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 L.A. 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 L.A. The inn has 72 non-smoking rooms. Rates start at $39 per night. For reservations, call 310.653.8296.

Veterans Day Events

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

Taking place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, the Veterans Day Festival at Battleship IOWA features a special Army helicopter landing on board, a ceremonial firing of the battleship’s 5" guns, 1940s swing music, food trucks, vintage vehicles, historic military reenactors, sailor's bar, pin ups and more.

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 on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. The day’s activities include live musical entertainment, a Civil War encampment, a military vehicle display and a program honoring all branches of our military. The program, which begins at 11 a.m., includes an honor guard and remarks by retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne. Staff Sergeant Mills is a Wounded Warrior, motivational speaker and international advocate for veterans and amputees. He is one of only five servicemen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ever to survive his injuries as a quadruple amputee. He started the Travis Mills Foundation, which benefits and assists wounded and injured veterans. Following the program, Staff Sergeant Mills will be signing his new book Tough as They Come: A Memoir, which was published Nov. 3, 2015. Books must be purchased in the Reagan Library museum store to receive signature.

Outdoor events and the program are free to attend, reservations are recommended. To reserve seats and to pre-purchase books, visit the Reagan Library website.

On Veterans Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific is offering free admission to veterans, military personnel, police officers and firefighters with service I.D. The aquarium is open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily except on Christmas Day and the weekend of the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Every Veterans Day, entrance fees to more than 100 National Parks are waived for veterans. Fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation entrance fees.

Free Meals on Veterans Day

Spaghetti and breadsticks at Olive Garden
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Fast & Furious - Supercharged at Universal Studios Hollywood
Fast & Furious - Supercharged | Photo courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood, Facebook

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 U.S. Military, DOD personnel, National Guard, Reservists and their dependents. Present your valid Military or U.S. Government ID at the ticket booth in order to receive your discount. You will receive a $3 discount off General Admission tickets and $3 off 48” and below tickets. Blackout dates apply. For more information, visit www.universalstudioshollywood.com/military.

Located 10 minutes south of Downtown L.A., Citadel Outlets features 130 brand name stores offering 30-70% off retail prices. Several stores offer discounts on entire purchases to military personnel with proper ID, including Converse, Levi's, Old Navy and more. For the complete list, visit www.citadeloutlets.com/info/Militarydiscount.

Located at L.A. LIVE in Downtown L.A., the GRAMMY Museum is an exciting and interactive celebration of the power of music. Four floors of cutting edge exhibits, interactive experiences and films provide a one-of-a-kind visitor experience.The GRAMMY Museum offers $2 off admission to military members who present a military ID. The GRAMMY Museum also participates in the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to museums for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For more L.A. area Blue Star Museums, visit www.bluestarfam.org/support/blue-star-arts/blue-star-museums.

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.

The Los Angeles Dodgers offer specially priced tickets throughout the regular season. Tickets are available on the day of game only, and are subject to availability. Limited to 1-star, 2-star, and 3-star games. Tickets may be purchased at any ticket booth, two hours prior to game time until 60 minutes after the first pitch, with proper military ID. Valid for up to four (4) tickets per ID.

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 regular season. Individual tickets start at just $33. 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.

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.


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 Museums & Monuments

Battleship IOWA guns
Photo courtesy of Battleship IOWA, Facebook

Permanently docked at Berth 87 in the Port of Los Angeles, the famed Battleship IOWA is a floating museum that welcomes visitors from around the world to tour the great ship and learn about its legacy as one of the fastest and most powerful ships that ever sailed the world’s oceans.

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 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 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.