When you’re taking care of an aging in place senior, keeping them physically and mentally active helps ensure that they will stay healthier, happier and more independent. Focusing their mind on interesting activities can also help prevent memory loss as new positive memories are created. Many at-home Alabama seniors like to get out and travel, and fortunately there are several fun and exciting in-state travel destinations that your senior might enjoy, starting with these 5.

U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Located in Huntsville, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is a museum campus full of rockets, artifacts and achievements of the U.S. space program. Open 9 to 5 daily, admission prices vary depending upon the activities you’d like to take in. Here are a few of the attractions the center provides:

  • INTUITIVE Planetarium
  • National Geographic Theater
  • Bus tours of the Marshall Space Flight Center
  • Mars Grill (eatery)
  • Featured exhibits that change throughout the year

Noccalula Falls Park

Famous for its 90-foot waterfall, Noccalula Falls Park is tucked away in picturesque Gadsen. Named for a well-known Native American princess, the park is open from 9 to 5, March through October, and costs seniors only $4. For those who want to spend the night, campground or cabin accommodations are available. Other fun activities at Noccalula Falls Park include:

  • Huntington Train rides
  • Miniature golf
  • Black Creek Trails (hiking)
  • Petting Zoo
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Pioneer Village

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

According to their website: “There is always something blooming at Bellingrath Gardens!”. This 65-acre attraction in Theodore is the legacy of Southern aristocrats Walter and Bessie Bellingrath, with estate grounds that are covered in beautiful gardens that are filled year-around with colorful flowers including camellias, azaleas, roses, hydrangeas and many tropical varieties. But Bellingrath Gardens is not just about the flora, as there’s also plenty of other activities your senior might like, including:

  • Museum House
  • Conservatory
  • Live Oak Plaza
  • The Chapel
  • River Front Pavilion
  • Dwight Harrington/Exxon Mobil Bayou Boardwalk
  • Mirror Lake
  • Magnolia Café and Gift Shop

Garden-only admission is $14, while a Garden and Museum House pass costs $22. And, it’s open from 8 to 5 daily, except on major Holidays.

Gulf Coast Beaches

For seniors who like the ocean, the Gulf Coast’s famous sugar-white sand beaches and crystal blue waters offer lots of fun in the sun, including these 3: