Outdoor Activities To Love Near 55+ Communities

Retired couple walk their dog in a 55+ community with lots of outdoor activities.

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One of the benefits of 55+ communities is the range of outdoor activities that are available within the neighborhood. However, another perk you might not expect is how the area nearby tends also to focus on meeting the needs of the residents of the community. After all, having a concentrated population that tends to share the same interests is a terrific opportunity for any business that is ready to serve those potential customers.

At the same time, developers of 55+ communities are careful to select neighborhoods that are most likely to attract residents. The result is that most of these communities are nestled in areas that offer a wide range of interesting outdoor activities for seniors.

If you’re considering moving into a 55+ community, here are some of the outdoor activities you might want to look for. 

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Why Do Outdoor Activities Matter?

Happy 55+ couple in life vests canoeing in forest lake.

Of course, a fulfilling life is important for everyone, but outdoor activities are especially beneficial for people over 55 years old. Research shows that even mild workouts that take place outside boost seniors’ health in many different ways. 

One important finding is that people who take part in outdoor activities have a reduced risk of cognitive impairment. They also demonstrate better physical function, including strength, balance, energy levels, and endurance. If that’s not enough, they also have fewer symptoms of depression. 

Scientists believe that part of the reason that outdoor activities have such a positive impact may be because they offer greater opportunities for social interaction. People also tend to exercise longer when they’re outside, simply because it’s generally more enjoyable. 

Clearly, getting outdoors is good for your body and mind. So what are some good ways for you to do that when you live in a 55+ community?

Discover an Outdoor Activity You’ll Love

A 55+ hiking club following a trail in the woods on a sunny day.

The best exercise is one you love doing. If you can find an outdoor activity that you look forward to doing, then you’re more likely to keep at it and get the most benefit possible. Out of all the options, there are some activities you’re likely to find near you if you decide to move into a 55+ community. To be on the safe side, be sure to check that your favorite is included before you move in.

Here are some great choices to consider.

Pickleball Courts

This is incredibly popular for a reason. Pickleball is fun, great exercise, and accessible to any age group. It’s similar to tennis, but it emphasizes strategy over athletic ability, making it a great game even if you aren’t super fit. Pickleball can be played indoors or outside. If you opt to find an outdoor court, you will have to be sure to use balls that are designed for outdoor play, which are a little bit heavier and sturdier. 

Golf Courses

Playing golf as a retiree is a classic for a reason. This perennial sport is a great way to get outside, get regular low-impact exercise, and spend time with friends. Mark Twain may have called golf “a good walk spoiled,” but fans know the truth is just the opposite. For avid golfers, an afternoon on the course is better than a walk any day. 

Dog Parks

There’s no joy quite like a dog at a dog park. If it’s your furry family member racing around in glee, that joy is yours as well. Parks are a great place for your pup to burn off some energy and socialize with other dogs. They’re also a good way to connect with other dog lovers. 

Some dog parks also have agility equipment available for training your dog. This is a great way to give your dog physical and mental stimulation. It’s also a fun, active way to interact with them. 


Whether you’re walking, jogging, or riding a bike, a trail is a great way to spend some time in the great outdoors. You can find trails that wind their way through interesting neighborhoods or ones that take you out into wide-open green spaces. To get the most out of nearby trails, consider joining a hiking or walking group that matches your fitness level and interests.

Group Exercise Classes

Not all exercise classes happen in a gym. Some workouts are perfect for a park setting, such as yoga, tai chi, or even Zumba. Take a look at nearby exercise classes and see if there are any outdoor classes that appeal to you. The fresh-air setting and social atmosphere can make an ordinary workout seem more like a party.

Bocce Ball Courts

If you’re looking for a little healthy competition, fresh air, and socializing, try your hand at bocce. This game calls for a long, rectangular court, a total of nine balls, and two teams to play. It’s accessible for all ages, so you can play with friends or grandkids alike.

Gardening Clubs

Whether you’re touring a local garden or learning about native plants, a gardening club is an excellent way to explore a love of plants. This activity has the advantage of getting you outside, with your hands in the soil, between meetings as well. Gardening also adds a lot of beauty to your life.

These are just a few of the activities you’re likely to find near many 55+ communities. Part of finding the perfect home for you is picking the neighborhood that has access to things you love. Most communities make it easy to live an active life, as long as you can find the one that fits you and what you love.

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