Los Angeles Salutes the Military with Discounts

Battleship IOWA | Photo courtesy of Mariko Johnson, Flickr

The city of Los Angeles honors our nation's military members all year round, from special events to discounts at a variety of LA area attractions. In addition, there are a number of military-themed museums that delve into the history of several wars.

Members of the military can find additional information on discounts and great rates at the Los Angeles Air Force Base, Force Support Squadron, which has special military discounts to attractions, movie theaters, shows and entertainment venues. Ticket prices may vary depending on event date. Valid ID is required, whether you get your tickets from the base or go directly to the venue or attraction.

Fort MacArthur Inn is the lodging operation for the Los Angeles Air Force Base. The inn welcomes all active military members visiting LA. The inn has 72 non-smoking rooms. Rates start at $39 per night. For reservations, call 310.653.8296.

Free Veterans Day Events & Programs

Air Force One Pavilion at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library | Photo courtesy of Derek Cross, Flickr

The second annual Veterans Appreciation Festival takes place on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Battleship IOWA at the Port of Los Angeles. Built in 1940 and opened to the public in July 2012, Battleship IOWA was designated the "world's greatest naval ship" due to her big guns, heavy armor, fast speed, longevity and modernization. The festival is open to the whole family, and include free Battleship IOWA tours for veterans and active-duty military personnel (with ID), live music, a veterans’ resource fair, kids' activities, and food trucks.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants is honoring U.S. military veterans at participating restaurants across the country with a tradition that began in 1999. In recognition of their service, veterans can enjoy a complimentary meal, featuring entrées such as salmon rigatoni or tender beef medallions. A 50% discount on select bottles of Stag’s Leap wine is also available. Official verification is required, entrées must be enjoyed at the restaurant. Reservations are highly recommended. Locate a participating restaurant and make your reservation online: mccormickandschmicks.com/featured-promotion/Veterans-Day.aspx

On Veterans Day, all active duty and military veterans can stop by a participating Hooters and get 10 free boneless wings. Drink purchase is required, offer is good for dine-in only. Offer is valid at participating Hooters only and is open to anyone with valid military ID or proof of military service.

To honor the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is hosting its annual Veterans Day Commemoration from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11. The day’s activities include a flyover, live musical entertainment, a Civil War encampment, military vehicle display and a program honoring all branches of our military. The one-hour program, scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m., includes remarks by Vietnam Veteran Tom Reilly and a keynote address by CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper. Following the program, Tapper will sign copies of his New York Times bestseller, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor. All Veterans Day activities are free for the public to attend - regular museum admission rates apply to visit the exhibits, including SPY: The Secret World of Espionage. Veterans with valid ID receive free admission to the museum on Nov. 11. Entry for active military members with valid ID is always free.


Universal Studios Hollywood offers discounted admission options to active and retired U.S. military personnel all year long. Eligible members include DOD personnel, National Guard, Reservists and their dependents. Tickets for these specially priced offers must be purchased in advance and can only be obtained at participating MWR/ITT offices throughout the United States. These special military rates are not available at the Universal Studios Hollywood box office. A military or U.S. Government I.D. is required for purchase. Visit your local base MWR/ITT ticket office to purchase your tickets, or order your tickets by contacting Commander, Navy Region, Southwest at 619.767.6000. Your tickets will arrive via U.S. mail within 7 business days. Overnight service is available for a nominal fee.

If you don't pre-purchase your tickets before arriving to the park, you're still eligible for a discount. Eligible members include active and retired US Military, DOD personnel, National Guard, Reservists and their dependents. Present your valid Military or US Government ID at the ticket booth in order to receive your discount. You will receive a 10% discount off General Admission tickets and 10% off 48” and below tickets. Blackout dates apply. For more information, visit www.universalstudioshollywood.com/military.

On Military Mondays, the Los Angeles Kings offer a fantastic value for military personnel, with big discounts on select games at STAPLES Center throughout the 2013-14 season. Individual tickets start at just $29. One military ticket per valid military ID. Must present a valid military ID at Will Call to redeem.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) offers free admission to active military personnel all year. In July 2013, NHM opened Becoming Los Angeles, a 14,000 square-foot exhibition that explores the growth of Los Angeles over the course of five centuries, and illustrates the relationship between the city’s ecological and cultural histories. Becoming Los Angeles is the third in a series of new indoor exhibitions and the largest in the museum, located in NHM’s renovated 1913 and 1920s buildings.

The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens offers a discount to active and retired military personnel and their immediate family (spouse and children). Present a valid military ID at the time of ticket purchase, and receive $3 off a regular adult admission and $2 off a regular child admission (ages 2-12). This ticket discount can’t be combined with any other discount offer.

Six Flags Magic Mountain (aka the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World”) and the adjacent Six Flags Hurricane Harbor offer military appreciation days where military members receive free admission. Days vary by park and season. Tickets are available at discounted prices on military bases and installations through the MWR or ITT recreation offices. Quantities are unlimited with a valid military or DoD ID. NOTE: Discounted tickets are not available at the parks.

Disneyland Resort is offering 3-Day Park Hopper tickets for just $129 each. The 3-Day Park Hopper ticket is valid for three days of admission to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park. These promotional tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets by any eligible U.S. military personnel or their spouse through Sept. 25, 2013. Valid and active U.S. military (or military spouse) ID is required for purchase and admission. No more than six tickets per valid ID may be purchased by an eligible service member or spouse. Tickets may be used through Sept. 27, 2014 and blackout dates apply. 


Amtrak - Burbank | photo courtesy of Karol Franks, Flickr

Beginning operations in 1992, Metrolink has since grown to seven lines, 55 stations and more than 44,000 daily boardings. Metrolink offers active military a 10% discount off One-Way and Round-Trip tickets. Please present a valid Common Access Card (CAC) with “Active Duty” printed on the front to the fare inspector upon request.

All aboard Amtrak for a 10% active-duty US military personnel discount. This applies to spouses and dependents as well. The discount is valid on the lowest available rail fare on most Amtrak trains, including for travel on the Auto Train. You must present a valid, active-duty military United States Armed Forces identification card. Certain restrictions apply, for more info visit www.amtrak.com/military-discounts.

Military Themed Museums & Monuments

Fort MacArthur | Photo courtesy of Chris Valle, Flickr

The Wende Museum’s extensive collection of Cold War-era artworks and artifacts explores the history of East Germany and the Soviet Union from 1945 – 1991. At 3:00 p.m. on Fridays, there’s a one-hour tour of the vault where visitors will see additional collections and learn more about the operation of the museum. Free admission.

The Fort MacArthur Museum houses displays and exhibits depicting the role of Los Angeles as a military port for the Army and Navy. Open noon – 5:00 p.m. Tues., Thurs. and weekends. Free admission but donations are suggested.

Docked at Berth 94 in San Pedro, the S.S. Lane Victory serves as a living museum and memorial to the service and services of all Merchant Marine sailors and Navy Armed Guardsmen. Built in 1945, the vessel served during World War II, The Korean War, and the Vietnam War. $5 adults, $2 children.

The Go for Broke National Monument in Little Tokyo honors the Japanese American soldiers who fought in Europe and the Pacific during WWII.