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Fun Things to Do as the Weather Warms Up for Seniors

Perched along the east coast of America’s Mid-Atlantic region, New Jersey beams with its lush, seaside charm draped with highly urbanized cities. It borders New York through its many beloved waterways: the Hudson River and the Upper New York Bay, to name a couple. With sun-kissed weather in its seaside areas and a cooler climate in high elevation, New Jersey is the best of both worlds, making its spring and summer days ideal for strolling around and admiring its many charming outdoor escapes. This makes New Jersey a perfect city for seniors settling down after their retirement.

With an abundance of beaches, sprawling highlands, and a peaceful meadow that is home to a vast ecosystem, you will never run out of things to explore in New Jersey. Here are fun things to do as the weather warms up in the city.

Things to Do at Meadow Lakes

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Visit the Arboretum

Did you know Meadow Lakes Senior Living Community in East Windsor, NJ has an accredited arboretum? Since 2005, our 103-acre campus has been carefully tended to by a full-time arborist and resident master gardeners. Every inch of the leafy canopy and every corner of our lovingly tended gardens has been thoughtfully curated, with little signposts that reveal the countless varieties of trees. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll outdoors, every step you take on our campus is an opportunity to learn and share in the joy of the great outdoors. The Robert A. Winters Arboretum is truly a sight to behold and a must-visit destination for anyone who appreciates the beauty and tranquility of nature.

Play Outdoor Croquet

Croquet is a classic lawn game that is perfect for a relaxing afternoon with friends. Our outdoor croquet court is set up and ready for play. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, it’s a fun and peaceful way to spend some time outdoors.

Swim in Our Outdoor Pool

If you’re looking to cool off, our outdoor pool is the perfect place to do it. The pool is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day and is a great way to stay active and social. Whether you prefer to swim laps or just lounge in the sun, it’s a refreshing way to spend a hot summer day.

Take a Leisurely Stroll Down One of Our Walking Paths

Looking for a relaxing and picturesque way to spend your afternoon? Take a leisurely stroll down one of the walking paths at Meadow Lakes Senior Living Community. With several paths to choose from, each with its own unique features, you can take in the beauty of nature at your own pace. Whether you prefer a wooded path that winds through the trees or a more manicured path that showcases our stunning sculptures, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to connect with nature and unwind. Take a deep breath of fresh air and let the natural surroundings soothe your soul.

Things to Do Nearby

Ready to go out on the town? Visit one of these amazing locations right down the road!

Peddie Golf Club

Golf enthusiasts will love the nearby Peddie Golf Club, just a short drive from Meadow Lakes Senior Living Community. This 18-hole course offers a challenging yet enjoyable round of golf, set amidst the beautiful surroundings of rolling hills and scenic views. The well-maintained greens and fairways ensure a quality experience for golfers of all levels, while the club’s restaurant provides the perfect spot for a post-game meal or drink. The outdoor seating area is especially delightful, offering a peaceful and relaxing environment to unwind and take in the serene views. Whether you’re an experienced golfer or just starting out, a visit to Peddie Golf Club is sure to be a memorable one.

Trail Hike or Bird-watching at Mercer County Park

Mercer County Park is a nature lover’s paradise, offering over 2,500 acres of parkland to explore. One of the most popular activities is taking a hike on one of the many trails, which wind through woods, meadows, and along the lake. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike, there’s a trail for you to enjoy. And if bird-watching is your thing, you’ll be in heaven at Mercer County Park, with over 250 species of birds to spot. The park is a great place to bring a picnic lunch or simply sit and take in the beauty of nature. With so much to see and do, Mercer County Park is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Visiting Historical Battlefields Near Meadow Lakes

For history enthusiasts, a visit to the nearby historical battlefields is a must. Princeton Battlefield State Park, just a short drive from Meadow Lakes Senior Living Community, is the site of a Revolutionary War battle that played a crucial role in the outcome of the war. The park offers guided tours, historical reenactments, and plenty of opportunities to learn about the history of the area. Another option is Washington Crossing State Park, where George Washington famously crossed the Delaware River in 1776. The park features a visitor center with exhibits and artifacts, as well as guided tours of the historic site. Both parks offer a fascinating glimpse into our nation’s past and are a great way to spend a day learning and exploring.

Bonus: Things to Do in New Jersey

Want to travel even further? Here are our top recommendations for day trips in NJ!

