Learning is good for us as we age. It promotes social interaction, makes us happy, and stimulates our brain. And in Palm Harbor, learning is lots of fun! Not just learning about history and culture, but also about the arts, whether through a visit to a museum, taking a class in painting, attending a lively theatrical production. or hearing a concert. Here’s a look at a just a few of Palm Harbor’s arts and learning opportunities.
Palm Harbor’s Arts More Than Satisfy
- For an immersive experience, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at St. Petersburg College in Tarpon offers diverse and changing exhibits as well as collection galleries and an interactive gallery for a hands-on experience. This modern and contemporary art museum holds a collection of more than 6,000 works of 20th and 21st century art. Whether you’re exploring the galleries or reawakening your love of art through a class, LRMA strives to be a vital part of Pinellas County’s cultural landscape. Volunteer opportunities also are available
- For in-depth culture, the Carrollwood Cultural Center has it all with fine art, events and performances on stage indoors and out, a variety of classes, and even classes for kids. The goal at this unique Center is for people to come together to not only explore their artistic talents, but help shape the culture of the place where they live.
- If you’re ready to pick up a paintbrush, The Dunedin Fine Art Center offers more than 1,000 class sessions and workshops each year for children and adults taught by a staff of 70 professional artists. The goal of the Dunedin Fine Art Center is to present exciting and challenging exhibits in an accessible way, thus inviting everyone to enjoy Palm Harbor’s arts.
- Theater lovers will want to visit the historic Richey Suncoast Theatre in New Port Richey which opened in 1926 and today presents musicals, comedies and other live performances. The theater was formerly a movie house built in 1925 which was restored for use as a playhouse and community theatre.
- For the past 93 years, Francis Wilson Playhouse has been the premier venue for amazing Broadway-style productions, featuring some of the best talent in the Tampa Bay Area. In this beautiful theater, you can enjoy musicals, comedies, dramas and mysteries.
- Palm Harbor’s arts also include access to outstanding music. The Suncoast Symphony Orchestra presents a series of programs each year at various locations throughout the area. Members donate their time, so if you are a musician looking for a new audience, this might be for you!
Keep on learning
If “never stop learning” is your mantra, it’s easy at either of the two nearby Osher Lifelong Learning Centers, one at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and the other at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Both offer a variety of classes, events and opportunities to share knowledge as a teacher.
Brush up on your history at the Palm Harbor Museum, an historic home built around 1915 by Judge Thomas William Hartley, one of the area’s early settlers. The museum features a variety of exhibits on the history of Palm Harbor and surrounding communities, focusing on the period comprising first settlement in the 1800s up to the present day. Displays allow self-guided learning and discovery experiences for visitors of all ages.
There’s so much more to Palm Harbor’s arts and learning opportunities. You can become a volunteer at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa and learn all about a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial animals. Gather the grandkids and visit the American Victory Ship and Museum, a world-class, shipboard, maritime museum dedicated to honoring the men and women who built, sailed, protected and provided service through the American Merchant Fleet since 1775. Even relive Beatlemania at the Penny Lane Beatles Museum.
Enjoying Palm Harbor’s Arts & More as a Resident of St. Mark Village
If you like being in the front row when you explore the arts, you’re in the right place at St. Mark Village. Choosing our exceptional senior living community as your retirement address not only puts you in the right location for soaking up the local culture, you’ll find a long list of activities on-site for your inner artist and explorer.
For example, a robust library and regular book reviews. Armchair travel events that let you explore exotic locations without a boarding pass. Classes and lectures with fascinating speakers.
Our residents regularly go together on our motorcoach for excursions to art galleries, museums, historical sites, special events, concerts and more. Join the group for a night at Francis Wilson Playhouse. Or The Tampa Art Museum.
As a resident of St. Mark Village, you’ll keep learning. And you might just uncover your inner artist. Plus, you’ll have all of Palm Harbor’s arts and learning opportunities to draw from. As well as a carefree lifestyle with seamless access to future care options. A retirement masterpiece!
It’s your time to be excited about what lies ahead, learning new things and trying new experiences. Download our free guide, A Guide to Living Well During Retirement in Palm Harbor, Florida. Or contact us today.