Even though summer is in full swing, it’s not too late to embark on a new and exciting outdoor excursion or activity. While many people are enjoying a more typical summer than the one we experienced during the height of the coronavirus pandemic and getting away on vacation, some of us may not yet be comfortable traveling far from the comforts and safety of home. That doesn’t mean, however, that seniors opting not to travel this summer and coming fall shouldn’t reap the benefits of getting outdoors and connecting with others. A 2019 study showed that spending at least 120 minutes a week around nature is associated with good health and wellbeing, as does engaging in regular social interaction.
Get outdoors with friends, or make some new ones while trying some of these senior-friendly activities and excursions:
While gardening is often done solo and at home, community gardening is an excellent alternative if you’re looking to widen your social circle. Some community gardens are split into individual plots, while others are tended to and used communally. Check out websites such as the American Community Gardening Association and Local Harvest to find community gardens in your area.
Walking, Biking, and Running Clubs
Active and mobile seniors interested in making friends while getting in some exercise should consider joining a local walking, biking, or running club. Most of these types of clubs welcome members of all levels and often gather afterward for a drink. Check with your local senior center, recreation center, or sports equipment stores to find a club that is appropriate for you.
Local Guided Tours
If you live in or near a city, consider taking an open-air bus, trolley, or boat tour to see the local sights. Some cities even offer small group tours for seniors. Brush up on local history, get answers to all your questions, take in the architecture, and maybe grab some local fare for lunch.
Live theater is starting to make a comeback post-pandemic, but many people are still reluctant to sit shoulder-to-shoulder in a venue. Most towns and cities offer live outdoor theater, and even musical performances, in their local parks, town centers, and amphitheaters in the summer months. Pack a picnic, a blanket, and some chairs and take in some culture while catching up with friends.
Nothing says summer like getting outside and watching a live sporting event. Maybe you live within driving distance of a major or minor league baseball stadium and can catch a game with a loved one. Other professional sports such as soccer and lacrosse play during the summer months and are often less crowded. Be sure to check if your local teams offer senior discounts.
No matter how you decide to spend the dog days of summer, we hope you get an opportunity to get outdoors and reconnect with your loved ones!