Homage | 10 Senior-Friendly Nature Retreats in Klang Valley for Senior Activities

10 Senior-Friendly Nature Retreats in Klang Valley

Time spent in nature is beneficial towards healthy ageing. Here, we’ve listed places for you to bring your senior parents closer to nature.

by Calvyn Ee

Green Spaces and Healthy Ageing

Green spaces – referring to parks and other areas lush with vegetation within a city – aren’t just an area suitable for exercising; they’re also great places to spend quality time with your loved ones. Moreover, a study published in late-June this year found that people living close to many green spaces added as much as 2.5 years to their lives. While the study does have its limitations – such as the impact of “race, sex and socioeconomic status,” as well as the type and quality of these green spaces, it’s still an important cornerstone that shows the healing power nature provides us.

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Just think about it: every time you visit a green space away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, you’ll find yourself feeling much calmer and content than if you were at home. Even for your elderly loved ones, nature will have its own way of soothing their soul. Given the importance of being closer to nature, it would do you well to spend more time with them in these green spaces to help maintain their well-being and foster closer ties with the ones you care about.

The Klang Valley is home to many green spaces, many of which are accessible via car and/or public transportation. All of these locations are sure to give you and your loved ones a great deal of comfort, relaxation, and a side dose of fun, too.

Here are the 10 nature spots in Klang Valley to bring your senior parents for outdoor activities:

  • Titiwangsa Lake Garden
  • Perdana Botanical Garden
  • Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
  • Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park
  • Putrajaya Botanical Garden
  • Kuala Lumpur Forest Eco Park
  • Shah Alam Lake Garden
  • Bukit Jalil Recreational Park
  • Farm in The City
  • 99 Wonderland Park

Senior-Friendly Nature Retreats to Visit

Titiwangsa Lake Garden

Taman Tasik Titiwangsa | Source: Visit Selangor

Source: Visit Selangor

  • Location: Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Opening Hours: Daily, 6 am to 10 pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Parking: Free parking available

Formerly known as Taman Jalan Kuantan, it was renamed to Titiwangsa Lake Garden (Taman Tasik Titiwangsa in Malay) in 1980 in reference to the Titiwangsa mountain range, often considered the backbone of Peninsular Malaysia. The name was chosen as the park’s landscape and atmosphere reflected that which can be found in the Titiwangsa mountain range.

Like most of the lakes in and around the Klang Valley, the garden’s lake was formed from the tin mining activities of yore. The Titiwangsa Lake Garden has a total area of 46.13 hectares (114 acres) and is only 3km to the north-east of Kuala Lumpur. The lake may be the main attraction, but there are still plenty of things you can do in the garden, from jogging to picnicking and even canoeing.

For your elderly loved ones, a jog around the park might be a good idea to keep fit. Considering the size of the Lake Garden, you won’t even need to walk the entire length and breadth of it. There is also the Titiwangsa Outdoor Parcourse which has various manual exercise machines available to use. If you have kids and your senior loved ones love spending time with their grandchildren, the Titiwangsa Splash Park may be a fun place to splash around; admission to the Splash Park is free. For loved ones who are photography enthusiasts, you can also take beautiful shots of the KL skyline from here.

There are also vendors around the Lake Garden area that sell a variety of snacks and refreshments if you need to cool off. A cafe called White & Black Lakeside Tasik Titiwangsa opens from 10.30 am to 9 pm, where you can have a nice meal with your loved ones after a great day spent at the Lake Garden.

Perdana Botanical Garden

Perdana Botanical Garden for Senior Activities | Source: elephantsandmangoes.blogspot.com

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  • Location: Jalan Kebun Bunga, Tasik Perdana, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Opening Hours: 6.30 am to 10 pm (open on public holidays)
  • Admission: Free
  • Parking: Free parking is available; paid multi-storey parking also available near the Royal Malaysian Police headquarters

Formerly known as the Perdana Lake Gardens, this lovely park has an area of 91.6 hectares (226 acres) and is located in close proximity to many other nature sights, including a conservatory garden, a sunken garden, as well as both the KL Butterfly Park and KL Bird Park. The Botanical Garden makes for a great place to start if you’re looking to do a back-to-back nature tour with your senior loved ones.

The park was originally established in 1889, making it the oldest public park in Kuala Lumpur. It was repurposed as a botanical garden in 2011. As such, it’s home to a variety of tropical flora, but you’ll also see a variety of fauna in and around the garden; in fact, wild otters were spotted back in 2020. Perdana Lake (formerly Sydney Lake, named after the wife of the then-British Resident Advisor to Selangor, Frank Swettenham) remains the center point of the garden, a pristine lake surrounded by greenery and various paths to many different sights.

