Not sure how to spend your summer days? There’s so much to do in Dallas, but social distancing and concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) may leave you wondering what activities you can do safely and in a healthy way. Keep reading for a list of events and activities in the Dallas area to help promote an engaging lifestyle.*
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7 Summer Senior Activities in and Near Dallas
1. Enjoy the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
If you enjoy nature, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a must-see attraction. This 66-acre arboretum has been listed among the top arboretums in the world and offers visitors a stunning, colorful experience. For example, the Chandler Lindsley Shadow Garden is filled with an expansive lawn and walking paths. There is also the Martha Brooks Camellia Garden that features 200 camellias and over 30 different cultivators, and the Crape Myrtle Allee, which is a magnificent garden with a natural tree-lined tunnel. And these are just a few of the many gardens and attractions featured within the Arboretum. Along with daily visits, the Arboretum offers popular annual events and educational programs for children and adults.
2. Try a Virtual Experience
Even though you may not be able to visit in person, a few attractions in Dallas are taking their experiences virtual for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Two organizations taking advantage of technology are the Dallas Museum of Art and the Dallas World Aquarium. The Dallas Museum of Art is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation and public engagement. While the museum may be closed, they are still hosting virtual events with special appearances by historians and the artists themselves. The Dallas World Aquarium is also offering learning experiences online by showcasing exhibits and the creatures that live there, as well as, animal cams on their website.
3. Bike Around the City
Biking is a low-impact, low-stress exercise that allows you to get up and move your body. Warm summer days are the perfect time to hop on your bicycle and explore the area around you. Fortunately, Dallas is a bike-friendly city that offers plenty of trails for you to enjoy. From trails within the city connecting neighborhoods to nature trails for a little off-road adventure, there’s something for everyone in the city to experience and participate in.
4. Explore the Dallas Farmer’s Market
It’s easy to spend a relaxing afternoon walking through the market. The Dallas Farmers Market exists to cultivate a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. The market offers a variety of shops, from juices and smoothies and florals to butcher shops and bakeries and even some arts and crafts. Plus, there is a section in the market called The Shed offering an open-air pavilion where you can shop from regional vendors who grow, raise, make and produce food. While things may look a little different at the Market at this time, vendors are still open with proper social distancing measures and curbside pick-up and delivery services are available.
5. Take a Trip to the Dallas Zoo
There’s nothing quite like spending a day connecting to the animal kingdom at the Dallas Zoo. There are over 2,000 animals spread out over 106 acres for you to explore. Be sure to take the time to experience an encounter while you’re here, like Keeper Chats where you can hear directly from the zoologists themselves or Wonders of the Wild where you’ll be introduced to a variety of animals from around the world.
6. Have a “Staycation”
Travel plans may have been canceled – but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with a vacation! While looking different than your typical trip, you’re still able to experience some of the joy of another location from the comfort of your home. Some ways you can do this include:
- Creating a slideshow of pictures from favorite trips you’ve taken.
- Tuning in to the Travel Channel and seeing where it takes you.
- Immersing yourself in another culture by preparing a recipe from a country you’ve never been to before.
- Creating a relaxing oasis by splurging on some decorations, like lounge chairs and tropical flowers.
- Finding a playlist with music native to a culture you’re interested in.
7. Visit a State Park
Spend some time in the great outdoors by visiting a Texas State Park. Fortunately, there are many parks near Dallas that offer gorgeous views, scenic hiking trails and some of the best fishing in the state. About an hour north of Dallas is Eisenhower State Park, where visitors can relax and watch a stunning sunset. And, after hiking some of the four miles of trails available, sleep under the stars at one of more than 150 campsites. Or drive for another hour to visit Lake Arrowhead State Park for a truly incredible fishing experience.
Bonus: Join Ventana for a Virtual Event
We’d love for you to experience our community – and now you can do so from the comfort of your own home! Join the team at Ventana for a virtual event. Contact our expert team today to learn more.
Experience an Active Life at Ventana by Buckner
At Ventana, our goal is to offer Members the opportunity to live the life they want to live. Beyond our community amenities and activities, we offer plenty of experiences in the Dallas community. Ventana by Buckner is situated on a gorgeous rise of land with a commanding view of the Park Cities and downtown areas, allowing convenient access to everything this prime section of Dallas/Fort Worth has to offer, including close proximity to North Central Expressway and Northwest Highway. Regularly scheduled outings to concert venues, museums and other leading attractions of Dallas/Fort Worth are a hallmark of the Ventana senior living experience.