There's plenty of fun to be had for active adults in Dallas (Photo courtesy of

In Dallas, people do things big, from the dining and shopping to entertainment and culture. Active adults interested in residing in Big D will find a variety of 55+ communities conveniently located throughout the Metroplex, whether they want to live north in desirable cities such as McKinney or Frisco, or head south to Mansfield or Arlington. Wherever active adults are drawn in Dallas, they’ll discover a world of interesting and enriching activities in this vibrant city.

Here’s a look at five things to do in Dallas.

Behold the Beauty of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Just minutes from Downtown Dallas, active adults can explore the 66 acres of lush gardens and spectacular vistas that comprise the nationally acclaimed Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Ranked among the world’s finest arboretums, this venue hosts a variety of annual events, such as Autumn at the Arboretum and The 12 Days of Christmas. Active adults can enjoy a peaceful stroll through the gardens, take part in adult education programs, or even volunteer to work in the gift shop or gardens.

See the City from Reunion Tower

Reunion Tower, the distinctly Dallas observation tower featuring light shows, sweeping views of the city, and fine dining, is a must-visit destination for every Dallas resident or visitor. The iconic landmark lets active adults experience Dallas like never before through panoramic views, high-definition zoom cameras, interactive touchscreens, and an indoor/outdoor observation deck. For a truly memorable date night, active adults can reserve a table at Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty, the legendary restaurant situated inside the glowing ball.

Catch a Show in Deep Ellum

Just east of Downtown Dallas, Deep Ellum stands out as a vibrant entertainment district boasting dozens of eclectic art and entertainment venues. Since 1994, Deep Ellum has hosted the ever-popular Deep Ellum Arts Festival, which boasts more than 100 musical artists performing on five stages. Here, active adults can step off the beaten path to discover new artists, enjoy live concerts, or grab a bite at a local brewpub. The Deep Ellum Brewing Co. often hosts tours, tastings, and events.

Stroll and Shop at NorthPark Center

When it comes to high-end shopping and dining, no place in Dallas does it quite like NorthPark Center. Named one of the “7 Wonders of the Retail World,” this upscale, enclosed shopping mall boasts more than 235 retailers and restaurants. Active adults can valet their car and meet friends for brunch and shopping, or simply stroll the venue and admire the spectacular art, architecture, and landscaping.  

Marvel at the Frontiers of Flight Museum

History buffs and aviation aficionados will relish their experience at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. This fascinating aerospace museum memorializes the pioneers of flight, ranging from the 1920s and World War II to the modern jet and rocket age. Active adults can browse more than 30 aircraft and space vehicles along with thousands of supporting artifacts. The museum hosts various educational programs throughout the year and offers classes on topics such as spacecraft design, aerodynamics, and space survival.