Just a Walk in the Park: Visit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

Not too far from The Cypress is over 400 acres of beautiful gardens, nature paths, numerous water fountains and the only glass house to be found in the Carolinas. The Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Charlotte is a great place to stroll around and enjoy the many flowers, orchids, heirloom plants, birds and other delights of nature.

There are so many great events and classes at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Whether you are into leisurely walks, learning, cultural events, or community involvement, there is something for everyone. We’ve compiled a list of some great ways to enjoy the gardens below.

Sip and Stroll: Every Thursday, enjoy the golden glow of the evening while sipping on your favorite beverage. Relax and unwind while strolling slowly through the many nature paths to explore. On certain evenings, you can even listen to live music at Lost Hollow’s Hillside Theatre and purchase food from local vendors.

Yoga: Whether you are a beginner or advanced level, there is a yoga class for everyone at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Come stretch, relax, and try a variety of different poses in a gentle and supportive environment with certified yoga instructors.

Birding Walks: From passenger pigeons to Northern cardinals to the Eastern whip-poor-will, there are many fantastic birds to discover in our great state of North Carolina. Bring your binoculars and follow a volunteer guide as you learn to identify birds; and observe nesting patterns among the flowers and trees of the botanical gardens at Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail. A truly great way to exercise the mind and the body while learning about the beautiful nature that surrounds us.

Volunteer: There is no better way to get to know the history, community, and all that the gardens have to offer than by volunteering and giving back to the community. By volunteering at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, you can help maintain the grounds, give guided tours to visitors, help with specific projects, or offer your unique skills such as fundraising, entertaining, teaching, or photography. Whatever your skills are, they will surely be vital to help the botanical gardens continue to grow into the future and provide delight and education for generations to come. Volunteering is a great way to make friends and meet people from all walks of life. And you can do all of this while being outside and enjoying the flowers and plants. You can get to know each garden as they change with the seasons and share what you have learned with others.

There are many other events and ways to enjoy the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. From cultural events to oyster roasts and fine art, there is truly something for everyone at the gardens. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop to peruse the many unique items available for sale and grab a cup of coffee while you are at it. There is also a glass conservatory that displays a number of different orchids and an indoor waterfall. Come and explore for yourself these pristine botanical gardens near Charlotte.

If you enjoy leisurely strolls through nature, stop by and take a tour of The Cypress of Charlotte. Multiple walking trails with lake views and gorgeous greenery wind through our campus. Contact us for more information about our beautiful, luxurious retirement community in Charlotte, NC.

Healthy Hobbies to Try This Spring

The warmer weather of spring brings a sense of renewal and reinvigoration, and this season offers the perfect opportunity to try out a new hobby. After long winter days spent indoors, spring provides the chance to step out and pick up a new activity that promotes your health while you have fun. For retirees in Charlotte, a wide range of possibilities abound to get started with an exciting, healthy hobby this spring, and here are five excellent options for active seniors.


Whether you spent decades making family dinners every night or you have generally relied on take-out, taking the time to hone your cooking skills is one of the easiest and most effective hobbies that you can take up to boost your health. Cookbooks and online classes aimed at teaching healthy and money-saving cooking tips are all over the Internet. If you learn better from an actual instructor, or would prefer to mix your cooking instruction with socializing, Charlotte offers many cooking classes in a range of healthy cuisines. In particular, Whole Foods’ Salud! Cooking School provides classes in a variety of cuisines and basic cooking techniques.


Numerous studies have shown that dancing can provide a wide range of health benefits, from improved heart health to stronger bones to lower weight. Dancing is more than just great exercise, though. Whether you’re a novice or you’ve been cutting a rug for years, dancing is fun and exciting, and joining a dance class or club can offer you the opportunity to interact with your peers. Options abound throughout Charlotte for low-cost and easily-accessible senior dance classes. At Open Door Studios, beginners and experienced dancers alike can take classes in ballet, jazz, and hip hop, while the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation department hosts line dancing classes for seniors at the West Charlotte Recreation Center.


Volunteering in your community is a great way to stay active in retirement and physically engaged with the world around you. Moreover, the benefits for your social, mental, and emotional health, provided by the sense of fulfillment and purpose produced through volunteer work, cannot be underestimated. Whether you want to become involved with an ongoing volunteer organization or you’d prefer to try out single-day volunteering opportunities, Charlotte has a wide range of options for volunteers of all ages. Hands on Charlotte maintains a helpful calendar outlining upcoming volunteering opportunities of all kinds.


The list of benefits that yoga can provide for your physical and mental health is extensive. While ongoing yoga practice can help you build physical strength, improve your cardiovascular performance, and boost your circulatory health, regular yoga sessions can also make you feel more energetic, less stressed, and more mindful. What’s more, yoga is extremely adaptable, and adults of all ages and fitness levels can adjust the range of yoga poses to meet their needs. Residents of Charlotte can take advantage of the city’s many free and low-cost yoga classes. The Pizza Peel Plaza Midwood hosts a weekly free outdoor yoga session on Mondays from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, while the Mint Museum‘s free Wednesday evening gallery tours also feature an hour-long low-priced yoga class.


Ultimately, is there any better way to boost your health and enjoy the lovely spring weather than simply going for a walk outside? Besides being excellent for your physical health, walking is extremely accessible. After all, all you need is a comfortable pair of walking shoes and a place to walk. For added social benefits, retirees in Charlotte can take advantage of the city’s many walking and hiking clubs to find company as they explore new walking paths. From women’s walking groups to walking clubs aimed specifically at retirees, Meetup can help you find the perfect walking club for your fitness level and social requirements.

Get Active at Our Retirement Community in Charlotte, NC

The vibrant and active community at The Cypress of Charlotte helps foster a healthy and active lifestyle for our retirees. As a luxury continuing care community, we offer a wide range of amenities, activities, and services that are designed to promote a fun and thriving atmosphere for our residents. To learn more about our facilities or to schedule a tour, please contact us today.

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