“There are also great walking trails and beautiful parks in Jefferson City.”

Otis and Dot Baker

Jefferson City is a safe, friendly community and a great place for retirees to relax and enjoy life. There are many opportunities for activities and places to meet with your friends and family.

Getting Out and Active
Our city is fortunate to have three YMCAs and the Sam B. Cook Healthplex. Weight rooms, indoor swimming pools, walking tracks, tennis, pickleball, and racquetball are all available for retired individuals. If you’re interested in golf, you’ll want to visit Hough Park and the two country clubs. We’re members of Meadow Lake Acres Country Club, and it’s a great place for relaxed dining, special events, golfing, and enjoying its beautiful outdoor swimming pool. There are also great walking trails and beautiful parks in Jefferson City. Most mornings, my husband takes our goldendoodle for a long walk around the lake at McKay Park. Speaking of dogs, the city also provides a very nice fenced-in park in north Jefferson City where you can let your furry friend run and play.

Fresh Brewed Mornings
A great way to start the morning is by meeting a few other retired friends at Panera Bread, Dunn Brothers, Coffee Zone, or High Rise Bakery. People are so warm and friendly in our city, and soon you will find new friends while enjoying breakfast or just having coffee.

Making Life a Picnic
There are many wonderful restaurants and plenty of fast food available in Jefferson City. We enjoy ordering takeout and having a picnic at Binder Lake or Noren River Access, one of our favorite places where we can watch the Missouri River and enjoy the view of the Missouri State Capitol. And soon there will be a new recreation area in the city — Adrian’s Island.

There’s a Club for That
In addition to the usual array of social and service clubs, many of the local banks offer travel clubs that sponsor wonderful trips to places like the Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock, events in St. Louis and Kansas City, and vacation trips throughout the United States and Europe. A group called Learning in Retirement is extremely active in Jefferson City. This is a great way to meet people and get involved in their many activities. To become a member, you can visit their Lincoln University webpage or contact the club at (573) 681-6152.

Whether you’re here to stay or just visiting, we invite you to join the fun days of retirement here in Jefferson City!

Otis and Dot Baker have lived in the Jefferson City area for 52 years. Otis is retired from the Missouri Department of Education and occasionally substitute teaches in the Blair Oaks School District. Dot worked for Naught-Naught Insurance Agency for 32 years before her retirement in 2007. Otis and Dot have two sons; one now lives in Chicago and the other lives in Jefferson City with his wife and two children. They are convinced there is no better place to live, raise a family, and retire.