Orlando Annual Passes with Perks Besides Universal and Disney

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Written by Erica Thomas

Central Florida is home to so many activities for locals. How lucky are we to have endless ways to connect with our loved ones right in our backyard?! You may be familiar with the major theme parks and the annual pass benefits they have to offer, but what about some of our other local favorites? Check out the list of annual passes with perks that we have gathered for you and join in on the fun. Be sure to leave a comment of any others we may have missed!

Orlando Science Center

Four levels of brain stimulation are waiting to be explored at the Orlando Science Center. This is a great outing to learn something new while investing in your relationship. And if you haven’t tried the adults only Science Night Live, it’s a must for date night. The Couple Pass is $135 and includes:

  • Access to Science center exhibits
  • Exclusive access to KidsTown from 9-10am daily
  • Unlimited Dr. Phillips CineDome giant-screen films
  • Unlimited Digital Adventure Theater educational films
  • One Hollywood film per visit
  • One Laser Light Shower per visit (seasonal showings)
  • 4 complimentary Member Guest Passes valued at $84 (exclusions apply)
  • Free parking
  • Exclusive invitations to member-only events
  • Discounts in The Science Store and Subway
  • Discounts on camps, workshops, scout programs, and birthday parties
  • Free admission to Spooktacular, Otronicon, Science Night Live and more
  • Free admission to more than 300 museums and science centers through the ASTC Passport Program
  • One year subscription to Orlando Science Center’s SCOPE Magazine
Science Night Live. Photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Orlando Museum of Art

Connect with your creative intellect as you and your darling gaze at captivating works of art at the Orlando Museum of Art. Aside from the alluring scenery, the art pieces will rouse interesting conversation. Because temporary exhibitions are displayed, you can expect to experience something new regularly. The Dual/Family Membership is $80 and includes:

  • Free admission to OMA exhibitions
  • 2 Free OMA gift admissions passes to share with family and friends
  • Free admission to 75+ reciprocal museums
  • Free admission to monthly 1st Thursdays events (local artists are highlighted along with live music and cash bars serving beer and wine)
  • 10% discount in the Museum Shop
  • Up to 30% discount on adult and youth programs
  • Free admissions to Exhibition Opening Receptions
  • Free subscription the OMA eNews
1st Thursdays at the Orlando Museum of Art
1st Thursdays. Image credit: Orlando Museum of Art

Mennello Museum of American Art

Become a patron of the arts with your sweetie by purchasing an annual membership to the Mennello Museum of American Art. The museum is home to the largest collection of work by American Folk artist Earl Cunningham, but within the museum, you'll also find rotating exhibits and a picturesque outdoor sculpture garden. A Family Membership is $75 and includes:

  • Free admission for two adults and up to four children (17 and younger) for one year
  • Free admission to all exhibit openings
  • Discounts on educational programs and special events
  • 10% off Museum merchandise
  • Free subscription to Mennello Museum Newsletter
  • Two (2) guest passes for you to share with friends and family
  • SERM Benefits (reciprocal benefits to participating museums in the Southeastern Reciprocal Membership Program)

In addition to membership benefits for you and yours, you can include your furry (or feathery) friend, too! The museum now offers Pet Membership for dogs, cats, and birds. Membership for four-legged friends is $25 and includes:

  • Enjoy the art in the Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden among other pets and pet lovers
  • Personalized membership ID
  • 10% discount at participating pet businesses
  • Free admission to pet events
  • Your pet featured on the Mennello Museum website
Image credit: Mennello Museum of American Art

Harry P. Leu Gardens

If you haven’t experienced Leu Gardens yet, you are missing out on a superb rendezvous. This 50-acre botanical sanctuary is ideal for a hiatus from the hustle and bustle allowing you to gaze longingly at your darling amidst beautiful scenery. A Household Membership is $50 and includes:

  • Free daytime garden admission to Leu Gardens & Leu House Museum
  • Reciprocal privileges or discounts to American Horticultural Society partners, which includes over 300 gardens, arboreta, and conservatories nationwide
  • Special member pricing on educational classes & camps
  • Special member pricing on ticketed garden events
  • Free admission to all movie nights, plus special member parking on movie nights if available
  • Discount on non-sale item purchases in the Gardens’ Gift Shop
  • Members only double discount days in the Gift Shop
  • Leu members shop early on the first day of the plant sale
  • Complimentary daytime garden Guest Passes, each pass is good for one visit
Leu Gardens movie night. Image credit: Kristen Manieri

Legoland/Sea Life/Orlando Eye/Madame Tussauds

Merlin Entertainments specializes in creating attractions that are sure to manufacture memorable moments. And there’s no shortage of options in our neck-of-the-woods with LEGOLAND Florida, Sea Life Aquarium, Orlando Eye, and Madame Tussauds. Enjoy all of these venues with the Awesomer Pass for $149 per adult. Benefits include:

  • Unlimited admission to LEGOLAND Florida, LEGOLAND Florida Water Park and LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Sea Life Orlando, Madame Tussauds Orlando
  • Collector’s edition welcome kit
  • 10% off dining, retail, LEGOLAND hotel stays and more
  • Free parking

For the couple that enjoys hitting the road hot with their love, the Merlin Annual Pass Premium North America is $279 per adult and includes 12 months unlimited admission to 25+ top attractions across North America (i.e. LEGOLAND Theme Parks, LEGOLAND Water Parks, LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, Sea Life Aquariums, Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds), 20% off dining and shopping, exclusive offers and previews, and free parking.

