Last updated on 4/13/23
Here’s great news for California EBT Cardholders. Did you know you can get free admission with EBT Card to over 120 museums and other family-friendly places like Aquarium and Zoos? In this post, we will explain what the “free admission with California EBT” card is about and who is eligible.
Also, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about the program.
We have compiled the list below for your convenience.
This post about the “free admission with California EBT” program will cover:
- What is Free Admission with EBT Program?
- Free Admission with California EBT
- FAQs about California EBT Discounts
What is Free Admission with EBT Program?
If you currently have a California Food Stamps EBT card (CalFresh EBT), you are eligible for free or discounted admission to over 600 museums nationwide.
This program is sponsored by Museums for All, and includes access to all types of museums — including art, history, natural history/anthropology, and general museums, children’s museums, science centers, planetariums, nature centers, historic houses/sites, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, and arboretums.
Although the program is targeted at Food Stamps EBT Cardholders, many sites allow EBT cards from other programs, including:
- WIC EBT Card
- EBT Card from TANF
- EBT Card from General Cash Assistance
Participating museums provide reduced admission, ranging from free to $3.00, to visitors presenting their EBT card.
Free Admission with California EBT for 2023
Currently, you can use your Calfresh benefits and California EBT Card to gain access to over 121 museums in California for free or at a discounted rate.
The museums listed below all offer individual admission fees ranging from FREE to $3.00 to individuals and families who have a California EBT Card, and a valid form of photo ID.
This reduced rate is available during all normal operating hours to up to four individuals per EBT card.
Monterey, California 93940
Monterey, California 93940
Capitola, California 95010
Alameda, California 94501
Berkeley, California 94720
Lawrence Hall of Science
Berkeley, California 94720
San Francisco, California 94105
San Francisco, California 94103
San Francisco, California 94111
Richmond, California 94802
Los Angeles, California 90012
Los Angeles, California 90007
Jurupa Valley, California 92509
FAQs about California EBT Discounts
Here are the most frequently asked questions about the Free admission with CalFresh program and California EBT Discounts.
Is the LA Zoo free with an EBT card?
Currently, the Los Angeles Zoo does not offer a discounted admission to CalWORKs or CalFresh EBT Cardholders. You will have to pay full admission prices to visit the LA Zoo.
However, there are several other places in LA County that offer free admission to Golden State Advantage Cardholders with your photo ID.
However, only general admission is provided free of charge. Special exhibits or attractions are not included in this program.
What fast food places accept EBT in California?
There are restaurants that take EBT in California.
Your CalFresh EBT Card or Golden State Advantage card can be used at select restaurants and fast food places if you meet the eligibility criteria.
The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) allows CalFresh recipients who are 60 years of age or older, disabled, or homeless to use their CalFresh benefits to purchase lower-cost prepared meals at approved participating restaurants in certain counties.
If you fit one of the groups described above, you can use your CalFresh California EBT card at select restaurants and fast-food chains throughout the state.
Currently, the restaurant meals program is active in the following counties:
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Luis Obispo
- Santa Clara
- Santa Cruz
See our post on California Restaurant Meals Program for details.
What Grocery Stores Accept California EBT for Delivery?
As of April 28, 2020, you can use your CalFresh EBT card to make purchases online.
You can purchase groceries online for home delivery using your CalFresh EBT card at Amazon and Walmart.
Furthermore, groceries can also be purchased online for pick up at participating Albertsons, Safeway, and Vons locations.
Also, if you receive CalWORKs, you may also be able to use your cash benefits to make purchases online at Wal-Mart.
For more details on this, see our post on Buying Groceries Online with California EBT.
What is the number to call for California EBT?
Here’s the number to call if you are trying to reach California Food Stamps EBT Customer Service:
You can call 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week
You can call the CalFresh EBT Phone Number if:
- Your card is lost or stolen.
- Your card does not work.
- You want to change your PIN because you forgot it or if
someone else knows your PIN. Your public assistance office
may also be able to help you change your PIN.
- You want to find out how much you have left in your account.
- You have been charged for a purchase but you didn’t get the food or
if you were charged too much for what you bought.
- You have other questions or problems.
Free Admission with California EBT Summary
Here’s the bottom line:
If you have a California SNAP EBT card (CalFresh EBT), you are eligible for free or discounted admission to over 600 museums nationwide.
Participating museums provide reduced admission, ranging from free to $3.00.
One EBT card can be used to gain entry into any of these destinations for up to 4 individuals to take advantage of the free or reduced fee.
We hope this post on Free Admission with California EBT was helpful.
If you have further questions about the CalFresh, or California EBT Card, or EBT discounts in general, please let us know in the comments section below.
Be sure to check out our other articles about CalFresh and CalFresh EBT, including: