Looking For More To Do In Retirement?

The number of those who are retired in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex continues to grow. Thanks to our easy access to great international airports, top-notch health care centers, culturally stimulating museums and international cuisine, there’s no doubt why those 65-and-up continue to call this area home. 


If you or your retired parents are looking for the best activities in the area, we’ve created the perfect go-to list! Many of these tours and experiences also accommodate those with mobility issues, so don’t let walkers or wheelchairs stand in the way of getting out and about! 

 Activities in retirement

Locations with senior discounts 


There is no reason to be ashamed that you now qualify for the senior discount. Saving a little money helps you save up for more adventures. Take a look at some of our favorite places that are wallet and retiree friendly that offer discounts you can take advantage of: 


  • Dallas Arboretum ($9 for seniors): Sit in the gardens or elevate your heart rate with a walk around the 66 acres. The Arboretum also offers cooking, crafting, and horticultural classes, which are great for people with extra time on their hands! 
  • Angelika Film Center ($8.50 for 60+): This iconic theater features current releases and indie films. Located right downtown, you can also visit local eateries and go shopping. 
  • George Bush Presidential Library ($13 for seniors): Sit at the desk in the Oval Office and learn more about the history of President Bush’s time in office.  
  • Dallas Museum of Arts ($14 for seniors): This summer, head to the DMA on the second Thursday of the month for live music and special programming! 


Educational opportunities  


Many experts believe that the way to keep a sharp mind is to never stop learning. To encourage that, many intuitions across the metroplex open their doors for seniors. Below are some the best, most affordable options: 


  • College for all Texans is a program that joins with local universities and community colleges to offer free college classes to seniors. From health science to history, the course options are many!  
  • The Parks and Recreation Departments in Dallas and in Fort Worth offer active senior adult programs at a discounted price. From book clubs to exercise classes, there’s something for everyone. 
  • Central Market and other cooking stores offer a variety of cooking classes that are offered throughout the day. Learn a new cuisine at class and then perfect it at home! 


Volunteer opportunities  


  • Plain-O Seniors is and organization that does free home repairs and maintenance for seniors in the area. The best part is that many of the volunteers are retirees as well! A huge number of volunteers have lauded the program as a great way to give back to the community and to meet new neighbors. 
  • The Dallas Public Library has a diverse selection of volunteer jobs that range from reading with kids to shelving books, all of which are enormously popular for seniors who want to spend more time around books. 
  • If you’re an animal lover, look no further for volunteer opportunities than the Dallas Zoo. Volunteers are needed year-round to prepare foods for the animals and to tend gardens.  


Staying engaged mentally and physically as we age is important. Thankfully we live in the best place to keep our mind and body active! Take advantage of the metroplex and live it up in your retirement. 

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