By Heidi Frankel ~
Summer Staycations aren’t just for kids – they’re for the young at heart too! This summer make plans for a DARTable staycation and let DART be your guide to fun with friends and family.
For those of you with kids or grandkids in tow, some places reduce admission prices for youth. If you are 65 or older, you’ll find that popular arts and culture venues also offer senior citizen discounts. Check out these DARTable Staycation ideas.
Who doesn’t love wildlife? The Dallas Zoo is a great destination all year round. There are more than 100 acres and thousands of animals to see, including lions, tigers, penguins, giraffes and more! Founded in 1888, the Dallas Zoo is the oldest and largest of its kind in Texas. The zoo offers reduced admission for senior citizens and youth ages 3-11. Receive a more substantial discount when you go on Senior Safari Wednesdays – admission is $5 for those 65 years of age and older. Ride the Red Line to the Dallas Zoo Station.
The Eisemann Center for Performing Arts brings new meaning to the word eclectic. The venue’s modern architecture acts as the perfect backdrop for a host of musicals, comedies, dramas, stand-up performances, and monologs Call the ticket office at 972-744-4650 to learn which shows are available on a senior citizen discount. To get there, take the Red Line to Galatyn Park Station.
Aviation buffs can get up close and personal with aircraft at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, located on the corner of Dallas Love Field Airport. The 100,000-square foot facility houses over 30 aircraft and space vehicles, including early biplanes, WWII aircraft, the iconic 1939 Flying Pancake and the Apollo 7 command module. The museum offers admission discounts to senior citizens and youth under the age of 17. Take the Green or Orange Line to Inwood/Love Field Station, then Bus Route 529 to the Lemmon @ University bus stop.
Explore your world through 11 mind-blowing exhibit halls bursting with scenes from another time and place. Witness prehistoric creatures, the wonders of space, wild weather, glistening gems, robots, sports, and more when you visit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Senior citizens and youth 12 years of age and younger receive a discount on admission. The museum is about a half mile walk from Akard Station in downtown Dallas.
Inside historic Fair Park in Dallas lies a nearly 8-acre, organic urban oasis just waiting for you to explore. The Texas Discovery Gardens features beautiful native and exotic plants, as well as hosts gardening workshops and guided tours. See native snakes of Texas and other wonders of the natural world – including approximately 500 butterflies! Discounts are available for senior citizens and children 11 years old and younger. Ride DART’s Green Line to Fair Park Station. Nearby you will also find the Children’s Aquarium and the African American Museum.
These are just a sampling of what North Texas has to offer. If you want to venture out a little further, hop on the Trinity Railway Express and head to Fort Worth. There are lots of things to see and do. Places like the Kimbell Art Museum, National Cowgirl Museum, The Modern art museum, to name a few, also offer senior citizen discounts.
Reduced DART fares are available for senior citizens 65 or older with a DART photo ID. Visit DART.org/fares to learn more.
Need more places to visit this summer? Discover more DARTable Staycation ideas at DART.org/DARTable.
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DART is making significant improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements began March 30 and will last for roughly six months. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus