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7 Fun Outdoor Activities for Seniors

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Staying active and healthy as a senior is a great way to take care of yourself. But no matter how many programs and events are going on around you, it can sometimes be hard to think of fun new things to do with your day! Fortunately, our team at The Villages at the River Club is here to help with a list of ideas.

7 fun outdoor activities for seniors include:

  1. Walking & hiking
  2. Golfing
  3. Taking a tour
  4. Attending outdoor community events
  5. Gardening
  6. Stargazing & astronomy
  7. Photography

1. Walking & Hiking

Walking and hiking are some of the easiest ways to stay active, and they can be incredible for staying healthy. Plus, they’re a simple yet enjoyable way to connect with nature and the area around you.

Whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll along a riverfront or a more adventurous hike through the scenic trails, the benefits of walking and hiking are undeniable. The fresh air, the sounds of nature, and the beauty of the surroundings all contribute to a sense of peace and well-being.

2. Golfing

Golfing is a fantastic low-impact outdoor sport that provides an opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise. You can get out and about, get some mild exercise in, and enjoy a wonderful day out in the sun.

Here at The Villages at the River Club, we’re proud to offer easy access to The River Club Golf Course, which is essentially right in our backyard! Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or new to the game, there’s something truly special about spending time on the green.

3. Taking a Tour

No matter how long you’ve lived in your community, there’s always something new to discover. In Clarksville, there are several exciting tour options for seniors looking to spend a fun day outside.

Residents of our community have easy access to:

These tours are all wonderful opportunities to learn more about the history of Clarksville, Tennessee, and can be a great way to explore and connect with our local history and culture.

4. Attending Outdoor Community Events

Sometimes, it’s just fun to see what’s going on in the community. This year, Clarksville has a calendar full of engaging events, including:

  • The “Spring Is In The Air” vendors event is on April 6. This is a free event where you can find anything from hand-painted art to sculptures, all made by nearby artists!
  • America’s Haydn Festival on April 28, where you can enjoy an evening of classical music played by world-class musicians.
  • The “Sew Magical Festival” is from August 30 until September 1, 2024. There are going to be plenty of different vendors, events, and classes, all based around sewing and creation!

Keep an eye out for these events, as they are perfect opportunities to engage with the vibrant community and make lasting memories. Plus, you can keep an eye on the “Visit Clarksville” event page to stay up-to-date with cool new events in the community!

5. Gardening

Gardening can be an excellent outdoor activity for seniors looking to try something new. It offers a myriad of health benefits—both physical and mental—and can be a therapeutic exercise.

The simple act of caring for plants and nurturing your own garden is an excellent source of gentle exercise, and it can do wonders for reducing your stress. And there’s something truly special about watching your garden bloom and thrive throughout the seasons.

6. Stargazing & Astronomy

The universe is a vast and wondrous place, and sometimes, it’s lovely just to sit back and take it all in. From meteor showers to searching for constellations, stargazing and astronomy have captivated minds for all of human history. You just need a blanket and your own two eyes—then you can go enjoy the mysteries of the cosmos!

And for those with a passion for rare events, there’s an upcoming solar eclipse in April! Just make sure you’re wearing a proper pair of eclipse glasses, and you can see a truly unique celestial event.

7. Photography

Who doesn’t want to capture a beautiful scene to show it off to others? Whether you’re trying to save a beautiful sunset, a gorgeous wildflower, or a cute photo of you with your friends, photography can be an extremely fulfilling and creative outdoor hobby.

You don’t need much more than a camera to get started! No matter where you are, you can start taking wonderful photos. And don’t worry—they’re a great conversation starter as well! Whether it’s snapping shots of colorful flowers, majestic landscapes, or wildlife, photography allows you to preserve precious moments and share your unique perspective with others.

An older man and woman smiling and gardening outdoors together

Healthy Senior Living

At The Villages at the River Club, we believe in promoting healthy living by giving our residents an eventful and inclusive community. Whether you’re interested in photography, gardening, historic tours, or anything else that captivates your interest, there’s a little something here for everyone. Book a tour today and discover the joys of senior living in our community!

Written by Lisa Klasen

“It gives me pleasure to help our residents live a life of independence, love, and joy here in our community.”

Lisa has lived in Clarksville for over 10 years and is originally from the Nashville area. She went to college at Central Michigan University, where she graduated with a liberal arts degree (psychology major).

Lisa has an eclectic work background and started her career in the human resources/training/development arena for several service-oriented companies such as Hyatt Hotels and The Forum Group (Senior Living Communities). Later in her career, she switched to real estate sales for local custom home builders for about 15 years in Indiana and Tennessee. Recently, Lisa has worked as a sales and marketing director for a local independent living community, a skilled nursing facility, and an assisted living/memory care facility.

She lives with her 4 “boys”: 2 dogs and 2 cats. She still holds her real estate license and also does professional photography during her time away from The Villages. She hopes to use her photography skills to market our beautiful building and wonderful family of residents and staff here. She looks forward to getting to know everyone!

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