Expand your horizons and try something new with these fun ideas.
Feeling stuck in a rut? A new season is a great reason to get out there and have new experiences. If you want to expand your horizons during the warm-weather months, consider trying something you’ve never done before. These fresh-picked summer activities for seniors can inspire a newfound passion and help recapture that invigorating “school’s out” feeling of fun, freedom, and adventure:
- Hit the road
- Join a hobby group
- Take up a summer sport
- Experiment with new music
- Eat food you’ve never tried
Learn more about these enticing summer activities for seniors below.
Hit the road
If it’s been a while since you took a summer road trip, why not venture out on the open highway? Whether it’s a day trip to a nearby destination you’ve never visited or an RV tour around the country, switching up your surroundings and seeing new sights is a sure-fire way to inspire wonder. The question is: where to next? Mount Rushmore? Grand Canyon? Niagara Falls? Whether near or far, call friends or family and plan a road trip to remember. If hearing loss makes it difficult to connect with those you care about over the phone, find out how CapTel phone captioning technology can help.
Before setting out on your excursion, use these helpful travel tips for seniors to jet set like a pro.
Join a hobby group
New activities and new friends add up to truly life-enriching experiences. If starting a new hobby seems intimidating, see what groups you’d like to join at a local community center, or find a local group that matches your interests online. There, you can find just about anything from a book club to a hiking group to “wine and paint” events – and more that you may not have even considered.
To boost your wellness quotient, consider satisfying the hobby-seeker in you with these healthy hobbies to help stay physically and mentally fit.
Take up a summer sport
Summertime weather makes for ideal conditions to enjoy fitness activities outdoors. Consider taking up a new sport this season to help broaden your skills and interests. Think golf, tennis or pickle ball, biking, swimming or water aerobics, and fishing. There may even be yoga or tai chi classes offered outdoors in your area. No matter which of the fun sports for seniors you try this summer, be sure to check with your health care provider before starting any new activity or fitness regimen.
Experiment with new music
Everyone has their favorite radio stations and bands, but there are many more genres and songs to discover. As you explore new summer activities to try, consider downloading an app like Spotify or Pandora and listen to shuffled playlists that expose you to fresh tunes. You could also find outdoor music events in your area where you can appreciate original songs from artists you haven’t heard of before. Before you go, check out these concert hearing protection tips to help prevent noise-induced hearing loss.
Eat food you’ve never tried
The last in our list of summer activities for seniors will tempt your taste buds. One of the easiest (and most delicious) ways to mix life up is by literally mixing up new flavors and ingredients. Perhaps you’d like to try out a new ethnic restaurant and order foods you’ve never eaten before. You could ask the server or chef about the cultural significance of the dish and learn about unfamiliar spices and flavors. Or, sign up for a cooking class and expand your own kitchen repertoire. Then invite friends for a dinner party and watch them be impressed! Thanks to modern conveniences, you can even have ingredients delivered right to your door. If you have food allergies, be sure to double check the nutrition label or ask about any ingredients that you are not familiar with.
With so many new things to try, it’s sure to be a fun and enriching season ahead! For more summer activities for seniors, check out even more ways to spend the warm-weather season. Find more tips on senior living and independence on our ever-growing blog.