Growing older does not mean that you can’t have fun without breaking your budget, nor do you need a huge budget to take your grandparents out for a great time in Houston. There are many places that offer great senior discounts. The trick is to find them and make use of the discounts. Check out these five best places to entertain grandparents on a budget in Houston.
501 Texas Ave.
Houston, Texas 77002
Senior Prices: $17 Grand Tier, $40 Center Orchestra for seniors 65 and older.The Houston Ballet produces high-quality ballets that are shown at the Wortham Center, but not many know about the rush sales. Just get to the box office 90 minutes before any regular season performance except “The Nutcracker” and present identification to prove that you are over 65. When you do, you can get Grand Tier tickets for $17 instead of the usual $88 and center orchestra seats drop to $40 instead of $132. The Grand Tier section has a wheelchair area. The best chance to get this senior rush discount is on the weekend matinée performances.
1 Hope Blvd.
Galveston, Texas 77554
Senior Prices: $5 per attraction on Tuesdays
During the summer, thousands of Houstonians flock to Galveston’s beaches via the causeway or the ferry, but this nearby island has more to offer all year long. Take the resort Moody Gardens, for example. On Moody Garden’s Senior Tuesdays, attractions cost only $5 each for seniors. This reduces the costs for each attraction by $3 to $13 dollars. Moody Gardens has everything from a 4-D theater to a discovery museum and colonial paddlewheel boat. You can even see live animals in either the aquarium pyramid or the rainforest pyramid. The entire property is wheelchair-accessible, and you can use one of the wheelchairs they have available on-site for free if necessary.
Museum Of Fine Arts Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, Texas 77005
Senior Prices: $8 at box office, $7 online
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston is a world-class museum with both permanent and traveling exhibits that you can view. Many of the traveling exhibits have an additional cost, but the senior discount for regular admission drops the price by $6 if you purchase the tickets at the museum or by $5 if you order online. You can see sculptures, photography, paintings and artifacts at this museum, which has two separate buildings that are packed full of attractions. The entire museum is wheelchair accessible and wheelchairs can be borrowed at the museum for free. If you call at least two weeks before you visit, you can arrange a special guide for free as an interpreter for the deaf or the blind. A free group tour held at 10 a.m. on the second Monday of every month is designed to help those with Alzheimer’s and their family to appreciate the art at the museum. If you are interested in any of these accessibility features, call the museum for reservations or more information.
Boudreaux’s Cajun Kitchen
5475 West Loop South
Houston, Texas 77081
If you want to take your grandparents out to eat, many places around town offer 10 to 15 percent discounts, but the best senior discount to be had is for those who are 55 and over at Boudreaux’s Cajun Kitchen. There, seniors can get 25 percent off their meals. You can choose anything on the menu from jambalaya to pecan-crusted chicken salad to shrimp tacos to bread pudding. On the menu, all gluten-free items are clearly labeled for those who need them.
1900 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77002
When getting around town, you can forget about finding a parking space if you take metro buses or rail. The Metro Q card offers a 50 percent discount for seniors who are 65 and over and all rides are free for those 70 and older. You can even show your Metro Q card at designated merchants, restaurants or attractions along the red line of the rail and get a discounts for the products or services sold at those places.
Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.