11 New York Military Discounts

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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 active-duty military, retired military and 9/11 family members free admission. 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. Active-duty military and veterans are eligible to receive a complementary Bronx Zoo Admission or Limited Admission ticket for themselves and 50% off tickets for up to three guests.

4. Carnegie Hall

The mission of Manhattan's Carnegie Hall is to present extraordinary music and musicians on their three stages. Veterans and active-duty members of the military save 30% on all Carnegie Hall presentations (excluding galas and Weill Music Institute events). Tickets are available with valid identification at the Box Office, and there's a limit of two tickets per person.

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 active duty military and veterans a complementary Admission ticket for themselves and 50% off tickets for up to three guests. Advance ticket reservations are required. 

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 more information on hotels, check out our list of lodging military discounts.)

9. New York Water Taxi

New York Water Taxi is a fun way to experience New York by boat sightseeing. They offer a $10 military discount for active and non-active duty service members 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!

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