If you aim to make the most of your golden years and spend your retirement in a bustling independent living community, there are few better cities to live near than Philadelphia. As one of the main hubs of culture in the United States and the birthplace of independence, it holds a special place in the hearts of the American public. What’s more, it’s an utterly beautiful location with a vast array of activities for older adults. Read on to discover the top 10 activities in Philadelphia for over-55s.

1. Adventure Aquarium

Animal lovers are sure to fall in love with Philadelphia, and the Adventure Aquarium is the fifth biggest aquarium in the world. With over 200,000 square feet of nature and wildlife, it has plenty of space for you to escape and enjoy the serenity and majesty of underwater creatures. Every year, there’s a special event held for people aged 55 and over who are accompanied by a child. Entrance to Grandparent’s Night is free, and you even get a free breakfast to fuel your day out meeting new friends and enjoying the scenery.

2. Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical ParkIf birdwatching is more your scene, consider heading to the Valley Forge National Historical Park. Pennsylvania is full of wonderful animals, and you can expect to find a whopping 227 species of birds nesting and flocking around this picturesque park. You could spot songbirds, bald eagles, golden eagles, and peregrine falcons while strolling around this beautiful location.

3. Flea Markets

Antique lovers will find themselves in their element at one of the many Philadelphia flea markets. Whether you’re searching for the perfect addition to your treasured collection or prefer to adorn your apartment with one-off furniture pieces, you’ll have great fun.

4. Independence Hall

The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were born here at Independence Hall, making it a hot spot for tourists and locals alike. You can see the documents and learn about how they’ve led to the United States we live in today. You’ll also find the National Constitution Center, which is the only museum in the country dedicated to the Constitution and Founding Fathers. Plus, the Independence Visitor Center features stunning architecture, and the staff can help you find even more local activities for older adults in Philadelphia. 

5. Pennypack Trail

There are plenty of fun walking trails that are safe for older adults, including the beautiful Pennypack Trail. It’s over 5 miles long but is mostly flat and doesn’t have many areas that would be challenging for older adults. You will walk past frolicking deer, winding streams, and historical bridges as you follow the signs that let you know the best routes for your fitness level. Schuylkill Banks and Tacony Creek are two other excellent walks for those who love the outdoors.

6. Farmers Markets

Pennsylvania is known for its stunning produce, and you can enjoy the sights, smells, and flavors of the local Philadelphia cuisine firsthand at one of the many farmers markets. If you’re someone who adores local, fresh food that’s sustainably sourced from small-business owners, you’ll be in your element at one of these spots. 

7. Philly Zoo

Another great place for animal lovers is the Philadelphia Zoo, which was the first zoo to officially open in America. There are more than 1,300 animals, including an array of endangered and rare species the zoo aims to help from a conservation perspective. Giraffes, lions, tigers, gorillas, and rhinos are just a few of the animals you can expect to see here.

8. Fairmount Park

Stargazing probably isn’t the first thing you think of when it comes to activities in Philly, but Fairmount Park is an excellent spot. Surrounded by green space, this area gives the clearest opportunity to stargaze.

9. Liberty Bell Center

Liberty Bell Center PhiladelphiaThe Liberty Bell is arguably Philadelphia’s most famous monument and worth a visit. You can visit this site of historical significance for free and visit as many times as you like to bask in U.S. history.  


10. Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Senior Centers 

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation operates six senior centers across the city for adults over the age of 55. You can take part in fitness classes, educational classes, social services, volunteering opportunities, art courses, days out, and indoor games. Some of these centers also have special discount coupons for sites and attractions around the city.

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