anheuser-Busch was selling SeaWorld Orlando’s parent company to the Blackstone Group.

Free beer at SeaWorld Orlando

How to Get Your Free Beer

SeaWorld Pass Members can enjoy a free 14-ounce domestic brew now. They do not have to wait for May 25, 2019. The complimentary beer is available to guests 21 years of age and older from 10:30 a.m. to one hour before the park closes. To get your free beer, visit the Patio Bar next to Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen. You will be asked to show a valid Pass and photo ID to redeem. Once summer begins, all adults will have access to their free beer.

As was mentioned at the beginning of this post, Capone’s Dinner & Show also offers free beer. The wise guys and doll faces have been serving it since 1992! Prohibition or not, suds are served each evening at this joint. Beer, wine and other adult beverages are included in your ticket. Unlike SeaWorld, you don’t have to stop at having only one free drink. However, you are asked to drink responsibly. You will need to show a photo ID as proof of age.

Speaking of age, Capone’s also offers ‘virgin drinks’ or ‘mocktails’ and many other beverages. This is great for the kids in your group (and teetotalers).

Other Free Stuff

Join the millions of visitors (21 million annually, to be exact) to visit SeaWorld this summer. Take advantage of the free beer. Of course, there are many other, more important, features about this Orlando theme park. New attractions have opened, including the recent opening of Sesame Street land! Also, on select nights this summer, Electric Ocean is sure to be spectacular.

If you like free beverages, you might also like free attractions. Check out our post about the free fun things to do in this area. Skip the busy theme parks for a day and give your wallet a break.

After a day at the theme park or free attraction, join the gang at Capone’s and ‘tip a few’ with Al’s pals. Enjoy the cabaret show and delicious buffet. It’s a blast that everyone in your group will enjoy. See you soon… and cheers!

Pioneer Day in Kissimmee – Fun & Free

Pioneer Day offers cracker house tours

Pioneer homes were moved to Shingle Creek after months of collecting them from all over Osceola County.

Pioneer Day Shares Kissimmee’s History

Over 100 years before Capone’s Dinner & Show started entertaining tourist in Kissimmee, Florida, settlers in this area used their talents to survive and thrive. They even did a little entertaining! History tells us our location was a much different place back then, however, this Saturday, why not see for yourself? Pioneer Day is this Saturday, November 14 at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek.

Something to do that is Fun & Free

It has been a year since the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek opened to the public. It is a great small attraction which many locals and tourists have yet to visit. This event is a great reason to check it out. Not only is it fun, it is also free! Although the regular price of admission is only $7/adult and $3/child, hey, free is even better, right? Add in the special demonstrations, food and entertainment, and you’ll have a great day which also includes a history lesson.

Pioneer Days aims to summon us from our fast-paced lives back to a time when life was simpler. Step back in time to the late 19th century and tour the homes that the earlier settlers lived in. Did you know? These homes were moved to Shingle Creek after months of collecting them from all over Osceola County. Now that they have been gently preserved, history can be experienced and stories can be shared.

Tours & Live Demonstrations

Not only will you be able to tour the “cracker houses” and other buildings, you’ll also be able to watch live demonstrations. You’ll learn firsthand how the pioneers survived with so little compared to what we have today. The history behind each structure at this local attraction is very interesting. It includes farmers, ranchers, fruit growers, investors and Indians (sorry, no “wise guys” are mentioned at this point in our history). The homes and demonstrations include:

  • Partin Family Caretaker’s House
  • Blacksmith’s Shop (with a demonstration)
  • Lanier “Cracker House”
  • Tyson House (with a soap maker demonstration)
  • Cow Camp with a cow hunter demonstration
  • Seminole Villiage Chickee with a Seminole family demonstration
  • Cadman Complex, Bungalow & Bachelor’s Quarters (meet Mrs. Cadman)

Kids Zone with Stories and Crafts

Be sure to bring the kids. At 11:30 a.m.  and 1:30 p.m. children will be able to listen to stories which are always fun when told by an excellent story-teller! If you can’t get them to do chores around your house, be prepared to see them having FUN doing “chores” as the pioneer children did. There will be a craft area as well. It’s a great event that your children will enjoy – with plenty of playing outside!

Market & Bake Sale

Not only will the gift shop at the Pioneer Village be open, a Real Florida Market will be set up during this special event. Art, crafts and baked goodies from local Florida residents will be offered for sale. Seasonal gifts will be a hit. Lunch is available too with the option of a hamburger from Southern Breeze or a BBQ Sandwich from Big John’s Rockin’ BBQ.

VIP Area

This event is free, however, upper level Patrons, Partners and special guests will have VIP tickets. An exclusive tent area will provide a catered breakfast, lunch, drinks, designated seating area and a special raffle. Supporters can help fund future projects which include a general store, a schoolhouse, a church, and train depot. Be sure to look into becoming a VIP at Pioneer Day (check out VIP tickets at Capone’s too)!

If you miss Pioneer Day, you can tour this piece of Kissimmee history any day between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Regular admission will be required. Pioneer Village is located at 2491 Babb Rd. in Kissimmee FL 34746. For more information visit their website at www.osceolahistory.org or call 407-396-8644.

Dinner Plans After Pioneer Day

After a day of living in the 1800’s, fast-forward to an evening in the early 1930’s. Join Al and his gang for a night to remember at Capone’s Dinner & Show. Get half-price tickets which include a delicious dinner buffet and a show that all ages enjoy. Introduce your kids to pioneers, Indians and silly gangsters all in one day!

FREE Parks Entrance – This Weekend!

Okay, so there are no THEME parks that are giving away free entrance this weekend, but there are over 392 National Parks that are! What a great way to spend a day or even a few hours – for free! During the year there are 5 designated ‘free’ dates and this weekend happens to be one of them. Mark your calendar for the remaining fee-free days this year:

  • August 14-15, 2010
  • September 25, 2010 (Public Lands Day)
  • November 11, 2010 (Veterans Day)

Not only is the admission free, many parks are offering additional savings on lodging, food and souvenirs. Regular guided tours and outdoor activities will be available at some of the favorite parks across the country. While many enjoy the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks, right here in Florida, tourist will be busy visiting the exotic Everglades National Park. This is not the only National Park in Florida, however. We also have the following parks worth visiting:

Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, FL
Biscayne National Park – Miami, Key Biscayne & Homestead, FL
Castillo De San Marcos National Monument – St. Augustine, FL
Dry Tortugas National Park – Key West, FL
Everglades National Park – Miami, Naples, and Homestead, FL
Fort Caroline National Memorial – the Timucuan Preserve; Jacksonville, FL
Fort Matanzas National Monument – St. Augustine, FL
Gulf Islands National Seashore – Gulf Breeze, Florida
Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor – FL, GA, NC, SC
Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve – Jacksonville, FL

Parks a little closer to the Central Florida area are:

Canaveral National Seashore – Titusville and New Smyrna Beach, FL
De Soto National Memorial – Bradenton, FL

Both of these parks offer a dip in the water to help you cool off and offer excellent fishing, hiking, boating, nature and other activities to fill a day or just a few hours.

Tip: More than 200 national parks offer free admission year round including De Soto National Memorial. Even though the Canaveral National Seashore normally costs $3/person, it is great when you can enter for free, so take advantage of the free admission and enjoy your time at a National Park!

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.