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The Best Military Discounts in San Diego

San Diego Harbor, California (U.S. Army photo)
San Diego Harbor, California (U.S. Army photo)


San Diego, California is home to several military bases including Naval Base San Diego, Naval Base Coronado, Marine Corps Recruiting Depot San Diego, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

Whether you and your family are stationed in San Diego or you’re just visiting, there are plenty of military discounts you can take advantage of while you’re there.

Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium, which offers active duty military $2 off each admission ticket, is the exploration center for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. It overlooks the Pacific Ocean and features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates. 

Del Mar Racetrack

The Del Mar Racetrack is in the city of Del Mar, 20 miles north of downtown San Diego. Head over to Del Mar Wednesday through Sunday for fun horse racing, a tradition that dates back to 1937. Active duty military personnel and their dependents are admitted to Stretch Run for free. 

Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa

Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa is a beautiful Spanish-style resort minutes from many hot spots in San Diego. The resort offers a 20% discount to all active and retired members of the armed forces year-round.

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafes are known to be big supporters of the military. Head on over to the San Diego restaurant to use their military discount.

Hornblower Cruises and Events

Hornblower Cruises and Events in San Diego offers a special deployment dinner cruise package. Whether you or a loved one are leaving or just getting home from a deployment, celebrate with a Hornblower’s romantic Sunset Dinner Cruise. The Deployment Package includes a 3-hour cruise on a yacht on San Diego Bay, a 3-course seated dinner, a boarding glass of champagne or sparkling cider and much more.


LEGOLAND California Resort, located 30 minutes north of San Diego and one hour south of Anaheim, offers military discounts on tickets. As an interactive, hands-on theme park, it features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions. It’s perfect for families with children ages 2 to 12. 

Museum of Photographic Arts

The Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park in San Diego offers free admission to active duty service members and their dependents, as well as a $1 discount to retired military and dependents.

San Diego Air and Space Museum

Learn about aviation history at the San Diego Air and Space Museum.  See aircraft, artifacts and exhibits like "American Women of Flight." Have kids? The museum also has a Kid's Aviation Action Hangar for children of all ages. Active duty service members get free admission to the museum, and retired service members get $3 off admission.

San Diego County Fair

The 2016 San Diego County Fair, which featured rides,games, food, animals and more, ran from June 3 through July 4. Military discount tickets were available for purchase on base and not available at the Fair admission gate. Please check back in the Spring for information on the 2017 fair.

San Diego Padres

Are you a baseball fan? The San Diego Padres offer military discounts on tickets for all regular season home games at Petco Park. So if you’re traveling to San Diego during baseball season, check out the Padres’ game schedule and buy your tickets with their military discount.

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo, located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park, offers a free 1-Day Pass for active duty military, cadets of their respective academies, and reserves. The 100-acre zoo houses over 3,700 rare and endangered animals and has a botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants.

Sea World

The SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment salutes those who serve with free admission through their "Waves of Honor" program. Sea World is filled with amazing animals, shows, rides and exhibits. They even have a kennel service.

Sycuan Casino

All active duty service members, retirees and veterans are eligible for membership in the Club Sycuan Military Program. Members enjoy instant access to Platinum level benefits, discounts and exclusive military offers and promotions throughout the year.

Sycuan Golf Resort

Grab your golf clubs! Sycuan Golf Resort offers discounted rates on their championship courses for active duty military service personel.

USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway Museum welcomes all active duty and reservist personnel aboard at no charge. Admission to the museum includes a self-guided audio tour to 60 exhibits throughout the historic aircraft carrier and 29 restored aircraft. There are also family activities for all ages, including flight simulators, music videos, short films, climb-aboard aircraft and cockpits, interactive exhibits and "Ejection Seat Theater."

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