Newly PCS'd into San Diego? Welcome, and let us congratulate you on winning the PCS Lottery. Now that you're here, you've probably noticed something... everything is expensive! Take advantage of your military discount and save some dough with these discounts that are worth your time.
PCS San Diego: The Top 16 Military Discounts
- SeaWorld and Aquatica SeaWorld's Waterpark (pictured above): Receive free admission for active duty military members and up to three dependents, as well as activated or drilling reservists and National Guard. Hours: Days and open hours vary seasonally, please check websites for hours and directions: SeaWorld, Aquatica SeaWorld's Waterpark.
- San Diego Zoo and San Diego Safari Park: Free one-day pass for active duty, cadets of military academies and reservists with orders, and an African Tram Safari at the Safari Park. Check with MWR for family and/or retiree packages, which vary with the seasons. Opening/closing times vary seasonally, hours and directions available here.
- LEGOLAND California, in Carlsbad (pictured above): Active duty military, reserve, National Guard, retirees, veterans, and dependents receive $18 off, and a second day free. Check days and hours of operation here.
- LEGOLAND California Resort Hopper Discount: Active duty military, reserve, National Guard, retirees, veterans, and dependents receive 30% and a second day free at LEGOLAND California, SEA Life Aquarium and LEGOLAND Water Park.
Museums, Aquariums and Science Centers
- San Diego Air and Space Museum, in the Pan American Plaza: Active duty get in free, family members get $2 off admission, and retirees get $3 off admission. Hours: Open seven days a week, Monday through Sunday, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Birch Aquarium, UC San Diego at Scripps, in Jolla (pictured above): $2 off each ticket for military discount. Ok, we admit that's not great, but it's a pretty sweet aquarium.
Hours: Open 9-5 daily.
- Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and IMAX Dome Theater , Balboa Park: Free admission to the science center for active duty military and their dependents the first Tuesday of each month, and vouchers for the IMAX can be purchased at the military ticket office at a 20% discount. Shows change all the time, listings and showtimes available here.
Hours: Open 365 days a year at 10 a.m., closing time varies.
- Veteran's Museum and Memorial Center, Inspiration Point, Balboa Park: Always free admission to active duty military. Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 to 4.
- USS Midway Museum, alongside Navy Pier, downtown: Free to all active duty and reservists, $10 off for retirees. Hours: Open 10 to 5 every day, last entry at 4 p.m.
- Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park: Free to active duty military and dependents. Hours: Vary daily, please check website for details.
- The New Children's Museum, 200 West Island Ave. (pictured above): 50% off for active duty military and dependents every day.
Hours: Vary daily, check website for details.
- Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum & Historical Foundation, 4203 Anderson Avenue: Free to all visitors. Hours: Open 9:30 to 3:30, Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays and Federal Holidays.
- San Diego Symphony, various locations: Receive $3 off for active duty military with ID for most seats at Copley Symphony Hall, Embarcadero Marina Park South and the Neurosciences Institute. Hours: Vary by location and event, please check website for details.
- San Diego Padres, PETCO Park, downtown (pictured below): Sundays are 50% off and all available tickets are 25% off the day of the game with military ID. Check website for days/times.
- Del Mar Racetrack, Del Mar: Active military and dependents with ID are admitted to the Stretch Run Area Free during summer season. Hours: Vary with each meet, please check website calendar.
- Sycuan Golf Resort: Substantial discount, $20 off the resident rate, on green fees every day at Willow Glen and Oak Glen Championship Courses.
Presented because fun stuff is always more fun when it's at a discount.
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