Veterans Day 2023 deals and discounts in NYC

Soldiers from Ft. Lee, Virginia help mark Veterans Day ceremonies at the World War II Memorial November 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

With Veterans Day just around the corner, organizations and businesses in New York City are coming together to thank and honor veterans and active-duty service members with free goods, services and discounts on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023.

Here are some places with promotions this year. 

Keep in mind, that most require proof of military service to access these discounts. 

Things to do in NYC:

American Museum of Natural History

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If you are a member of the Blue Star program, admission is free for U.S. military and their families. 

For the rest of the year, free general admission is provided to members U.S. military and one guest.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Bronx Zoo

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The Bronx Zoo is offering free admission and 50% off for up to three guests. 

At checkout, use the promotional code MILITARYBZ for active personnel and VETERANBZ for Veterans. 

For more information click here.

Circle Line Cruises

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Circle Line Cruises is offering a 50% discount for active and non-active duty U.S. veterans on all of their regular site-seeing cruises. 

When you arrive, don't forget to bring your military I.D. to the ticket office when you come to purchase tickets (Pier 83). 

The offer is valid for up to four people. To book a cruise click here.

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

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Active duty military from all over the world and U.S. veterans get complimentary general admission. 

The Intrepid is offering 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 click here

Metropolitan Museum of Art (MOMA)

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If you are a member of the Blue Star program, admission is free for U.S. military and their families. 

Museum of Ice Cream

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When you arrive at check out, use promotional code ICECREAMFORCE. 

To reserve tickets here.

New York Aquarium

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The New York Aquarium is offering free admission 50% off for up to three guests. 

Active personnel can use the promotional code MILITARYNYA and VETERANNYA for veterans during checkout.

For more information click here.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty seen on a bright day with clouds

The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. (FOX 5 NY File Photo)

If you want to go to the Statue of Liberty, you're in luck! There is a military discount, and it is valid any day of the year except for the holiday dining cruises. There are two ways to get the military discount for Statue of Liberty tickets:

  1. Call 888-957-2634
  2. Purchase tickets at the counter at Castle Clinton in Battery Park

The military discount of 15% is valid for every military person in the group. 

For more information click here.

The Edge at Hudson Yards

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There are two ways to purchase tickets with a military discount for the Edge observation deck. See below: 

  1. Call to confirm you have a military ID and they will process your order directly via phone at 332-204-8500 between 9AM-7PM EST.
  2. Purchasing tickets at the Edge Box Office located on Level 4 of the Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards.

FYI: Consider contacting the Edge via phone, as they cannot accept payment information by email.

Top of the Rock

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Top of the Rock offers 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 U.S. active duty military and their dependents.

For more information click here.


Veterans Day free meals and deals being offered this year

This Veterans Day, dozens of restaurants across the country are offering free meals and discounts to say a special thank you to those who have served our country.



  • 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. For more information click here.