The Best Military Discounts in San Diego

Operations Specialist 3rd Class Cody Wood looks on from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the ship passes the USS Midway Museum during its arrival in San Diego, Calif., May 8, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo/Zachary DiPadova)
Operations Specialist 3rd Class Cody Wood looks on from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the ship passes the USS Midway Museum during its arrival in San Diego, Calif., May 8, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo/Zachary DiPadova)

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

Birch Aquarium, which offers active duty military, Reserves and veterans $2 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. 

Del Mar Racetrack

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 Stretch Run admission every day.

Hornblower Cruises and Events

Hornblower Cruises and Events in San Diego offers a special deployment dinner cruise package. Whether you or a loved one are leaving or just getting home from a deployment, celebrate with a Hornblower’s romantic Sunset Dinner Cruise. The Deployment Package includes a 3-hour cruise on a yacht on San Diego Bay, a 3-course seated dinner, a boarding glass of champagne or sparkling cider and much more.

Japanese Friendship Garden

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 and retired military a $2 discount on admission, and the third Tuesday of every month is free for active military and their dependents.


LEGOLAND California Resort, located 30 minutes north of San Diego and one hour south of Anaheim, offers military discounts on tickets. As an interactive, hands-on theme park, it features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions. It’s perfect for families with children ages 2 to 12.

San Diego Air and Space Museum

Learn about aviation history at the San Diego Air and Space Museum.  See aircraft, artifacts and exhibits like "American Women of Flight." Have kids? The museum also has a Kid's Aviation Action Hangar for children of all ages. Active duty service members get free admission to the museum, and retired service members get $3 off admission.

San Diego County Fair

The 2019 San Diego County Fair, which featured rides, games, food, animals and more, ran from June 1 through July 4. Military discount tickets were available for purchase on base and not available at the Fair admission gate. On Opening Day they had a Military Free Day. Check back for updated information on the 2020 San Diego County Fair.

San Diego Zoo

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.

Sea World

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.

Sycuan Casino

On Military Mondays at Sycuan Casino, instantly win up to $1,000 in FREEplay. Swipe your Freedom Card at any Club Sycuan kiosk from 9am to 9pm to win up to $1,000 in FREEplay or a drawing entry for the chance to win up to $2,500 in FREEplay.

Sycuan Golf Resort

Grab your golf clubs! Sycuan Golf Resort offers discounted rates on their championship courses for active duty military service personnel.

USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway Museum offers active duty military free admission and retired military 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.

Veterans Museum at Balboa Park

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.

Keep up with all military discounts

Whether you're an active duty service member, a military family member, or a veteran, stay on top of all the military discounts you're eligible for, from travel accommodations to auto and entertainment deals. Sign up for a free membership to get full access to all discounts.

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