Easy Outdoor Outings from Our Senior Living Community in Orange County

Get some Vitamin D with your loved one this season!


Getting in nature is a great way to break up the day and enjoy our beautiful surroundings. Spending time outside consistently has been linked to improved mental health as well. Here at Park View Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care, we know that a magnificent world exists beyond the four walls of our rooms or homes, which is why we always have a myriad of exciting outdoor outings on our calendar! Our life enrichment director plans scenic drives, shopping trips, garden walks, and volleyball games, as well as whatever other outdoor adventures our residents enjoy. Take a look at these activity ideas you can try with your loved one and let us know what you think!

Visit a Local Park

A visit to a public park nearby can be the perfect balance between getting out of the house and not having to spend too long on your commute. In our beautiful city of Fountain Valley, there is no shortage of gorgeous parks to choose from! A quick internet search can direct you to the closest parks to you and your loved one, but here are some that we think are worth the visit based on their beautiful landscaping, shaded seating areas and accessible walking paths:

  • Mile Square Regional Park
  • Los Alamos Park
  • La Capilla Park
  • Plavan Park
  • Fountain Valley Recreation Center

Have a Picnic

If your loved one is a foodie, the best outdoor outing imaginable is a delightful picnic! Picnics are a classic outdoor tradition, especially when the weather is nice, and they provide a great opportunity for connection and relationship building by sharing fond memories over a meal. Looking for some quick and easy portable foods you can bring with you? We recommend sandwiches, pasta salads, fruit, cheese and crackers. Of course, don’t forget a big comfy blanket and some napkins, just in case!

Explore Outdoor Shopping Centers

Whether you or a loved one are in the mood to buy a whole new wardrobe, exploring outdoor shopping centers can be the perfect idea to get outside for a few hours on a sunny afternoon. Plazas with a variety of stores usually means there’s something for everyone to enjoy– plus, you can easily find a place to grab lunch or dinner after you’re done shopping! Our Golden State has a wide range of options for you, but here are some that should be just a short drive away:

  • Fountain Valley Promenade
  • Fountain Valley Town Center
  • Mile Square Park Farmers’ Market

Take a Walk

While an outdoor excursion may sound exciting, we also understand that sometimes, a simple 10-minute walk out the front door is the most feasible. It’s important that your loved one has many opportunities to get outdoors, and walking around the backyard or even sitting on a comfy chair on the front porch can be a wonderful option! If you’re able, scheduling consistent time outside as part of the daily routine provides a sense of predictability and control for your loved one, and implementing enjoyable activities while outside can make this routine one they look forward to! Simple activities that can easily be transported outdoors include listening to music, stretching or seated yoga, arts and crafts, or eating a delicious snack in great company!

Here at Park View Estates, we jump at the opportunity to get our residents out and about because we know variety is the spice of life! Getting outside, observing the beauty around us, and simply feeling the sun on our faces can do wonders for our mood and mental health. We hope you’ll give some of these outdoor outing ideas a try on the next sunny day!

If you’re interested in learning more, we’d be happy to set up a tour for the Park View Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care community!

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