Choosing to retire is a significant decision—but choosing where to retire is even more important. How do you find a community that is engaging, but still offers plenty of leisure activities? If you like to be immersed in culture and beauty, Delaware County, Pennsylvania might be the place for you.

With its variety of historic attractions, entertainment options, and intricate gardens, Delaware County has endless choices for retirees to explore—and you’ll never be looking for activities to do. Take a look at a few of the places where you could retire in Delaware County:

Nether Providence Township, Pennsylvania

Just 15 miles southwest of Philadelphia, Nether Providence Township offers a close-knit community with easy access to the city—so you get the best of both worlds. Nether Providence emerged as a high-quality residence after the Civil War, as wealthy Philadelphians transformed the once-farming-focused town into a luxury resort location. Eventually, it became a beautiful residential area, and today it offers everything from cultural treasures to nature paths. Here are a few things Nether Providence Township has to offer:

  • The Thomas Leiper House: Nether Providence Township’s history stretches back all the way to the Revolutionary War. Thomas Leiper played an extensive role in the development of the early United States not just in the Revolutionary War, but also as an early railroad pioneer, and his summer home is located in the heart of Nether Providence Township. This house is just one example of the extensive opportunities residents have to share in Delaware County’s rich history.
  • Furness Park: If you enjoy quiet walks through nature, Nether Providence Township has plenty of parks and walkways for you to take advantage of. This 17-acre park is a beautiful place to take a walk or go on a picnic, as the township wishes to preserve the park’s environment and provide residents with a natural sanctuary.
  • Smedley Park: If you visit the Leiper House, you can conclude your day with a walk through Smedley Park. With over 140 acres, Smedley Park is a popular attraction for Nether Providence Township Residents. Wooded paths and walking bridges make it a perfect place to spend a quiet summer afternoon.

Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

If you’re looking for a relaxing place to retire, Glen Mills offers you something a little farther away from the hustle and bustle of Philadelphia. If you don’t want to relax all the time, though, you won’t run out of things to do in Glen Mills.  Here are just a couple:

  • Golf Course at Glen Mills: On a warm spring day, there’s nothing better than a good round of golf. This particular course also allows you to invest in the community, because it serves as a career and technical education program for students at Glen Mills Schools. You get to enjoy playing golf—and you get to invest in the future generations of the community.
  • Newlin Grist Mill: With 160 acres to explore, Newlin Grist Mill is the perfect place for you to spend your time if you love history—and retiring in Glen Mills gives you easy access to it. It serves as a place of both education and recreation, allowing you to tour the mill, attend a blacksmithing demonstration, or simply walk through the gardens. No matter how many visits you take, you’ll always find something new to explore.

Media, Pennsylvania

The attractions in Media are endless. Located 12 miles southwest of Philadelphia, Media is affectionately known as “Everybody’s Hometown.” This town is known for its friendliness and close-knit community. If you want to know what it’s like living there, check out what these attractions have to offer:

  • Tyler Arboretum: This non-profit garden is one of the oldest arboreta in the northeastern United States, and if you enjoy flora and fauna, you’ll love your experience in this garden. It’s open almost every day of the year, and it has 650 acres for you to explore.
  • Pennsylvania Veterans Museum: Media also offers a rich history for residents to embrace. The Pennsylvania Veterans Museum has a variety of exhibits, from D-Day to the Korean War, for education and remembrance. It’s a great place to go and learn more about U.S. history, especially if you take family members who come to visit.
  • Media Theatre for the Performing Arts: As Delaware County’s only professional music theatre, the Media Theatre for the Performing Arts will give you a high-society theatre feeling in the comfort of a small town you love. It’s perfect for a night of entertainment—and the mix of new and classic works will never leave you disappointed.

Discover the Best of Pennsylvania

Delaware County has a lot to offer—a rich history, beautiful scenery, and welcoming culture. These are some of the best places to retire in Delaware County, and the advantages of retiring in Delaware County are many. 

Acts Retirement-Life Communities has two retirement communities located in Delaware County, giving you the perfect opportunity to take advantage of everything it has to offer. Lima Estates, with its state-of-the-art fitness center and indoor swimming pool, is an excellent community for those who want to stay active. Granite Farms Estates offers views of rolling hills and an easy 30-minute commute to Center City, Philadelphia. Whether you’re taking advantage of your community’s amenities or going out and exploring the local attractions, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the finest parts of Delaware County—and Acts would love to help you get started.