Fall Activities Near Our Retirement Communities In Massachusetts

Enjoy Local Fun This Fall!


Some may argue that fall is the most beautiful time of the year in Massachusetts. Everywhere you look there is beautiful foliage, autumnal decor, and smiling faces. It’s the perfect time to explore the community around us and enjoy the crisp, comforting air. Luckily, our Sunshine Retirement Communities in Massachusetts are conveniently located for fall fun. Keep reading for our favorite ways to spend fall around Magnolia House Retirement Apartments and Locke Manor Independent Living, which are housed within The Woods at Merrimack Retirement Community.

Farm Festivities

Nothing says fall fun like visiting your local farms and enjoying all they have to offer–luckily, Methuen is conveniently located near a ton of farms with different specialties. Whether you are interested in apple picking, playing with animals, or finding your way through a corn maze, there are so many fun activities at local farms to enjoy with friends and family. Here are a few notable farms:

  • Mann Orchards. Go apple picking in a 40-acre apple orchard, pick a perfect pumpkin, enjoy a hay ride, shop local produce and more.
  • Smolak Farms. Indulge in delicious apple cider donuts, feed the farm animals, and listen to live entertainment.
  • Crescent Farm. Enjoy a scenic hayride, complete corn mazes, and pick pumpkins.
  • Berlin Orchards. Treat yourself to hot cider, cider slushies, hay rides, local honey, delicious apples and more.

Local Shopping

There are so many amazing, locally-owned businesses in the Methuen area. It’s important that we support these businesses because they are what make our community unique and bring it charm. Local farms, which were just discussed, not only have fun activities you can enjoy, but they also offer tons of delicious produce you can bring home. Planning a fall-themed dessert or meal to make using these items is another fun fall activity that includes shopping locally! You could even shop at local farmers markets to get more of a selection. In addition to farms, here are some locally-owned businesses you can support this fall:

  • Chic Consignment. Step up your fall wardrobe at this upscale women’s consignment shop that specializes in offering affordable designer handbags, clothing and accessories.
  • Red Antler Apothecary. Explore handcrafted skin creams, candles, soaps and more. These can make for the perfect gift to a friend or an addition to your own self-care routine.
  • Brissonté Gifts and Home Decor. From paint to clothing to accessories to wall art, you could spend hours looking around this charming shop. Plus, you can even sign up for workshops, such as wood-burning charcuterie boards.


With the weather cooling down, sightseeing is an enjoyable fall activity. Methuen is full of art and history, so what better time to learn more? Here are a few must-see spots to explore Methuen:

  • Methuen Museum of History. Learn about Methuen’s history by exploring displays, artifacts and exhibits.
  • Methuen Memorial Music Hall. Stop by to look at this beautiful building, and pursue its schedule to see if any events might interest you.
  • Museum of Printing. Learn about printing equipment, graphic arts, printing craftsmanship and the impact they played in the evolution of culture and literacy.
  • Greycourt State Park. Explore beautiful Tenney Castle ruins in this hidden state park.

At our retirement communities in Massachusetts, we make it easy for our residents to enjoy fall fun. Not only are we happy to provide them with complimentary transportation to local events and businesses, but we also ensure that there are plenty of fall activities happening within the community for days when they don’t want to leave. From baking to hot cider socials to friendly games, there is always something exciting to do.

Contact our friendly team today to learn more about Independent Retirement Communities in Massachusetts

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