May 3rd, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Butler Has The Jeep… and much more for Senior Visitors

Butler, PA has been selected as one of the 20 Best Small Towns in America by Smithsonian Magazine.  In fact it rated #7 on the listing of the best towns with a population under 20,000 (see below). With a population of 13,800 and the seat of Butler County, senior visitors discover “an American Classic.”

Proud of its 200 year history, Butler played a major role in the steel, railroad cars, and automotive industries and is the birthplace of the Jeep. The City is also home to historic Pullman Park and a new team Butler BlueSox.  Butler gets its name from Maj. Gen. Richard Butler, who fell at the Battle of the Wabash, also known as St. Clair’s Defeat. City-Data provides lots of information for seniors prior to a visit.

Butler County

Seniors are welcome to enjoy the sights and attractions, from award-winning campgrounds and hotels to endless outdoor amenities. Explore Butler‘s museums, take a photographic trip around beautiful Butler County, relax at a day spa or unwind in a fishing boat, uncork a bottle of wine and taste the wonderful foods prepared for you from one of some amazing restaurants.

The Jeep and Lots of Things For Seniors To Do

The town is especially recognized as birthplace of the Jeep, built by the American Bantam Car Company in 1940. Jeep exhibits as well as others detailing the area’s history can be seen at the Butler County Heritage Center located downtown.

Nearby water-based recreation areas include the Clarion and Allegheny Rivers, Moraine State Park’s Lake Arthur, (great birding, by the way!), and the 300-acre Curwensville Dam. Beginning in the spring, Butler County offers canoeing, sailing, power boating, hiking, live theater, horseback riding, waterslides, golf, camping, craft fairs, and flea markets, some of which feature over 400 vendors. Seniors who love outdoor activities will find plenty to do from camping, antiquing and mini-golf. I love interactive maps.  This one will take you all around the county and points out some great stops. How about a visit to a fine winery or a farm show or an historic house, the Lowrie/Shaw House? There are lots of things for seniors to enjoy.

From the Berkshires to the Cascades, the Smithsonian Magazine crunched the numbers and pulled a list of some of the most interesting spots around the country that include: Red Bank, N.J.; Mill Valley, Calif.; Gig Harbor, Wash.; Durango, Colo.; Butler, Pa.; Marfa, Texas; Naples, Fla.; Staunton, Va.; Brattleboro, Vt.; Princeton, N.J.; Brunswick, Maine; Siloam Springs, Ark.; Menomonie, Wis.; Key West, Fla.; Laguna Beach, Calif.; Ashland, Ore.; Beckley City, W.Va., and Oxford, Miss. So as you travel along in your Jeep Cherokee, make it a point to stop in to spend some time in any of these now famous towns.  Enjoy each.  jeb

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