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

Battleship IOWA guns
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The Battleship IOWA and Black Knight Patrol present the inaugural Veterans Day Music Festival, honoring the men and women who serve our great nation. The opening ceremony takes place at 11 a.m., live music starts at noon and the festival runs all day until 5 p.m. Enjoy free sandwiches, chips and water for the first 800 veterans and their families. Music by Purple Sugar and the Port Police Dangerous Cargo. There's also military branch booths, DJ, Daughters of the American Revolution, Sea Cadets, UCLA FOCUS and Sailor’s Bar.

Free admission for veterans and active military with valid ID. General tour admission is $11 for all family and friends accompanying a veteran.

Atlas Obscura - a collaborative project dedicated to exploring the world's wondrous and curious places - is hosting "A Night on the Battleship," the first-ever civilian adult sleepover on board the Battleship IOWA. Join Atlas Obscura Field Agent, Sandi Hemmerlein for this once-in-a-lifetime immersive experience, which begins at 4 p.m. on Veterans Day. You'll receive a safety briefing, get settled into your bunks, and chow down on an early dinner in the mess hall.

Next, take an extensive tour of the legendary warship through staterooms, command centers, the main galley, and other areas that show what "life at sea" was like for sailors in the Pacific Fleet from the 1940s through the 1980s. As a special bonus, the group will have exclusive access to some areas of the battleship that are not currently open to the public during regular tours. On Saturday morning, wake up to breakfast being served and a special Q&A session with actual veterans—some of whom served in the U.S. Navy and on the great battleship itself.

Pricing is $125 person. Ticket includes dinner, tour, overnight accommodations and breakfast. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit the Atlas Obscura event page.

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

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 Friday, Nov. 11. 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. From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., learn about the Civil War during re-enactments by the Washington Artillery of New Orleans, explore WWII and current military vehicles, and enjoy musical performances by the Armory Band.

The program, which begins at 10:30 a.m. in the main auditorium, includes an honor guard, live music, and keynote remarks by Vice Admiral Fred Midgette, Commander, Pacific Area Commander, Coast Guard Defense Force West. Following the program, the documentary They Were Our Fathers will screen in the auditorium. Some 20,000 American boys and girls lost their fathers during the Vietnam War. Their stories serve as powerful testimonies about the true cost of war.

Outdoor events and the program and documentary screening are free to attend - reservations are recommended to attend the program. Museum admission rates apply to visit the Reagan Museum, Air Force One Pavilion, and the special exhibit, Interactive!. Veterans with valid ID will receive free admission to the museum on Nov. 11. Active military members with valid ID are always free.

On Veterans Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific is offering free admission to veterans and military personnel 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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"The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood
"The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™" | Image Courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood

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/military-discounts.

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

Truck at Fort MacArthur Museum
Fort MacArthur | Photo courtesy of Chris Valle, Flickr

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. Every summer, the museum presents Old Fort MacArthur Days, the west's largest continually running re-enactment and living history timeline event.

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.


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