Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Deals in Washington DC

Great News: If you're visiting Washington D.C. most attractions are FREE!
But if you're going to spend some money, make sure to take advantage of these military discounts:

  1. Smithsonian Art Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, National Air and Space Museum, National Archives, Library of Congress, National Museum of African Art
    • Free
  2. International Spy Museum
    • $6 off admission ($15.95, regularly $21.95)
  3. Newseum
    • 10% off admission
  4. United States Holocaust Museum
    • FYI - Typically general admission is obtained by waiting in line for a ticket which allows you to enter the museum at a set time, but with an active military ID you can get into the museum right away

  1. Washington Monument
  2. Lincoln Memorial
  3. Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial
  4. Arlington National Cemetery
  5. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
  6. White House
  7. Capital Building

  1. National Theater
    1. Free on Saturday Mornings. Must make reservations beforehand
  2. Kennedy Center
    1. Free performances at 6:00pm daily
  3. Ford Theater
    • 50% off tickets to shows
  4. Signature Theater
    • 20% off tickets

  1. Washington Nationals Baseball
    • Military discount off select seating - tickets as low as $7
  2. DC United Soccer
    • $30 tickets

  1. National Zoo
    • Free
  2. National Arboretum
    • Free
  3. National Aquarium
    • Tickets and discounted tickets are offered on bases
  4. Whitetail Resort
    • $5 off lift tickets, $5 off packages, $5 off equipment

  1. All the major hotel brands (Hilton, Marriot, Best Western) have military discounts.

If you are going to travel to DC for a couple days and you are going to travel by Metro, I would recommend buying a Smart Trip card. It costs $2 but it saves you $1 everytime you ride the metro. I visited DC and took the metro everyday so it saved me at least fourteen dollars. You can buy the Smart Trip card at any metro station. It comes preloaded with $8 so the total cost is $10.

If you are planning on taking a taxi I would HIGHLY recommend using a couple of new taxi services. Have you heard of UBER or LYFT. Right now they are giving away free rides up to $30. I used both here and DC and had a great experience. Here are the bonus sign up links

Also I would recommend buying the entertainment books and downloading the phone app. Alot of the local restaurants have buy one get one free meals. I used it all the time. Right now, Entertainment has a deal going on - Buy two books for $10. 

I also used Groupon and Living Social out here. They had some great deals on restaurants and entertainment ideas. Here are their links

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