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Now when the summer heat and crowds of tourists have gone, September brought to Florida many bargains on various attractions.

Local deals

September brings to Floridians many fall bonuses and Swaptember promotion is one of them. It means that the annual passholders of MOSI, the Florida Aquarium and the Lowry Park Zoo can visit all three facilities during the month.

After Labor Day the Glazer Children’s Museum will charge just $6 admission fee to celebrate its sixth birthday. While the entry fee is normally $15 for adults and $9.50 for kids beginning from Tuesday through Sept. 30 it will be just $6. The museum located near Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park was opened on Sept. 25, 2010, and on Sept. 24-25, visitors can attend a weekend “Particle Party” for free where free birthday cupcakes will be served.

Halloween at Theme Parks

Everyone who loves Halloween can save a great deal of money by attending theme park parties midweek in September. The holiday celebrations are already getting started so you will have lots of fun while enjoying the reduced price. You can save as much as $40 on a ticket.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: During this after-hours party visitors can wear a costume in the Magic Kingdom (the only time of year). The party runs Friday through Halloween on select nights. Those who decide to visit the party early in September will pay the lowest price that starts from $72 for adults and $67 for kids. On Sept. 29 the price will reach $79 and will continue climbing in October to its peak of $105 for Halloween night. The park is open until 7 p.m., but visitors arriving with Halloween party tickets are allowed to get in at 4 p.m. Park guests will enjoy tons of extra fun such as character meet and greets, treat stations, special entertainment, parade and fireworks.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream: Each year Busch Gardens presents horror lovers its scare fest with seven haunted houses and roaming hordes of scare actors. The tickets to this attraction also increase in price in October, reaching $65 and $70 closer to Halloween. But you can attend the Freaky Preview on Sept. 23 and 24 for just $45.99. There is the cheaper price for the weekday event. To maximize your savings consider getting a four-pack ticket deal for $35.99 a person, in addition discounts are available for pass members.

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights: Beginning Sept. 16 this popular Halloween destination will delight its visitors with a lineup of horror attractions like haunted houses based on Freddy vs. Jason, The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween 2,  The Walking Dead, and American Horror Story and more. Universal offers lots of deals for Florida residents. For example, those who purchased tickets for a weeknight in September for $55.99-$82.99 can save $22-$50 from the gate price. There are also great hotel and vacation packages for visitors to consider.

Military Discounts

Active duty military, reservist, or National Guard and up to three dependents are eligible for free admission to Busch Gardens and SeaWorld during a year.

First responders get free admission to Legoland throughout September and 10 percent off on stays at the Legoland Hotel. This offer is for law enforcement, fire and rescue and EMS employees who work in the country, as well as Homeland Security agents, corrections officers and forest rangers.