July 04--It's one big party for America's 238th birthday, and we've got three glorious days to celebrate the red, white and blue.
Declare your independence from work over the long holiday weekend and act like a tourist with a day trip to a South Florida attraction. Here are ways to save on star-spangled fun in the sun.
Palm Beach Zoo
Gol wild at the West Palm Beach zoo's Safari Night dance party at 4:30 to 9 p.m. Friday for $15.95 for adults and $9.95 for ages 3-12. Save half-off on Saturday from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Roar & Pour, featuring a concert by the Surfin' Tones. Info: PalmBeachZoo.org, 561-547-9453
Save $10 on admission from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the Miami theme park, and slip and slide at the cool new Aqua Park floating in Biscayne Bay. The massive inflatable water park featuring trampolines, slides, swings, catapults and climbing walls. Discounted price: $39.95 adults, $31.95 for ages 3-10. Info: JungleIsland.com, 305-400-7000
Free museum visits
Beat the heat on Saturday and Sunday with Bank of America's Museum on Us Program. With a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card, you get free entry at a host of South Florida venues including the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and Perez Art Museum Miami. Info: Museums.BankofAmerica.com
Summer Savings Pass
Pay once and enjoy unlimited visits to Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach, the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, Zoo Miami and Miami Seaquarium through Sept. 30. Price: $56 for adults and $46 for kids ages 3-12. Info: SunSentinel.com/4in1
Rapids Water Park
A sunset special at the Riviera Beach water park offers half-priced admission ($21.99) from 4 to 7 p.m. through July 30. Info: RapidsWaterPark.com, 561-848-6272
The Davie botanical gardens is offering half-price admission ($5-$9) on Friday with a free antique car show and barbecue from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: FlamingoGardens.org, 954-473-2955
Get half-priced admission ($10) on Saturday at the historic, 35-acre Fort Lauderdale museum and gardens. Free for kids age 12 and younger. Info: BonnetHouse.org, 954-563-5393
Kids can bowl two free games a day at lanes in Tamarac, West Palm Beach and Greenacres when you register by email. Each bowling alley sets its own rules. Info: KidsBowlFree.com
Wet & wild
Cool down for just a few bucks at one of the many county water parks around South Florida. Top spots include Castaway Island at Topeekeegee-Yugnee Park in Hollywood and Coconut Cove at South County Regional Park in Boca Raton. Info: SouthFlorida.com/WaterParks
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