Also known as the Beehive State, Utah got its nickname from Mormons who founded the territory in July 1847. They chose the beehive to symbolize the work and cooperation needed to make the area prosper, and first named their settlement “Deseret”. On January 4, 1896, Deseret was renamed “Utah” and was officially made America’s 45th state.
After gaining statehood, the beehive stayed on as part of Utah’s flag to symbolize its motto of being industrious. While the state motto implies its citizens are or should be busy bees, Utah is actually one of the best places to retire in today.
In this article, we list some senior-friendly activities in Utah that might make you consider retiring here.
1. Admire the Scenery
Some historians claim that Utah’s name came from the native American word “Yuttahih” which meant “one that is higher up”, and Utah is definitely higher up in the mountains. With an average elevation of 6,100 feet above sea level, Utah is bounded by majestic mountain ranges like the Wasatch Mountains. You can also take a leisurely drive through scenic Highway 12 and Highway 89. If you prefer to have someone else do the driving, you can take a bus tour to Yellowstone.
2. Visit the Zoo
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is also a sight to behold, with its sprawling 42 acres that contain simulated biomes and a Savannah-like expanse. You can laugh at the antics of the primates or marvel at the pride of lions in their enclosure. Senior visitors can rent electric vehicles to assist with their mobility.
3. Look Back at Utah’s History
In downtown Salt Lake City, you can catch a glimpse of Utah’s origins. The Pioneer Memorial Museum is run by daughters of some of the state’s first settlers and houses a large collection of memorabilia and artifacts. You can visit the Fort Douglas Military Museum and the LDS Church History Museum afterwards.
4. Catch a Live Game
Utah is home to the world-famous NBA team, the Utah Jazz. You can catch the basketball action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. If football is more your style, you can watch Alliance of American Football games played by Utah’s Salt Lake City Stallions. Senior soccer fans can also enjoy Major League Soccer games by Real Salt Lake.
5. Watch a Movie or Concert
Salt Lake City hosts various outdoor events, and these include free movie showings at different parks every week during the summer, starting at 7:30 PM. Major Hollywood films, indies, classics, kid’s movies and documentaries are some selections. Reserve your blanket space at these free screenings, and you can also enjoy lawn games, giveaways and free popcorn.
Not a moviegoer? There are free concerts you can watch at the Gallivan Center through the months of May to July. Jazz, rock and big band music are all performed by local artists as you sit on the lawn.
These are just a sample of theactivities that seniors can enjoy in Utah. Should you decide to retire here, there are suburbs with properties worth perusing. One such area is Daybreak Utah, which has homes for sale. While this state isn’t the first retirement choice for seniors, Utah offers many appealing features like great scenery, free outdoor activities, rich local culture and a friendly community.