Military Discounts in Balboa Park

Military Discounts in Balboa Park from The Wanderer Guides Blog. #sandiego #military #balboapark

We love our Military here in San Diego! Because there are so many perks for Military members from museums and attractions, we want to make sure all our amazing Military men, women and families know about them. For starters, here are the perks throughout Balboa Park for Military and their families:

*First of all, remember to bring ID for all these places or they probably won’t give you a discount. Second, check websites for prices and keep prices in perspective. $1 off at the San Diego Art Institute means you pay only $2 for admission whereas at the San Diego Natural History Museum, tickets would be $12 with $5 off. Third, pricing below is for adults unless otherwise noted. Kids pricing varies depending on the museum–we included links to each museum’s pricing page. We have the free admission ages for kids below.*

Free Tuesdays.

Free Tuesdays give San Diego Residents and Military free access to museums within Balboa Park. The museums switch the Tuesday they are free on a rotating basis so every Tuesday there’ll be at least one museum for free. Here’s the Residents Free Tuesday Schedule. Or follow us on Facebook to get an update on which museums are free every Tuesday.



Most of the gardens throughout Balboa Park are free. The big garden in the Park is the Botanical Building. It’s free. The only garden that charges is the Japanese Friendship Garden. The Garden is $1 off for all Military with ID. Kids Under 7 are Free.


Balboa Park Carousel. It costs $2.50 for everyone. If you go, show your ID. It’s worth asking!

Balboa Park Miniature Railroad. It costs $2.50 for everyone. If you go, show your ID. It’s worth asking!

House of Pacific Relations International Cottages. Free! Open select days/times only. Check here for more.

San Diego Zoo. Active Duty Military gets one free admission to the Zoo. Retired Military and Dependents get 10% off admission. Zoo tickets can be purchased on different bases throughout SD for a good discount so check there first!

Spanish Village Art Center. Free to walk around the Village. Ask individual artists if they give military discounts on purchases.


Stay Tuned Next Week for More Museum Perks for Military.