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Best Walking Trails & Outdoor Activities for Seniors

How McCrite Residents Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Topeka and Kansas City

As the great Nat King Cole used to sing, “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Those days of soda and pretzels and beer.”

Flowers are back in bloom, and we’re finally getting consistent sunny days here. Now that the weather is nice and we can all comfortably venture out in our summer attire, you may be wondering how best to seize the day and take advantage of everything the great outdoors has to offer. For those in independent living or assisted living, it’s important to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air.

The beauty of living at McCrite Plaza is that there is so much to do in the surrounding areas of Topeka and Kansas City. Each location has several outdoor activities for seniors looking to catch some sunny rays, relax, and enjoy the scenic views of the summer.

If you are driving your own car, there are many outdoor areas to visit. However, if you’ve decided to let someone else do the driving, both McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff and McCrite Plaza in Topeka provide many outings so that you can enjoy the outdoors. You can ask the McCrite activity director for information about the activities, or you can check the monthly calendar to see what’s available.

Here are a few ideas:

Best Walking Trails

Missouri Riverfront Heritage Trail in Kansas City, MO: This gorgeous trail is conveniently located a short eight-minute drive south of McCrite Plaza Kansas City and is rated one of the top trails in the area. The Riverfront Heritage Trail is three miles long, consisting of smooth, paved sidewalks surrounded by greenery and scenic riverside views. It is made for all skill levels and accommodating to those in wheelchairs, on bikes, and dog-owners (must be kept on a leash). There are also picnic tables in the surrounding area so you and a loved one can share lunch while enjoying the peaceful views of the waterfront. McCrite dietary staff can prepare a picnic lunch for you to take along.

Cedar Crest Yellow and Red Trails in Topeka, KS: The Cedar Crest Yellow and Red Trails are located in MacLennan Park, just a ten-minute drive from McCrite Plaza Topeka. The trail is 4.8 miles long and is considered a moderate level of difficulty trail due to some challenging hiking portions. However, there is plenty of trail that is flat and is suitable for leisurely walks around the marshy pond located in the center of the park. All the greenery and trees also make this a perfect spot for lounging and picnics.

Lake Shawnee Trail in Topeka, KS: Lake Shawnee Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Topeka, Kansas, that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash. Lake Shawnee picnic grounds are the destination for many outings provided by McCrite Plaza Topeka.

McCrite Plaza Topeka also boasts a beautiful pond and waterfall on site that can be enjoyed at any time. There are opportunities for fishing, cookouts, and strolling the grounds.

Other Outdoor Activities in Kansas City

There’s so much to do in Kansas City that the options are almost limitless, especially when it comes to outdoor activities. If you want to enjoy America’s pastime, nothing beats a day of sunshine and baseball at Kauffman Stadium watching the Kansas City Royals. For a more leisurely activity that mixes the fun of being outdoors with arts, visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. It features scenic walking trails, an expansive lawn for lounging, and some of the city’s most breathtaking outdoor sculptures, including the iconic shuttlecocks. Finally, for something just beyond your front door, The Village at Briarcliff is a short five-minute drive from McCrite Plaza Kansas City, and is a perfect place for patio dining, shopping, and sunny afternoon walks.

Other Outdoor Activities in Topeka, KS

Along with Kansas City, Topeka has plenty to offer for its residents that are sure to provide some summer fun. Just a short twelve-minute drive north is the Topeka Zoo, which is perfect for those that want the fun and activity of a walking trail with all the excitement the animal kingdom has to offer. It is a great place to invite the grandkids to come along.

Ready to hit the links? Cypress Hill Golf Course offers daily golfing passes to seniors starting as low as $14. Enjoy all the greenery and water features from the comfort of your golf cart. For a more tranquil experience filled with ponds and gardens, visit beautiful Gage Park for an afternoon walk or picnic under the sun.

Contact McCrite Plaza Today to Schedule a Tour!

What residents love most about life at McCrite Plaza in Topeka and Kansas City is that they are surrounded by plenty of things to see and do that allow them to enjoy the fresh summer air. Senior living goes far beyond our luxurious retirement homes and amenities. If you want to get out and explore the city, we encourage you to do so. Outdoor activities and walking trails are widely available for independent living seniors as well as assisted living.

For those interested in senior living in Topeka, KS or Kansas City, MO, reach out to your nearest McCrite Plaza location. The McCrite family has spared no expense in building the most beautiful and welcoming senior living facility so that our residents can truly enjoy their golden years.

Simply go to our contact page and provide a little bit of information. A member of our team will reach out to you to set up your personal guided tour of McCrite Plaza. You will have an opportunity to meet our team, see our luxury apartments, and tour our beautiful grounds.