As soon as winter gives way to warmer temperatures, active adults should dust off their sneakers and activewear and get outside. Springtime is the perfect season to get outdoors to enjoy as much fresh air, mild temps, and sunny days as possible.
Active adult communities across the country, and especially in areas that experience a four-season climate, offer residents spectacular amenities that are best enjoyed on a sunny, mild afternoon. Amenities like garden plots, outdoor patios, park space, and trails are ideal spots to spend time with neighbors and friends on a beautiful spring day. Whether you’re just socializing with friends or staying active on your own, there is sure to be an amenity that you can appreciate now that the weather forecast is more pleasant. If you’ve been waiting for days to get warmer (and longer), then take advantage of your community’s amenities that you can enjoy this spring.
There are fewer ways to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine than by gardening. Many 55-plus communities like Laguna Woods Village and Ceres Gleann have gardening plots where residents can tend to flowers and herbs as well as plant fresh fruits and vegetables. Not only is gardening a fun activity that promotes a sense of community and builds lasting friendships, it also promotes a healthy lifestyle because gardening burns calories, strengthens muscles, and produces a bounty of fresh ingredients that you can incorporate into your diet.
Walking & Biking Trails
One of the most common amenities found in 55+ communities across the country is a walking and biking trail. Once the snow clears and the wind chill disappears, retirees can hit the trails by foot or bike to burn some calories or enjoy a leisurely stroll after dinner. Active adult communities like Vineyards at Blue Point or Leisure Village offer miles of meandering walking and biking trails that allow residents to stay active while appreciating all of the nature that surrounds the neighborhood.
BBQ Area/ Picnic Pavilion
Another great way to enjoy the outdoors this spring is to pack a picnic to enjoy in the community’s pavilion or grill on the BBQ for a delicious feast. Residents living in active adult communities like Esplanade at Highland Ranch have access to these great amenities that also come equipped with an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and patio, which is the perfect place to host a BBQ party with friends or enjoy a quiet lunch while reading a good book.
A favorite pastime for many retirees, a round of golf is the perfect way to spend a beautiful spring day. Golfers can hit the lush fairway and work on their long game while socializing with friends on the course. Several 55-plus communities offer golf as one of their top amenities along with a pro shop, restaurant, and golf practice facilities. Trilogy at Redmond Ridge features a beautiful 18-hole championship golf course that residents can join for a discounted fee while Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club offers residents exclusive access to the community’s 18-hole golf course. Smaller active adult communities like Four Seasons at Lakewood or Greenbriar may not have the space to offer 18 holes of golf, so instead they provide a nine-hole golf course or just a putting green, which is still fun and faster to play on a lovely spring day.
Pickleball, tennis, and bocce ball have been popular sports among the Boomer crowd for many years and when the cold weather interrupts their game time it’s no surprise to see the courts filling up as soon as spring reappears. These fun outdoor games provide retirees with the social and physical recreation they crave after being stuck indoors all winter long. There are many age-restricted communities that have at least one designated sport court as well as clubs and leagues that promote friendly competition and build new friendships. Anthem Ranch in Broomfield, Colorado offers four pickleball courts that provide endless hours of play for residents of this vibrant 55+ community.
Fishing is not only a peaceful and relaxing hobby, but it’s also a great amenity offered in some top active adult communities and is best enjoyed during the spring season. Depending on the type of water, retirees can cast a line into their community’s nearby lake or pond from their boat or dock while taking in some fresh air and beautiful views. Communities like Four Seasons at The Lakes of Cane Bay and Cresswind at Lake Lanier provide residents with their own on-site fishing lake.