10 Places to Take Grandma and Grandpa This Summer

Summer offers so many outdoor and outing opportunities for older family members.

grandparents and grandkids walking in the park

Here are some ideas for the whole family to take part in.

  1. Picnic in the park
  2. A visit to a botanic garden. See A Botanical Garden Visit for more information.
  3. Attend a play, concert or go to see a movie.
  4. Lunch at a favorite spot.
  5. Shopping for needed items or just for fun.
  6. Take a scenic drive in the city, country, or backcountry. See National Parks Pass for Seniors for information on an older person obtaining a pass for National Parks.
  7. Community events such as fairs, local park events, parades, farmers markets, and other events sponsored by your city or county.
  8. Butterfly pavilion, aquarium, zoo, animal sanctuaries or other animal habitats.
  9. Library to check out books, movies, or to attend story time with a younger grandchild. Check out Great Library Resources for Older Persons.
  10. Sporting events such as watching a baseball game, watching a child play soccer or baseball, playing golf, bowling, or miniature golf. Also consider backyard games. See 10 Timeless Games to Play for ideas on outdoor games.


  • Check places and events for accessibility ahead of time if needed.
  • Consider how much walking is involved and if there are places to rest, depending on your situation.
  • Watch the weather and consider hats, jackets, umbrellas, and sunscreen.
  • Always a great idea to pack snacks and water for anyone who might need it. If medicines need to be taken, taking water on trips is always a good idea.
  • Consider your older loved ones routine which might include rest times, snacks, and medicine.

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