The sun is shining. The sky is blue. The temperature is perfect. You’re retired and ready to enjoy the day outside. Where should you go to enjoy the great outdoors in Cincinnati?
Check out these four places chosen by fellow retirees. These Hidden Gems in Cincinnati offer natural beauty, history, education and lots more.
Four Places for Seniors to Enjoy the Outdoors in Cincinnati
- One-derings Lavender Farm
Inhale and relax to the fresh smell of lavender at One-derings Lavender Farm, 2195 S. Clarksville Rd., Clarksville. A visit here means you pick your own lavender from the field, can purchase homemade lavender linen sprays, creams, scrubs, soaps and bath oils and take a class in sachet-making, wreath-design and more.
Opening Memorial Day weekend, hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
- Fishing at Lake Isabella
Cast a line for trout, bluegill, and perch at beautiful Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Symmes Township. This 28-acre lake is stocked weekly March through October and offers fishing from the bank, dock or rental boat. It has a full-service boathouse, picnic area, playground and row boats for rental. Open daily, dawn to dusk.
Spring Grove Cemetery
This 733-acre National Historic Landmark is one of America's loveliest rural garden cemeteries with a magnificent arboretum, open air museum and tranquil sanctuary. When touring the Spring Grove grounds, you will see many different styles of architecture, iconography symbolism, and beautiful landscapes.
“We have tours that talk about the well-known people and families who were instrumental with the building of Cincinnati industries,” says tour organizer Irene Brown.
Call ahead for a guided historical tour. Self-guided tours of the grounds, located at 4521 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, are available daily.
Walk the landscaped grounds and take a tour inside this historic castle, also known as the Loveland Castle.
This museum at 12025 Shore Dr., Loveland, on the banks of the Little Miami River is a folly of a historic European castle. The full-scale replica (except for the ballroom) was constructed by Harry D. Andrews, a Boy Scout troop leader, World War I veteran and medievalist. He named his castle after a military hospital in the Chateau La Roche in southwest France where he was stationed during WWI.
Along with open tours, the castle hosts Scout overnight visits, small weddings and paranormal investigations. Open daily April 1-Sept. 30.
The Benefits to Taking a Day Trip
An afternoon at the lake or a stroll through a historical cemetery can provide many physical, mental and social health benefits. Getting out of the house relieves tension, helps avoid depression and improves relationships. Day trips provide a break from everyday routine. Plan your next trip today!
6 Safety Tips When Traveling Locally
- Take a friend or join a tour. It’s always safer to travel in pairs or with a group.
- Tell someone where you are going. Even when traveling for just one day, make sure a family member or close friend knows where you have gone.
- Pack light. No need to be carrying around a heavy bag that strains your back.
- Travel during the day versus at night for added safety.
- Consider a money belt instead of your purse or put a wallet in a front pocket or jacket pocket to help avoid theft.
- Don’t overdo it. Even one-day trips can be exhausting. Take breaks when needed. Drink plenty of water and walk at a pace that is comfortable for you.
What Every Senior Should be Doing in Cincinnati
Join the fun we are having at Twin Lake Senior Living Community in Montgomery. We have many activities that are open to the public.
Our Living is Learning Series provides educational opportunities covering a wide range of topics, from Laughter Yoga and jazz to Zumba and historical discussions.
Join The Connection at Twin Lakes. Our fitness and wellness center is specifically for older adults. It serves residents of our senior living community and is open to the public for those over age 50.
Find out more about Twin Lakes and how you can join the fun. Schedule your visit to Twin Lakes or give us a call! 513-247-1300.