With hot summers and mild winters, Decatur, Georgia is a wonderful location to retire and spend plenty of time outdoors. The area provides plenty of opportunities to explore, whether you’re a long time resident, or new to the community. Staying active in retirement has endless benefits such as improved cognition and better physical health.

Assisted living communities in Decatur, GA make it easy to stay active and enjoy the outdoors by offering their own opportunities, as well as their proximity to activities in the larger community. You’ll be sure to find something to do to stay active, soak up the sun, and take in the fresh air. Here are some of the most popular outdoor activities to explore while living in an assisted living community in Decatur, GA. 

Scenic Nature Walks

Decatur, GA is home to many parks with walking paths to explore and take in the scenery. In addition to enjoying the fresh air, you’ll feel good getting exercise. Many assisted living communities offer transportation to local spots, and even their own set of walking paths around the community, if you prefer to stay close to home. 

Enjoy a Picnic at Glenlake Park

Glenlake Park offers plenty of greenery, tennis courts, grills, and more. With picnic tables available in serene spots across the park, you can grab lunch to-go from the assisted living community and enjoy it at a table or under the pavilion. Take in the fresh air and enjoy good conversation with friends over a delicious meal, any time of year, because there is great weather year-round in Decatur. 


Whether you enjoy planting vegetables, fruits, herbs, or flowers, Decatur offers a pristine climate to try exercising your green thumb. If you have a patio connected to your apartment, set up some potted plants or vertical flower boxes to plant an array of blooms. If not, join the community’s gardening events, where you can volunteer to arrange flower beds and maintain the gardens along the property. 

Check out the Atlanta Botanical Garden

If gardening isn’t your cup of tea, but you enjoy greenery and flora, consider a trip to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Take a walk through the gardens, see the feeding of amphibians and learn about beautiful, unusual orchids. You could spend hours learning and enjoying the Gardens. 

Bird Watching

While sitting on the patio within your assisted living community, or walking through the park, keep an eye out for some of the many beautiful, native birds of Georgia. The Atlanta Audubon is one of the most popular places for the birds to inhabit. Grab a friend, a bird guide, and a pair of binoculars and see what you can find! 

Explore Historic, Decatur Square

In addition to scenic parks, Decatur offers the fast paced, hustle and bustle of a small city. those that appreciate scenic downtown views will enjoy taking a walk through the historic Decatur Square.  Enjoy all the shops and restaurants the Square has to offer while learning about the history of the city.

Try New Things at Decatur’s Farmers Market

Decatur’s Farmers Market runs a majority of the year. Here, you’ll find local products, produce and artisans selling their unique crafts. Hop on the community transportation to try something new or grab something for your own recipe at the market this year. 

Catch an Outdoor Concert

Who doesn’t love music? The Decatur Square hosts outdoor concerts in the spring and fall, when the weather is perfect. Attend one of the concerts to hear up and coming local musicians. Or, take a ride to Atlanta to explore one of the many outdoor concert venues to hear live music. 

Regardless of your interests, there’s plenty of things to do outdoors around Decatur, and nearby Atlanta. For more ideas on staying active in retirement, download our “Busy Person’s Guide to Recreation in Retirement'', here. Inside you’ll find more benefits to staying active and tips for fun and exciting activities, regardless of your physical abilities. Also learn about the importance of nutrition as we age, and how assisted living communities can support you in your goals of aging actively and gracefully.

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