for National Senior Citizen’s Day
For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older — places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity. ~ President Ronald Reagan – August 19, 1988 Proclamation 5847.
The holiday was originally celebrated as Senior Citizens Day on August 14th, the day president Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935. However, in 1988, Ronald Reagan declared it a national holiday to be observed on August 21st, per Proclamation 5847.
In honor of this day, let’s look at activities that can be shared by multiple generations in Berlin, a place filled with activities to be enjoyed by “kids” of all ages.
The charming town of Berlin, made famous by the filming of two movies – Runaway Bride and Tuck Everlasting, has more to offer than just being the locale of two blockbuster movies. Filled with quaint shops, a historic hotel and small dining establishments, a visit to Berlin is like stepping into the past.
Despite its small-town charm, Berlin doesn’t fall short on activities which can be enjoyed by multiple generations. The town and surrounding area offer a multitude of activities which include hiking, kayaking, birdwatching, dining, antiquing, shopping and much, much more.
What Can You Do with Your Grandparents in Berlin?
Enjoy a Bit of History
If you and your grandparent share a love of history, Berlin is a wonderful place to indulge that passion together.
Visit the Calvin B. Taylor Museum to tour the carefully restored early nineteenth century home. The building is furnished as a house museum, except for the west wing which serves as a gallery where local memorabilia is displayed.
In 1980, forty-seven structures in Berlin were added to the National Register of Historic Places, representing almost two centuries of architectural heritage. They are well-preserved or renovated, dating from three distinct periods: Victorian, Federal and 20th Century. Continue your historical experience with a walking tour to view Berlin’s many historic homes or visit Berlin’s turn of the century commercial district.
The historic commercial district, composed of late nineteenth-century small-scaled (one- to three-story) commercial buildings, provides an unusual step back in time. The district, with vintage buildings lining both sides of the street, forms a visually pleasing and cohesive streetscape.
Berlin Main Street Activities
Who can pass up the charm that is historic downtown Berlin? Enjoy shopping in one of the many quaint shops or dine in one of the small charming restaurants. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience an old-fashioned soda shop at Rayne’s Reef Soda Fountain & Grill.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
September in Maryland is the perfect time to get out and enjoy mother nature. There are several local and state parks in Berlin and surrounding area to do just that!
The most popular and well-known is Assateague State Park, a barrier island bordered on the west by Sinepuxent Bay and on the east by the Atlantic Ocean. The island’s varied ecosystems offer an assortment of activities from which to choose. Two miles of beach along the Atlantic provides plenty of space to enjoy a picnic, build sandcastles, fly kites, and so much more. The trek to the beach is made more accessible for all by the boardwalk which reaches all the way to the beach. Assateague’s bayside area offers plenty of secluded coves for canoeing adventures. Lastly, the marsh region has a plethora of wildlife, including the island’s legendary feral horses.
Berlin has four city parks:
- Stephen Decatur Park offers a hiking trail, picnic areas and playground facilities, plus tennis and racquetball courts.
- Dr. William Henry Park has picnic areas, playgrounds and basketball courts.
- John Howard Burbage Park is a small neighborhood park filled with flowers, trees and a small sitting area.
- Berlin Falls Park, the city’s newest park, is a wonderful location for those who enjoy wildlife watching.
How about a family bike ride? With its many enjoyable biking trails, Berlin is perfect. Trails lead to wildlife areas, monuments, historic sites and flower patches, each with fun activities for the whole family.
To celebrate National Senior Citizen’s Day, stop for a visit at Gull Creek, a senior living community which offers a continuum of care, from independent living to our secure memory care neighborhood. In honor of Senior Citizen’s Day, think about volunteering at Gull Creek or another senior community in your area. Contact us if you have any questions, would like to schedule a tour of our beautiful community or to volunteer … share your smile with someone who needs one today. You’ll both benefit from it!