Ways to Beat the Heat in Florida
It’s no secret that Florida is known for its sunshine, warm temperatures and outdoor living. But when the sun becomes too much, sometimes you have to head indoors. As you age, it gets harder for your body to produce sweat and can cause you to overheat. Whether you’re looking for places to go with friends or fun ways to entertain visiting grandchildren, look no further.
Museums and Aquariums: Museums and aquariums are a favorite for all ages. They are often no cost to you and are a fun and educational setting. With locations all over the state, finding a museum or aquarium is easy. It’s always a good idea to look up museums near you that you may be interested in. Here is a list of popular museums and aquariums across the state. Click on each museum to learn more about what they have to offer.
Museum of Science and History – Jacksonville (senior discount available)
This kid-friendly museum teaches you about the coastal creatures in Northeast Florida, the history of Jacksonville and lets you explore outer space in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium.
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens – Jacksonville (senior discount available)
This museum offers many kinds of art. With all types of sculptures, paintings and photography filling the museum, you are sure to find something that you like.
Museum of Contemporary Art – Jacksonville (senior discount available)
This modern museum is located in downtown Jacksonville and gives visitors much to look at. For original and modern art, take a tour at the MOCA.
Florida Museum of Natural History – Gainesville (Free)
Located on the University of Florida campus, the Florida Museum of Natural History is one of the nation’s top five natural history museums.
Florida Historic Capitol Museum – Tallahassee (Free)
Interested in our state capitol? Learn about the past, present and future of Florida’s capitol.
Museum of Florida History – Tallahassee (Free)
To learn about Florida’s part in the civil war and explore a World War II memorial, visit the Museum of Florida History.
National Naval Aviation Museum – Pensacola (Free)
Being the world’s largest Naval Aviation Museum, this museum lets you get a closer look at over 150 repaired aircraft. The museum also offers flight simulators and all the info you could want on the Blue Angels.
Orlando Museum of Art – Orlando (senior discount available)
In Summer 2018, OMART will be featuring some of the most progressive and exciting artists working in Florida. The museum also shows articles of clothing and domestic crafts made by the Seminole Indians.
Orlando Science Center – Orlando (senior discount available)
Looking to inspire curiosity and learning? This family-friendly museum offers big screen movies about science, info about dinosaurs, a Kinetic zone to learn about gravity and Kidstown, an interactive area for kids to explore.
Medieval Times – Orlando
Take a step back in time and learn about what it was like in medieval times. With dinner and a jousting tournament, the whole family is sure to be entertained.
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium – Orlando
Which sea creature is your favorite? Learn about your favorite and more by exploring SEA LIFE with your loved ones.
Kennedy Space Center – Merritt Island (senior discount available)
Learn about space by exploring the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The center has “mission zones” that offer a hands-on feel of how humans in space came to be.
Miami Children’s Museum – Miami (Florida resident discount available)
Teaching children to learn and grow, this museum offers interactive exhibits that let kids draw, build, make music and even rock climb.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens – Miami (senior and wheelchair discounts available)
With a focus on the arts, history and the environment, this museum shows work from many time periods and cultures. You can find Roman sculptures, Renaissance tapestries and Chinese ceramics.
Miami Seaquarium – Miami (some outdoor activities)
Watch a dolphin show, meet a penguin or check out the new reef rescue exhibit, all at the Miami Seaquarium!
Glazer Children’s Museum – Tampa
Glazer Children’s Museum offers exhibits that let kids learn about the world around them. Hands-on exhibits include banking, firefighting and engineering.
Tampa Museum of Art – Tampa (senior discount available)
Located in downtown Tampa, this museum is always showing new art along with their collection of Greek and Roman antiques.
Ringling Circus Museum – Sarasota (senior discount available)
Spend a day at the circus. Learn about the Ringling Circus as you tour through photographs, posters, costumes and history. The museum also boasts spectacular gardens.
The Florida Aquarium – Tampa (senior discount available)
The Florida Aquarium is a top USA TODAY ranked aquarium in North America; a TripAdvisor top 10 Aquarium in the country; and a Parents Magazine top 5 "Kid-Friendly" aquarium. It is a place for education and family fun.
Fun with Friends and Family: Finding activities that everyone can take part in can be a challenge. Some fun ideas for all ages include going to the movies. Check your local theater to find deals for seniors and special features. Organizing a bowling day is also a good way to get active and stay social. If you’re looking to get the whole family or community together try having a dinner party. Ask each person to bring a dish to keep it easy for everyone.
Activities at home: Feel like staying home? There are plenty of fun activities to do without stepping outside! Arts and crafts are a fun way to pass the time and allow you to get creative. From painting, to sculpting, to sewing, the ideas are endless. Other ideas include video and computer games, playing board and memory games with friends, or trying out new summer recipes. If your grandchildren are visiting try out this recipe for colorful slime:
What you need:
- 1 Elmer’s Glue bottle
- 1 cup of warm water
- Food coloring (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of Borax
- 2 bowls
- Pour out the container of glue into a bowl.
- Mix in ½ cup of warm water and food coloring.
- In another bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of Borax into ½ cup of water and slowly add the solution to the glue mix.
- Knead the solution together until firm.
- Have the grandkids help clean up!
Indoor Group Activities: Indoor sports and activities are a good way to pass time and get active. Some activities you can take part in are table tennis, dancing, bowling, tai chi or a workout video on your TV. Many gyms and health centers offer a variety of workout classes designed just for seniors. Also, look for a group to join, or start your own Meetup group on www.meetup.com. Finding a group at your local community center is an easy way to get connected and stay out of the heat. Ideas for groups include book club, bridge club, investment club or anything that interests you
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