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Top Activities for Seniors in Northern Virginia

By Michael Watson

Northern Virginia is a thriving area outside the nation's capital and it is a wonderful location for seniors to stay engaged in their community. Each city in NOVA has its own feel but truly there is something for everyone. Here are some of the activities seniors can enjoy.

1. Volunteer

The counties in Northern Virginia have an army of seniors working to make their communities even better by volunteering. Some of the many ways you can volunteer include mentoring children in a classroom, supporting veterans, tax counseling, and working in local and national parks. Aside from feeling great about helping others, the benefits for members may include free accident and liability insurance, social events, and ongoing educational opportunities.

2. Visit Vibrant Senior Centers

Each county has numerous senior centers that help adults (over 50) pursue their hobbies, fitness goals, and special interests. These are great places to make friends and enjoy time with other seniors. There is even a senior center without walls that brings together residents, businesses, and houses of worship to offer programming and activities in areas that do not have a senior center.

3. Gather for Local Trips 

With Washington DC right next door, a trip into the city to see the sights is always a great activity. The new National Museum of African American History and Culture is a must-see, as well as the Museum of Women in the Arts and other museums that routinely have new exhibits. Trips to Atlantic City, Solomons Island, Annapolis, and National Harbor are available through senior centers and local senior meetups. Trips to The Arena Stage and The Kennedy Center give seniors a chance to enjoy the latest musicals and dramatic plays with a group of like-minded peers.

4. Immerse Yourself in the Natural World

Bird watching is very popular in Northern Virginia, and the Audubon Society holds an annual bird count in the winter. Local birding clubs gather in the mornings to watch, study and enjoy birds. Garden Clubs are also numerous with meetings and suggestions for all types of gardens. You can even become a senior naturalist through the county and be a master educator at various venues.

Northern Virginia is a great place to retire and stay active. If you or an aging loved one needs help enjoying all that NOVA has to offer, reach out to our team. Our expert caregivers can help.