Enjoying vacation or retirement doesn’t need to be expensive. Whether you want to peer into the universe, see the world from great heights, or boat across the Florida Bay, Orlando’s seniors can do it for free or with a discount.
SEA LIFE features more than 5000 creatures and an immersive 360-degree ocean tunnel. You can also visit the famous Madame Tussauds Orlando wax museum. If you are not afraid of heights, try The Orlando Eye, a 400 foot tall observation wheel with astounding views of Orlando.
Immerse yourself in the beautiful blooms and flowering trees at Harry P. Leu Gardens. You will see roses, camellias, bromeliads, palms, philodendrons, and azaleas. You can also the tour the restored Leu House Museum located on the grounds.
Experience nature with butterflies, turtles, birds, alligators, and more while walking through the 440 acre preserve near Walt Disney World. The area features wooden boardwalks to make walking easier and short hikes for those that tire quickly.
Seniors age 55 and over receive a discount in admission that includes the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit, Shuttle Launch Experience, bus tour, IMAX 3D movies, special viewing of rocket launches, shows and exhibits, and the ability to meet an astronaut.
Take in the wildlife and views of the Everglades while walking the Anhinga Trail or kayaking on Florida Bay. You may see manatees, crocodiles, or dolphins in the water. There is plenty to do in the park including canoeing, hiking, tram tours, and boat tours.
Science lovers and the curious will love this interactive center with exhibit halls featuring DinoDigs, Our Planet, and Science Park. Visit the Crosby Observatory and use the refractor telescope for solar and night sky viewing. Through the telescope, the far away details of the night sky become visible, such as the planets, the rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, double stars, and galaxies.
Enjoy the works of artist Earl Cunningham and special exhibitions like Pop Art, Albert Paley’s Forged Works, and a sculpture garden. You can also visit the Loch Haven Park outside of the museum that connects to other museums of art and science as well as theaters.
The museum features fine art collections. Stroll the halls enjoying works from Mary Josephine Walters, Mary Russell Smith, Sadie Barnette, William Merritt Chase, and Lavinia Fontana, among others. Upcoming collections include This Side of Modernism: American and British Artists 1890 – 1945 and Francesco de Mura: In the Light of Naples.
The center has treated over 12,000 birds of prey and released close to 5,000 back into the wild successfully. You can learn about the birds’ natural habitats and the center’s conservation efforts. While visiting, you will see birds currently in treatment that may include eagles, owls, falcons, hawks, and kites. Seniors receive a discount on admission every Friday.
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