Summer Fun for Seniors
Now that summer is finally here, seniors may be thinking about pleasurable day trips. Well, you certainly are positioned in a perfect geographical location to enjoy yourself! Massachusetts is brimming with history, excitement, activities, and visual beauty. Despite the long, drawn-out winters, which offer a different “spin” on splendor, summers in the Bay State are truly difficult to dislike.
So where should you go? The ideas below touch upon some attractive favorites.
Boston - need I say more? It’s the place where the first American Revolution rumblings began. It’s the place where noted battles like the Siege of Boston and Battle of Bunker Hill took place. It’s the place where the first public library and public park in this country were founded. As you can see, Boston is fascinating.
Where should you begin? If you have never done a Boston Trolley Tour, it’s a great way to see the highlights. Stops in places like Beacon Hill, Boston Common, Downtown Crossing, Newbury Street, Faneuil Hall, Cambridge, USS Constitution (nicknamed Old Ironsides), and Little Italy, are typically made along the journey. Even veteran residents often learn a fact or two while riding along. And the cost? It varies according to vendor and itinerary. Some companies offer senior citizen discounts, so be sure to ask.
The Museum of Fine Arts is another Boston must particularly if you enjoy art. The exhibitions periodically change, so even if you have been there multiple times, there might be something new to see. A special display going on now through August 16, Rivals in Renaissance Venice by Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese, seems guaranteed to entice the senses. If you've never been to that romantic city by the sea (Adriatic Sea, that is), this could be the next best thing. General admission is $17.00 (with a $2.00 discount for seniors). Some exhibits (such as the one listed above) are an additional $8.00 but well worth it.
So maybe you would like to get out of the city? How about the Cape? Cape Ann, that is!
Cape Ann is located in the northern part of Massachusetts Bay and includes Rockport, Gloucester, and Manchester-by-the-Sea. Each area, though not considerably dissimilar, has its own unique charm.
Rockport, an artistic seacoast village, is filled with lush shoreline, quaint shops, marvelous dining, and dreamy cobblestone streets. Gloucester, with its renowned fishing ports, offers phenomenal seafood, a remarkable coast, and exciting whale watches. While Manchester-by-the-Sea, a winner with small-town appeal, sports gorgeous harbors, picturesque streets, and marvelous beaches (one even sings!).
If you wish to try something a little more ambitious, consider the Berkshires. Western Massachusetts has a scenic majesty all its own. The mountains are breathtaking, and the ride is glorious. You may choose to travel the Mohawk Trail, a Route 2, “63-mile road” which extends through gorgeous landscape. The stretch was founded by Native Americans as a footpath. Along the thoroughfare, perhaps stop in Shelburne Falls, a dazzling area which houses the Bridge of Flowers and Glacial Pothole (an interesting rock formation). Or, somewhat off the trail, you could visit the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. This enchanting place contains the most expansive collection of the iconic painter’s work. For additional Berkshire information, go to www.berkshires.org.
The above suggestions barely scratch the surface of day trip possibilities. Massachusetts is so rich in history and appeal that nearly every region has a fascinating story. For other great trip ideas, visit www.massvacation.com.
Ross Capobianco is president of Home Instead Senior Care — a provider of home care services to seniors living north of Boston. He can be reached at 781-662-2273 or email@example.com.