11 New York Military Discounts

Marines, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen stand in formation following the 2017 Freedom Run at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza in New York, May 28, 2017. Service members participated in the run to honor the lives lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (U.S. Marine Corps photo/Troy Saunders)
Marines, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen stand in formation following the 2017 Freedom Run at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza in New York, May 28, 2017. Service members participated in the run to honor the lives lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (U.S. Marine Corps photo/Troy Saunders)

New York is home to such a wide variety of events, tours, attractions, dining, culture, shopping and entertainment that you’ll never run out of things to do and see.

If you're planning a trip to New York, make sure you include a stop at some of the following places that offer military discounts.

1. 9/11 Memorial Museum

The 9/11 Memorial Museum offers veterans discounted admission and active duty military, retired military and 9/11 family members are free. The Museum displays artifacts associated with the events of 9/11, and admission tickets include entry to all exhibitions.

2. Empire State Building Observatory

The Empire State Building in Midtown Manhattan offers a military discounted rate of $36.05 per person with a military ID for tickets to the 86th Floor Main Deck Observatory. Those in uniform are admitted free of charge to the observatory. This military discount applies to active duty, veterans and NATO members only.

3. Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo has fun exhibits like the Congo Gorilla Forest, Himalayan Highlands, Tiger Mountain, and Madagascar!, featuring species of animals from around the globe. The zoo offers military discounts that are available six days a week, year-round (excludes Wednesdays) on-site at any Admissions booth.

4. Carnegie Hall

The mission of Manhattan's Carnegie Hall is to present extraordinary music and musicians on their three stages. Both active duty personnel and veterans of the military can save 30% on tickets to Carnegie Hall presentations (excluding galas and Weill Music Institute events). These tickets can only be purchased in person at the Box Office.

5. Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), located in Midtown Manhattan, offers free admission to active duty military and military families (with dependent cards).

6. Intrepid Museum

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum lets you explore history aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark. The Intrepid Museum offers active duty military and veterans free general admission. Veterans also receive a 20% discount on Individual, Dual and Family Memberships.

7. New York Aquarium

The New York Aquarium, which is just off the Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn, includes 14 acres of exhibits and attractions like their Conservation Hall and Sea Cliffs. The aquarium offers military discounts year-round. Active duty military receive free Value or Any Day Admission ticket and a 50% discount for up to three family members. Veterans receive a 20% discount on Value or Any Day Admission tickets.

8. New York MTA

Trying to figure out how to get around the city? The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) offers fare at a 25% discount for active duty military.

If you're looking for a place to stay, keep in mind that many hotels, like Best Western, offer military discounts. For a complete list, click here.

9. New York Water Taxi

New York Water Taxi is a fun way to experience New York by boat sightseeing. They offer a $10 off discount for active and non-active duty veterans on all regular cruises with a military ID. 

10. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

Want to see New York from the water? Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises has guided sightseeing tours with great views of the city, including the Statue of Liberty both during the day and at night. And they offer a 50% military discount on all cruises.

11. Dining

Of course, at some point, you have to eat. Many restaurants in New York offer a military discount, including Hard Rock Cafe and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Make sure to ask about military discounts wherever you dine and have your military ID with you!

Keep up with all military discounts

Whether you're an active duty service member, a military family member, or a veteran, stay on top of all the military discounts you're eligible for, from travel accommodations to auto and entertainment deals. Sign up for a free Military.com membership to get full access to all discounts.

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