The village of Webster in upstate New York is a desirable place for many retirees who seek a welcoming community with lots of things to do. It’s close to the city of Rochester, NY, and just a few hours’ drive away from Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada. There are lots of things for seniors to enjoy in Webster NY and the surrounding area, from beautiful nature, to arts and cultural attractions.
If you or a loved one is thinking about where to live in retirement, here are some reasons to consider Webster NY.
Community Feel for 200+ Years
The village of Webster’s history dates back to 1812, when the first permanent frame building was built on historic Ridge Road. Residents and visitors can learn all about the village’s history at the Webster Museum and Historical Society, which is dedicated to preserving Webster’s heritage through historical artifact collection, research, exhibits and educational programs.
Residents can also see a lot of historical buildings preserved around the Rochester area. Warner Castle in Highland Park was originally built in 1854 and still hosts events today. The Buckland Farmhouse in Rochester is another historic building with roots dating back to 1817. For seniors who want to live in a place that reveres its history, Webster respects its legacy as it continues to support the residents of today.
Website’s village atmosphere fosters community, so it’s common to see people you know when you’re engaging in local activities. As of July 2021, there were around 45,000 people living in Webster. For seniors who are interested in getting to know the people who live in their community, Webster provides lots of opportunities to do so.
Services for Seniors
Webster offers many programs for seniors who live in the area. In addition to on-site daily activities at the Castle Pointe at Baywinde, one of the top retirement communities Rochester, NY, retirees in Webster can engage in off-site senior services, too.
The Webster Senior Center serves those who are age 55 and older, offering an array of free and low-cost programming and services to promote active and healthy lifestyles. These include:
- Fitness and dance classes, including Zumba, chair yoga and stretch classes
- Day trips
- Games and cards, including bridge, bingo, rummikub, Scrabble, mahjong and euchre
- Free lunch with suggested donation for those ages 60 and older, and lunch available to others with purchase
- Lectures and education, including Bible class and estate planning classes
- Knitting club
- Singing club
- Movie showings
There are also scheduled transportation services available through the Webster Association for Senior Program Supports (W.A.S.P.S). For those needing medical equipment, the Mason Service Bureau offers a medical equipment loan closet in Webster, with medical equipment available for a refundable deposit.
The Town of Webster and Monroe County Office for the Aging and Lifespan also offer a free monthly service called Eldersource, which provides trained case management for available senior services, benefits and health insurance, including paperwork guidance. Residents have access to a variety of senior services right at the Castle Pointe at Baywinde independent senior living, as well.
Lots to Do in the Webster NY Area
Webster has lots of activities and places to explore in town and nearby. It’s easy to take a day trip to Niagara Falls or head into Canada. Webster’s is also less than 100 miles away from both Buffalo and Syracuse in New York, so it’s an ideal location for seniors who want the option to take day or weekend trips or go on scenic drives.
There’s lots to do locally in Webster. From July through October, the weekly Joe Obbie Farmers’ Market features local vendors and live music by local musicians. Visitors can shop for farm-fresh produce and artisan goods made right in the community.
The village of Webster also has diverse community spaces to visit and organizations for residents to join. These include:
- Webster Theatre Guild, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to promoting theater arts in Webster
- Friends of Webster Trails, a volunteer organization serving the Webster Parks and Recreation Department, which maintains more than 19 miles of trails within Webster’s open space
- Women’s Club of Webster, a nonprofit that coordinates volunteer services and social activities
- Kiwanis Club of Webster, which participates in service and fundraising projects for the community
- Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester, which offers people with disabilities a barrier-free, accessible and safe place to participate in sports and athletic recreation
- Friends of the Webster Public Library, a volunteer organization dedicated to stimulating public interest in the Webster Public Library
- Webster Village Band, a community concert band that puts on shows in Webster
- Webster Quilt Guild, which hosts monthly meetings for quilt making enthusiasts
In addition to getting involved with local organizations like these, Webster residents have access to lots of nature, arts, cultural and entertainment attractions. You can visit the Webster Museum to see exhibits showing Webster’s history, as well as volunteer in the museum to work on preserving Webster’s legacy.
Monroe County is home to more than a dozen beautiful parks, including the 550-acre Webster Park. The Webster Arboretum at Kent Park offers relaxing garden scenery and welcomes volunteers to help maintain the space.
There are also restaurants, movies and shopping to explore in Webster. Knucklehead Craft Brewing offers a variety of locally brewed beers with a full restaurant menu. There’s an AMC Theatres that offers a full restaurant menu and reserved seating.
You can find plenty of fun things to do in town, or drive around 10 miles to Rochester for more things to do in the city. Plus, day and weekend trip options offer even more attractions to check out.
See What Retirement Is Like in Webster NY
If you’re looking for independent living retirement options for you or a loved one, consider Webster NY. The village has a thriving retiree community that you can be a part of.
At Castle Pointe at Baywinde, there are beautiful accommodations, chef-created recipes and restaurant-style dining for all meals, plus a full schedule of programming for residents. We also have a fitness center, a greenhouse, an art center and more amenities in our pet-friendly community.