Spring is finally here and that means warmer weather is on the way!
Seniors can benefit from a variety of different outdoor activities in New Jersey.
Even low mobility seniors can take advantage of the gorgeous spring weather.
Why Seniors Should Go Outdoors
Did you know that almost 30% of seniors live alone according to the 2010 U.S. Census?
Loneliness and boredom are proven to negatively affect older adults as they age.
Many studies have shown that it is a major risk factor for depressive symptoms.
Encouraging seniors to go outside can provide both much needed physical activity and rejuvenate their spirits.
Now what should they do outside? Keep reading for a complete list of the best spring outdoor activities.
Visit New Jersey’s Historic Sites
Luckily many of these sites are easily accessible to those with limited mobility.
1. Palisades Interstate Park
Fort Lee was the start of George Washington’s Retreat when British troops invaded New Jersey during the Revolutionary War. The park offers guided tours and educational programs. Seniors can also relax in the many picnic areas and take in the breathtaking sight of the George Washington Bridge.
Palisades Interstate Park, Hudson Terrace, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
2. Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey
Seniors that are interested in aviation will find this museum located in Bergen County to be fascinating. Visitors have the opportunity to see aircraft from all eras of history such as World War II, The Korean War, and The Vietnam War. Reduced admission is available to seniors.
400 Fred Wehran Drive
Teterboro , New Jersey 07608
3. Museum of American Glass
Seniors that are interested in the arts can visit this one of a kind glass museum located in Millville. The exhibit has over 20,000 pieces dating from 1739 to contemporary art glass. Fun fact: The museum has the most comprehensive exhibit of American glass in the world!
1000 Village Dr., Millville, NJ 08332
4. Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
Focusing on 18th and 19th century craftsmen and artisans, the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison, NJ portrays their lives and stories while providing a bridge from the past to the future. Seniors are offered a reduced admission rate.
9 Main St., Madison, NJ 07940
5. Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum
This museum located in Hunterdon County is dedicated to preserving its rural heritage from the 18th century to the 20th century. The restored property exhibits a general store, post office, blacksmith shop, carriage shed, print shop, and more facets of rural life in New Jersey. Seniors can learn how crops were managed along with the production of food from cows, pigs, and poultry.
1605 Daniel Bray Hwy. (Rt. 29), Lambertville, NJ 08530
You can visit the official state website for historical attractions and see the complete list by clicking here.
Wheelchair Accessible Trails
New Jersey has many wheelchair accessible trails so everyone has the opportunity to get some Vitamin D to promote healthy bones and skin!
TrailLink has a complete map of wheelchair accessible trails if you would like to visit one near your location. You can visit their website here.
See below for a list of trails located in Morris County:
1. Loantaka Brook Reservation Trail
Located right in the historic area of Morristown, the Loantaka Brook Reservation Trail has a total trail length of 7 miles. Seniors can also relax at the many picnic areas with fully accessible exercise stations.
468 South St, Morristown, NJ 07962
2. Boulevard Trolley Line Path
Located right off the Boulevard in Mountain Lakes, NJ, this paved path is a great path for seniors that is only around 2 miles in length. Not only can seniors get some exercise, they’ll be able to take a look at the Colonial, Georgian, and Spanish-style homes that stretch along the Boulevard.
3. Wharton Rail-Trail
Only a half mile in length, this paved path with two covered bridges in Wharton, NJ is a short loop for seniors to enjoy. You can also extend the length of your walk as this path connects with the Patriots’ Path in Rockaway Township.
4. Randolph Trail
The Randolph Trail extends across five different parks and has a total trail length of 16 miles! It is mostly a gravel trail that may be tough for some seniors, but still accessible by wheelchair.
Parking Information from TrailLink: ((Why parking info? Also some of these not listed ?)
Hidden Valley, Everdale Road, 0.25 mile south of Millbrook Avenue.
Town Hall, on Millbrook Avenue opposite Randolph High School. Parking is available in the southern-most lot adjacent to Millbrook Avenue.
Freedom Park, on Millbrook Avenue. Parking areas can be found on both sides of Millbrook.
Brundage Park, on Carrell Road. Parking areas can be found in several locations.
Heistein Park, on Doby Road off of Dover-Chester Road. Parking areas are found at Heistein’s Pond, just below the park, on Doby Rd.
Combs Hollow; a small parking area is at the intersection of Combs Hollow and Doby Road. This is a Patriots’ Path connection.
Clyde Potts, about 0.5 mile south of Sussex Turnpike on Old Brookside Road. Parking is available. This is a Patriots’ Path connection.
Senior Citizen Day Trips
Another easy option for seniors looking to get out and about in New Jersey is to join senior centers or communities on their day outings. Some of these day trips include a visit to Atlantic City and other attractions in the tri-state area.
1. Senior Citizens United Community Services
Located in South Jersey, Senior Citizens United Community Services offer year-round day trips, overnight trips, and cruises for seniors. All packages come with transportation included and a trained escort. All funds from the trips go towards other organizational programs for seniors. Pickup locations include Berlin, Cherry Hill, Route 295, and Deptford.
537 Nicholson Road
Audubon, NJ 08106
2. Randolph Senior Citizens Club
The senior citizens club in Randolph, NJ provide day trips throughout the month. Destinations include local landmarks, places of interest, shopping centers, and events. Seniors are also not required to be a member of the club in order to attend.
30 Calais Rd., Randolph, NJ 07869
3. East Hanover Senior Citizens Club
Join the East Hanover Senior Citizens Club for their monthly trips to Atlantic City! It costs $25 per trip for bus fees. If space allows, both members and non-members over the age of 60 are welcomed to join.
33 Lincoln St., East Hanover, NJ 07936
4. Plainsboro Senior Citizen Bus Trips
Plainsboro residents that are ages 55 and older are eligible to join the Plainsboro Senior Citizens Club for day trips around the New York City area. Bus trip fees often include the cost of transportation and meals. Some attractions include going to casinos in Atlantic City, New York Botanical Garden, and other cultural attractions in the area.
641 Plainsboro Rd., Plainsboro, NJ 08536
What Are Your Favorite Outdoor Activities for New Jersey Seniors?
Do you have anything else to add to our list? Let us know in the comments below!