You are on the brink of retirement, ready to step away from the workday routine and officially embrace something new. An important decision looms: Retire to where?
Maybe this short survey will help:
- Do you love the outdoors?
- Does exploring cool new eateries whet your whistle?
- Do music and film festivals put a spring in your step?
- Are you sick of bundling up in the winter?
If the answer to any or all of those questions is “yes!” look no further than Austin, Texas. Or, In the slightly improvised words of the famous Horace Greeley, it’s time to go southwest, young-at-heart men and women.
The Great Outdoors
Year-round, day or night, this thriving small city with a metropolis vibe will keep you physically, mentally, and socially engaged. Start by lacing up your cross trainers and heading out toward one of the city’s many green spaces, parks, lakes, and recreational areas.
The popular Barton Creek Greenbelt offers dozens of scenic trails perfect for hiking, biking or hanging with friends. Zilker Park’s 350 lush acres is another hot spot that includes a 3-acre pool for cooling off in the summer. At Lady Bird Lake, you can while away the day in a kayak or canoe.
The Sound of Music
Austin’s nickname is the Live Music Capital of the World and for good reason. There are over 250 music venues, including the popular Long Center, scattered throughout the city. A wide variety of concerts and annual festivals cater to the tastes of Austin’s eclectic music aficionados. This cultural mecca is also home to the annual South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, a signature event.
The Great Indoors
There is certainly no shortage of things to do indoors in Austin. For starters, you can spend an afternoon at any one of Austin’s world-class museums. Take in the impressive collections at the Blanton Museum on the University of Texas campus, and the Mexica-Arte, which celebrates Mexican and Latino art and artists.
The popular 200.000 square-foot Austin Central Library offers six floors of resources that include learning rooms for classes, workshops, and meetings.
The LBJ Presidential Library, another intriguing indoor destination, offers an intimate insight into our 36th president with enlightening historical context to his term in office. From photographs depicting the civil rights era to an LBJ robot, this museum uses all types of entertaining mediums to highlight the president’s life and political career.
Libraries and museums will stimulate the intellect and maybe just the ticket on a hot Texas summer afternoon.
Speaking of the Thermometer…
Yes, the summers in Austin will inspire you to head toward the nearest pool, air-conditioned restaurant or movie theater. But the winters are mild and delightful, the perfect weather to enjoy the year-round greenery.
And then there is fabulous fall when the weather cools and fall activities for seniors abound. From celebrating pumpkins and pecans to Oktoberfest, to spooky Halloween mazes, Austin is fall festival central.
Your next chapter awaits at Overture Mueller, Overture Domain, Overture Arboretum, Overture’s premier active adult communities in Austin. Schedule your tour today and discover firsthand why Austin is the best place for seniors to live in Texas.
Let’s get this rodeo started.