Activities for Seniors in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo is a city in Southern Michigan known for its local universities and breweries. With a population of over 330,000 people in the greater Kalamazoo-Portage Metro area, Kalamazoo provides a wide range of services for its citizens. Whether you’re into craft beers or local museums we want to make sure you know the best spots around that are senior-friendly. Indoor, outdoor, or a mix in-between, there are plenty of different directions you can take when exploring the city of Kalamazoo. Let our Papa team guide you in the right direction. First stop, is the local senior center.

Senior Services Southwest Michigan

SSSM is a local, non-profit that focuses on providing services that “support the independence and well-being of older adults”. They have been providing those services since 1963 and have since focused on providing compassionate and personal care to those who need it most. If you’re into golf, I highly recommend you check out their annual outing golf fundraiser for seniors in the community. Senior Services of Southwest Michigan also has a booming events calendar and can personally assist in making your time in Kalamazoo delightful.

Outdoor Activities for Seniors in Kalamazoo

There are many outdoor activities to partake in no matter the weather. If you’re looking to schedule your own activities, we recommend considering some of the most popular stops in Kalamazoo listed below.

Al Sabo Land Preserve – Al Sabo Land Preserve is a glorious 740+ acre preservation that was purchased by the city in the 1960s. Al Sabo is home to a wide array of natural landscapes such as wetlands, forest, and meadows. Bring the dog, take your bike, or simply enjoy the scenery with a peaceful walk. Whatever you do, don’t forget to check out Al Sabo Land Preserve and everything it has to offer.

Portage Bikeway – Biking is an incredibly popular activity in Michigan. Portage has over 55 miles of trails for bikers of all skills, speeds, and ages. As long as you wear your helmet, you’ll have an opportunity for a safe, and active adventure in the greater Kalamazoo-Portage metro area.

Kalamazoo River Trail – As its name indicated, the Kalamazoo River Trail is another bike trail that runs along the Kalamazoo River. The trail runs 35 miles and is friendly for both bikers and non-bikers alike. This is a brand-new trail that is almost completed and free to the public.

Lilian Anderson Abortorium – Lilian Anderson Abortorium is 140 acres of wildlands privately owned by Kalamazoo College. Like many of southern Michigan’s beautiful preserves, it’s made up by a a wide variety of natural landscapes. The abortorium is open to the public and worth a visit.

Kalamazoo Nature Center – This list would not be complete without mentioning the Kalamazoo Nature Center. The KNC is truly a family-friendly activity center that has been a part of Kalamazoo culture for almost 60 years. They offer education, summer camps and programs, and help support the community in a variety of ways. Recognized as one of the premiere nature centers in the entire country, the Kalamazoo Nature Center is an absolute must for seniors and all alike.

Timber Ridge – If you’re into skiing, Timber Ridge is the spot for you. Timber Ridge is just outside of Kalamazoo Timber Ridge has trails for those just learning and skilled riders as well. If you’re celebrating Winter and looking for an active excuse to get outdoors, there are plenty of scenic trails waiting for you at Timber Ridge.

Fun Activities for Seniors in Kalamazoo

Beyond the southern Michigan outdoor appeal, the Kalamazoo-Portage major metro area offers a dynamic mix of old and new. Both historical and more modern activities are a plenty in Kalamazoo. If you’re looking for some slightly less nature-dependent fun, check out our list below of places to eat and things to see.

Restaurants and Bars in Kalamazoo for Seniors

The Kalamazoo Farmer’s Market is much more than “just” a farmer’s market. Home to over 100 vendors weekly, the Kalmazoo Farmer’s Market is a great place to eat, shot, or just hang out. You will always have a wide selection of dining options to enjoy.

Downtown Kalamazoo is a perfect place to start if you’re looking for fun and delicious eats or drinks. The Downtown Partnership website offers an up-to-date lineup of the most popular dining options. Just be ready to have a beer offered with your meal.

Cultural Activities in Kalamazoo Michigan

Kalamazoo has a number of cultural and historical activity options that are senior-friendly. Kalamazoo’s commitment to its more modem, urban downtown identity alongside it’s historical and cultural arts presents a fun and dynamic city with historical roots.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts – A school and a museum, KIA is an incredibly powerful part of the community. KIA has rotating exhibitions and classes offered for people of all ages. It’s never too late to learn at the senior-friendly, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Gene the Pumpkin Man – This particular Pumpkin Patch is a must-visit tradition of Kalamazoo. Whether you need a pumpkin or not, Gene’s is a fun stop that the entire community enjoys.

The Henderson Castle – Ok, so the Henderson Castle is technically an Inn, but it offers much more. Touted as a haunted building, the Henderson Castle offers tours and even a themed dinner to celebrate the ever-living guests of the Henderson Castle. They have a spa and a winery on site, so the Henderson Castle offers something to entertain every member of the family. Have you booked your room yet?

