The 37 Best Military Discounts in NYC [2022 UPDATE]

Looking for the best military discounts in New York City? In this article you’ll find over 30 attractions and tours that offer either free admission or great discounts for veterans, military, and military families.

All of the military discounts for NYC listed here I have researched myself because I wanted to find out the best and most up-to-date military discounts for hotels, attractions, tours, cruises and even helicopter rides.

Some attractions in New York offer free admission or discounts only on special events like Memorial Day (weekend), Labor Day, or Veterans Day. At other attractions and museums, military discounts apply all year long. See my full list to determine when specific discounts are available.

If one of New York’s museums participates in the Blue Star program, free admission is valid from Armed Forces Day (mid-May) through Labor Day (early September). Anyone currently serving the United States Military in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard (including Reservists), National Guardsman, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, or NOAA Commissioned Corps receives free admission for up to five family members.

Military Discounts NYC: Full list of attractions

Find the latest free things for military members in NYC and see all of the attractions and tours that offer a discount. I’m still waiting for some details on some of the attractions. As soon as I have them, I’ll update the missing information.

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Military Discount Available?
Discount for Military Families
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Online Reservation possible?

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Reduced ticket price $20 + tax for up to 5 guests

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50% off Standard Experience + 20% off for up to 4 guests

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50% off for up to 4 guests of our military family

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Blue Star program: admission is free for U.S. military and their families

Any other day: free general admission + 100% off for 1 guest

Free Admission + 50% off for up to 3 guests

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Please use promotional code MILITARYBZ for active personnel and VETERANBZ for Veterans during checkout.

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Free Admission + 100% off for 1 guest

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Free Admission + 100% off for 4 guests

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Free Admission + 100% off for 1 guest

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$10 off

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25% off

25% off

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Free Admission + 20% off for the spouse

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Free Admission + 100% off for up to 5 guests

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Blue Star program: admission is free for U.S. military and their families

Blue Star program: Free Admission + 100% off for up to 5 family members

Blue Star program: Free Admission + 100% off for up to 5 family members

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Please use promotional code ICECREAMFORCE during checkout.

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Free Admission + 50% off for up to 3 guests

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Please use promotional code MILITARYNYA for active personnel and VETERANNYA for Veterans during checkout.

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Blue Star program: Free Admission + 100% off for up to 5 family members

Any other day: $17

Blue Star program: Free Admission + 100% off for up to 5 family members

Veterans Day: Free general admission

Any other day: $8



Please send an email to email info@posterhouse.org

Blue Star program: Free Admission + 100% off for up to 5 family members

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Tenement Museum

$5 off

$5 off

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Free Admission + 100% off for up to 3 guests

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* Military Discount Edge Hudson Yards

If you would like to purchase tickets with a military discount for the Edge observation deck, there are two options:

  1. You can call them to confirm you have a military ID and they will process your order directly via phone at 332-204-8500 between 9AM-7PM EST. Please consider contacting them via phone, as they cannot accept payment information by email.
  2. You can purchase tickets at the Edge Box Office located on Level 4 of the Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards. Please bring your military ID with you to complete your purchase.

** Military Discount Edge The Jewish Museum

At this time, military members cannot book on the website. Please email them at info@thejm.org or call them at 212-423-3200.

*** Military Discount Statue of Liberty

To get the military discount for Statue of Liberty tickets please call 888-957-2634 or purchase tickets at the ticket counter at Castle Clinton in Battery Park. Please bring your military ID with you to complete your purchase.

Additional Military Discounts

But you can save not only on attractions and tours, but also on train connections to and from New York City. The MTA offers these discounts:

  • Long Island Rail Road (LIRR): “All active-duty military personnel will be charged off-peak fare at all times.”
  • For Metro-North: “Active-duty military personnel receive 25% off the one-way station fare. The ticket is valid for 60 days from the date of purchase for peak and off-peak travel on all Metro-North trains.”
  • Citi Bike New York: They are offering a Veterans and Military Discount ($35 Off Annual Memberships) to all active, reservist, veteran and retired US military personnel. Get more information here.

How to get your military discount in NYC

In most cases, you can get free admission or your military discount right at the ticket booth when you are in New York.

For other attractions, you can easily book your tickets in advance through official websites; have your military ID available when doing so. I have provided you with the corresponding links in my list.

Important: you must have your military ID with you in NYC!

My way of saying thank you for your service

Gathering this information is my way of saying thank you for your service. Do you know someone who is an active military personnel or has served in the military and is traveling to New York? I would be very happy if you recommend this article!

