What happens when history, beauty, technology and education come together in one location? You get Raleigh, North Carolina, known as the “City of Oaks” and the state’s capital. Raleigh lies in the gently rolling pine woods of east-central North Carolina. The combined communities of Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Durham dubbed “Research Triangle Park” is home to more than 200 high-tech research and development companies.
It’s no wonder Raleigh is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. and one of today’s most popular retirement destinations for active individuals and couples like you. Just 10 miles from the heart of Raleigh, Springmoor, a premier continuing care retirement community, offers quick access to an array of cultural arts, entertainment, history and education.
Nourish your mind
Senior living in Raleigh starts with a focus on lifelong learning. Home to North Carolina State University (NC State), Duke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Raleigh is the epicenter of personal enrichment. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers affordable general interest enrichment classes and a lecture series, and NC State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute provides non-credit short courses, study trips and special events for adults aged 50-plus.
Known as the “Smithsonian of the South,” Raleigh features plenty of high-quality, free museums and historic attractions. Visit the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh to experience life in North Carolina from its earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. Or spend an afternoon at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and roam its four floors of exhibits, live animals, gift shops and cafés.
Raleigh is a playground for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Rent a canoe, kayak, pedal boat or stand-up paddleboard at Lake Crabtree County Park, or hike the trails at William B. Umstead State Park, a park spanning more than 5,000 acres. Both parks are located in Wake County.
Cyclists may want to bike the Neuse River Greenway Trail, a paved trail stretching 27.5 miles across parks, suspension bridges, wetlands and agricultural fields and running down the eastern edge of the city. If you seek a less physical outing, tour the JC Raulston Arboretum, a nationally acclaimed garden, or attend one of its many lectures and workshops.
Indulge in the ambience
If you’re a lover of the cultural arts, look no further than Raleigh with its own ballet company, opera, symphony and theater. And you may want to keep Sundays open for guided tours at CAM Raleigh, a contemporary art museum of bold, non-traditional exhibitions by living artists.
The Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek hosts a jazz festival and features big-named artists like Tony Bennett. Or you can choose one of more than 200 shows held each year at the contemporary Durham Performing Arts Center.
While you’re enjoying a day or night of cultural arts or entertainment, why not grab a bite to eat? Bon Appetit, Zagat and Travel and Leisure all praise Raleigh for its vast selection of dining venues from traditional southern barbecue to the state’s only five-diamond restaurant.
Senior living in Raleigh offers something for everyone. Whether you’re on campus or venturing into town, Springmoor gives active adults a wealth of options for enrichment, education and entertainment. For more information about becoming a Springmoor resident, call us at 919-651-4844. We’d love to tell you more about what senior living in Raleigh has to offer.