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, which offers active-duty military, reservists and veterans $3 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.
Learn more about Japanese culture at the Japanese Friendship Garden's exhibits, educational programs, festivals, stone arrangements and koi ponds. The garden offers active-duty military a $2 discount on admission.
Learn about aviation history at the San Diego Air and Space Museum through aircraft, artifacts and exhibits. Active-duty service members get free admission to the museum, and retired service members get $4 off admission.
The San Diego Zoo, located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park, offers a free 1-Day Pass for active-duty military. Military spouses and eligible dependents receive a 10% discount. The 100-acre zoo houses over 3,700 rare and endangered animals and has a botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants.
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.
The USS Midway Museum offers active-duty military free admission and veterans a discount off admission. Admission to the museum includes 60 exhibits throughout the historic aircraft carrier and 29 restored aircraft. There are also family activities for all ages.
At the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, visitors can view exhibits with military memorabilia, artifacts, photographs, and other artwork. Active-duty military get free admission to the museum, and veterans get a $1 discount.
The Del Mar Racetrack is in the city of Del Mar, 20 miles north of downtown San Diego. Active-duty military personnel and their dependents receive free general admission every day with valid military ID.
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