Austin, Texas is a diverse, upbeat city full of cultural experiences, great food and plenty of sights to see. As the weather warms up and the flowers start to bloom, seniors in Austin, Texas have a range of exciting activities to look forward to. From strolling through the vibrant outdoor markets to exploring the city’s beautiful parks and gardens, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy all the city has to offer. Here are some of the top things to do in Austin for seniors.
1. Texas Farmers Market in Cedar Park and Austin
If you want to get outside, go shopping and immerse yourself in a big part of Austin’s social scene, the Texas Farmers Market (TFM) is the place to go. This farmer’s market happens every Saturday at two locations: in Cedar Park at Lakeline and in Austin at Mueller. TFM is a producer-only market that vets each of their vendors to ensure they use humane and sustainable farming practices.
Pay the market a visit and restock your home with a range of locally-sourced goods that you can buy straight from the source. Here are some things you can expect to find at the Texas Farmers Market:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Prepared foods and drinks
- Pickled goods
- Meats, eggs, cheeses and other dairy products
- Baked goods and honey
- Self-care products, like lotions and essential oils
2. Blanton Museum of Art in Austin
If you are interested in visual arts, the Blanton Museum of Art is the place for you. The museum has revitalized and revamped its grounds – from its architecture and landscaping to its exhibitions – to provide a new and improved experience for patrons.
From newly acquired artworks to their permanent collections of pieces from a range of cultures, timeframes and artistic styles, this museum is home to the largest public art collection in Central Texas. The Blanton Museum of Art offers in-person and online events and first-come, first-serve guided tours, giving you a chance to enjoy the arts at your convenience. As far as day trips for seniors in Austin go, this is one you don’t want to miss.
3. LBJ Library’s Lecture Series in San Marco
Lyndon B. Johnson was the 36th president of the United States and a Texas State University alumni. He was also a large proponent of education and the prosperity that it can bring, which is where the LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series stemmed from. Texas State University has ran these lectures since 2005 to help his legacy live on. For these lectures, the university invites some of the country’s finest minds to speak on campus on a topic that aligns with the university’s yearly Common Experience theme. Some examples of previous years’ themes include compassion, innovation, truth, mental health, the first amendment and sustainability.
If you enjoy learning and attending live lectures, consider paying the LBJ Library a visit during their next one – these lectures are free and open to the public.
4. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin
Known as the Botanic Garden and Arboretum of Texas, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is home to a plethora of Texas’ native plants and wildlife. This botanical garden was founded in 1982 as a wildlife research center by Helen Hayes and former first lady Claudia Alta Johnson, wife of Lydon B. Johnson.
While the garden has wildflowers blooming year-round, spring’s warmer weather and vibrant blooms make it a great time of year to visit. This garden hosts many events that promise a day full of fun, such as yoga and exercise classes, abstract painting tutorials, educational lectures, gardening lessons and more. You can also take daily guided garden tours to learn more about the center’s history, architecture and plants.
5. Moody Theater in Austin
The Moody Theater is a musical hotspot in Austin and home to the Austin City Limits television show – the longest-running music series in the history of American television. This theater is a state-of-the-art venue that hosts around 100 live performances per year.
Famed musicians, like Buddy Guy, Harry Styles, the Doobie Brothers, Chris Stapleton, and more have graced the Moody Theater’s stage. If you enjoy watching live music and a comedian from time to time, this venue is a great place to watch your favorite artists perform. In addition to live shows, you can also take a guided tour of the Moody Theater and get a behind-the-scenes look.
See What Life in Austin Is Like at Querencia at Barton Creek
One of the best parts of living in Austin is the sense of community you can find here. If you have yet to find yours, consider a senior living community like Querencia.
Querencia at Barton Creek is an upscale senior living community that provides a robust suite of amenities, services, social gatherings and activities that put adventure right outside your front door on the days you don’t want to venture into the city. And, on the days that you do, our transportation services and convenient location make it easy to enjoy all of the attractions in Austin.
If you’re curious about what life could look like at Querencia, contact us today. Our team of experts is happy to help.