The biggest attraction in America is in Arizona. That’s right, you guessed it — the Grand Canyon. It is a beauty and worth the visit if you are local or traveling to the area.
Once you check the Grand Canyon off your bucket list, there are several other great things to do and see, in Arizona and many offer military discounts.
The annual pass to the National Parks, The America the Beautiful pass, is free to current U.S. military members and their dependents. This annual pass allows exploration of all the U.S. National Parks, the Grand Canyon included. The South Rim is typically open year-round, but the North Rim closes due to inclement weather in the winter, so make sure to check the updates in regard to park entrance closures before visiting. The South and North Rim campgrounds are open seasonally; make reservations in advance.
Want to stay at the Grand Canyon lodging? Check out packages through the Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel and save 15% on train, hotel, and RV packages.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum offers a $4 discount to military and retired members.
On Veterans Day, the Arizona State parks offer fee-free day to all veterans and active-duty military.
The Arizona Science Center offers free admission as part of the Blue Star Museums program during Armed Forces Day through Labor Day and $2 off admission other times throughout the year with valid ID.
Arizona’s NHL team, the Coyotes, offers active and veteran military personnel the ability to purchase up to two select upper-level tickets for $15 each or two lower-level tickets for $30 each for all Sunday through Thursday games with some exceptions. There are also tickets provided on behalf of the Arizona Coyotes Foundation through the application or nomination.
The Phoenix Suns, in partnership with GovX, offers discounted tickets through verification on GovX.
Arizona’s Major League Baseball Team, the Diamondbacks, offers discounted tickets through verification on GovX.
The Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale offers $2 off tickets for the military with ID.
The Crayola Experience in Chandler, Arizona, offers $2 off admission to military members with a valid ID and free admission on “True Blue days,” offered on the weekends of the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, and Memorial Day.
Medieval Times in Scottsdale offers discounted tickets through ID.me or Royalty upgrade with tickets from on-base ticket offices.
The OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, Arizona, offers a military discount on tickets at the ticket window.
SeaLife Arizona in Tempe, Arizona offers a $10 walk-up General Admission with military ID and a combination ticket of SEA LIFE and LEGOLAND Discovery Center for $25.
If you want to head to SixFlags Phoenix, check your local military base ticket office for discounted tickets.
Admission to the Arizona State Fair has historically been complimentary to active-duty military and their families on Armed Forces Day.
Contact or check all websites before visiting as there could be changes due to COVID-19, and remain updated on any travel limitations. Despite a pandemic, consider planning a “bucket list” of sorts for exploration when able.