From commissary shopping to medical care and the G.I Bill, being in the armed forces has always had its perks. Here are six military and veterans discounts in NYC that give the locals a chance to show their ongoing appreciation for our men and women in uniform. Go ahead and enjoy. In our eyes, you have more than earned each and every one.
Best NYC Military Savings: One World Observatory (Financial District)
Active Military Personnel can enjoy half off fare to take in the One World Observatory — and their accompanying family members can join them with 20% off tickets. Visitors begin their journey to the top at the Global Welcome Center, where a field-of-vision video wall welcomes you in ten different languages. You'll experience a walk-through video montage that shares the experiences of the men and women who built One World Trade Center, and then board the Sky Pod Elevator, and take in the spectacular views of the singular Manhattan skyline. One World Trade Ctr., 285 Fulton St., 844-696-1776, oneworldobservatory.com
Best NYC Military Savings: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (Hell’s Kitchen)
Another freebee for Active and Retired U.S. Military is admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, where the military experience comes alive interactive exhibits, historic video footage, and the display of vintage artifacts — all while aboard the onetime aircraft carrier. The Space Shuttle Pavilion showcases the iconic space shuttle Enterprise, along with 17 often interactive exhibits. Visitors can also see a British Airways Concorde at the Museum’s Pier 86, and take a look inside Growler, the only American guided missile submarine currently open for public view. Pier 86, W. 46th St., and 12th Ave., 212-245-0072, intrepidmuseum.org
Best NYC Military Savings: 9/11 Memorial Museum (Financial District)
There's no charge for Active and Retired U.S. Military to tour the 9/11 Memorial Museum, which is the country’s centerpiece installation dedicated to documenting and discussing the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centers and the events that unfolded in its aftermath. From interactive video experiences and an expanding collection of photos to pieces of artwork and an enormous archive of shared stories, the 9/11 Memorial Museum offers an experience that will both educate you and tug hard at your heartstrings. 180 Greenwich St., 917-410-4778, 911memorial.org
Best NYC Military Savings: The Museum of Modern Art (Midtown West)
Active members of the U.S. military and their families can observe priceless works art at no cost whatsoever with free admission to the Museum of Modern Art — arguably New York City’s premiere art museum. The MoMA’s permanent collection is extensive, ranging from “Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh to “The Persistence of Memory” by Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol's famed “Campbell’s Soup Can” pop art prints. Along with paintings, the MoMA also dedicates an entire floor to Architecture and Design, Drawings, Photography, and Special Exhibitions. 11 W. 53rd St., 212-708-9400, moma.org
Best NYC Military Savings: Sea the City (New York Harbor)
Best NYC Military Savings: New York Harbor Tours (Lower Manhattan)
Looking for more military discounts? Here's a state-by-state military discount guide for active service members and veterans.