My tips are honest; honesty is always very important to me. I earn no commission from the links of the attractions mentioned here. My goal is to help military and military families have a great time in NYC and list all of the free admissions and discounts they can enjoy.

FAQ

Are there military discounts at hotels in NYC?

Not really. On the popular booking sites like Booking.com or TripAdvisor they claim to offer them, but you can’t find any way to specify your military ID when booking.

My tip:

  1. Use my hotel finder for New York if you are looking for hotel tips or inspiration
  2. Then, check the official hotel website and DO NOT use hotel booking sites like Booking, Expedia, etc.
  3. Check with the hotel by phone or email before your trip.

Are there military discounts for Broadway shows in NYC?

No, there are no special discounts or promotions for musicals.

Are there military discounts in NYC on helicopter flights?

Yes, HeliNY offers USA Military discounts with proof of military ID. The discount applies 25% off the entire booking, which is great news!

Is there a military discount on sightseeing passes in NYC?

No, I checked with my contacts at the vendors and there are no additional discounts, mainly because they are trying to offer the lowest possible prices to all customers.

Is there an Edge NYC Military discount?

They offer reduced admission for active and retired members of the U.S. military with valid ID. To book, please contact one of our customer service representatives here, or call (332) 204-8500.

Is there an Empire State Building Military Discount?

Yes! Please choose “MILITARY” as option when booking tickets online. The reduced ticket price is $40. Family members must pay the full rate.

Is there a military discount for Statue of Liberty?

Yes! There is a military discount for the Statue of Liberty. It is valid any day of the year besides are holiday dining cruises. The military discount of 15% is valid for every military person in the group not the whole group.

Is there an American Museum of Natural History Military Discount?

Yes! Thanks to the Blue Star program admission is free for U.S. military and their families (from Armed Forces Day to Labor Day). The rest of the year free general admission is provided to members U.S. military and one guest.

Is there a Top of the Rock Military Discount?

Yes! The Top of the Rock provides a Military discount on tickets purchased directly from them. With one valid military ID, you are permitted to purchase up to 5 tickets at $20 + tax per person. The discount can only be applied in person at the box office for USA Active Duty Military and their dependents.

Is there a military discount for 9/11 Memorial Museum?

Yes. The 9/11 Memorial Museum offers free admission to US Military and Veterans. In addition to that they offer discounts for the families during their Salute-To-Service week around Veteran’s Day.

Is there a military discount for Intrepid Museum?

Yes! Active duty military from all over the world and U.S. veterans get complimentary General Admission. There is a 20% discount on a General Admission ticket for the spouse of active duty military at the box office but that doesn’t extend to other family members or children.

Veteran discounts at the museum only apply to U.S. veterans. For more information about general tickets and pricing check out this page on their website.

Is there a military discount for Circle Line Cruises?

Yes! Circle Line Cruises is offering a 50% discount for active and non-active duty United States Veterans on all of our regular Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises. Please present your military I.D. at the ticket office when you come to purchase tickets (Pier 83). Offer is valid for up to four people.

Is there a New Museum Military Discount?

Yes! The New Museum in New York offers free admission to active US Military and Veterans and their families. To get your free tickets please choose “Other Museum Staff, Affiliates and Community Partners” during check-out.

Is something missing?

Is there an important attraction missing from my list that offers a military discount? Feel free to contact me by email and I’ll add it right away!

 

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Steffen

I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On my blog I show you the best and most beautiful spots of the city, so that you have a really good time! You can also find lots of insider tips in our New York travel guide. Also check out my hotel finder for New York!

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Jackie

Email reply from the EDGE – $4 discount for military family members; can be bought over the phone, or on site. Thank you for this list!

Holly Nguyen

I appreciate this article VERY much. The time I’ve spent organizing and planning the NYC trip has been overwhelming. You’ve cut out the work for us! Thank you.
I found the info on Summit One Vanderbilt that you can add.

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is proud to offer a complimentary SUMMIT Experience admission ticket to all active duty and retired members of the United States Armed Forces, as well as 50% off for up to 4 guests of our military family. To receive the offer, an active duty or veteran’s ID will need to be presented at our Welcome Desk upon arrival. Please contact our Guest Satisfaction Ambassadors at 1‐877‐682‐1401 from 9am to 8pm EST to make a reservation for your visit. Please be advised that this discount must be redeemed by active-duty military members or retired veterans.

https://info.summitov.com/faq/how-do-i-get-military-tickets

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