5 places around the country where grownups can have adventures

by Susan Barnes, AARP, May 28, 2019 | Comments: 7

kayaking at ESCAPE Camp


Kayaking is one of the many outdoor sports available at ESCAPE Camp.

Why should kids have all the summer-camp adventures? These five very different places are just right for adults who want to learn new skills or enjoy the outdoors (or do both) with other fun-loving grownups.

campers performing at SummerSongs Camp


Singing Camp

Each summer in late-July, a group of 70 singers ages 30 and up come together in Stony Brook, New York, (30 miles north of New York City) for SummerSongs. The week-long retreat in the Hudson River Valley, led by a faculty of nationally known songwriters and touring musicians, allows music lovers to immerse themselves in songwriting, singing and performance.

group of women standing in front of waterfall


Outdoorsy Camp

Adults over 50 who are looking to relive their childhoods, or perhaps experience an old-style summer camp for the first time, can attend the five-day Active Older Adults camp in late-August at Camp Chief Ouray. The 5,150-acre YMCA camp with mountains, valleys, streams and meadows is located in Granby, Colo., near Rocky Mountain National Park and about 1.5 hours northwest of Denver. The fun includes activities such as hiking, rafting, archery, canoeing, fishing and much more.

Fees are $345 for campers ages 50 to 64, and $325 for those 65 and older. You stay in double rooms with full bathrooms in one of the Snow Mountain Ranch lodges. (If you don’t have a roommate, you’ll be assigned one, or you can choose a private room for an additional $175.) Registration for the camp opens after the first of the year. Call 970-887-2648.

adults practicing archery



In its 38th summer season, ESCAPE camp, a week-long sports and fitness camp for adults, is held at Amherst College, nestled in the picturesque Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. You can choose from more than 30 activities, including morning walks, canoeing, kayaking, water volleyball, rock-wall climbing, stand-up paddling and yoga — with active days capped off with…

This article was sourced from AARP.

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