You can also find a herbarium that stores various dried plants for scientific/botanical studies, the Instagram-worthy Laman Perdana with its beautiful canopy, and an interpretation centre where you can learn more about the garden itself and the plants found here.

Given how big the overall area is, you can split several sights over the course of separate visits on different days. That includes the KL Bird Park and KL Butterfly Park, which are all not far from the Perdana Botanical Garden.

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park suitable for Senior Activities | Source: Viator.com

Source: Viator.com

  • Location: 920 Jalan Cenderawasih, Taman Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Opening Hours: 9 am to 6 pm (including school and public holidays)
  • Admission
    • For MyKad holders
      • Adults: RM45
      • Children between 3-11 years, and seniors above 60 years old: RM20
    • For international visitors
      • Adults: RM85
      • Children: RM60
  • Parking: Parking is available within the area

Just 10 minutes from the city (and a 15-20 minute walk from the Perdana Botanical Garden), the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is a 20.9-acre (8.5 hectares) green lung that’s home to over 200 different species of local and foreign bird species. The park is divided into four zones, three of which are free-flight areas within the aviary that the birds have full access to. Every zone resembles the birds’ natural habitats, living full lives as though they were in the wild. The fourth zone is where birds are placed in “separate cages and mini aviaries” for the public to see.

Zones 1 and 2 are interconnected to one another since they’re part of the park’s free-flight walk-in aviary. Zone 1 conveys the “ambiance of [a] lush green tropical rainforest,” while Zone 2 is built around a “flowing stream.” Zone 1 also contains other attractions, such as dedicated areas for specific bird species and even a flamingo pond. Zone 3, the Hornbill Park, is home to many hornbill species, while Zone 4 contains the amphitheatre, where the park holds its daily Bird Show, an incubation area, as well as various aviaries where you can get close to many different birds.

The KL Bird Park prides itself in closely replicating the birds’ natural habitats, creating suitable conditions for which the birds can breed and ensuring their continuity. At the same time, you’ll be able to see how these birds live each day within a safe and controlled environment. There are also various activities held daily in each zone, including feeding sessions and a photo booth session.

The paths are easy for seniors to navigate and the park website also states that a “majority of the park is wheelchair accessible.” It would make for a wonderful place to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while being close to a variety of birds.

Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park

Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park | Source: Visitselangor.com

Source: Visitselangor.com

  • Location: Jalan Cenderasari, Taman Botani Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Opening Hours: 9 am to 4.30 pm (including school and public holidays)
  • Admission
    • For MyKad holders
      • Adults: RM18
      • Children between 2-11 years: RM8
      • Family package for 2 adults and 3 children: RM50
    • For international visitors
      • Adults: RM30
      • Children: RM18
      • “Tripods are not allowed in the park”
  • Parking: Parking is available within the area

A stone’s throw away from the KL Bird Park, the KL Butterfly Park is the largest butterfly garden in the country, spanning a total of 80,000 sq ft and featuring over 5,000 live butterflies in the park, spanning over 120 different species. Much like the KL Bird Park, the Butterfly Park is also designed to be a free-flight area in a natural setting. As such, you can also find as many as 15,000 plants from over 100 different species, all of which help to create a rainforest ambience that’s perfect for the butterflies.

The Butterfly Park is also home to breeding and nursery areas, where you can learn more about the nature of butterflies, such as how long they live, what they need to survive, and plenty of other interesting tidbits. There’s also an insect museum that houses many taxidermied bugs and butterflies. Amidst the sights and sounds of the park, you’ll also find Japanese koi carp and freshwater turtles living peacefully in the ponds around the park area.

Paved paths throughout the park will ensure that seniors won’t have issues navigating the area. However, some recent reviews have indicated that Butterfly Park is in need of upgrading its facilities, so you may want to be careful if you’re bringing seniors to the park.

Putrajaya Botanical Garden

Putrajaya Botanical Garden | Source: ppj.gov.my

Source: ppj.gov.my

  • Location: Lebuh Perdana Barat, Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
  • Opening Hours:
    • 9am to noon and 2pm to 7pm on weekdays
    • 8am to noon and 2pm to 7pm on weekends
    • RM3 fee to visit the Moroccan Pavilion
  • Admission: Free
  • Parking: Paid parking in designated parking areas

Opened in 2003, the Putrajaya Botanical Garden is one of the earliest parks to open in Putrajaya. Covering 92 hectares (230 acres), it is divided into eight different botanical themes:

  • Malaysian Ulam and Medicinal
  • Bambusetum
  • Zingiberales
  • Edible Fruit Arboretum
  • Lawn and Gramineae
  • Forest Fringe and Aboriginal Medicinal Plants
  • Conservatory
  • Ecological Pond

Here, you can find over 750 different plants from various countries across the world on your walk across the grounds, ranging from tall trees to wonderful flowers and more. You can get on the buggy or tram, or even rent a bicycle to get around the park. Do note that rental rates may vary for Malaysians and foreign tourists.

