The 10 Best Retirement Activities in Virginia!

Virginia is among the best states to retire in the U.S. Whether you’re interested in taking discounted adult college courses, volunteering, or enjoying the state’s many beautiful beaches, Virginia offers an abundance for the retired community. Here are the 10 best activities in the state. 

1. Birding, Highland County, VA

The Allegheny Highlands is a beautiful, small-town community with tons of fantastic birding options. Birding is a favorite pastime for the retired, and the Highlands is one of the best spots in the state to enjoy it.

2. Take a college course at George Mason University

Many colleges offer free or discounted college courses to the elderly and retired. George Mason University offers non-degree courses to bolster your skills and pursue your interests. Keep the mind strong and expand your horizons by learning about one of your passions.

3. Volunteer with SPCA or Lions Club

Virginia has a ton of fantastic volunteer opportunities ranging from political organizations to the SPCA and the Lions Club. Whether you’re saving the life of an abandoned pup or helping out your local community, it’s important to give back. With your extra free time, why not join the cause? 

4. Remodel the house

From Alexandria’s Village Hardware to Norfolk’s Meadowbrook Hardware, there’s a great local Virginia hardware store near you. Support these local stores as you pursue a home improvement endeavor. Always wanted to put new floors in your kitchen? Looking to redo the bathroom? Now is your chance. 

5. Usher at one of Virginia’s great concert houses

Whether you prefer the Richmond Symphony, the Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, or the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, find a way to become an usher. That way you can help others as well as take in a little culture.

6. Take up a hobby

Virginia has a wide variety of craft stores, from Jerry’s Artarama to Clayworks Supplies, as well as a mass of other stores to find special interests. Why not make your free time worthwhile and pursue an artistic endeavor? You can also check out the Charlottesville Crafts & Art Galley, which features local Virginia artists. 

7. Go shopping at Tysons Corner

Virginia has an incredible antiquing culture as well as high-end shopping malls like Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria. Spend a little of your hard-earned retirement. Splurge a little and get that piece of clothing you always wanted. 

8. Enjoy the beach

In Virginia, you’re never too far from the water. Stop by any spot on the Chesapeake Bay or the Virginia Beach oceanfront to enjoy the sand and waves.

9. Explore the state

Virginia is one of the most diverse states in the union. From the beach on the eastern shore to the Blue Ridge Mountains, you can experience many different kinds of terrain. Go on a road trip and explore the small-town farmland and big cities of Virginia. 

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10. Experience Virginia’s history

Virginia is the oldest state in the country and as such has some of the most interesting history. Take a trip to the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown to learn about the country’s colonial days before heading up north to see Revolutionary War and Civil War battle sites. 

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