Just because you have retired, that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. You can plan day trips and vacations to visit all that St. Louis has to offer by taking advantage of senior discounts. Many places offer discounts on admission, tours, and meals of 10 percent to 25 percent off the regular purchase price. The following is a list of places to visit within the city that have either free admission or offer a senior discount.
Stroll through the peaceful botanical gardens with their blooming shrubs, bulbs, trees, fountains, and Japanese gardens. Walk through the 23 demonstration gardens to get ideas for your own flower garden. The park also features conservatories, formal gardens, international gardens, and the Victorian District.
Admission to the zoo is free, although some attractions cost extra like the Sea Lion Show and Stingrays at Caribbean Cove. You can see giant tortoises, elephants, lizards, snakes, alligators, crocodiles, birds, kangaroos, and other animals. The zoo is home to more than 14,840 animals.
The art museum is located in Forest Park and houses collections from artists like Max Beckmann, Monet, Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, and more. The collections cover African American, African, American, Ancient, Asian, Contemporary, Modern, Islamic, and Native American works of art, just to name a few.
This specialty museum is a tribute to the Civil War soldiers that died fighting. The collection includes weapons, equipment, personal items, and uniforms. You can visit the exhibits and galleries to learn more about the men and women that lived during this tumultuous war. The museum is working to add bus tours to the schedule.
Seniors receive special discounted prices on select exhibits on Senior Tuesdays from one of the top three science centers in the country. The Saint Louis Science Center features a rooftop terrace. It features both temporary and permanent exhibits.
With the exceptions of special events, the park is free to tour. You can view sculptures from artists like Robert Chambers, Terry Allen, Vito Acconci, Harriet Bart, Sam Durant, Jackie Ferrara, Richard Fleischner, Alexander Liberman, Judith Shea, and more. You can also tap into your creative side by attending art classes and workshops.
Hop aboard the colorful trolley for a narrated tour of the city. The trolley tour lasts about 75 minutes and covers Laclede’s Landing, the Mississippi River, The Old Cathedral, The Old Courthouse, Busch Stadium, Millionaire’s Row, The St. Louis Arch, St. Louis Union Station, Forest Park, and more.
Sit back and enjoy the sounds of the orchestra live at Powell Hall. The Music Director, David Roberston, leads the orchestra in an upcoming California Tour that will feature Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Messiaen’s “Des canyons aux etoiles.” Other concert events are scheduled for 2016 including a tribute to Paul McCartney and Beethoven’s "Piano Concerto No. 3."
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