You worked hard for 30-40 years and finally realized the American dream retirement thanks to your dutiful planning with The Retirement Solution. Knowing you had a written plan in place to keep you on track to living out your hopes and dreams, you were prepared to bound out the front door every day – happy and eager to explore the wonders of the world without restrictions or deadlines. Then coronavirus took hold, and you found yourself sequestered away from all the activities you’d dreamed of filling your days.
Senior Activities That Encourage Fun and Social Distancing at The Same Time
With less travel this summer due to Coronavirus concern, what is there to do? After these last few months of “stay at home” mandates, we are now finally earning the green light to re-enter our beloved Denver community. With the Coronavirus still a lurking threat, how can you stay safe, yet enjoy this beautiful time of year? Included here are some local ideas sure to infuse activity and enjoyment into these “warm dog days” of summer.
As we prepare to venture from our couches, we need to be reminded of the “all too familiar” CDC safety guidelines. Although not foolproof, these guidelines are the keys to maintaining our own health, and the health of our community. To summarize, always keep six feet of social distance between yourself and others; always wear a facemask when in public, and frequently wash your hands to prevent the spread of the virus. Now that we have the housekeeping announcements out of the way, let’s get moving!
Fun Activities for Retirees in Denver, CO That Don’t Break CDC Guidelines
We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful city parks both in Denver and in our surrounding communities. Two Denver favorites are City Park and Washington Park. Both parks have lakes, beautiful fountains, colorful flower gardens, grassy meadows and miles of paved walking, bike paths or jogging areas. Make a date to meet a friend for a walk or enjoy time alone lounging around one of the beautiful lakes in each of these gorgeous Denver parks.
Not too far away are two state parks, open and ready to welcome you into their “outdoor haven”. Heading west into the Golden foothills is Golden Gate State Park. The state park offers miles of beautiful wilderness for nature lovers. If you’re worried about Denver traffic, try driving south and explore the natural beauty of Roxborough State Park, located in Roxborough. Both these state parks offer beautiful wilderness for hiking and mountain bike riding at different difficulty levels to be sure to meet the needs of all seniors.
Cherry Creek State Park and Chatfield State Park, both in close proximity south of Denver, are anchored by large reservoirs. Each park offers paved roads, popular for road bikers, and a natural prairie environment for those looking to hike. Boating and other small watercraft are popular at both locations, as well as swimming beaches to relax and enjoy the warm Colorado summer sun.
While many of our Denver cultural venues remain closed, two Denver landmarks are open and have adopted safety guidelines to welcome senior visitors. Both have recently re-opened with ticket purchase on-line and limited scattered visitation. The Denver Zoo offers an amazing experience with over 3,500 animals housed here in City Park. Visit the lions, tigers, bears and much more. Make a trip to meet Joona, the baby rhinoceros just born in February.
If you prefer a more serene day of beauty, check out what’s in bloom at one of our two botanic gardens. The Denver Botanic Garden is located in the city with its colorful themed gardens, water exhibits and much more. Enjoy a leisurely stroll on the windy path as you view the delightful plant life. Also open to visitors is Chatfield Farms, an entirely different botanic garden experience. Chatfield is a working farm, with many regional plants. Be sure to visit the butterfly habitat, home to hundreds of butterflies, creating a whimsical atmosphere. Seniors will learn all kinds of new tricks to enhance their home gardens.
Cycling & Walking Activities with Social Distancing for Seniors in Denver, CO
I would be remiss to not mention the miles of Denver biking trails. Dust off your bike, pump up your tires, and saddle up to enjoy either the Cherry Creek Bike Trail or the South Platte River Trail Bike Trail. Both trails are perfect for seniors as they offer off-road and paved bike riding that both follow meandering waterways. Because both trails connect in downtown Denver, riders have easy access to all the popular Denver downtown amenities.
Take a stroll on the downtown streets of Denver. A popular walking location is the one mile long, 16th Street Mall. See what shops, restaurants and attractions are now open for business. The mall bus is running, allowing those with tired feet to sit and enjoy the mall views in the air-conditioned comfort of the bus. If you have the energy and desire, include a walk over to Union Station and/or downtown LODO historic district.
No matter your health, interest and/or activity level, by taking the appropriate precautions and safety measures, there are fun places to visit, be active and find enjoyment in your own Denver backyard paradise!