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Summer Activities for Seniors in Olathe

Summertime in Olathe offers numerous opportunities for seniors to get out and enjoy the warm weather in this vibrant community. Whether you’re looking to stay active, connect with others or commune with nature, there’s something to appeal to everyone. Seniors can play a round of golf at the renovated par-72 Scottish Links-style course at the Prairie Highlands Golf Club or the traditional tree-lined and links-type holes at Heritage Park Golf Course. Enjoy some living history at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site, or savor some fine wines at KC Wine Co. or Stone Pillar Vineyard & Winery. Keep reading for some other summer activities seniors in Olathe might enjoy.

Take a Trip to Kansas City for the Day

Olathe is just 25 miles southwest of Kansas City, making it an easy drive for a day trip. Indulge in a change of scenery in a community with rich cultural offerings. These three world-class museums offer the ideal excursion for a day filled with fun and history.

National WWI Museum and Memorial

The National World War I Museum and Memorial lets you immerse yourself in a poignant tribute to the Great War. The museum houses an extensive collection of artifacts, insightful displays and interactive exhibits honoring the bravery and sacrifices of those who served. Since its inception in 1920, the facility has amassed one of the largest collections of objects related to the First World War, now totaling more than 350,000 items. Summer hours for the National WWI Museum and Memorial are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with a senior discount available.

Arabia Steamboat Museum

The Arabia Steamboat sank in 1856 carrying 200 tons of mystery cargo, which was recovered in 1988. The treasures aboard are perfectly preserved and displayed at the Arabia Steamboat Museum, located in Kansas City’s historic City Market. The American frontier comes to life in this one-of-a-kind display featuring the world's most extensive single collection of pre-Civil War artifacts. Seniors will be intrigued by the story of the Arabia’s ill-fated journey on the perilous Missouri River and can watch preservationists clean even more recovered objects. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and offers a senior discount.

National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

Home to one of the largest collections of historic toys and the world’s largest collection of fine-scale miniatures, the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures offers seniors a unique outing. Explore the enchanting collection of vintage toys and games that bring back childhood memories, with items from the 18th century to the present. The miniatures collection is awe-inspiring and highlights the ingenuity and skill of miniature artists and their intricately detailed creations. From architectural works and room settings to tools and equipment, items are usually made to a 1:12 scale and often working reproductions of real objects. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except Tuesdays, with a senior discount available and online ticket reservations encouraged due to the facility’s limited capacity.

Discover Local Attractions in Olathe

Olathe is noted for its many unique attractions, including several picturesque parks and an exceptional farmers’ market. Whether it’s your first time visiting or it’s been a while since your last visit, consider these local attractions for some summertime entertainment.

Visit Ernie Miller Park & Nature Center

Experience the tranquility of nature at its finest at the Ernie Miller Park & Nature Center in Olathe. Open daily from dawn to dusk, this serene haven provides seniors with walks along gentle trails or paved paths for some low-impact exercise and relaxation. Summertime activities include Plein Air art classes for ages 50 and above, bird walks, sailing lessons, fishing, geocaching and yoga classes tailored to individual abilities. This park also offers an ideal setting to marvel at lush forests and diverse wildlife as seniors enjoy a rejuvenating escape during the summer months.

Browse the Olathe Farmers Market

Open from April through October, the Olathe Farmers’ Market features regionally grown fresh produce, flowers and plants but isn’t a wholesale outlet. Seniors can savor the vibrant flavors of summer while strolling through this bustling hub filled with colorful stalls brimming with freshly harvested bounties and artisanal goods. The farmers’ market allows seniors to connect with friendly vendors and sample seasonal treats to discover new fare in a lively atmosphere. Enjoy farm-fresh living on Saturdays from April 27 to October 19 and Wednesdays from May 8 to September 11 from 7:30 a.m. to noon or until items are sold out.

Explore Frisco Lake Park

Dedicated in 1974, Frisco Lake Park covers 38 acres of land and 24 acres of lake water, offering seniors a serene location to enjoy leisurely outdoor activities. Bask in the beauty of nature as you indulge in a peaceful picnic by the water’s edge, engage in some gentle exercise on the park’s scenic walking trails or relax while doing a little fishing. The tranquil atmosphere offers a refreshing respite and invites seniors to embrace the great outdoors daily from dawn to dusk.

Check Out Aberdeen Village’s Activities

Seniors wanting to stick close to home have plenty to do right on campus at Aberdeen Village. We’re always planning something interesting for the residents of our community, from art exhibits to educational seminars. Check out our activity calendar for fun summer activities, or call 913-213-1686 for more information about our Independent Living community today!

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