By Heather McCallum – Activities Director
We know that things may slow down somewhat as we age—but many of today’s seniors aren’t content with a sedentary lifestyle. The good news is that there are plenty of activities for seniors in the Seattle area. Whether you enjoy outdoor activities, cultural experiences, dining, or shopping—you’ll find plenty of options from which to choose. Here are just a few of the things in the Seattle area that may pique your interest.
9817 55th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
A stunning twenty acres of hills and valleys, the Kubota Garden features streams, waterfalls, ponds, rock outcroppings and an exceptionally rich and mature collection of plant material. This unique urban refuge displays over sixty years of vision, effort and commitment by the Kubota family.
Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
The Olympic Sculpture Park has transformed a nine-acre industrial site into open and vibrant green space for art. This new waterfront park gives Seattle residents and visitors the opportunity to experience a variety of sculpture in an outdoor setting, while enjoying the incredible views and beauty of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. Admission is free.
Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 NW 67th St
Seattle, WA 98117
Visit a place where history comes alive and contemporary artists and community activities are celebrated with vibrant exhibits and events. Dedicated to collecting, preserving and educating since its founding in 1980, the Nordic Heritage Museum is the only museum in the United States to honor the legacy of immigrants from the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Pacific Northwest Ballet
301 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109
If you enjoy ballet, you won’t want to miss The Pacific Northwest Ballet. Visit their website for a listing of outstanding performances scheduled for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. You can also purchase tickets online.
Seattle boasts seven different farmers markets in different parts of the city—and several of them are open year round. Here’s a listing of the different markets and their schedules.
- University District (Saturdays, 9am-2pm, Year-round)
- West Seattle (Sundays, 10am-2pm, Year-round)
- Broadway (Sundays, 11am-3pm, May 8 - Dec 18)
- Columbia City (Wednesdays, 3-7pm, April 27 - Oct 19)
- Phinney (Fridays, 3-7pm, June 3 - Oct 7; 3-6pm Oct 14 & 21)
- Lake City (Thursdays, 3-7pm, June 2 - Oct 6; 3-6pm Oct 13 & 20)
- Magnolia (Saturdays, 10am-2pm, June 18 - Oct 22)
Are there other “senior-oriented” activities in the Seattle area that you think we (and others) should know about?