Outdoor activities in Miami-Dade County for seniors
Miami-Dade is one of the biggest urban counties in America, but it was built around many parks and nature trails making outdoor activities accessible to any age.
This county offers a number of options for seniors to explore the outdoors: walking, biking, meditation, yoga, golf, and tennis, just to name a few.
According to the National Institutes of Health, spending time outside can help lower the risk of some medical conditions we experience as we age like stress, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.
No matter where you are in Miami, there is a place for you to venture and explore.
If you're interested in working with seniors and older adults in the Orlando area, consider becoming a Papa Pal companion caregiver. The role of a Papa Pal varies from day to day. Some Papa Pals lend a hand around the house and help with errands, housekeeping and gardening. Others offer company on a walk around the neighborhood or provide transportation to help seniors and older adults enjoy everything their community has to offer. It’s a great part-time job for friendly people.
Start exploring Miami
In Miami Beach, you can take a 90-minute Art Deco walking tour with Miami Design Preservation League in the heart of the Architectural Historic District.
If you’re visiting North Miami, go on a nature walk at Oleta River State Park and look at the beautiful Mangroves and Wild Lantana flowers.
Afterwards head over to Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves look for alligators and finish your day with a picnic at Key Biscayne National Park.
If you’re in the Homestead area, visit Everglades National Park Bobcat Boardwalk and look at all the wildlife South Florida has to offer.
If you’re more of a social person and are looking for outdoor activities with a group visit Coral Gate Park, Kinloch Park, and Charles Hadley Park; they have multiple outdoor senior programs available.
Fun activities in Miami-Dade County for seniors
Miami-Dade County focuses on having great senior centers and created the Active Older Adults Program.
If you’re over the age of 54 you can sign up for recreational programs like Zumba, sewing, adaptive aquatics, fitness, and much more.
Studies have shown that socialization can help with lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, lowering blood pressure, and lessening the risk of mental health issues.
Different classes and programs are held at:
- Miami Gardens Senior Focal Point Center
- South Dade Park, The Arcola Lakes Senior Center
- Gwen Cherry ParkContinental Park, Goulds Park
- Westwind Lakes Park, Deerwood Bonita Lakes
- Gesu Senior Citizen Center
- Senior Citizens Activities Center of Homestead
- North Miami Foundation for Senior Citizens.
Restaurants and bars in Miami-Dade County for seniors
If you consider yourself a foodie visit Eatery.com to stay up to date with new restaurants that are coming to Miami on a daily basis. Here are some food dishes you must try when you’re in Miami-Dade.
- Cuban Hamburger in West Miami
- Ceviche in South Miami
- Peruvian and Korean cuisines in West Kendall
- Tableside Ham carvings in Doralera
- Croquetas in Coral Gables
- Empanadas and Arepas in Miami Beach
- Pastelitos and Tres Leches in Miami
- Gator Bites in Homestead
Cultural activities in Miami Dade County for seniors
Miami-Dade has a unique culture that is different from all other counties in Florida. People are proud of the culture they created, which is why so many retirees are moving here.
If you live in Miami and you’re over the age of 61, make sure to sign up for the Golden Ticket Program which allows you to go to all the cultural events for free, as well as get free rides on the transit system.
You can also attend numerous plays and watch live music. Take a drive to Little Haiti and have lunch with new friends at the Haitian American Senior Center. Then, check out the Jack Orr Senior Center and participate in many cultural activities they run on a daily basis.
Make sure to visit Freedom Tower, Miami’s most famous historical landmark, which is also a contemporary art museum.
Enjoy your time in Miami!
Become a Papa Pal companion caregiver
If helping seniors and older adults to enjoy some of these fun places in Miami sounds good to you, consider becoming a Papa Pal. You can choose to help others with transportation, so they can benefit from all the area has to offer.