Local Activity Ideas from a Top Austin Retirement Community
From Enjoying the Outdoors to Learning More
Austin, Texas, may be the Texas capital, but it offers much more! The city’s 18-year-old slogan, “Keep Austin Weird,” is something that its residents think captures the city’s character. This quirky city has a variety of fun and exciting activities for people of all ages. So if you are a foodie, enjoying the outdoors and southern hospitality, then Austin, Texas might be the perfect place for you to retire. Here are a few fun activity ideas from The Continental, one of the top retirement communities in Austin for active, social seniors.
Enjoy Zilker Park
Zilker Metropolitan Park in south Austin is considered “Austin’s most-loved park” and is a great place to visit. The recreational area has over 350 acres of land, and is at the junction of the Colorado River and Barton Creek. The park has amenities and activities such as a disc golf course, picnic sites, volleyball courts, a pool and even a horse club. It’s also home to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, which hosts a collection of pieces by sculptor Charles Umlauf. Be sure to check out the activity calendar at the park, as it hosts the ABC Kite Festival, Zilker Summer Musical, Blues on the Green, Trail of Lights, and more.
Stroll Through a Garden
Austin is home to some beautiful garden areas– one of our favorites is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The garden is located at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas’ state botanical garden and arboretum! At the center, you can find over 900 species of Texas plants that come together to create beautiful, sustainable scenery. Plus, the center offers a variety of educational events programs and events to teach all about the vast array of species featured.
Grab a Bite to Eat
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the list of restaurant options! Austin has many great dining options to choose from, ranging in cuisine, price, and location. Whether you like upscale fine dining or prefer to grab a variety of bites from a food truck, you’ll find an eatery you love in Austin. Some of the most-loved restaurants include Slab BBQ & Beer, The Peached Tortilla, Quality Seafood Market, Komé, and so much more. Plus, Austin’s got great desserts, too!
Tour the Capitol
Austin is the capital of Texas, making it home to the state capitol building. If you’ve never done it, you should consider touring the capitol, which offers free guided tours and self-guided tours to the public. Self-tours allow for more flexibility, as they are permitted Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends. Guided tours are available on a limited basis. Tour guides offer an upgraded experience to history buffs, taking guests to key areas of the building and offering information on Texas history and the legislature.
Visit a Museum
Austin is full of history and education, with multiple museums to enjoy! Head to the Blanton Museum of Art to see some beautiful artwork, or the Bullock Texas State History Museum to learn more about the state and its history. The Thinkery is an interactive, educational museum for children, and is a wonderful day trip if you have grandchildren visiting and are looking for activities to make memories together.
With there being so many amazing activities around Austin, our residents at the Continental are always entertained! We love to offer residents transportation around the area to ensure they make the most out of their retirement in Austin.
To learn more about residency or schedule a tour of The Continental – Austin retirement community, contact our friendly team today.
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