The Kalamazoo State Theatre– The Kalamazoo State Theatre is both a tribute to history, and “where it is made”. The State Theatre has been a downtown staple since 1927. Phish, Pearl Jam, Ray Charles, and Red Hot Chili Peppers are just a few of the all-star performers the theatre has housed. Truly a mix of indoor and outdoor, the Kalamazoo State Theatre is a distinguished member of the League of Historic American Theatres. They are also renowned for their acoustics, so it is indeed 100% senior-friendly!

With so many senior-friendly activities, we want you to visit Kalamazoo, Michigan. Need help around the city? Request a Papa Pal to take you wherever you want to go!

 

 

 


Downtown Sarasota

Activities for Seniors in Sarasota

Outdoor Activities in Sarasota County for Seniors

In the past 10 years, Sarasota County has increased its senior citizen population by five percent, which brought their total senior population up to 35%.

That growth is expected to continue, and it shouldn’t be a surprise. Sarasota County offers a ton of outdoor amenities for its senior population that lures retirees to this charming beachside destination.

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Since the founding of the Friendship Centers and SCAN, seniors now have an empowering community to rely on. Both programs open the doors for newcomers to create an environment that keeps the senior population safe, active, and independent.

There are 16 well-kept parks and preserves for seniors to walk, bike, stretch, and even horseback ride.

Many of their parks have paved trails, making the walks easier and accessible, even to those with disabilities.

Myakka River Boat Tours
Myakka River Boat Tours

Be adventurous and take a riverboat tour at Myakka River State Park in Venice, and look out for the alligators, herons, snook, and turtles.

Enjoy a guided nature walk through South Lido Park or Legacy trail and learn more about the plants, birds, and wildlife.

Don’t forget to relax on Siesta Key beach any day of the week. At any local beach, this county provides beach wheelchairs available at every lifeguard stand for no additional cost.

Make sure you visit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Sarasota Jungle Gardens for a beautiful landscape treat.

Go searching along the rocks for the biggest shark tooth at Caspersen Beach down off Harbor Drive. The Ringling is a must-see because of its constantly changing, family friendly Exhibits and Programs.

Get a senior citizen discount at The Celery Fields and bring a lunch to enjoy a picnic on top of the hill overlooking the scenery.

Because this county is small, it is easy to visit many attractions in each city and feel like you’re at home.

Fun Activities in Sarasota County for Seniors

Life is more fun in Sarasota County because it’s home to some of the best wildlife sanctuaries, environmental experiences, and live entertainment.

Head over to the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary right next to the Celery Fields and play with the monkeys and lions, or stick to the traditional petting zoo.

Next, go to the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium where you can get an up-close-and-personal experience with over 100 different species of aquatic wildlife.

Ca d'Zan Mansion
Ca d'Zan Mansion

Learn your Sarasota history at Ca d’Zan Mansion, which was a winter home of American circus owner John Ringling and his wife Mable.

The beautiful mansion sits on the water and has preserved artifacts and art from the 20s.

Watch a spring training baseball game at Ed Smith Stadium, home of the Baltimore Orioles.

Learn how to Paddle Board at Sarasota Paddle Boarding and explore mangroves tunnels while watching for manatees and dolphins to swim around you in their natural environment.

Walk around the Sarasota Classic Car Museum and check out the Paul McCartney’s beloved Mini Cooper or John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes Benz.

Soak in the Warm Mineral Springs in North Port for a relaxing day, and of course, make sure to read a book and tan on Venice beach.

Restaurants and Bars in Sarasota County for Seniors

With many restaurants on the water, this county has a lot of charm and romance to its seniors.

For the best feeling of romanticism visit Siesta Key Island and enjoy a festive atmosphere and great food.

 

Venice Beach Florida
Venice Beach Florida

Go to the Central Sarasota Farmers Market and enjoy nothing but locally and regionally sourced food, art, and entertainment.

This is a great place to mingle with local farmers and learn about a range of topics including health, children’s education, community issues, cooking, and more.

Learn about the history of Drum Circle Distilling with a free senior tour, and then enjoy some of their handcrafted coconut rum.

Finish at Venice for the best waterfront view of the Gulf while dining. You can even go for a swim after your meal!

Cultural Activities in Sarasota County for Seniors

Sarasota County is well-known for its art and culture and considered one of the top places in Florida to experience it.

With plenty of theatres, ballet, museums, and galleries there is no surprise as to why.

Because this county is influenced heavily by the circus man himself, John Ringling, there is a large Venetian & Mediterranean influence visible in its architecture.

Sarasota County is truly a center of art both live and still. When visiting, make sure to check these off of your list:

Sarasota Opera House (Formerly Edwards Theatre)

This is a historic venue opened in 1926 that has hosted the likes of Will Rogers and Elvis Presley. They also offer discounted tours to senior citizens.

Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy

True to its name, this delightful art museum is whimsical in every way. This is also a free exhibit, though donations are encouraged.

Sarasota Orchestra

The Sarasota Orchestra is a major contributor to the arts community in Sarasota County. They offer world-class live performances, music lessons, and host a 3-week long, annual music festival.

