The 10 Best Retirement Activities in Massachusetts!

Ahh, retirement…just the mention of the word allows many to breathe a sigh of relief. Others worry that they won’t have enough to do. That shouldn’t be a concern in the Bay State! In fact, Massachusetts offers many activities that retirees will love. Here are our favorites. 

1. City of Festivals, Pittsfield, MA

Tucked away in the Berkshires is Pittsfield, Massachusetts, which has long been called the City of Festivals. The first agricultural and county fair was held in this town back in 1810, and they haven’t stopped holding them there since. In addition are festivals celebrating music, art, culture and food—all of which are perfect events for retirees to enjoy.

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2. Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

Read the books you never had time to read, but also check out the many programs the library offers to retirees.

3. Cayman Charters, Gloucester, MA

Perhaps you are a fan of the TV show “Wicked Tuna.” Now that you’re retired, book a deep-sea fishing expedition with the company made famous by the show.

4. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Sure, you may have visited the Museum of Fine Arts prior to retiring, but now you can truly take it all in. Beyond exhibits, they offer programs in art and culture that instill a deeper knowledge—and love—for a diverse assortment of mediums.

5. Peace Love SUP, Multiple locations

Retirement leaves plenty of time to learn a new sport and improve your health at the same time. Peace Love SUP will teach you the popular sport of paddle boarding. Choose from learning on a pond or along the Massachusetts shore. 

6. Highfields Golf & Country Club, Grafton, MA

Perfect your swing. Prepare for a tournament. Bring your husband, wife or significant other into the wonderful world of golf. Highfields Golf & Country Club is one of the best Massachusetts spots to do all the above.

7. Worcester Animal Rescue League, Worcester, MA

One of the greatest ways to spend your retirement time is by volunteering to help support a good cause. The Worcester Animal Rescue League is a non-profit animal shelter who is always looking for help with animal care, office support, staffing special events, and working on creative projects. Visit their website to find out how you can get started! 

8. Helen’s Kitchen Cooking School, Natick, MA

Spending your retirement days cooking can be a relaxing and rewarding experience. Sharpen your skills or learn something new about culinary creations with Helen’s Cooking School. Helen offers a variety of public classes, ranging from great ways to prepare vegetables, to Spanish tapas, to all kinds of pasta preparation.  

9. Five College Learning in Retirement, Northampton, MA

This association, formed by Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and University of Massachusetts-Amherst features a variety of peer-led seminars and workshops for those looking to expand their education in retirement. Programs to enroll in include seminars such as “the American West,” “Poetry & American Civil War,” “Basic Drawing,” and much more! 

10. Indigo Fire Studio, Belmont, MA

Indigo Fire Studio strives to provide a non-intimidating atmosphere for potters, so beginners can comfortably start their experience in pottery making. Sign up for one of their classes, opt to take a private lesson, or join in on one of their awesome workshops.   

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