Washington, DC, and the surrounding Northern Virginia/Maryland area, is home to eight military installations. With a plentiful supply of public transportation connecting so many people, it is a great place to live, work, and visit. As you may not know, so much the District offer free admission to visitors and locals alike, such as museums. Obviously, if you are a history buff, DC includes some of the most important places in American history and is a great place to get away to.
Some of you may remember this video about DC (more specifically, Congress). Check it out!
So if you're military (active, retired, veteran), grab your ID, stop by one of the local MWR offices and see what ticket options are available.
The following are the military discounts to some of the best and most popular places to visit in DC and the surrounding area that I found and also a reader sent to me.
1. Spy Museum
The Spy Museum is definitely high on the list of unique things to do in Washington, DC. Covering the history of spying over the many years of our country, this museum clues you in on many things that used to be Top Secret. Upon entering you will obtain a cover that you will carry through many of the exhibits in the museum. It is a great place to take children, and is very family friendly. There is even an entire exhibit entitled “Exquisitely Evil,” which covers fifty years of Bond Villains and just how close many of them came to crossing the lines of reality and make-believe. Not just anyone can enter this world of international espionage. Your ticket is your all-access pass to everything covert, top-secret, and all around spy-like. Just don’t be surprised if it self-destructs after you use it. It is quite pricy as museums go, but worth it. Six dollars ($6) discount for military members and their families.
Ford’s Theater museum access is free; however because of the popularity reserving tickets online for a timed entry (therefore paying the Ticketmaster processing fee) is highly recommended. But, Ford’s Theater also puts on live-action plays in the theater portion. As part of the Blue Stars Theatres program, military personnel receive a 50 percent military discount on tickets to Ford's Theatre performances (excludes A Christmas Carol and select performances of Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War). These tickets may be purchased in advance through Ticketmaster online or by calling (800) 982-2787. Use promo code MILITARY. You must mention the Blue Star Theatres program at the Box Office once arriving at the theatre. Limit of two per person.
Military service members receive discounted Washington Nationals tickets. Tickets can be purchased through MWR and ITT offices at area bases and the Pentagon. Most ticket levels also include a food and beverage credit.
Members of these groups can receive a $5 military discount off select seating. These tickets must be purchased on game day at the Box Office only. Must show appropriate ID. One ticket maximum per valid ID. Cannot be combined with other special offers. Discount is not valid for Marquee games, Grandstand seating, Standing Room Only tickets or Suite seating. All tickets are subject to availability.
The Baltimore Orioles offer a $5 military discount off of all tickets for military (active, retired and reserve) and their families, available at the Oriole Park Box Office. You can also find bigger discounts by contacting your nearest ITT/Leisure Travel office.
5. DC United
If baseball isn’t your cup of team, DC’s soccer team might be just what you’re looking for. The league is offering military discount seats, at $40 for midfield and $30 for sideline, for the 2014 season.
A short jaunt from the heart of DC, you can find the coolest Aquarium. With a full Black-Tip Reef mini environment and a dolphin show, the National Aquarium is definitely something to check off the list when you come and visit the Nation’s Capitol. The National Aquarium advertises on their website that military discount tickets can be purchased exclusively through their consignment ticket program, which means they can be purchased at one of the local base MWR offices (APG, Fort Meade, Fort Belvoir, Fort Myer, Bolling and Andrews AFB).
There are several Fuddruckers in the Washington, DC area. You can snag a 15% military discount with a military ID.
The Hard Rock restaurants have a long history of supporting the Military, and in the DC area you can get a 20% military discount every day.
If you’re looking to stay out of the city, but close enough to travel there, check out Lansdowne Resort. Just outside of Dulles Airport, and not far from the Metro System, Lansdowne offers a ‘Tribute to the Troops’ package. Aside from this offer, the resort is also highlighting a Kids Eat Free package this summer.