Eight Spring Activities for Seniors in Asheville, NC
For retirees, seniors, or those with mobility issues, you may have concerns over accessibility when it comes to certain activities. But don’t let them slow you down.
Many of the top destinations to visit in our area are friendly and accessible to those who need movement aids, wheelchairs, or just want a more laid back experience. Experiencing all that spring in full bloom has to offer doesn’t have to be physically demanding.
With that in mind, here are a variety of great spring activities for seniors in and around Asheville, NC.
1. A Visit to the North Carolina Arboretum
Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of the city of Asheville, The North Carolina Arboretum has acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region. The 434-acre campus in Pisgah National Forest is the ideal place for a stroll or hike while admiring and learning about North Carolina’s nature.
The Arboretum offers a wide variety of activities for visitors of all ages that include educational programs, tours, events, and garden demonstrations. And as we move through spring, there is always a new botanical beauty to look at as the plants bloom.
2. Go Waterfall Watching
There are hundreds of beautiful waterfalls all throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains. When it comes to accessible locations, Asheville and the area around it are spoiled for choices. Here is a list of some of our favorite easy-to-access waterfalls in the Asheville and greater western North Carolina area that are sure to impress after the spring thaw.
- Looking Glass Falls
- Dry Falls
- Bridal Veil Falls
- Hooker Falls
- Lower Falls Graveyard Fields
3. Stay at the Omni Grove Park Inn
If you are planning a trip from out of town, the amenities, accessibility, and sheer comfort of the Omni Grove Park Inn cannot be beaten. For over a century, it has welcomed guests with traditional southern hospitality amidst the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
But this stunning and historic resort isn’t just for visitors. With gorgeous views and first-class dining, this is a sure bet for anyone. Their restaurants feature the best locally sourced ingredients. So schedule a day trip to the resort to take advantage of all the resort has to offer.
4. Take a Trip to Biltmore Estate
You can’t have a list of Asheville destinations without this iconic estate. While the historic building limits accessibility to upper floors, that is about it; you can still tour a large chunk of the house. And this time of year, the grounds are coming into their own, making a visit to the garden worth it alone.
5. Attend a Show at Wortham Center for the Performing Arts
Nestled in downtown Asheville, the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts hosts a variety of entertainment shows from across the US and internationally. With upcoming shows ranging from comedy, music, or dance, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Keep an eye on the schedule, and when booking your tickets, make sure to request accessible seating if needed.
6. Sign Up for an APR Senior Program
If you are looking for more than a one-time or occasional senior-friendly activity in the Asheville area, give a look over the list of community activities organized by the City of Asheville Parks and Recreation department. From bowling and Bingo to Zumba, you are sure to find something to enjoy this spring and throughout the rest of the year.
7. Explore the Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild)
The Folk Art Center is located directly on the Blue Ridge Ridge Parkway and is one of Asheville’s most popular attractions for both tourists and locals. A variety of craftspeople from the Blue Ridge Parkway Mountains of nine southern states are represented through exhibitions, special events, and daily craft demonstrations. The century-old Allanstand Craft Shop showcases both traditional and contemporary work by over 350 craftspeople.
With free admission and open daily year-round, this spot is the perfect place to spend an afternoon enjoying the south’s crafting culture. Exhibits and demonstrations cycle, so it is a fantastic destination for repeat visits, as you’ll see something new each time.
8. Meet Up with Friends for a Delicious Meal
Get out of the house after the chill of winter and meet up with your friends at some of the fantastic local coffee shops, restaurants, and breweries throughout the area. We highly recommend Hole Doughnuts, Asheville Brewing Company, or any of the fantastic locations situated in Asheville’s River Arts District.
Specialized Shuttle Service to Accessible Attractions
Don’t let your age or disability prevent you from enjoying all that the area has to offer. If you are headed out for a fun adventure around Asheville and need reliable transportation, Loyal Lifts provides chauffeur quality personal service. We will take you door to door or door to waterfall in a custom luxury vehicle.
We do it all, including:
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Hotel shuttle for the Grove Park Inn and other area hotels
- Day excursions through downtown Asheville, Biltmore, or out to Lake Lure
- Restaurants, sightseeing, shopping, and more!
We are locally owned and operated, so we know our way around Asheville and pride ourselves on the best service. If you would like to schedule your trip or get an estimate contact us online or give us a call at (828) 674-6471.