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Herndon, Virginia, is a great place to retire. With a low poverty rate, high property values, and exceptional quality of life, more and more seniors are flocking to this temperate region. Herndon’s springs boast colorful blossoms and luscious trees. The summer is warm but not scorching, and the cool season is relatively mild, usually with just one or two snowfalls.

Seniors looking for activities in Herndon may want to begin their search at the Herndon Senior Center Council. Featuring a wide range of activities, advice about finding local services, and a thriving community of active seniors, the Senior Center Council is like a one-stop shop for the newly retired.

Looking for something else to do? Check out these great options.

1. Senior Resource Centers

A number of sites can connect you to local services and events in and around Herndon. Check out these options:

  • SeniorNavigator: A VirginiaNavigator product, this website offers referrals to financial and legal advisors, as well as an evolving roster of recommended activities.

  • Attractions in Herndon: This easy-to-navigate site provides details about each of Herndon’s neighborhoods, as well as information on upcoming events.

2. Volunteer Opportunities

For many seniors, retirement means having more time, and therefore more opportunities to give back. Check out All Ages Read Together, which promotes early literacy in low-income children. The Herndon Senior Center Council often seeks volunteers. Right now, they’re looking for people to sew teaching dolls for children at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. Animal lovers may be interested in walking dogs or tending to cats at the Fairfax County Humane Society.

3. Museums and Culture

Herndon is just a short trip down the road from D.C.’s sprawling metropolis, where you can spend the day touring museums on the National Mall. For something a little closer to home, try taking a self-guided walking tour of Historic Downtown Herndon. Or check out ArtSpace Herndon, a community art gallery that features world-class art and a wide range of art-themed events.

4. Outdoor Activities

If you love the great outdoors, there’s always something to do in Herndon. Spend the day at Herndon Centennial Golf Course, which is open to the public. Walk the Nature Trail and take in the lush falls at Frying Pan Farm Park. During the summer, stock up on fresh produce at the Herndon Farmers Market. Meadowlake Botanical Garden is open year-round. It features an exceptional light show during the holiday season and a revolving display of blooms and greenery. For a truly unique outdoor experience, visit the only National Park dedicated to the performing arts, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

5. For the Grandkids

If you’re looking for a fun day with the grandkids, look no further than these family-friendly options:

6. Food and Shopping

Hoping to stroll through a mall and grab a delicious bite to eat? Try these options:

Arbor Terrace Herndon offers a vast array of activities, ranging from celebrations and fine dining to yoga classes and volunteer opportunities. Learn more about our all-in-one approach to senior living by stopping by or scheduling a visit.

Nicole Ramsey

About the Author: Nicole Ramsey

Nicole comes to us with over 24 years of office management and financial analysis experience. She has a master's degree in Business Administration, is a US Navy veteran and a former business owner. She has had a passion for seniors from a very young age. When not at work she enjoys reading, traveling, cheering on her favorite sports teams and spending time with her loved ones.

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