Over 20,000 seniors live in Salt Lake City, a region known for both its natural beauty and its cultural offerings. The city continues to thrive as an abundance of community events, awe-inspiring views, celebrated art draw more seniors to Salt Lake each year. As aging adults begin to outnumber younger generations, Salt Lake City has the capacity to support a large, active senior population.
After scouting the many senior-friendly activities that Salt Lake City has to offer, we’ve picked out our favorites. Below, you’ll find a selection of Salt Lake City’s top offerings for seniors, including options to suit a range of interests.
Explore a State Park
Relish Utah’s Natural Beauty
Utah is full of breathtaking sights and remarkable natural beauty. With research showing that just looking at nature can reduce stress and, in turn, boost immune, nervous, and endocrine function, seniors can hugely benefit from exploring scenic environments.
Luckily, many state parks are located near Salt Lake City. You can visit the Wasatch-Cache National Forest or the Timpanogos Cave National Monument with just a 30 to 45-minute drive outside of the city.
Seniors aged 62 and older can buy a Utah State Parks annual pass at a discounted rate. This pass provides day-use access to all official Utah State Parks for the purchaser and seven other people in the same car. So, you can explore the magnificent natural wonders that Salt Lake City has to offer with family and friends, all year long.
Salt Lake City is at a heightened elevation from much of the rest of the country. The high altitude conditions may become even more extreme when you visit a national park, making it more difficult to breathe regularly. An oxygen concentrator, which provides effective oxygen therapy on the go, can help you breathe easily as you venture into high altitude areas.
Go To a Farmers Market
Connect With Salt Lake’s Community of Producers
Visiting a farmers market is a great way for seniors to connect with their community, meet their neighbors, and support local producers. There are several farmers markets in the Salt Lake City area that pop up throughout the year, including:
- Salt Lake Farmers' Market: Located at Pioneer Park
- Liberty Park Farmers' Market: Located at Liberty Park
- Sugarhouse Farmers' Market: Located at Fairmont Park
- Salt Lake Winter Farmers' Market: Located in the Rio Grande train depot
- Wheeler Farm Farmers' Market: Located at the Wheeler Historic Farm
Hike Cecret Lake
Visit One of Salt Lake’s Most Popular Hiking Trails
Cecret Lake is a well-known (and well-loved) natural area near Salt Lake City. Both undemanding and visually stunning, the Cecret Lake hiking trail is ideal for seniors at all levels of physical ability. It’s located at the Albion Basin Campground and features some of the most vibrant wildflowers in all of Utah.
Hiking Cecret Lake involves only 300 feet of elevation gain and spans just over a mile. Informational signs are set up throughout the train, providing interesting tidbits about the lake and the wildlife that surrounds it.
The Cecret Lake hiking trail is a wonderful way for seniors to exercise while reveling in Mother Nature’s gifts. Hiking Cecret Lake is also an excellent outing to enjoy with friends and family - including grandchildren!
See A Utah Opera Performance
Experience Top-Caliber Performances in Downtown Salt Lake
The Utah Opera has been a cultural fixture in Salt Lake City since 1978. Performing at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah Opera puts on a variety of both classic and contemporary operas every year.
Going to see the Utah Opera is a wonderful way for Salt Lake City seniors to experience world-class live music. For seniors with a deeper interest in the opera, Utah Opera also offers community events, giving listeners the opportunity to meet the artists and learn more about the productions. You can even arrive at the theatre an hour before any performance to experience the “Opera Prelude”, a half-hour preview of the night's opera guided by Dr. Carol Anderson.
Visit The Leonardo
Delve Into Art and Science at One of Salt Lake’s Top Museums
The Leonardo is a non-profit "museum of creativity and innovation" located in downtown Salt Lake City. It’s only been open since 2011, but in the time since its inception, The Leonardo has become central to the city’s cultural scene.
As a contemporary museum named after Leonardo da Vinci, The Leonardo melds science, art, and technology to offer visitors a broad scope of learning opportunities. Exhibits at The Leonardo are designed to be immersive, providing a deeper and more interactive experience than traditional museums. Seniors with all different interests can find an exhibit, installation, or event at The Leonardo to spark their curiosity.
Salt Lake City is rich in nature, culture, and community events for seniors to enjoy. Also, as a tight-knit city with an air of constant improvement, you’ll find that Salt Lake City supports seniors as they lead an active, involved lifestyle.
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- How Does Nature Impact Our Wellbeing?” Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing, University of Minnesota. www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/how-does-nature-impact-our-wellbeing
- Park Passes.” Utah State Parks, Utah.gov. stateparks.utah.gov/resources/passes/
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