Putrajaya Botanical Garden: Buggy / Tram | Source: ppj.gov.my

Source: ppj.gov.my

You’ll also find many thematic gardens with their share of beautiful sights, including the Sun Gardens that’s home to various plants that bloom in sunlight; the Floral Gardens and its exhibit of flowering plants from various regions; and the Moroccan Pavilion that showcases Moroccan heritage and architecture. There are also other nature sights within the area that you can also visit while you’re there, including a lovely secret garden that looks stunning at night.

The unparalleled beauty of the garden has helped it to be acknowledged as one of Asia’s Most Amazing Gardens by the Royal Chelsea Foundation at the 2008 Royal Chelsea Flower Show in London.

Kuala Lumpur Forest Eco Park

High bridge at Kuala Lumpur Forest Eco Park | Source: sillylittlekiwi.com

Source: sillylittlekiwi.com

    • Location: Lot 240, Bukit Nanas, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • Opening Hours: 8 am to 5.30 pm
    • Admission: Used to be free
      • For MyKad holders
        • RM10 for adults
        • RM1 for children between 6-12 years old and senior citizens above 60
        • Free for persons with disabilities and children below six years
      • For international visitors
        • RM40 for adults (including senior citizens)
        • RM5 for children between 6-12 years old
      • Free for persons with disabilities and children below six years
  • Parking: There are no dedicated parking areas for the park, so you may have to park at KL Tower or somewhere nearby

A green lung in the heart of the city, the KL Forest Eco Park is just a stone’s throw away from the KL Tower. Gazetted back in 1906, it is one of the oldest permanent forest reserves in the country. While it may be only 10.5 hectares, the park still has plenty to offer nature enthusiasts. Owing to the difficulty of some forest trails, it’s not advisable to bring seniors who require a wheelchair; those who are in relatively good physical shape can give the place a try, but make sure someone accompanies them to keep them safe.

You can also join guided tours that are available daily at 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30 pm. A tour can be a great way to gain an appreciation for the flora and fauna found in this humble forest reserve; you might just be able to spot some monkeys hiding amidst the trees. There’s also a canopy walk spanning 200 metres that offers some great views for photographers. The park also hosts a number of hiking trails of varying difficulty levels, perfect for hikers of all levels.

The park is home to over 200 species of flora, including herbs, ferns, and more; as for fauna, you may also see various insects, butterflies, and even animals such as civet cats and squirrels, to name a few. You’ll be able to learn more about what else makes its home here in the Visitor Center.

Shah Alam Lake Garden

Shah Alam Lake Garden suitable for Senior Activities | Source: kualalumpurkids.wordpress.com

Source: kualalumpurkids.wordpress.com

  • Location: Persiaran Tasik, Seksyen 14, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Opening Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free
  • Parking: Free parking available

The 43-hectare public park was opened in 1985, its layout designed by renowned landscape architect Fumiaki Takano. It contains three large man-made lakes in different parts of the park, all of which are interlinked but have their own distinct features. Each lake is also close to an attraction you can pay a visit to.

The western lake is close to the Wet World Water Park, a great place to be if you’d like to have fun in a water park. The eastern lake is close to three different attractions: the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque), the International Islamic Arts Garden Complex, and Muzium Sultan Alam Shah. Finally, the central lake has the SACC Kelana Seafood restaurant.

Apart from those, the lake garden still has plenty to offer, from well-paved jogging and cycling trails, a lakeside promenade, a musical fountain that only opens at night, available paddle boats and kayaks for rent, and the chance to see many kinds of animals, from peacocks to geese and storks.

Bukit Jalil Recreational Park

Bukit Jalil Recreational Park suitable for Senior Activities | Source: triphie.com

Source: triphie.com

  • Location: Jalan 13/155c, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Opening Hours: Daily, 6 am to 8 pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Parking: Free parking available

Located 20 km from Kuala Lumpur, this recreational park is 20.23 hectares (~50 acres) with just as much to offer as the other parks featured in this article. The park was originally used as a rubber tapping farm before it was converted into a public park, so many of its original features have largely remained the same to this day.

The park contains many staples such as paved jogging/walking trails, exercise stations, a reflexology path, and even a heliconia garden and several man-made lakes if you want some lovely nature sights. There’s also an international garden representing 10 different countries, such as Japan, the Netherlands, and Peru.

