Fort Lauderdale is a popular retirement spot for many seniors living in America. With its sunny beaches and beautiful climate, it’s no wonder why so many people choose to live out their retirement years here. That being said, it can be hard to find good attractions that are entertaining and accessible to seniors.
Many seniors these days are opting to live at home to retain their independence, while getting some help from an in-home senior care agency, like Seniors Helping Seniors of Greater Fort Lauderdale, while others choose to live in an assisted living community. For people in these situations, it’s incredibly important to get out and get some fresh air. Staying at home all the time can be detrimental to mental, emotional, and physical health.
Here are our favorite attractions for seniors living in Fort Lauderdale:
Las Olas Boulevard
Las Olas Boulevard is the main thoroughfare for shopping, food, and culture in Fort Lauderdale. With a wide variety of different restaurants and retailers, you’ll always be able to find something great to eat and maybe even a little something to treat yourself at one of the various boutiques.
Las Olas is also close to many other excellent destinations such as the Stranahan House, or the art museum. This is the perfect place to spend an afternoon soaking up the beautiful Floridian sun, while trying various local cuisine. It might just be your new favorite way to spend the day.
Fort Lauderdale Beach
If you love the beach, but don’t necessarily love the crazy beach party scene that is so popular in Florida, Fort Lauderdale Beach is the place for you. This beach’s atmosphere is much calmer than many other beaches along the coast, and you’ll be able to enjoy the sun and sand without excessively loud music or tons of people.
If the beach was one of the main reasons you chose to retire to Florida, this beach has your name all over it. Nearby Dania Beach and Hillsboro Beach are also known for their quieter atmosphere if you find that Fort Lauderdale Beach is still a little too hectic for your liking.
Sawgrass Recreation Park
For the nature lovers, it doesn’t get much better than Sawgrass Recreation Park. Take an airboat tour through the Florida Everglades and experience the local wildlife in all of its natural splendor. For $20 you can get an excellent tour through a section of the Everglades, with spectacular views of the local flora and fauna including alligators, egrets, and various native flowers.
If you’re looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon getting in touch with nature, the Sawgrass Recreation Park is an excellent option for people of all ages.
The Stranahan House Museum
If you’re into history, the Stranahan House Museum offers a look into life in Fort Lauderdale in the early 1900’s. Frank Stranahan built the house as a trading post where he could trade with local townspeople as well as the Seminole Indians who were still living in the area at the time. After he and his wife passed away, the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society bought the home and turned it into a museum to showcase what life was like in the early days of the now bustling city.
The museum offers guided tours three times a day, and costs $12 to take the tour. This is a great way to spend a few hours and take a short outing. It’s conveniently located right off of Las Olas Boulevard, so you can grab a bite to eat or do some shopping after seeing the house if you’re feeling up to it.
These are some of our favorite activities that are fun and senior friendly. Whether you’re looking to spend a few hours, or the whole day, these are great options for getting out of the house and getting to know Fort Lauderdale.