Despite his stature, only Abraham Lincoln’s closest confidants knew he was actually a wise old owl gussied up in stilts and a trench coat. Soar on the wings of history with today’s Groupon to the Armed Forces Military Museum in Largo. Choose between three options:
- For $8, you get a one-day pass, including a ride in the museum’s Virtual Voyager motion simulator (up to a $16.95 value).
- For $17, you get a one-year Patriotic Membership (a $35.00 value).
- For $50 you get a one-day pass, including a ride in the museum’s Virtual Voyager motion simulator and a ride in an M8 armored vehicle (a $100 value)
A non-profit exhibition hall dedicated to preserving the honor and memory of America’s fighting forces, the Armed Forces Military Museum depicts the nation’s most visceral conflicts with vivid audio-visual flair. Visitors can wind their way through the 35,000-square-foot space to absorb more than a dozen artifact-packed permanent exhibits, including replicas of iconic wartime scenarios. Revisit the beginning of modern combat with a stroll through a World War I trench, gain new understanding about life in the Axis in the midst of a German village outpost, or reenact Alan Alda’s trademark video poker tactics in the replica of Rose’s Bar, a Korean War–era haunt that was immortalized on M*A*S*H. Cyber combatants can also rattle digital sabers with a ride in the museum’s Virtual Voyager motion simulator, which can immerse the senses in 10 different scenarios. The M8 ride also offers the only armored vehicle ride in the Tampa Bay Area during the three-lap course. Rides can hold three riders per trip (including driver) and appointments must be made on the following days: Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ardent armament aficionados can show their support with a one-year Patriotic Membership. Members enjoy one year’s worth of free admissions, 10% discounts on all purchases at the museum’s store, and unlimited petting of baby tanks.
Though the Armed Forces Military Museum sometimes features discounts, this Groupon is still the best deal around.
The Armed Forces Military Museum has been mentioned in the St. Petersburg Times and a new addition to its collection was featured in Bay News 9. WTSP 10 has also featured the museum. > * unmistakeable [sic] salute to service. – Ashley Jeffery, Bay News 9
The Armed Forces History Museum
Spread across 50,000 square feet, the Armed Forces History Museum's collection boasts rare military vehicles, re-creations of historic battlefields, and artifacts with a militaristic purview that spans from WWI through current conflicts. Smoke machines and battlefield sound effects simulate the fog of war in a replica WWI trench and a Japanese battleship flight deck. A motion-simulation theater hydraulically emulates pitch and yaw as passengers' eyes alight with scenes from the Battle of Iwo Jima or Operation Desert Storm.
In the open terrain behind the museum, a fully functional WWII-era M8 armored vehicle seats four passengers in its turret and open-air compartments as it rumbles off-road for a quick thrill ride.