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Exciting Outdoor Activities for Active Seniors in Newton, MA

Seniors playing pickleball in the park

There are many reasons for seniors to get outside and enjoy the summer weather. Physical activity supports cardiovascular health, helps maintain healthy bones and joints, and improves stamina and strength. Plus, being outdoors boosts vitamin D production, improves focus and reduces anxiety. In Newton, Massachusetts, there are plenty of outdoor activities for seniors to enjoy. Here is just a sampling:

Explore Webster Conservation Area

With 131 acres of wetlands, fields, ponds and caves, there’s lots to discover. There are trails to hike, cliffs to climb and fissure caves to explore. Birdwatchers will be fascinated by the variety of birdlife attracted to the wetlands, and geology enthusiasts will appreciate the Sandstone Ledges.

Stroll Houghton Garden

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 10-acre woodland garden features shady paths along a stream and among azaleas, climbing hydrangeas and exotic evergreens.

Hit the Links at Newton Commonwealth Golf Course

Whether you want to play a round of golf with your friends or up your game with lessons from a PGA golf professional, this 18-hole public golf course is a great summertime destination.

Paddle Your Own Canoe (or Kayak)

Love the water? Rent from Charles River Canoe and Kayak in Nahanton Park, and enjoy the day floating along the shores of protected parkland. You can meander along 12 miles of flatwater, delighting in calm waters and glimpses of otters, herons, muskrats and other wildlife.

Walk the Rail Trail

Upper Falls Greenway is an inactive rail corridor that’s been converted into a mile-long path. Car-free, level and paved in rolled stone dust, the path is ideal for walking, jogging and biking.  

Try an Adventure in Poetry

If you enjoy culture, good ideas and the great outdoors, you’ll probably get a kick out of Martin Poetry Path, a short path through Martin Conservation Area where poems by local writers mark the trail.

Find Serenity, Beauty and Local History

With rolling lawns, stately trees, ponds and wildlife, Newton Cemetery and Arboretum is an invitingly tranquil place to visit. Take an interactive tour of the trees in the arboretum, research genealogy or simply enjoy a stroll.

Get Your Hands Dirty at Newton Community Farm

Volunteer for the weed-picking crew, share your knowledge, attend workshops, or shop the annual seedling sale at this historic working farm.

Enjoy a Little of Everything at Nahanton Park

A variety of habitats in this 57-acre park make it the perfect spot for wildlife and people. Birders come to catch sight of uncommon bird species. Plut, it’s a fun place for picnicking, blackberrying, fishing, or planting a community garden plot.

Treat Yourself to Summer Fare at the Farmers’ Market

Open from July to October on Tuesday afternoons, the Newton Farmers’ Market is your place to get outdoors and shop local produce, fresh breads, artisanal olive oils, Greek pastries, microgreens and so much more.

Try Pickleball in the Park

Get yourself a punch card at Newton’s Parks, Recreation and Culture office, and you’re set to join a round robin of pickleball. All skill levels are welcome, but lessons are also available if you want to hone your skills.

So Much to Do Here!

With so many fun outdoor activities for seniors in Newton, MA, wouldn’t it be nice to live here? At Opus Newton, active seniors can enjoy a home base rooted in sustainability, community and connection, and a prime location from which to explore the surrounding neighborhoods. Our Priority Program gives you the opportunity to secure an apartment in our community. Contact us to find out more.