Vintage Cooperatives

Outdoor Activities for Seniors

Shona Schmall - Friday, March 24, 2017

March can be such a wonderful month in Iowa. The sun is slowly making its way back and the snow is--hopefully--making its way out. Kids everywhere are rejoicing as this time of year indicates that they will be able to spend time outside again. But the fun is not just for kids! The great weather can be enjoyed by all of us, regardless of age. Additionally, experts recommend spending time outside to soak up the sun’s Vitamin D. (Though don’t take in too much sun without sunscreen, or a sunburn will be coming your way.)

To help you get started on getting outside this spring and summer, here are a few great outdoor activities perfect for seniors!

The first wonderful activity is markets. Many areas put on assorted flea markets and farmers markets throughout the summer. Often times on weekends, these markets allow local restaurants, farmers, and artists to showcase their craft! For years now, Des Moines has boasted in an incredibly popular Downtown Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings in the summer. This market draws big crowds each week and is open whatever the weather! With food, music, and art for all ages and likings, you cannot go wrong taking a visit to the Downtown Farmers’ Market this year.

Maybe you are a fan of more artistic activities; outdoor arts and crafts have recently grown in popularity. Parks and recreation organizations and independent groups have started leading art classes in beautiful parks or other outdoor areas when the weather allows. Don’t let your art skill level deter you from joining either. Most organizations offer groups of different skill levels, sometimes even in the same class! This is a great opportunity for folks who are looking for something unique to do outside, and on a beautiful day, it cannot be beat.

A third, and very popular outdoor option is exploring gardens. This could mean taking a tour of a public garden or starting your own. On the public garden side, our area has a great option in the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Open every day of the week, these gardens are a beautiful way to spend some relaxing time outside. And if you are interested in a little road trip, Reiman Gardens in Ames is another favorite among public gardens in Iowa. On the other hand, working in your own garden can be even more fulfilling of an activity. Putting in the hard work and being able to see a beautiful result can be one of the best feelings of summer. Many of our Vintage Cooperatives locations provide gardening areas for our members and each year it is more beautiful than the last.

The best advice for outdoor activities is that no matter the activity, find someone great to experience it with. Friends and relatives make nearly every activity more exciting, and the best memories are ones you share with those close to you. At Vintage Cooperatives, the community of people is so lively and diverse that you can always find someone that enjoys the activity you want to do. Whatever the activity, spend some great time outside with those you love and learn how great the fresh air can be!

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