If you are trying to stretch your dollar, but still want to go on day trips to all that Madison has to offer, call ahead and ask about a senior citizen discount. Many places offer seniors discounts that are 10 percent to 25 percent off the price of admission. The ages for seniors vary between locations as some places begin at age 62 and others start at age 50 and older.
The admission for the outdoor gardens is free. If you would like to tour the Bolz Conservatory, admission is free on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon, otherwise the cost is $2. The outdoor gardens span across 16 acres and include Thai Pavilion and Garden. The conservatory is inside of a 50-foot-high glass pyramid. You can find tropical plants, blooming orchids, birds, and a waterfall within the facility.
The zoo in Madison is admission-free and relies on donations from the community to continue. The park features animals from Asia, Africa, North America, South America, and Australia. As you walk through the park, you will see an orangutan, camel, African lion, giraffe, ostrich, American bison, black swan, and more.
The Chazen Museum of Art presents 10 to 12 temporary exhibits each year for Madison residents and tourists. The workshops, events, and guest speakers are organized around the exhibits and their themes. In 2016, you can view works from Richard Brock and a collection of Japanese woodblock prints.
The museum is a tribute to the men and women that served in the military from the Civil War to the present. Admission is free and you can tour exhibits like “The Art of Persuasion: Mobilizing the Masses in World War I.” The facility also carries artifacts, battle flags, uniforms, decorations, and 26,000 more objects.
The Arboretum has a Visitors Center that provides guests with maps and pamphlets. While you are there, take a look around the art gallery and bookstore before heading out to the Arboretum with its 20 miles of trails and plant collections. You can hike, bird watch, and photograph all the various species.
The Allen Centennial Garden is open all year and admission is free. You can visit the collections of various plant species as well as take part in workshops and classes. Some of the classes and programs offered at the facility include outdoor yoga, liniment making workshops, green cleaning workshops, music in the garden, book discussions, essential oils workshops, and a tea workshop.
This Geology Museum features rare collections of rock and mineral specimens. You can either take a self-guided tour for free or join a group tour for $2. Since the museum serves both the public and the scientific community, you have access to the University’s research, collections, and fossil preparation lab where you can watch the museum staff and students performing tasks.
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