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10 Things to Do in Bridgewater, NJ, for Seniors and Their Families

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Visiting Bridgewater, New Jersey, to see if Laurel Circle is right for you? Just moved in and looking to explore the area? Bridgewater is bustling with family-friendly, intellectually stimulating, entertaining and plain old fun activities for seniors to enjoy with their friends and family. If you’re wondering what to do in Bridgewater, NJ, here are a few ideas:

1. Catch a Somerset Patriots baseball game at the TD Bank Ballpark. Baseball is an American pastime everyone can enjoy. Whether you’re a sports fan or just like to be part of the excitement, a summer night at a Patriots game is sure to be a fun-filled evening with fireworks, prize giveaways and special guest appearances. This is a great way to spend time with your family and take the grandkids on an inexpensive and action-packed outing.

2. Appreciate nature and take in the scenic views at Duke Farms. This wonderful spot of land is just a 10-15 minute drive from Laurel Circle and offers quiet, beautiful places to read, meditate, bird-watch, or take a stroll with your partner. Duke Farms aims to educate users of the land about sustainability and environmental conservation. It offers educational programs, demonstrations and research, as well as a pleasant place to be.

3. Get your game on at Yestercades. This arcade is meant to throw you back a few decades to when video games were a bit simpler. Another great outing for the whole family, you can enjoy food and drink while watching the grandkids play Pac-Man and air hockey, or you can get in there and show them how it’s done!

4. Sip a glass of wine at Old York Cellars. This one’s for all the wine lovers out there. Once you’re all shopped out at Bridgewater Commons shopping center, enjoy a well-earned glass of wine at Old York Cellars, or sample a variety of wines, accompanied by some light bites. This is also a great place to pick up gifts for special occasions.

5. Visit the traditional Sri Venkateswara Temple. Whether you’re a practicing Hindu or are interested in learning about Indian culture, Sri Venkateswara Temple has beautiful traditional Indian architecture and a tranquil setting to practice one’s faith.

6. Get in touch with your creative side at Pinot’s Palette. Art novices and Michelangelos alike are welcome at this paint-and-sip venue, where both the wine and creative juices will flow as an instructor leads the studio to create individual masterpieces. It’s fun to see the slight twist each artist brings to their canvas. This is a great lighthearted activity to do with a friend or partner. Together you can connect over trying something new and different while laughing at yourselves. Or, go by yourself and make a couple of new friends.

7. Go for a hike in Washington Valley Park. Just a 10-minute drive from Laurel Circle is Washington Valley Park, where you can hike trails with plenty of scenic peaks and valleys, lakes and rivers, and a waterfall. Hikers say the area is quiet and peaceful, the perfect getaway for an afternoon of doing your mind and body some good.

8. Go on a day trip to NYC. Laurel Circle is conveniently located just an hour’s drive from the Big Apple. See a show on Broadway, visit one of many tourist attractions, and do just about anything and everything else you can think of. Head out in the morning and spend the day there, or go for a weekend. The possibilities are endless.

9. Play I-Spy at Elysium Antiques in downtown Somerville. Hunting for gems at an antique store is a favorite pastime of many. For those of us with an appreciation for dated treasures, embrace a blast from the past at Elysium Antiques. While you’re there, you can stroll through the downtown area and enjoy all the shops and restaurants the area has to offer.

10. Time-travel back to the 1700s in the Deserted Village. In the Feltville Historic District set on the Watchung Reservation about 30 minutes from Laurel Circle is the Deserted Village, a cluster of houses dating back hundreds of years ago. The area is eerie, with myths and stories surrounding the cause of its desertion, which you can learn about at the museum in Feltville.

There’s no shortage of activities, clubs and programs to fill your days right here on campus at Laurel Circle, but if you’re the adventurous type, there’s plenty to explore beyond our neighborhood. If our ideas for what to do in Bridgewater, NJ, got you excited about the idea of living here, check out our floor plans and start thinking about which one could be yours.