College towns cater to a population that craves a vibrant cultural environment, loves sports and wants to keep fit. So they can be great places to enjoy plenty of cultural and recreational attractions -- on and off campus.
Some of America's most acclaimed art museums are located on campus grounds. The list includes the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, designed by I.M. Pei, and the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin, one of the nation's largest university art museums.
Art and music festivals are also popular pastimes among the college-oriented crowd. The Ann Arbor Art Fairs, four independent events held simultaneously in July, together draw about 500,000 people every year. Some of the art-gazing and other activities take place at the University of Michigan.
Topretirements.com's "Best retirement towns for the arts" rates Athens, Ga., tops in the music category. Austin, Texas and Lawrence, Kan., site of the University of Kansas, are among the runners-up for best musical hot spots.
The list of "15 great biking towns for retirement" from Topretirements.com includes the college towns of Madison, Wis.; Portland, Ore.; Eugene, Ore.; and Columbia, Mo.