Activities for Seniors in Tampa and St. Petersburg

Outdoor Activities for Seniors in Tampa and St. Petersburg

Known for its growing population of retirees, Hillsborough and Pinellas County have beautiful parks, nature preserves, and white sand beaches for seniors to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

These counties are on the up-rise for seniors because they are cost-effective, safe, and friendly.

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Since the founding of the nonprofit Senior Connection Center in Tampa over 30 years ago, senior citizens are more aware of how to live a healthy lifestyle and be independent.

Their classes promote outdoor activities for seniors and give them more confidence as they age.

Between Hillsborough and Pinellas County, there are over 40 breath-taking parks and preserves for seniors to walk, bike, stretch, and meditate.

Be adventurous and take a ferry ride to Egmont Key National Wildlife Preserve at the mouth of Tampa Bay.

Enjoy a walk through Brooker Creek Preserve, which is the largest natural area in Pinellas County, and study the native flora and fauna.

Stay current with Pinellas Park’s monthly Senior Center Newsletter located on their website for discounts and events in the area.

Don’t forget to relax on the Clearwater beaches any day of the week and read a book.

Make sure you visit the fishing town, Madeira Beach in Pinellas County to window shop their waterfront galleries and view their handmade Native American crafts.

On the weekends you can take a five-dollar guided nature trail at Lettuce Lake in Hillsborough County and learn about the extensive variety of wildlife and native plants.

No matter what county you’re in, both focus on preserving their nature and wildlife. You will never be disappointed with their well-kept parks.

Fun Activities for Seniors in Tampa and St. Petersburg

Whether you’re in Hillsborough or Pinellas County, you will find a plethora of indoor and outdoor activities that will keep you busy for months!

If you’re in Hillsborough County, especially during the summer months and you want to escape the heat, make sure you visit the Florida Aquarium in Tampa.

Seniors who are 60 years and older will receive an admission discount and have the opportunity to see some of the most famous sea creatures up close and personal.

Take a trip to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa and flash your senior citizen badge for a discount as well.

Bet your money on the fastest horse at Tampa Bay Downs and pocket some money if you win.

Stay all day at the Senior Centers: Bloomingdale West Recreation Center, Plant City Adult Day Care, Phyliss Busanky Senior Center, and Northlakes Community Center and play brain challenging games with people your age.

Bring a friend to Pinellas County and play at the Shuffleboard Club in St. Petersburg where 65 courts are conveniently located.

Enjoy a leisure walk through the oldest living museum, the Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg.

Get out your paintbrushes and take an art class at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center.

Dunedin Fine Arts Center

Based on your hobbies and passions, you can find anything you desire in both counties.

Restaurants and Bars for Seniors in Tampa and St. Petersburg

Because of the temperate weather, there’s been a growing popularity for farmers markets and food trucks.

Make sure to visit Tampa Bay Markets on the third Thursday of the month and dance to live music while enjoying decadent cocktails.

If you’re in Pinellas Park, visit the family-owned business Wagon Wheel Flea Market; you can shop there for local finds while having a bite to eat.

You’ll never go wrong choosing a restaurant in Channel Side by the water. Drive over to Clearwater and visit Nature’s Food Patch and Market Café. Seniors receive discounts on “Seniors Day” which is hosted on the first Wednesday of the month.

Tampa’s Riverwalk is a great place for a leisure stroll because once you get hungry there’s a ton of restaurant options to soothe your cravings.

Tampa-Riverwalk
Tampa Riverwalk

Cultural Activities for Seniors in Tampa and St. Petersburg

The sister counties connect to all walks of life through their art, museums, and venues.

When you’re visiting both counties you can find many aspects of Floridian history and raw talent.

Get your creative juices flowing by visiting these places listed below:

Pinellas County:

Museum of Fine Arts

Having collections that age as far as 5,000 years ago to the present day, the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg gives a new inspiration to art and diversity.

Salvador Dali Museum

Dedicated to the works of Salvador Dali, this museum in St. Petersburg has the largest amount of Dali’s artwork outside of Europe.

Salvador Dali Museum
Salvador Dali Museum

Dunedin Historical Museum

Learn the history of Dunedin and see how it has changed over the years through the antiques and old photos of that era.

Florida Holocaust Museum

Located in St. Petersburg, this is one of the largest Holocaust Museums in the country. Seniors will receive a discount on their ticketed prices too.

Ruth Eckerd Hall

From Broadway plays to talented musicians, buy your tickets to see famous performers at this venue located in Clearwater.

Hillsborough County:

Henry Plant Museum

Located on the University of Tampa’s campus, this museum is known as a National Historic Landmark.

Learn more about America’s Gilded Age and the life of Henry Plant.

Tampa Bay History Center

Tampa Bay History Center
Tampa Bay History Center

Along the RiverWalk in Tampa, this museum gives an insight of who inhabited our land in the 1500s.

It has regularly changing exhibitions so you can keep coming back.

Museum of Science and Industry

This hands-on museum lets you interact with over 100 science activities and learn about space with its planetarium. If you want to feel like a kid again, go here!

David A Straz Center for Performing Arts

This venue has consistent Broadway shows, Opera’s, and orchestra bands playing every day of the week.

If you’re in Tampa and love the arts, you must purchase tickets and watch the best-of-the-best perform.

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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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