Activites for Seniors in the Florida Keys: Part I
Travelers at any various stages of “seniorhood,” whether it’s near retirement or post-retirement, can discover and enjoy events, attractions and elements of interest in the Florida Keys.
This page is intended to provide practical tips and as well as spotlight some of travel opportunities for senior travelers.
The Upper Keys:
In Key Largo and Islamorada, where KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has two exclusive locations -Mariners Resort Villas & Marina and the Historic Tavernier Inn
Where to Play
From Key Largo to Key West, the musical and performing arts flourish with enticing performances.
Visitors interested in literature can find both history and inspiration in Key West.
Visual artists can be found literally from one end of the Keys to the other.
The Florida Keys are home to South Florida’s only nonprofit, independent film multiplex, and lovers of classics can revel in an annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival held each year in Key Largo.
Jazz lovers can enjoy poolside tropical gardens, a wine bar that is open to the public and jazz in the garden Sunday evenings, at a Key West hidden gem, The Gardens Hotel, a historic boutique property at 526 Angela St.
The Middle Keys:
In the Middle Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has the Village at Hawks Cay Villas on Duck Key, Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina and the Coral Lagoon Resort Villas & Marina vacation rentals in Marathon
The colorful history of Key West incorporates shipwreck treasures and artifacts, renowned artists, literary legends, a cigar-making heyday and a vibrant past as a bustling seaport. The area’s historic and cultural richness is preserved, spotlighted and celebrated in the island city’s many museums.
Insider’s Tip: Join the Time Travelers Program
As a card-carrying member of the Key West Art & Historical Society (KWAHS) you are entitled to discount admission and other benefits to hundreds of museums around the country — including 8 in Florida — through the Time Travelers Program. Just present your membership card and receive discounts on admission, parking, gift shops, museum restaurants, and more!
Become a KWAHS volunteer. Contact volunteer coordinator John Rouge at email@example.com.
In the Lower Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has the Coral Hammock Resort Villas and Kings Point Marina & Condominiums vacation rentals
Art Classes, Crafts, Fitness
In Marathon, The Art Studio, located at 12535 Overseas Highway, MM 53.6 oceanside, is filling a much-needed Middle Keys creative niche. Offerings include workshops to learn painting in oil, watercolors and acrylic, as well as sculpting and painting pottery.
The studio specializes in workshops and classes, many spanning two-hour time slots for a two-week period. Subjects include throwing clay, fusing glass, creating jewelry and painting and glazing self-selected ceramics.
Open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon – Thu, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri – Sat. Contact 305-289-9013.
Morada Way University, part of the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District at mile marker (MM) 81.5 in Islamorada, offers seasonal classes, November through April each year, taught by professional artists and art educators. Small class sizes and personalized instruction characterize the more than 30 curriculum choices, including cooking, visual arts, sculpting, pottery, gardening, figure drawing, photography and more. Children are also welcome to join adult participants.
Saturday morning classes available at Morada Way Clay, 140 Morada Way, (MM 81.5); classes are $40 for two hours, 10 students maximum, for any experience level. A complete listing of classes is available at moradawayclay.com.
Instructor: Samantha Decker-Hoppen
Students learn to turn clay into coffee mugs or bowls, then learn techniques in texturing, carving and design application.
Monday evenings and private classes also available.
Key Largo Library periodically offers free art classes, 101485 Overseas Highway (MM 101.4). Supplies provided. Wednesdays
Florida Keys Quilters meet the first Saturday of each month at the Key Largo Library community room, 101485 Overseas Highway (MM 101.4). New quilters welcome. For more information contact call Mary Lou Wilkinson at 305-852-1183 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior fitness programs also are offered throughout the Keys, structured around health, exercise and wellness, helping adults live healthy, active lifestyles to promote improved flexibility, balance, coordination and agility.
Key Largo Yoga offers senior yoga and stretch classes for all experience levels, as well muscular strength and range of motion classes for muscular strength, joint mobility and increased cardiovascular endurance. Classes range from 45 to 60 minutes and are offered several times a week. Key Largo Yoga, 99198 Overseas Highway (MM 99), Suite 9, Key Largo (305) 879-0377.
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