In the long days of summer, it’s good for Senior Citizens to get out in the sunshine. New Jersey offers many outdoor recreational opportunities for older adults. Stroll through a botanical garden or sunbathe on the beach. Morning trips are best for Seniors. Avoid outings in mid-afternoon, the hottest part of the day. Remember sun protection such as sunblock, hats, and long sleeves. Pack a water bottle to stay hydrated.
Six Sensational Summer Spots for Seniors
1. Hunterdon County Arboretum
The local arboretum makes a perfect short outing for young and old alike. Meander the paths while delighting in the bountiful summer flowers and fountains. Gazebos offer shady spots among the well-maintained gardens. It is located north of Flemington on Route 31.
2. Rutgers Gardens
This 180-acre area is a living laboratory for Rutgers University. It is also one of the few botanical gardens in New Jersey that charges no admission fees and is open 365 days a year. Wander the paths and enjoy the living museum of gardens, plants, and natural areas. In the summer months, the gardens are open from 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM. It is located off Exit 9 on the New Jersey Turnpike/I-95.
3. Old Bridge Waterfront Park
Take a stroll on the boardwalk, delight in the scenic views, explore the environmental education trail, and cast a line from the fishing pier. Located on Raritan Bay, the Old Bridge Waterfront Park is a collaboration between Middlesex County and Old Bridge Township. The waterfront has three access locations for visitors—Paul’s Beach, Laurence Harbor, and Pirate’s Cove in Cliffwood Beach.
4. Round Valley Recreation Area
The brisk blue waters at Round Valley Reservoir are great for fishing and boating. Visitors also enjoy hiking and biking along scenic trails. In the summer, an entrance fee is charged per vehicle. The area is located off I-78 near Lebanon, New Jersey. Take Route 22 East and follow signs to the park.
5. Bull’s Island Recreational Park
This 80-acre forested island offers ample opportunity for Seniors to enjoy the great outdoors. Check out the day-use area, boat launch, trail, and playground for the grandkids. The Delaware River bounds the island to the east and the Raritan Canal to the west. You can even cross a pedestrian bridge to the Pennsylvania side. Scenic views of the river and unique forest habitats delight many visitors.
6. Atlantic City
For a more urban get-away, try Atlantic City. Many people flock there for casinos and shopping, but some of the most memorable experiences are outdoors. Visitors enjoy bustling boardwalks, sea kayaking lessons, and superb golf courses. Atlantic City offers some unique venues such as the Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse. Plus, the coastal climate keeps the weather beautiful throughout the summer.
New Jersey parks and beaches are open with restrictions and strict social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check the parks’ websites for current requirements. Stay safe while enjoying what New Jersey has to offer.
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