People dining along the water on San Antonio's RiverWalk

San Antonio's scenery and RiverWalk make it a popular destination for retirees.

The Lone Star State is a mecca for retirees. As the nation’s second-largest state, Texas is full of regions that appeal to all different types of active adults. Whether retirees want to escape the cold, move closer to family, or enjoy a culture of Texas pride that’s unlike anywhere else, the state offers an abundance of choices for active adults.

Home to mountains, rivers, and peaceful pastures with grazing cattle, Texas also has four of the country’s largest metropolitan areas: Houston, San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Austin. Texans can savor world-class restaurants, entertainment, and shopping while pausing to smell the yellow roses or sip a sweet tea. Take a look below at some of the best places to retire in Texas.

Central Texas

As the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin stands apart among Texas cities. Active adults can relish their retirement at the city’s many art and music festivals or enjoy more refined entertainment at the Austin Lyric Opera and Paramount Theatre. Those looking to retire in comfort and style need look no further than San Antonio, which is experiencing the nation’s largest population boom, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report.

People are flocking to this historic city for its welcoming culture, exciting nightlife, and overall relaxed pace. Retirees can escape to the scenic oasis of cypress-lined paved paths and arched stone bridges of the world-famous San Antonio River Walk.  

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North Texas

Active adults who desire easy access to big-city amenities but want to be surrounded by nature will find the best of both worlds in North Texas. Here, retirees can find dozens of natural and man-made lakes, including the serene waters and breathtaking views of Possum Kingdom Lake, just two hours west of Fort Worth.

Closer to home in the Metroplex, Lewisville Lake and Lake Grapevine beckon to boating and outdoor enthusiasts. North Texas is also home to exciting events such as the State Fair of Texas and the Cotton Bowl. Locals can soak up natural beauty at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden or take a stroll back in time at the Will Rogers Memorial Center or the historic Fort Worth Stockyards.

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Coastal Texas

For retirees who dream of pursuing their passion for boating or fishing, or for those who simply want to enjoy a sunset over the sea, Texas’ coastal cities don’t disappoint. Palm tree-lined League City and the legendary Kemah Boardwalk provide plenty of recreation opportunities, whether retirees want to take in the sights and sounds, or indulge in some of Texas’ best seafood.

Closer into Houston, the suburb of Katy was recently named the best place to retire in Texas by SmartAsset, thanks to the city’s abundance of medical care options and recreation centers.

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South Texas

The stars at night seem to shine bigger and brighter in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, an area rich in culture and tradition. Here, retirees can bask in the tropical climate all year long and enjoy plentiful recreational activities including golfing, fishing, and boating.

Active adults will particularly enjoy the offerings in Harlingen, which became the first South Texas town to achieve Texas Certified Retirement Community status. The lone 55+ community in the region is Alamo Country Club.