It’s said that there is a dedicated area for persons with disabilities, but little else is mentioned about what it is and where it’s located in the park. Much of the park is accessible for disabled persons, however, so this should be of some relief if your loved one is disabled.

Farm in the City

Farm in the city suitable for Senior Activities | Source: Traveloka

Source: Traveloka

  • Location: Lot 40187-40188, Jalan Prima Tropika Barat, Bandar Putra Permai, Seri Kembangan. 43300 Selangor Darul Ehsan. Malaysia
  • Opening Hours:
    • Weekdays: 10am to 6pm
    • Weekends, public holidays, and school holidays: 9.30 am to 6 pm
    • Closed every Tuesdays
  • Admission: One day pass only
    • For Malaysians
      • Adults and children 12 years and above: RM39
      • Children 11 years and below, and senior citizens: RM32
    • For international visitors
      • Adults and children 12 years and above: RM58
      • Children 11 years and below, and senior citizens: RM48
  • Parking: Paid parking

(Wheelchair friendly, except for the bird aviary and fruits & vegetables section)

A 30-minute drive from the city center will take you to the Farm in the City, aptly named for being an “Eden of nature & animals” within the city. The Farm in the City hosts a petting zoo with a myriad of animal species from various countries across the globe. At the same time, you’re also helping Farm in the City with their conservation efforts!

Farm in the City has a schedule of daily activities scattered throughout their operating hours, including animal feeding sessions, a live parrot show, and “meet and greet” sessions with some of the animals you’ll find on the Farm. They also organise various tours for all ages, including a Kampung Culture Tour that shows you what life is like in a traditional kampung environment.

The good news is that the Farm in the City is built with both seniors and disabled persons in mind, as much of its walkways are wheelchair-friendly – except for the bird aviary and the fruits and vegetables section. You’ll just have to be mindful in those areas.

99 Wonderland Park

99 Wonderland Park

Source: mstar.com.my

  • Location: Jalan 1/3A, Pusat Bandar Utara,  68100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Opening Hours:
    • Mondays to Thursdays: 5 pm to 11 pm
    • Fridays: 5 pm to 12 am
    • Saturdays: 9 am to 4 pm, 5 pm to 12 am
    • Sundays: 9 am to 4 pm, 5 pm to 11 pm
    • Public and school holidays: 9 am to 4 pm, 5 pm to 12 am
  • Admission:
    • Normal morning and evening sessions (9 am to 4 pm, 5 pm to 11 pm)
      • Adults with MyKad: RM45
      • Children with MyKid: RM25
      • Seniors and disabled persons: RM25
      • International visitors: RM70 for adults; RM40 for children, disabled persons and seniors
    • For Fridays to Sundays, public and school holidays (5 pm to 12 am)
      • Adults with MyKad: RM55
      • Children with MyKid: RM30
      • Seniors and disabled persons: RM30
      • International visitors: RM80 for adults; RM50 for children, disabled persons and seniors
  • Parking: Designated car park available

About 20 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur, 99 Wonderland Park is a former retention pond that now houses a 23-acre theme park filled with a mix of nature sights and man-made attractions. The park is built around an open concept with a number of enclosures that let you interact with a wide variety of animal species found in the park, including tapirs, Malayan sun bears, ducks, deer, and more. The park also caters to senior citizens and disabled persons, making it convenient to take your elderly loved ones around the park area.

The nature sights are further enhanced if you visit during one of the park’s evening sessions, with LED lights lighting up the park in a dazzling array of colours. Take a walk along the 175-metre-long boardwalk and watch the colourful water fountains at work, as well as the various animals that take a dip or frolic around the lake. There are also mini-cruises available that can bring you close to some of the wildlife found here.

While it may not have as much greenery as some other locations featured here, 99 Wonderland Park is still a worthwhile visit to get up close with a number of different animal species.

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Caring for your elderly loved one can be difficult if you’re taking them out to see the sights and stretch their legs. It could be difficult to help them walk down sidewalks or move them in or out of a taxi, and if you’re alone or if your loved one requires a wheelchair, it gets even more physically demanding.

It’s a good idea to enlist the assistance of a medical escort who can help you out with getting around with your loved one. Besides helping you out with moving your loved one around, a medical escort can also assist with your loved one’s daily needs, such as toileting and medication monitoring. With a medical escort tagging along, you can be assured that you’re providing the best caregiving your loved one deserves while also taking a load off your shoulders at the same time.

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Calvyn Ee
Calvyn is an aspiring author, poet and storyteller. He spends his time reading, gaming and building stories with his action figure photography.
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