It’s hard to imagine that summer officially ended two weeks ago (particularly since we’ve been seeing highs that are 5-10º above average for the last several weeks), but it’s true: autumn is here. But thankfully, there are all sorts of fall activities that are perfect for senior citizens. And this is a great opportunity to get outside and engage in some light exercise — at least walking around and getting a little active before the sedentary days of winter set in.
Here in southwest Ohio, there are lots of options. Better, with two big autumnal holidays, there are lots of great opportunities to get out and do things with the grandkids, whether it’s a Pumpkin Show or a Zombie Walk (scroll about halfway down, to October 22nd, and maybe check out some of the other fall activities in Marietta-Washington County while you’re there).
Another great site to check out for fall festivals around Ohio is the Ohio Traveler site, that has lots of options from haunted houses, to hay rides, to corn mazes — all great activities that seniors and kids can do together.
If you’re looking for something a little more local, check out any of these for a great adventure:
The Sugarcreek Metropark Orange Trail is an amazing natural wonder that we have right here in our backyard. If you’re up for a relatively easy hike, it just might be one of the most beautiful things you’ve ever seen. Not only is the covered walk under the trees something beautiful to behold on its own, but on the trail, you’ll discover the Three Sisters — a pair of white oaks that, at more than 550 years old, predate Columbus coming to the New World!
For a little more lively action, check out the Old West Festival, in Williamsburg, just outside of Cincinnati. If you’re over the age of 60, you almost certainly saw these kinds of shows as a kid — sheriffs and outlaws, gunslinging their way through the old west. Here’s your chance to introduce your grandkids to all that fun, right here near home.
If you’re looking for something to do immediately, this weekend, then here’s something that you may not expect: the 47th annual Ohio Sauerkraut Festival. Yep, you heard me right: sauerkraut. And it’s not just for sausages. You can try sauerkraut pizza, sauerkraut mac ‘n cheese, and sauerkraut … brownies? Really, the options defy the imagination.
And if somehow you still haven’t found the right fall activities to fill your schedule between now and the first snowfall, take a look at the Senior Citizens’ Guide to Southwest Ohio — you’re bound to find something there.
Last but not least, if you have any great events that are coming up this autumn and you think would be perfect for seniors, or seniors and their families, by all means — leave a message in the comments!