As we head into the summer months, the arrival of warmer weather brings forth a lively atmosphere and countless opportunities for people of all ages to engage in enjoyable activities. For seniors, summer offers an ideal time to venture outdoors and partake in delightful pastimes that bring physical, mental, and emotional benefits. From absorbing vitamin D to enhancing mood and fostering social interaction, the summer presents an array of options for seniors to savor the joys of the outdoors. Let’s explore a range of senior-friendly activities that are perfect for generating joy and creating cherished summer memories.

  1. Beach OutingsA Day at the beach is a quintessential summer experience that can bring immense pleasure to seniors. The soothing sound of waves crashing, the warmth of the sun, and the sensation of sand beneath your feet create a serene ambiance. Whether it’s admiring the view, taking a leisurely stroll along the shore, or building sandcastles with loved ones, the beach offers an abundance of ways for seniors to unwind and embrace the summer atmosphere. Sun protection, such as hats, sunscreen, and umbrellas, are essential to guard against excessive sun exposure. It’s also important to stay hydrated and take breaks from the heat when needed. In Clear Lake, Iowa we are fortunate to have the lake in our backyard with countless sandy beaches and water opportunities including a ride on the Lady of the Lake.
  2. Baseball Games Attending a baseball game is an ideal summer activity not only for young people but also for seniors. Watching a baseball game offers older adults an opportunity to relive cherished memories, engage in social interaction, and enjoy the excitement of the sport. The lively atmosphere creates an unforgettable experience, allowing seniors to feel connected to the community and share the thrill of the game with loved ones. In Clear Lake, we have the opportunity to watch our children or grandchildren play or head to Des Moines or Minneapolis to catch an expert game.
  3. Nature Walks & Gardening ActivitiesSummer provides a beautiful and tranquil backdrop for seniors to immerse themselves in the wonders of nature. Nature walks in local parks, botanical gardens, or nature reserves offer a serene and fulfilling experience. The sights, sounds, and scents of nature can be rejuvenating, allowing older adults to fully embrace the summer season. For seniors with a green thumb, gardening activities provide a sense of purpose and gentle physical activity. Tending to potted plants, growing herbs, or flowers in small garden beds, or participating in community garden projects are all wonderful. In Clear Lake, Iowa the possibilities are endless. At TimberCrest at Glen Oaks, we offer raised gardens and garden plots for Resident’s enjoyment. Venture out into Clear Lake and enjoy Central Gardens and Macintosh State Park, all ways to connect with nature and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening.
  4. Family Picnics & CookoutsGathering with loved ones for a delightful picnic or cookout in the great outdoors is a special experience. These shared meals in the open-air foster bonding, create lasting memories, and instill a sense of belonging. Choose scenic parks or outdoor spaces with accessible paths and facilities to ensure that everyone can fully participate. Encourage attendees to bring a delicious assortment of finger foods, sandwiches, fruits, and refreshing drinks or to prepare grill-worthy dishes. This is an opportune time to engage in light games, share stories, and relish the joy of being surrounded by loved ones.
  5. Scenic DrivesTaking a leisurely drive through picturesque landscapes is a fantastic way for seniors to appreciate the beauty of summer. Seek out scenic routes, countryside roads, or coastal drives that offer breathtaking views. Ensure that the vehicle is comfortable and safe, and plan regular stops to stretch and take in the surroundings. Involve seniors in the planning process by allowing them to choose their favorite destinations or landmarks. Scenic drives provide a serene and rejuvenating experience, allowing older adults to connect with nature and relish the wonders of the season from the comfort of the car.
  6. Ice Cream Shop ExcursionsIndulging in a delicious ice cream treat on a warm summer day is an experience that transcends age. Ice cream shops evoke a sense of nostalgia for older adults and offer a wide variety of flavors to cater to different tastes. Many parlors also provide accessible seating options. Take a leisurely stroll to the ice cream shop, savor a cone or sundae, and delight in the sweet pleasure of this summer classic. It’s not only a sensory delight but also an opportunity for seniors to engage in casual conversation and enjoy a leisurely outing.
  7. Outdoor ConcertsOutdoor concerts provide a fantastic opportunity for seniors to embrace the lively spirit of summer through the power of music. Many communities organize concerts in parks or open-air venues for people to enjoy live entertainment. Seniors can bring folding chairs or blankets to relax and immerse themselves in the music. From classical to jazz, folk, and local bands, there is a diverse range of musical genres to choose from. Listening to melodies under the open sky, surrounded by a cheerful crowd, creates a festive atmosphere that promotes fun, connection, and appreciation for the arts.


At TimberCrest at Glen Oaks, we understand the importance of seniors enjoying the joys of summer. That’s why we integrate these types of activities into daily living. Our community offers a range of amenities, including organized outings and social events that seamlessly integrate summer activities. Be sure to check our Activity Calendar for activities that you might enjoy this summer. We pride ourselves on creating an environment that enables seniors to lead a fulfilling, socially active lifestyle, and independent lifestyle. When it’s time to transition to an Independent senior living facility, contact our professional staff and we can help make it easy. You can find us at 200 Glen Oaks Drive in Clear Lake, Iowa or call 641-355-1203, or contact us online at for more information. Our Manager, Kim Boyd can also be reached at