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Senior Savvy - Out and About

You’re active and vital, and you live in a city that is full of interesting things to do. If you desire, you can be “out and about” 24/7. Whether it’s exploring New York’s neighborhoods, visiting a museum, taking part in a health fair or signing up for a course – all around you are enticements to participate in the exciting life of the City. There are also many wonderful things to do geared just for seniors. Some useful guides to everything from services to entertainment are listed below, along with links to information about activities for older persons at local libraries, the City’s parks and recreational areas, colleges, universities and museums.

Events and Things to Do Guides

Senior Planet Resource Exchange helps you get information about services, educational programs, senior-friendly entertainment and much more. Plus, you can check out your favorite hobbies and pastimes and look for things to do in New York City that interest you.

Senior Planet Events Calendar makes it easy to stay current on discounts, special events and social happenings for older adults. The events calendar will give you new reasons to get out of the house every week!

The Official New York City Guide to Attractions (NYCGO) lists “top events,” “what to do” and “free events" among other features.

NYC ARTS, developed by the Alliance for the Arts, is a comprehensive resource for information about culture in New York and a gateway to other cultural resources. The NYC Arts Cultural Guide for Seniors provides information about cultural groups in each borough that offer programs for senior citizens and senior groups.

Activities at Your Local Library

View a complete schedule of classes, programs and exhibitions at the NY Public Library.
View the Brooklyn Public Library's events calendar.
View the Queens Public Library's event calendar.

Activities at The Department of Parks and Recreation

The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation offers a wealth of programs and activities for all ages. Find out more about upcoming events, programs, festivals, art in the parks and special interest activities on the Things to Do page.

Programs at Colleges and Universities

Age-Friendly NYC College Link is an online database promoting lifelong learning. You can search for continuing education courses, senior discounts, free auditing privileges, job training and certificate programs, GED and ESL courses, performances and lecture series and campus art galleries, museums and gyms. Whether you want to attend classes or just want to know about campus events, Age-Friendly NYC Link has something for everyone. More than 40 local NYC-area schools list their offerings.

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Most New York Museums offer discounted admission to seniors. All are wheelchair accessible, and most will also arrange programs at the museum or off-site for non-profit organizations that serve seniors, like senior centers.

Rubin Museum of Art on the first Monday of every month welcomes older adults (65+) with free admission to the galleries (regularly $5), guided visits of the galleries, tickets to film screenings, and a 10% discount on selected items in the museum’s Shop and Café. The Museum is at 150 West 17th Street.

Arts and Entertainment

Third Street Music Settlement at 235 East 11th Street in Manhattan offers adults age 50+ the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument in a band or how to sing in a chorus. All skill levels welcomed. Participants in band may bring their own instruments or rent them. For New Horizons Band, call 212-777-3240 X30. For New Horizons Chorus, call 646-395-8083.

The New York Art Students League in Manhattan welcomes students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels. Students can register and start classes at any time. There is a registration and tuition fee. Call 212-247-4510 for more information.

Henry Street Settlement's Abrons Art Center at 466 Grand Street offers fee-based programs for all ages and skill levels in dance, music, theater and the visual arts.