As the largest city in Maryland’s Eastern Shore region, Salisbury has many attractions to appeal to seniors. The city is within a couple hours’ drive of major cities — including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Dover and Norfolk — with easy access to all the amenities those metropolitan areas offer. If you’re considering a move to a senior living community in the Salisbury area, here are nine of the must-do activities and attractions for seniors.
Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame
As home to the legendary Cal Ripken Jr., Maryland is certainly known for baseball. The Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame is a great place to visit for seniors who love baseball. This attraction gives you the opportunity to celebrate your love of the game and its players from the present and the past.
Poplar Hill Mansion
For seniors who are into history, this historical site is a must-see. Poplar Hill Mansion began as the 18th-century manor house on a farm outside Salisbury. In the late 1700s, Major Levin Handy embarked on an expansion of the property, but he ran out of money before realizing his architectural dreams. A prominent Salisbury doctor bought the home in 1805 and expanded the farming operations, and his widow later parceled the land, creating Salisbury’s first subdivision.
Adkins Historical Museum and Complex
Howard and Louise Adkins developed this museum in 1980 with a mission of preserving the past and providing a look into life in the Barren Creek Springs village. The site, in nearby Mardela Springs, includes 10 historical buildings and various collections that will appeal to senior history buffs.
The Centre at Salisbury
The Center at Salisbury is the only regional mall on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and includes a 16-screen movie theater along with restaurants and some 85 stores.
Art Institute & Gallery
This art showplace has been honored as “The Best Art Gallery in Wicomico County” and includes a pottery studio, classroom space and a gallery store. The institute offers a number of workshops, classes and events for individuals of all ages, including senior art-lovers.
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Kids and senior adults alike can get a taste of both history and nature at this park located on Salisbury’s west side. With 262 acres, the park offers 4.5 miles of nature trails along with opportunities for environmental education and special events.
The zoo is a fantastic way for seniors to spend a day with visiting grandchildren. Founded in 1954, the Salisbury Zoological Park’s mission is to enhance quality of life with an educational, friendly and relaxing environment in a park-like setting where visitors can add to their appreciation of wildlife. The zoo is home to natural enclosures for a number of species native to South, Central and North America.
The Ward Museum
This museum features a number of family-friendly attractions, including a waterfront atrium lobby and exhibits like “Stepping Out in Style: A Penguin-palooza.”
Jolly Roger Amusement Parks
The Jolly Roger Amusement Parks, located in nearby Ocean City, started more than 50 years ago as the Arnold Palmer Putting Course and Driving Range — a joint venture between the golf legend and property owner Charles “Buddy” Jenkins. Soon, Jenkins added 10 amusement rides, and the rest is history. The park is now a major attraction for tourists with a variety of attractions, including live shows, a go-cart track, a water slide and a petting zoo.
There’s much more to see in Salisbury
Seniors who choose to retire in the Salisbury area never run out of enticing things to do, from museums to natural areas to amusement parks to shopping. If you live in Salisbury, you can continue doing all the activities you love at a nearby senior living community like Gull Creek. Please contact us to schedule a tour today.