Best Summer Vacations for Seniors
Who says aging doesn’t have its advantages?
One of the benefits of retirement is spending your time the way you want to–and having much more of it as well. Seniors entering into retirement also enter into a new phase of life; one where their children are grown and they no longer have an obligation to work.
Some seniors choose to spend this new found flexibility doing things they have always to do, such as vacationing and traveling to places they have always wanted to see.
Another plus for retirees looking to travel is the opportunity to save money with senior discounts and limited-time offers. Budget-savvy seniors can find deals on food, lodging, transportation, and even local events. Additionally, planning for trips during the off season can also cut down on costs.
With these reasons, there’s no excuse why you can’t plan that trip you’ve always dreamed about. With that in mind, here are some of the best summer vacation destinations for seniors.
1. Savannah, GA
This gem of Georgia has something for everyone. Bed and breakfasts, a thriving downtown, and endless tours and entertainment make this city one of the best summer vacation ideas for seniors.
Ghost tours, museums, unique shops, and a plethora of other excitement can be found everywhere you look in Savannah. Or, for something more laid-back, nearby Tybee Island is just a 30-minute drive from River Street. There, you can enjoy clean beaches and maybe even see one of the island’s many dolphin visitors that swim along the coast.
Seniors will find all-day entertainment with some of these popular Savannah destinations:
- Ships of the Sea Museum
- Savannah River Boat Cruises
- Savannah Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour
2. Sedona, AZ
Located 2 hours from Phoenix, Sedona is situated in the center of a “geological wonderland.” Surrounded by rock formations that seem to change color with the weather and light, it has a mild climate that is perfect for outdoor exploration.
Sedona is known for its thriving art scene and New Age atmosphere. Seniors can find plenty to do; from Jeep tours, hiking trails for any level of experience. For those looking for something less intensive, Sedona has several spas, resorts, and shopping centers.
Here’s some of visitors’ favorite things to do in Sedona:
- Red Rock Balloons
- Sedona Wine and Beer Tours by Sedona Delivers, LLC
- Sedona Arts Center
3. Taos, NM
Located in the high desert in northern New Mexico, Taos is a treasure trove for those with an appreciation and interest in history. It is best known for its centuries-old adobe buildings that visitors can tour to catch a glimpse in the life of Native Americans.
Besides a number of historic sites and museums, seniors can enjoy art galleries, guided tours, and cultural events throughout the summer.
Here’s just a few things you can expect to find in Taos:
- Kit Carson Home and Museum
- Taos Art Museum and Fechin House
- Millicent Rogers Museum
4. Weston, MO
Weston is a quaint and picturesque town with your choice of charming B&Bs for comfortable lodging. For seniors who live in eastern Kansas and western Missouri, a visit to this small town is the perfect way to recharge away from home.
Weston offers several local events year-round, and a surprising bar scene that includes an underground pub, brewery, and award-winning winery. There are a number of local boutiques and antique stores for a relaxing afternoon of shopping.
Check out these places when you plan your next trip:
- Coal House Saloon
- The Farmer’s House Market
- Weston Bend State Park
5. Portland, OR
Take in the scenery and enjoy the culture in this vibrant, colorful city. Seniors looking for a change of scenery will definitely find it in Portland. No matter what your degree of mobility is, there is always entertainment to be found.
Visitors can find numerous activities and events catered towards retirees. More adventerous seniors will can explore during wilderness hikes, while others can unwind with local yoga classes then finish the day at the spa.
Check these ideas for fun ways to spend your time in Portland:
- Columbia River Highway
- The International Rose Test Garden
- Downtown Portland
6. Hot Springs, AK
Welcome retirement with a trip to Hot Springs, situated in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. The city and nearby national park gets its name from the numerous naturally heated springs.
There is an endless amount of entertainment for seniors to take part in no matter your level of mobility. You’ll find everything from casinos, golf courses, museums, and parks. And of course, you have to take a dip in one of the city’s thermal springs.
Some of the best things to do in Hot Springs include:
- Hot Springs National Park
- Tiny Town
- Bath House Row Winery
7. Key West, FL
Key West is a cultural treat that will satisfy your craving for fun and excitement. The most southern point in the US is home to Earnest Hemingway and the original key lime pie, it seems as if every other building on the island has its story.
Trolley rides, delicious food, museums, and galleries are just a few of the things you can do while staying in Key West. But while you’re visiting, be sure to check out these attractions:
- Key West Garden Club
- Key West Boat Tours
- Smathers Beach
8. Cooperstown, NY
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city with a visit to Cooperstown. It’s a charming city that looks like it belongs in a Thomas Kinkade painting. It’s home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as well as a historic downtown with plenty of places to shop.
The Cooperstown Farmers Market is the perfect place to find delicious, locally made treats, and there are plenty of cafes and antique stores to choose from.
Some of the best things to do in Cooperstown include:
- Ommegang Brewery
- Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard
- Fenimore Art Museum
9. New Orleans, LA
For seniors looking to break from the ordinary, a trip to New Orleans is the best way to get that fix. There are hundreds of things to do and can fit into any budget. Stroll through the historic French Quarter, take a peek at some of the gorgeous homes in the Garden District, or have some fun at the Country Club.
Other than the countless attractions going on within the city, the culture and food are two big reasons why visitors love visiting New Orleans. For those who want a little less action than what Bourbon Street has to offer, there are plenty of other corners of the city with stuff to do.
If you decide to take a trip to New Orleans, check out some of these must-sees:
- Cafe Du Monde
- Steamboat Natchez Daytime Jazz Cruise
- Carriage rides through the French Quarter and Creole neighborhoods
San Antonio, TX
For seniors with limited mobility, the thought of a vacation might seem out of the question. However, there are many places where those who have difficulty moving around can still enjoy themselves on a well-deserved trip. San Antonio is one of them.
It has many historic areas, including tours of the San Antonio River. Much of the city has adapted to become more ADA-friendly, so there’s no worries about accessibility. Even the Alamo is a breeze to check out thanks to the city’s well-designed accommodations.
Here are some ideas to get you started when planning a trip to San Antonio:
- Japanese Tea Gardens
- San Antonio Botanical Gardens
- Natural Bridge Caverns