Are you and your aging loved one ready to get out of the house and enjoy the warmer weather? With the budding trees, rolling hills and running creeks, Spring in Pittsburgh is the perfect time of year to plan a senior day trip.
A hidden gem tucked in the city, Phipps Conservatory offers a botanical getaway that can be enjoyed for a full day. Phipps has serves as a “green oasis” for 125 years. With indoor, and outdoor exhibits, along with wheelchair access to almost every section, Phipps is the perfect way to spend the day for seniors. Check out their full calendar of events for details on special shows and exhibits – https://www.phipps.conservatory.org/exhibits-and-events/calendar/
Springtime in Pittsburgh is bound to bring some rainy days. What better cure for April Showers than a trip to one of Pittsburgh’s many museums! Spend your senior day trip by exploring all the culture and history Pittsburgh has to offter.
Of course, when talking about Pittsburgh, you have to start with the four Carnegie Museums; The Museum of Art, The Museum of Natural History, The Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. These museums have been pillars in the Pittsburgh community and beyond for years. Turn your Senior day trip into a Senior weekend and visit all four museums. All museums have open accessibility, and special accommodations can be made two weeks prior to a visit if need be. https://carnegiemuseums.org/plan-a-visit/
Explore different regions of the world without leaving the city for your senior day trip! The National Aviary in Pittsburgh is the largest aviary in the country. It features more than 500 birds of 150+ unique species from around the world. The Aviary seeks to serve all members of the community, including seniors. As such, the Aviary is a fully ADA accessible facility, featuring both indoor and outdoor habitats, as well as being completely wheelchair friendly. https://www.aviary.org/plan-your-visit
Senator John Heinz History Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate and holds 250 years of Pittsburgh history. The Heinz History Center boasts an impressive collection of items and information, including an entire exhibit dedicated to the show, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. This makes for a great senior day trip and can also serve as a trip down memory lane. The museum is wheelchair accessible and also offers videos with closed captioning for those that are hard of hearing. https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/visit
Simple, cost-effective and fun, a day at the park can lift anyone’s spirits. Pittsburgh and the surrounding neighborhoods offer many different community parks open to the public. Invite the family and bring lunch, set up ring toss or cornhole, play music. Simply being in the fresh air and around others can be an enjoyable and fulfilling day for a senior. Some community parks you may want to look into are; McConnel’s Mill State Park, Mellon Park, Raccoon Creek State Park, Brady’s Run, Allegheny Commons, and Moraine State Park.
Pittsburgh is a city full of rich culture and fun activities. Despite how long you have lived here, there are always new things to do and see. With some simple planning and research, you can help your elderly family member or friend maintain their zest for life and sense of adventure, by planning fun day trips and activities.