Retiring in Philadelphia: Things For Seniors to Do & See
Philadelphia offers many activities for seniors who want to enjoy retirement, whether through taking in world-class arts exhibits, keeping up to date with Philadelphia sports teams, or touring the area’s top attractions. If you’re looking for a place to retire, here are some of the most popular activities for seniors.
Spend Time in Museums
Philadelphia is home to some of the best arts museums in the country. Two favorites are the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which houses European art, American art, South Asian art, and more, and the Barnes Foundation, which focuses on Impressionist and post-Impressionist European works of art. These museums have senior discounts and a range of free programs, which make visits more affordable.
Philadelphia has seen an explosion in green spaces in recent years, which is excellent news for seniors who want to be active in retirement. Wissahickon Park offers more than 50 miles of trails that follow the twists and turns of Wissahickon Gorge. It’s a great place to take the grandkids. Active seniors can hit the Schuylkill River Trail and Kelly Drive for a jog, bicycle ride, or brisk walk along the banks of the river. Gardeners should head to the Independence Mall, which provides green space and a range of landscaped gardens carefully tended. Come summer, rotating pop-up parks are a fun place to gather with friends or family.
Cheer for Your Favorite Team … or Stay Active in Retirement
No matter their favorite sport, Philadelphia fans are united in their passion for the home team. Cheer on the city’s baseball, basketball, hockey, or football teams. Root for the city’s many college sports teams. Or enjoy an evening stroll to the local field where youth today play, practice, and dream big.
If you’re more interested in staying active than in cheering for the team, there are plenty of opportunities to continue staying fit and healthy during retirement in Philadelphia. At PPH, we’ve got an aquatic center with a half-Olympic size heated pool. The 85-degree water will relieve stiffness and inflammation while helping seniors maintain flexibility and range of motion. The Wellness and Aquatics center promotes strength training, flexibility, and fitness and lets you work out without leaving your community.
Experience World-Class Arts
Philadelphia is a world-class arts city, which means if you retire in Philly, you can visit the Kimmel Center for opera, orchestra, jazz, Broadway musicals, and more. While you can always reserve a ticket for a show that interests you, we arrange trips to select performances so you can go with all your friends and you won’t have to worry about parking.
Keep Learning at Every Age
Retiring gives you time to spend however you choose, and many of our community members decide to challenge their mind and keep learning at every age. Many of the group activities we offer allow you to learn, whether that’s learning the conventions of bridge to keep your mind sharp or exploring new topics in our Wisdom in Senior Education program.
In addition to activities we offer, you may choose to participate in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Temple University or elsewhere in the city. Lifelong learning classes give you the opportunity to meet other adults, learn about things that have always fascinated you, and continue to grow in your retirement.
Philadelphia’s many historical sites and museums let you dive into some of the foundational experiences of our country through museum visits, tours, and talks. You can visit on your own or join us on a group outing. Many of our residents really enjoy getting to learn and grow in retirement.
Enjoy an Active Retirement in a Vibrant City
For many seniors, retirement is a time when they downsize from living in the suburbs and move back into the city, where they can live in a smaller dwelling and devote more time to pursuing activities they love. If you are looking to downsize and move back into the city, Philadelphia has a lot to offer.
The city’s many neighborhoods each have their own unique, vibrant personality. When you join the PPH community in your retirement, you will become part of an active community of engaged seniors who love to meet new people and participate in favorite activities. A few of the activities we offer our community members are fitness classes, crafts, quilting, card games, movie nights, lifelong learning, bingo, bowling, volunteer opportunities, and much more.
Spend Time at the Beach
There is no beach in Philadelphia proper, but you are within reach of some of the best beaches on the East Coast. So get in the car and head to Atlantic City or your favorite South Jersey Beach, or drive along the Delaware shore. Beaches are a favorite place to head when your relatives come to visit as well. If you retire in Philly, you will be able to spend a day or a weekend at the beach and enjoy all of the amenities of city living the rest of the week… it’s a win win.
If you’re interested in retiring in the Philadelphia area, consider joining PPH, the city’s leading senior living community. Our continuum of care means that Philadelphia-area seniors have access to independent living, rehabilitation, personal care and skilled nursing facilities from a provider with 128 years of experience serving seniors. To learn more about PPH, contact us today.