These Military Discounts in Syracuse Celebrate Veterans Every Day
November 10, 2023
Every year when November 11th rolls around, veterans search to find where they can get themselves a free cup of coffee or a complimentary dinner. A small token from businesses to show their appreciation for the service veterans have done for our country. But it’s not just one day a year that military personnel should be acknowledged. So here are places that offer military discounts in Syracuse throughout the year. For veterans, active military members, and occasionally military spouses and their families.
Please know that these military discounts cannot be combined with other discounts, promotions, or events.
Syracuse museums offering military discounts
Blue Star Museums in Central New York
Since Blue Star Museums are scattered across the entire country, it’s no surprise that there are a handful in Central New York. What is a Blue Star Museum? A museum that gives back to US military members. Every year from Armed Forces Day until Labor Day, admission to a Blue Star Museum is FREE for military families.
Blue Star Museums in Central New York include All Things Oz Museum, The Barrow Gallery, Munson, and Skaneateles Historical Society.
All Things Oz Museum
This museum in Chittenango dedicated to The Wizard of Oz is a Blue Star Museum. But, they go above the typical Blue Star offering. Instead of a limited window of free admission, All Things Oz offers FREE admission to military families all year long.
Syracuse’s incredible art museum regularly offers discounted ways to visit its exhibits. The Everson hosts community days, offers free admission on the third Thursday evening of every month, and provides discounts for low-income families. Additionally, the Everson offers FREE admission every day for military members with proper ID.
MOST: Museum Of Science & Technology
Both active military, their spouses, and veterans can get FREE admission to the MOST with their ID. The offer also allows one guest free admission. Additionally, veterans and active military members can get 15% off a MOST membership.
Syracuse activities offering military discounts
Body Mind Float Center
In addition to offering military discounts, Body Mind Float Center in Syracuse offers discounts for first responders and nurses. With ID, visitors in these categories can enjoy 15% off float and salt therapy sessions.
Onondaga County Parks
Several Onondaga County Parks offer FREE admission to military with appropriate ID. The discount is offered for veterans, active military, and their spouses and is valid for the occupants in one car. The admission is offered at Beaver Lake Nature Center, Highland Forest, Jamesville Beach Park, Oneida Shores Park, and Pratt’s Falls Park.
The discount is valid only on park admission, and does not apply to rental fees or special events.
Onondaga Historical Association
Veterans receive 10% off their walking tours and gift shop purchases.
Additionally, people can nominate a veteran or active military member to be honored at a Crunch game. Each game one military member is chosen to receive 4 tickets to a home game and 4 passes to the “All Who Served” Club, dedicated to military.
Veterans and active military can enjoy America’s favorite pastime at a hefty discount. The Syracuse Mets offer $2 off box seating for military. But if they don’t have a preference on seating, they can wait until game day to get upper reserved or general admission tickets for FREE.
Syracuse Stage offers two types of military incentives. For select performances, military members may show their ID to receive up to 4 tickets. Limited seats are available for this offer. Additionally, military members can call the box office to purchase up to 4 tickets at a discount. Military ID must be shown when attending the show.
Are you a veteran or active military member who loves yoga? At Syracuse Yoga, you’re in luck with a hefty 20% discount. The courtesy is also extended to first responders.
Syracuse restaurants offering military discounts
Angry Garlic & Angry Smokehouse
Both Baldwinsville restaurants owned by Jeff Rogers offer military discounts on meals.
Cicero’s best Mexican restaurant is proud to offer a military discount.
Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen
Got a sweet tooth? Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen offers any cookie in their case for just $1 to military, firefighters, police, and EMTs.
Syracuse’s most famous barbecue joint offers a military discount of 15% all year long.
The beloved Puerto Rican restaurant offers a 10% discount not only to vets and active military, but also police, medical professionals, and first responders.
Modern Malt offers diners 15% off of their bill with military ID.
Veterans and active military receive a discount off of their orders at this Baldwinsville pizza spot.
Three Brothers Wineries & War Horse Brewing Co
A little drive from Syracuse, but worth mentioning since they offer a 15% military discount all the time. Plus, customers can “pint it forward” by buying a beer for a future military customer.
Toss & Fire
Veterans and active miiltary can always take a “pizza” the cost off of their order with a year-round 10% discount.
Vicino’s Brick and Brew
The North Syracuse eatery specializing in wood-fired pizzas and sandwiches offers a discount to veterans and active military.
Other Restaurants in Syracuse with Military Discounts
After reading through some online forums and Facebook threads, I’ve learned of many more restaurants that may offer military discounts in Syracuse. But at this point, these are conjecture as I have yet to confirm them with the owners or websites.
Bull & Bear Roadhouse
Sunshine’s Coffee Shop
Vince’s Gourmet Imports
Syracuse shops offering military discounts
Branching Out Bottle Shop
Everyone’s favorite local bottle shop gives back to the community regularly, so of course they offer a military discount. With ID, military can receive 10% off of their purchases.
Onondaga County has an additional program in place for honorably discharged military veterans. As part of the “Return the FAVOR” program (Find & Assist Vets Of Record), they’ve issued the Onondaga County Favor Card. The county has partnered with many local businesses to provide discounts at businesses and services in the area. Through the website, vets can find the listing of dozens of local business participating.
Vets in Onondaga County can get a card issued to them at the county clerk’s office or any town clerk’s office within the county.
Military Appreciation Events in Syracuse
Friday, November 10 – Syracuse Crunch
To kick-off Veterans Day Weekend, the Syracuse Crunch are hosting a Military Appreciation Night on Friday, November 10. Instead of the usual military discount (above), active and retired US military members and their families will receive FREE tickets to the game. The Crunch players will also be sporting special military appreciation jerseys.
Wednesday, November 15 – Lights on the Lake
Shortly after this upcoming Veterans Day is the opening of Syracuse’s beloved holiday event Lights on the Lake. On Wednesday, November 15, the parkway will be hosting a Salute Our Troops Night. Anyone with a military ID can enter the drive-through for free. There will also be a food drive to support local veterans. So visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate.
National businesses offering military discounts
In addition to all of the local businesses offering military discounts in Syracuse, of course there are hundreds more national chains offering discounts across the company. Here are some with locations in Syracuse.
Military kids will get to enjoy the perks of their parents’ service with a 10% discount at Billy Beez.
Dave and Busters
On Veterans Day, vets and active military can get a FREE entree and $10 power card at Dave & Busters.
Those with a military ID can get 10% off jump time and parties at Get Air. The Syracuse locations are in Cicero and Destiny USA.
For Veterans Day, Jiffy Lube is offering 50% off all oil changes for active and retired military members. If you can’t make it there on Saturday, they always offer 25% off for military.
As a proud military supporter, Texas Roadhouse offers a free meal to all veterans and active military every year on Veterans Day.
From November 9 through 12, veterans and active military can receive a FREE order of a signature menu item – Crispy Chicken Sliders – once daily. Additionally, active and retired service animals can get a free pup cup!
Both military and civilian visitors can contribute to donations through the end of the year at World of Beer. Just ask your bartender which draft beer is for charity, and $1 from each pint of it will be donated to Homes For Our Troops.