Many seniors dream of retiring to a sunny climate–after all, who can resist the opportunity for year-round outdoor activities? Whether you prefer a low-key stroll around a park or a more active hobby like hiking or fishing, the beautiful California weather makes it easy to enjoy any outdoor activity you like.
Waterford Terrace Retirement Community in La Mesa, CA, allows you to take advantage of all the best of Southern California, just minutes from sunny San Diego’s terrific shopping, cultural venues, and outdoor spaces. Here are some of the best outdoor activities located near our Southern California Independent Living community:
Looking for a great outdoor activity that is fun for the whole family? Harry Griffen Regional Park is a great option to get outdoors to enjoy whatever activities your family loves. Pack some snacks or sandwiches to enjoy at the picnic tables, play horseshoes, or bring your favorite furry friend to enjoy the dog park. During the summer months, the park even hosts free Sunday concerts.
Mount Helix Park offers a scenic view with great nature trails for any walking, jogging, or hiking you wish. The Yawkey Trail Is great for a short walk with an amazing view. Dogs are welcome, so enjoy a leisurely stroll with your favorite four-legged friend.
If walking or jogging is not your thing, the park also hosts yoga classes. The classes are even offered virtually if you’re not able to make it out to the park. The park also hosts fundraising events such as The Harvest Festival and Christmas caroling.
Beyond the obvious physical benefits from a quick daily stroll, the views are perfect for any amateur photographer. The scenic landscapes make it an ideal location to snap a few photos on your phone to share with grandkids. A quick selfie with a beautiful backdrop can be a great way to connect with your family beyond a short text.
If you’re looking for some Outdoor Adventure, Lake Murray Reservoir is your spot. This reservoir is located within Mission Trails Regional Park, which lies between La Mesa and San Diego. If you want to try your hand at fishing, take advantage of the daily fish boat rentals as well as the bait available for purchase. This park also has picnic tables and areas for families together for a fun day out. In addition to the typical Park features like the picnic areas, the park also offers a lecture series and art exhibits for those looking for a bit of education and culture. And if you’re interested in nature trails, they both offer guided and self-directed nature walks.
Whether you are an experienced golfer or are just looking to try out a new sport, the Carlton Oaks Country Club is a must-see. With beautiful scenic views above the trees, especially during the fall months, you can enjoy a day of physical activity, friendship, and natural beauty.
If parks are not your thing and nature trails are not your forte, check out the Walkway of the Stars in La Mesa. This former pedestrian walkway was transformed into an urban park in downtown La Mesa. The park’s theme honors the city’s outstanding volunteers who have provided 10,000 or more hours of service to the City of La Mesa. The walkway also includes art from local artists with murals painted to represent the theme, “People Helping People.”
Beyond visiting these specific locations, La Mesa offers beautiful weather and scenic views throughout. Taking time to snap a photo or even sitting at a park bench and enjoying the fresh air, listening to the birds can be quite therapeutic. There are countless opportunities to enjoy nature for a reflective moment alone or to gather with friends or family. From enjoying a game of golf or a brisk walk along the nature trail, there are plenty of ways to get out in the community and get active. For those who enjoy other activities, the art, the lecture series, and volunteer opportunities are also fun-filled opportunities to get out and enjoy all the beautiful scenery that La Mesa has to offer.
And for seniors looking to enjoy it all at an all-inclusive retirement community, the team at Waterford Terrace would love to show you our community!
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Waterford Terrace, contact our friendly team today.