Spring officially arrives in Texas on March 20th! While we are not subject to harsh winters here, it does not mean that spring is not a welcome sight. During the springtime, our state begins to bloom with magnificent bluebonnet wildflowers providing a colorful environment that is like no other. It also means the hot weather Texas is famous for, is a little more bearable – making it enjoyable for seniors to get out and about more frequently.
Here are some senior-friendly springtime activities in Texas:
PLANT AN HERB GARDEN
A fun way to spend a spring afternoon is to plant an herb garden. These are perfect for seniors who do not have space for a full, backyard garden. Herbs grow well in small containers or even in a window box. Most herbs do not take a lot of care and they can grow well in small spaces.
Herbs are especially beneficial to seniors and are often used as a holistic way of treating chronic diseases and boosting immunities. While they are a great additional resource for helping to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you should always consult with your doctor regarding the use and possible benefits of herbs.
ENJOY THE SAN ANTONIO ZOO
Visiting a local attraction such as the San Antonio Zoo, encourages exercise and education. From Africa to the Amazon, there are many animals to view and learn about throughout the zoo. Most of the zoo is wheelchair accessible, and they also offer senior discounts, making it a great option for seniors. Zoos are also very educational for children, so bring your family and enjoy spending some quality time together.
STROLL AROUND THE RIVERWALK
The Riverwalk is one of the main attractions in San Antonio with many dining, shopping, and entertainment venues to explore and enjoy. The Riverwalk traces its beginning back to the 1500’s with the exploration of the San Antonio River, making it a place filled with rich history. Whether you are looking for a place to visit during the day or seeking night entertainment, there is sure to be something to tickle your fancy!
VISIT A FARMER’S MARKET
Fresh fruits and vegetables are fantastic sources of vitamins and nutrients that we all need, but especially seniors. San Antonio and the surrounding areas offer a variety of options of locally sourced vegetables and fruits. An open-air farmer's market is typically much more appealing than a regular grocery store, and the produce is also locally grown and much fresher as well. Look for farmer’s markets in your area and make a commitment to visit on a weekly basis.
PACK A PICNIC
Use the fresh produce from your farmer’s market visit to create a healthy and delicious meal and head outdoors. Explore local outdoor areas such as parks with a friend. It can be a fun change of pace to eat a meal outdoors. If you do not want to make your own meal , look for restaurants that have take-out options, or ask the chef at your community to prepare your lunch ‘to-go’.
We hope whatever springtime activities you decide to do that you enjoy and cherish the time spent with your friends and family in the sunshine, and remember to wear sunscreen! Be sure to follow Franklin Park Senior Living on Facebook for more springtime activities for seniors in Texas!