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Have you visited the Miami Beach Botanical Garden lately?  This 3-acre tropical oasis sits in the heart of Miami Beach, at 2000 Convention Center Drive, and is brimming with beauty. It’s open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays, except some holidays, and admission is free! (Previously entry cost $5 …

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All U.S. national parks offer free entry on certain holidays every year – and we’ve got the schedule for 2024. This offer includes entry at Everglades National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park, off Key West.  Schedule for 2024 These are the fee-free days at U.S. National Parks for this year: Jan. 15: Birthday of Martin …

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Miami-Dade County’s Golden Ticket program gives those 62 and older free entry to cultural events. The Golden Ticket Arts Guide lists eligible events and venues. When you find something that interests you, contact the sponsoring organization to make a reservation; Golden Ticket admission is available on a first-come, first served basis. You can download the …

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Making the arts more accessible and affordable to full-time students is now a reality, thanks to the new ArshtPass student discount program that provides $25 tickets to select shows. To get the deal, you need to sign up in advance and join the program.  Here’s what you need to know: It is free to sign …

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Want to visit Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden? The 83-acre garden in Coral Cables, established in 1938, offers visitors a chance to see all kinds of rare and interesting tropical plants. Fairchild also hosts festivals, workshops and classes all year. Admission to this Coral Gables attraction typically costs $24.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and $15.95 …

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Bargain-hunters who want to find the best deals know that thrift stores are where it’s at. You can find discounted designer clothes, handbags and shoes, as well as furniture and home accessories. But do you know where they are? If you’re looking to do some bargain shopping, check out our list of thrift stores by neighborhood …

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When tech guru Steve Jobs said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life,” he was paraphrasing the old adage to “follow your passion.” But what if you don’t know what that is?  Become a volunteer This is a good way for you to learn, observe, assist or even teach and …

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The Miami-Dade Public Library offers library card holders a chance to visit local museums and attractions free. When available, the Museum Passes are good for a family of four to get into:  The Bass Black Police Precinct & Courthouse Museum Coral Gables Museum  The Curtiss Mansion (marked currently unavailable) Deering Estate Fruit & Spice Park …

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One of the best deals around in Miami is through an organization called Culture Shock Miami. Through Culture Shock, students 13 to 22 (and their guardians) can get discount tickets to numerous cultural performances in Miami for only $5 each. New tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. the first of every month, so be …

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