Senior Discounts in Los Angeles
The great thing about assisted living in Los Angeles is you’ll never run out of things to do. The city offers some of the country’s best museums and performing arts spaces, an endless menu of restaurants, shopping for all budgets, and beautiful parks and beaches. To help your budget keep pace with your options, check out these LA-area senior discounts on everything from bus fare to battleship tours.
Getting around Los Angeles
Driving in LA can be intimidating, thanks to the city’s vast size and crowded roadways. Two inexpensive alternatives are Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus service and the LA Metro. Big Blue Bus serves Santa Monica proper and extends north to UCLA and south to Los Angeles International Airport. Seniors age 62 and up get 50% off fares and transfers to LA Metro, which offers senior fare discounts of up to 80%. Frequent Metro riders can get a free senior TAP card and a 30-day pass for just $20.
Fresh food at local farmer’s markets in L.A.
Dozens of state-certified farmer’s markets in Los Angeles County participate in the Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). Seniors with qualifying incomes can use SFMNP check booklets to buy locally grown produce, honey, and fresh herbs. Booklets are distributed through local area agencies on aging.
Lifelong learning for less
Explore topics you’ve always wanted to know more about or try something completely new through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCLA. OLLI program members attend campus-based courses on history, science, foreign-language study, and much more. Plus-level members get “significantly reduced” fees on courses, a great deal for seniors who take several courses per year.
Senior deals on arts and culture
The best-regarded museum in LA is also the best deal around. The Getty Center is an internationally renowned center for modern architecture, American art, and European art dating to the Middle Ages. Admission to the Getty Center is always free. (Parking is not, so if you drive plan to spend $15.)
Film fans can experience Oscar Night magic on a Dolby Theatre tour. The home of the Academy Awards offers a discount for guests age 65 and up. Get a behind the scenes look at the theater and check out Academy Awards memorabilia.
Hot deals for history buffs
LA’s reputation as a “city without a past” is proved wrong at several popular historical attractions that offer senior discounts on admission. Visitors to the Battleship USS Iowa Museum learn about the ship’s half-century of service through three wars and about the naval history of the LA Waterfront. The Autry National Center of the American West in Griffith Park has a collection of more than half a million artifacts spanning the history of the region. And for pre-history, it’s hard to beat the Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits, where paleontologists are still finding fossils in Pleistocene-era oozing tar.
You can find lots more senior discounts in Los Angeles, and remember that it never hurts to ask whenever you’re shopping or booking tickets. Stretch your budget and expand your horizons with all there is to do in LA.
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