Sarasota Orchestra
Sarasota Orchestra

John and Marble Ringling Museum of Art

The Ringling is more than just a circus. Their museum offers beautiful exhibitions and program that change throughout the year. Visit their website to see what’s happening now, and take advantage of their senior citizen special.

Sarasota Ballet

The Sarasota Ballet is now enjoying its 27th season of performances. It is internationally acclaimed for the beautifully composed performances.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Van Wezel is host to many of the previously mentioned groups. It is truly an eclectic theatre where you can witness events ranging from comedy to opera to Broadway musicals.

Annual Sarasota Film Festival

This Festival was ranked in the top 10 of all Film Festivals in the world in 2016. Continuously in the top 10% of national Festivals, SFF is truly top-tier offering some of the best independent films to the public.

If you need some help getting around Sarasota or if you’re looking for an amazing social experience, visit joinpapa.com and request a college student to show you around town.


Miami Downtown

Activities in Miami Dade County for Seniors

Outdoor Activities in Miami Dade County for Seniors

Miami-Dade is one of the biggest urban counties in America, but it was built around many parks and nature trails making outdoor activities accessible to any age.

This county offers a number of options for senior citizens to explore the outdoors: walking, biking, meditation, yoga, golf, and tennis, just to name a few.

According to the National Institutes of Health, spending time outside can help lower the risk of some medical conditions we experience as we age like stress, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.

No matter where you are in Miami, there is a place for you to venture and explore.

In Miami Beach, you can take a 90-minute Art Deco walking tour with Miami Design Preservation League in the heart of the Architectural Historic District.

If you’re visiting North Miami, go on a nature walk at Oleta River State Park and look at the beautiful Mangroves and Wild Lantana flowers.

Afterwards head over to Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves look for alligators and finish your day with a picnic at Key Biscayne National Park.

If you’re in the Homestead area, visit Everglades National Park Bobcat Boardwalk and look at all the wildlife South Florida has to offer.

If you’re more of a social person and are looking for outdoor activities with a group visit Coral Gate Park, Kinloch Park, and Charles Hadley Park; they have multiple outdoor senior programs available.

Fun Activities in Miami Dade County for Seniors

Miami-Dade County focuses on having great senior centers and created the Active Older Adults Program.

If you’re over the age of 54 you can sign up for recreational programs like Zumba, sewing, adaptive aquatics, fitness, and much more.

Studies have shown that socialization can help with lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, lowering blood pressure, and lessening the risk of mental health issues.

Different classes and programs are held at:

  • Miami Gardens Senior Focal Point Center
  • South Dade Park, The Arcola Lakes Senior Center
  • Gwen Cherry Park
  • Continental Park, Goulds Park
  • Westwind Lakes Park, Deerwood Bonita Lakes
  • Gesu Senior Citizen Center
  • Senior Citizens Activities Center of Homestead
  • North Miami Foundation for Senior Citizens.

You can also visit our four most popular shopping areas: The Aventura Mall, Bal Harbour Shops, Lincoln Road in South Miami, and the Dolphin Mall in Miami.

If you’re looking to use your senior citizen discount visit Jungle Island, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and Zoo Miami. Wear your walking shoes because there is a lot to see!

You can also enjoy a fun game of dominoes in Maximo Gomez Park in the famous Calle Ocho.

Restaurants and Bars in Miami Dade County for Seniors

The mouth-watering food in Miami-Dade is endless. From hole-in-the-wall restaurants to 5-star dining, this county has you covered. Make sure to eat at Miami’s staples, Versailles Restaurant and Joe’s Stone Crab.

If you consider yourself a foodie visit Eatery.com to stay up to date with new restaurants that are coming to Miami on a daily basis. Here are some food dishes you must try when you’re in Miami-Dade.

  • Cuban Hamburger in West Miami
  • Ceviche in South Miami
  • Peruvian and Korean cuisines in West Kendall
  • Tableside Ham carvings in Doralera
  • Croquetas in Coral Gables
  • Empanadas and Arepas in Miami Beach
  • Pastelitos and Tres Leches in Miami
  • Gator Bites in Homestead

Cultural Activities in Miami Dade County for Seniors

Miami-Dade has a unique culture that is different from all other counties in Florida. People are proud of the culture they created, which is why so many retirees are moving here.

If you live in Miami and you’re over the age of 61, make sure to sign up for the Golden Ticket program which allows you to go to all the cultural events for free, as well as get free rides on the transit system.

With the Golden Ticket Program, you can visit Miami-Dade’s many museums, which includes the Perez Art Museum, History Miami Museum, and the Frost Museum.

Perez Art Museum

You can also attend numerous plays and watch live music. Take a drive to Little Haiti and have lunch with new friends at the Haitian American Senior Center.

You can also check out the Jack Orr Senior Center and participate in many cultural activities they run on a daily basis.

Make sure to visit Freedom Tower, Miami’s most famous historical landmark, which is also a contemporary art museum.

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