The heat, humidity, and rain in Florida during the spring and summer can put a damper on outdoors activities, particularly for older adults who may be more heat-sensitive or have mobility issues.
Still, that doesn’t mean you and your senior loved one need to stay cooped up in the house until Thanksgiving. Here are a few ideas of places where you can take your senior loved one to explore something new.
Many people got away from going to the movies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now could be just the right time to get back into the theater. Try a matinee for fewer people and lower-priced tickets. Check movie theater websites in advance for special showings. Just one caution: The movies may not be the best option if your senior loved one is particularly sensitive to loud noises.
The Ringling in Sarasota
The Ringling offers several enjoyable choices for you and the older adult in your life, including a world-class art museum, a circus museum, beautiful grounds, a rose garden, and Ca’D’Zan (former home to circus magnate John Ringling). On Monday, admission to the Art Museum and Bayfront Gardens is free—a $25 and $5 savings, respectively. Personal attendants get free admission, and service dogs are allowed. The Ringling also has a tram available to cut down on walking. Click here for more information on how The Ringling provides additional accessibility, including for those with mobility issues or who have vision or hearing challenges.
Downtown Bradenton has a newly expanded Riverwalk area that’s 1.5 miles long and runs parallel to Manatee River. It offers peaceful views and fun activities right downtown. Arrive early to avoid midday heat. Even if your senior loved one can’t or doesn’t want to walk the whole way, even a portion of Riverwalk can be a pleasant experience.
Does your senior loved one enjoy going to the beach but wants to avoid too much time in the sun? One thing great about Coquina Beach is its large shade trees, where you can arrive early and stay cool in the shade. Coquina Beach also has lifeguard stations, bathrooms, changing areas, and a concession stand. There’s also lots of parking, although recent construction has cut off some of the parking area.
Help your senior loved one enjoy people-watching and new sights by visiting a local mall, such as The Mall at UTC in Sarasota. After some walking, take in a meal at one of the restaurants within the mall (like Cheesecake Factory) or one of the many other eateries nearby.
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