Orlando Eye
The Orlando Eye. Image credit: Dani Dennison

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Get wild with your primal mate at the zoo! With over 400 animals and experiences such as feeding a giraffe or encountering a rhino, you’ll have endless topics for conversation while enjoying each other’s company. A family pass includes 2 adults and 6 children/grandchildren under 18 for $99 along with these benefits:

  • Free admission to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens all year (blackout dates apply for select special events)
  • Single day $10 guest admission (must be accompanied by a named pass holder and purchased at the Admissions window)
  • Free subscriptions to monthly emails and ZOOviews newsletter
  • 10% discount off your purchase of $5 or more at the ZOOfari Gift Shop
  • Discount on ZOOper birthday parties
  • Discounts on selected events and educational programs, including summer camps
  • Discounted admission to more than 150 AZA zoos and aquariums in the United States

Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park

Take your relationship to new heights with Tree Trek’s aerial obstacle course. What could be sexier and more exhilarating than a little competition through 97 games and challenges in the tree tops? An annual pass is $199 per person and will allow you and yours to challenge each other as you both ascend higher. As an added bonus, those who have climbed within 30 days can score a $40 deduction from the cost of the annual pass if they can provide the receipt or booking number of their previous visit.

Orlando's Tree Trek Adventure Park


Nothing says Florida like alligators. Get close and personal with gators (and your main squeeze) at Gatorland as you encounter these massively strong creatures within arms reach. Impress your special someone as you dare to venture into the breeding marsh or “wrestle” one of 12 gators swimming around you. There are plenty of tours and adventures to keep you returning for another adrenaline rush. Annual passes are $39.99 per adult. Benefits include:

  • Unlimited visits to the park
  • 30% off general admission for up to 6 accompanying guests
  • 50% off the Adventure Hour
  • 20% off Rookie Wrestlin’ Experience
  • 20% in-park photography stations
  • 20% off gift shop purchases (excluding sale items)
  • 10% off food & beverages at Pearl’s Smokehouse and Snack Bar
  • BOGO birdseed stick at the Aviary
  • BOGO animal food cone at the Petting Zoo

Kennedy Space Center

Journey to space (and romance) as you defy gravity and play among the stars. See a rocket up close, visit a rocket garden, have lunch with an astronaut, and learn about past, present and future space exploration. These are just a few of the activities available at Kennedy Space Center. With a full event calendar, there will be something new each time you visit. The Atlantis Annual Pass is $89 per adult and includes:

  • Unlimited admission for 1 year
  • 10% off admission for up to six guests per visit
  • Lanyard to match pass level
  • Monthly Newsletter plus rocket launch and event alerts
  • Free parking each visit ($10 value)
  • 10% off retail, food, and beverage purchases
  • 10% off Astronaut Training Experience and Camp Kennedy Space Center
  • Exclusive access to special passholder events

The Explorer Annual Pass is $139 per adult and includes:

  • Benefits of the Atlantis Annual Pass
  • 1 complimentary Lunch with an Astronaut Pass ($29.99 value)
  • 1 complimentary KSC Special Interest Tour of your choice ($25 value)
  • 1 complimentary collectible souvenir ($5.99 value)
  • Ultimate Space Geek Explorer Pass is $259.89 per adult
  • Unlimited admission
  • Free parking
  • 1 complimentary voucher for KSC Special Interest Tour, Lunch with an Astronaut and the Astronaut Training Experience
  • 10% off admission for up to six accompanying guests per visit
  • Special lanyard
  • Discounts on dining, merchandise, and select education programs
Image credit: Hannah Green @lovecentralfl

Fun Spot

There’s something about an old-fashioned theme park with a carnival atmosphere that brings out our inner child. Spend the day reveling in young love at Fun Spot. Riding coasters, driving Go-Karts, and playing games are sure ways to melt stress as you laugh and play with your sweetheart. A One park pass for Kissimmee or Orlando is $55.95 per adult and includes:

  • All day riding on Go-Kart Tracks, roller coasters, thrill rides, and kid spot rides
  • Gator Spot (Orlando park)
  • 2017 Season Souvenir Cup & meal deal
  • Two park pass for both parks $99
  • All day riding on Go-Kart tracks, roller coasters, thrill rides, kid spot
  • Gator Spot
  • No blackout dates
  • Bring a friend in January, May, and November
  • Exclusive member perks
  • Free parking

Bok Tower Gardens

Visiting Bok Tower Gardens is a truly unique experience with its celestial gardens, 205-foot singing carillon tower, beautiful Mediterranean-style estate and two miles of peaceful hiking trails. You can laze on the grassy lawns taking in the encompassing songs of nature and bells. A Duo Membership is $70 and includes discounted admission to many Florida museums, gardens, and cultural institutions (such as Central Florida Zoo, Leu Gardens, Orange Co. Regional History Museum, MOSI, Florida Aquarium, etc). You'll also enjoy:

  • Anytime admission to the gardens except during selected events
  • Subscription to Garden Path newsletter
  • 10% discount at the Blue Palmetto Cafe and Tower & Garden Gift Shop
  • Additional discount during Shoptember Spree (month of September) and the Twelve Days of Shopping event
  • Discounts on programs and event tickets
  • Free admission to over 300 public gardens throughout the United States through the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Program
Bok Tower Gardens

Feature image credit: Flickr


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