Blooming greenery around the community sign for Watermere at Southlake in Southlake, Texas

The Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs are very popular among active adults, but which suburban towns are the best?

Dallas, Texas offers an abundance of fun things to do, whether you’re into the arts, fine dining, or outdoor recreation.

If you want to tap into the energy and excitement of Big D by living in North Texas, you have plenty of options. There are many retirement communities in Dallas—and they’re situated all over the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The DFW area spans more than 9,000 square miles, making it larger in area than the states of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined.

For active adults who want to live near a big city but not necessarily in the heart of downtown, the DFW suburbs make a great retirement destination. Read on to explore some of the best DFW suburbs for retirees, along with nearby active lifestyle communities.

Where to Retire: Southlake

Ranked an A+ by Niche for best places to retire in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, living in Southlake puts residents within easy driving distance of Dallas-Forth International Airport and Downtown Dallas. Those who live in Southlake can also enjoy exciting annual events such as Art in the Square and Southlake Oktoberfest.

Nearby Community: Watermere at Southlake

High $100s - Low $1Ms

With a robust array of amenities, Watermere at Southlake is one of those retirement communities in Dallas that makes life fun every day. Residents can take advantage of the yoga and Pilates studios, full-service day spa, full-service bar, tennis court, and shuffleboard and horseshoe pits.

This 55+ community contains 106 attached and custom homes that range from 2,127 to 2,661 square feet. Residences feature custom cabinetry and granite countertops in the kitchen along with first-floor master suites and ten-foot ceilings. Active adult homebuyers can select from one-story and two-story homes.

Learn more information about Watermere at Southlake here.

Where to Retire: Flower Mound

Niche gave Flower Mound an A+ rating for the best places to retire in DFW. Situated on the north edge of Grapevine Lake, Flower Mound provides ample opportunities for retirees to enjoy the great outdoors. At Twin Coves Park and Campground, active adults can rent kayaks or enjoy hiking with a view. The town also offers the Seniors in Motion organization, which encourages citizens age 50 and older to connect through a variety of events and activities.

Nearby Community: Orchard Flower

High $400s - Mid $500s

Just minutes from Interstate 635, Orchard Flower has convenient access to Downtown Dallas. This 55+ community will contain 98 single-family homes upon completion. Built by Grenadier Homes, residences feature single-story living, low-maintenance exteriors, and spacious back patios. A monthly homeowners’ association fee covers trimming, edging, and weeding of yards. Residents can take advantage of an outdoor pool, walking and biking trails, and a community center.

Learn more information about Orchard Flower here.

Where to Retire: Fairview

Fairview earned an A+ rating from Niche for being one of the best places to retire in DFW. Retirees who want to support local theater can catch a show at Fairview Youth Theater and follow it up with a meal at nearby restaurants such as Wild Salsa or Aka Hibachi and Sushi. Living in Fairview also allows retirees to explore all the wonders of the world-renowned Heard Museum.

Nearby Community: Heritage Ranch

Mid $200s - High $500s

When it comes to retirement communities in Dallas, Heritage Ranch gives residents a rural atmosphere along with easy access to many of Dallas’ top destinations. This active adult community spans 575 acres, and it's surrounded by wooded areas, creek beds, scenic ponds, and rolling terrain.

Active adult homebuyers can browse single-family homes and attached villas that range from 1,307 to 3,351 square feet. Most residences feature outdoor patios along with options such as golf-cart garages and wide doorways. Heritage Ranch contains many amenities, including an 18-hole championship golf course, a 24,000-square-foot clubhouse, and four lighted tennis courts, bocce ball courts, and horseshoe pits.

Learn more information about Heritage Ranch here.