Becoming and staying socially connected ranks as one of the most important aspects of retirement. Lawrence sets the stage for a host of activities and opportunities to fill up your social calendar – or gives you options to have as little or as much activity as you want. With its mid-western friendly vibe, connecting with others quickly, or becoming a destination for family visitors is easy, affordable, and – most of all – fun.
For the sports lover, Lawrence is filled with a lively love for the Kansas Jayhawks. However, Lawrence cheers for many other sports including the Kansas City Royals, the Kansas City Chiefs, and Sporting Kansas City. Lawrence also has a sports pavilion that allows anyone wanting to join in to have competitive or leisurely fun. This active-lifestyle city does a great job of not leaving anyone on the sidelines.
Fine and performing arts experiences in Lawrence are abundant. World class entertainment venue the Lied Center offers performances by renowned groups including the Russian National Ballet, popular artists such as Kristen Chenoweth and the Beach Boys, traveling Broadway shows such as Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, and even noted speakers including Ira Glass and Bill Clinton. Theatre goers can also enjoy shows from Theatre Lawrence, KU Theatre, and the Lawrence Arts Center while music lovers can experience the variety of the Lawrence music scene from performances by the KU School of Music and the Lawrence Community Orchestra to the Kansas State Fiddling & Picking Championships and beyond.
Conveniently located close to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and University of Kansas Medical Center, Lawrence also offers top-notch nationally ranked health care. Knowing how vital healthcare is to retirement planning, Lawrence and its surrounding communities have provided excellent choices to ensure quality healthcare options are covered.
Thinking of trying a new hobby or skill? Lawrence can help you fulfill your dreams by offering a variety of options for lifetime learning. Surrounding colleges such as the University of Kansas, Baker University, or Haskell Indian Nations University give countless options to cultivate your quest for knowledge. Similarly, there are also local groups and organizations such as Osher Lifelong Learning Institute that promote the joy of learning, while fine arts aficionados can take classes on anything from writing to ceramics to dance at the Lawrence Arts Center or the Senior Resource Center for Douglas County.