Buckhead, Georgia, is a bustling luxury neighborhood in the heart of Atlanta. A quick drive down Peachtree lands you in Midtown, where you can enjoy Centennial Olympic Park, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and more. Or head outside of the city to Decatur, where the tagline is, “There’s a festival for that.” Active seniors can find plenty of opportunities to get moving, enjoy new hobbies, and make this chapter of life their healthiest and happiest. Here are our picks for an active retirement in Buckhead, Georgia.
Embrace the Fine and Performing Arts
Atlanta is the South’s cultural center. Check out the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. If you want to take your grandkids, attend one of the symphony’s family days, or head to Music for the Very Young. When you’re done at the symphony, walk a few steps down the breezeway to the High Museum of Art. Dance aficionados will love the Atlanta Ballet. Or for a special treat, visit the Atlanta Opera.
In Buckhead, you can shop until you drop, then get back up and shop some more, without even beginning to make a dent in all the consumer opportunities the area presents. Lenox Mall is a large luxury mall that features traditional retailers like Victoria’s Secret, as well as numerous upscale outlets. Its food court is the perfect blend of fast and fine food, and its expansive size makes it the perfect exercise destination for mall walkers.
Get Some Fresh Food
There’s a farmers market on virtually every corner in Atlanta. Many offer affordable food alongside arts, crafts, and live music. Freedom Farmers Market at the Carter Center is fully wheelchair accessible and open year-round. Piedmont Park’s Green Market is dog-friendly, set amid sprawling acres of greenery, and located right next to a massive playground for the grandkids.
Atlanta weather is unpredictable, but one thing is constant: The city is cold for only three months of the year, and sometimes even less often than that. There are hundreds of parks in this tree-filled city, but one of the best spots is the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Offering classes on topics such as orchid care and vegetable gardening, special events such as the Atlanta Orchid Show, and even live performances in the garden, ABG is the perfect one-stop shop for nature lovers.
Head to a Senior Center
Fulton County Senior Services offers myriad classes, support groups, and other options for seniors at the county’s senior centers. Its Congregate Meal Program allows you to enjoy a daily meal with others, while special events and classes like yoga can help you remain active year-round.
Enjoy a Festival
If you love the outdoors, art, and meeting new people, you're in the right place. Atlanta is home to hundreds of festivals throughout the year. Here are some of the best:
- The AJC Decatur Book Festival, which features both local and national authors, as well as endless booths full of books.
- Oakhurst Porchfest, which turns the neighborhood of Oakhurst into a walkable concert. Sit on a porch and listen to bluegrass, folk, hip-hop, and other local flavors.
- The Atlanta Jazz Festival, which brings jazz musicians from all over the world to Piedmont Park.
- Music Midtown, which offers a vast lineup that includes newcomers, pop musicians, indie artists, and the greats of bygone eras.
Renaissance on Peachtree supports seniors’ efforts to achieve their active living goals. Those who need a little extra help can get support through our assisted living community while still enjoying special events, regular classes, and plenty of socialization. We’d love to talk to you about how we can help you shape your Buckhead, Georgia, retirement. Give us a call to learn more!