Relax Under the Blue Skies of the Jersey Shore

Breathtaking white sand beaches decorate one of the most popular tourist destinations on the East Coast, brimming with adventure for its diverse residents. Draped with historic lighthouses and boardwalks that host so many restaurants and activities, this sunny seascape will definitely draw you back all summer!

Visit the Frank Sinatra’s Birthplace

Hoboken, one of the six highly urbanized areas in New Jersey, is perched along the historic Hudson River and has once been known as the birthplace of baseball. What makes it even more special? A curious bronze star marking the sidewalk of 415 Monroe Street marks the former home of Frank Sinatra! Learn more about this legendary singer at the Hoboken Historical Museum, which offers a Frank Sinatra Self-Guided Walking Tour as you tread along the Hudson River.

See World-Class Exhibits at Newark Museum

The largest museum in New Jersey is home to extensive galleries with exceptional works by renowned American artists Thomas Cole, Mary Cassatt, Hiram Powers, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Its Tibetan collection, dating back to the early twentieth century, includes a remarkable sculpture of the Buddha consecrated by the Dalai Lama. When done, you can visit the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, home to some of the most extravagant shows in the world, or take a peaceful stroll at the Riverfront, which offers a vibrant view of the Passaic River.

Admire the Lush Botany at Delaware Water Gap

This remarkable body of water pierces through the large ridge of the Appalachian Mountains and comprises the southern portion of Delaware’s national park, used heavily for recreational purposes. If you are a water lover, you can enjoy canoeing, fishing, or taking hikes.

Play Golf at Cream Ridge

Nested in the tranquil Monmouth Country, this indulgent destination is home to two 18-hole golf courses, including the Cream Ridge Golf Course. When done, stop by the Cream Ridge Winery and enjoy vineyard tours. The winery also hosts several other activities for its guests, including wine tasting and even yoga classes in between the sprawling rural landscape.

See Lucy the Elephant at the Atlantic City

The 19th-century resort destination is one of the most flourishing urban areas in New Jersey, toured around with a legendary four-mile boardwalk draped with hotels and restaurants. From here, visit a 65-ton structure made in 1881 that looks like a concrete elephant. Tour inside this great Americana art, and then head to the Monopoly Monument, which utilizes the names of the city’s streets.

Go Back in Time at Lakehurst’s Historical Sites

A borough in Ocean County, Lakehurst is widely known as a winter resort and for being the site of the Hindenburg crash. Drop by the city’s historical museum, and then proceed to Navy Lakehurst Historical Society located at a hangar down Lansdowne Road. To take a refreshing pause, head on to Lakehurst’s vibrant boardwalk or take time to drop by Popcorn Park Zoo, which nurtures wildlife from across the world.

Take a Stop at the Old Barracks

This National Historic Landmark is where George Washington encountered the Hessian Troops during the Revolutionary War. Interestingly, it happened on Christmas day, too! From here, head on to the Trenton Battle Monument, lodged at the Five Points—an intersection of King Street, Queen Street, Brunswick, Pennington, and Princeton Avenues. Here, the 150-foot column-type sculpture commemorates the Battle of Trenton. Take the elevator and get a glimpse of the city right below. While you’re here, visit the preserved home of William Trenton, home to three former governors and hosts a tour for interested guests.

Drop By Albert Einstein’s House at Princeton

Home to its namesake university, the city of Princeton gurgles with knowledge and is also where renowned scientist Albert Einstein once lived. Admire the colonial-style mansions along the streets of Elm and Nassau, and find Einstein’s famous house at Mercer Road. From here, take a stroll along the charming streets. Other landmarks include the Fountain of Freedom outside the Woodrow Wilson School, and Carnegie Lake, a manmade body of water located south of Princeton University’s main campus.

The Fun Starts When the Weather Warms Up in New Jersey

With its plethora of national parks, wonderful walking trails, and outdoor facilities for your favorite sports, New Jersey beams with fun and adventure during spring and summer. Make this inspiring city your home when you retire.

In addition to the excursions covered above, you can take advantage of the outdoor amenities right here!

Meadow Lakes, a Springpoint Community, bears the sunny spirit of New Jersey. We aim to bring you services that fit your new lifestyle in retirement. Come enjoy a maintenance-free life inside our nature-inspired community. Talk to us at 609-448-4100. Our lines are open 24/7.

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