Spring has arrived in North Texas and winter is finally behind us. Are you ready to come out of winter hibernation and enjoy the springtime weather?
There’s no shortage of activities in the D-FW area this spring. Here are the 10 top springtime activities for senior citizens.
1. Dallas Arboretum: Whether you enjoy a stroll through the gardens, sitting down for tea with the ladies, an evening concert under the stars or participating in gardening and photography classes, the Dallas Arboretum has it all. Adult education classes at the Arboretum include topics on horticulture, photography, art, floral design and much more. At the Historic DeGolyer House, you can sit down for a three-course Spring Tea with your family or friends. The Cool Thursdays Spring Concert Series on the lawn of the Arboretum launches April 9 with Rocket Man: The Elton John Tribute Experience. And of course, the gardens themselves display a full array of colors this spring with Dallas Blooms, the largest floral festival in the Southwest featuring more than 500,000 spring blooming bulbs.
2. Volunteer programs: Volunteering is a great way to stay active both physically and mentally. It also provides an opportunity to socialize with others. The Senior Source is a tool you can use to find the right volunteer opportunity for you based on your likes and dislikes. Through the volunteer opportunities at The Senior Source, active older adults can become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their skills and expertise to community organizations and projects. You can also find opportunities to volunteer on your own through your local church and other organizations such as United Way and The Red Cross.
3. Exercise programs: Staying physically active is especially important as we age. There are a variety of senior citizen exercise and fitness programs available in the metroplex—including group yoga, aerobics, walking, balance, Zumba—at area recreation centers, municipal senior centers and local gyms. Dallas Parks also offers a number of fitness classes at local parks and rec centers. For details on Dallas Parks fitness options, click here.
4. Senior Center Events: Senior centers around the metroplex host events and activities each month, ranging from movie showings to exercise classes and more. Find senior center events in your area here.
5. White Rock Lake: The White Rock Lake Trail is one of the most scenic spots in Dallas. Grab a friend and go for a stroll around the lake on the 9.3 mile trail that circles the lake. Take in the fresh air and enjoy the scenery of boats on the water with the Dallas skyline overlooking the lake from a distance.
6. Dallas Museum of Art: The DMA is another hot spot for local events year-round. Take a day to visit the museum and stroll through the various art collections and exhibitions. On the third Friday of each month, the DMA hosts Late Night at the museum, which includes performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, tours and more. The DMA also holds regular musical performances, creative workshops and many other activities for art lovers of all ages.
7. Dallas Summer Musicals: The 2015 season of Dallas Summer Musicals is in full swing, and the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, The King and I, the dramatic tale of an English widow who falls in love with the King of Bangkok, hits the stage March 20 through April 5.
8. Historical spots: Explore Dallas’ history for free at one of the many sites around town, including the grassy knoll outside the former School Book Depository; Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial, a pre-Civil War burial ground; Heritage Village, which highlights the history of Texas in the late 1800s and early 20th century; and the Hall of the State, home to more than three million historic documents and objects on display.
9. Culinary and food tours: Dallas is home to a broad variety of cuisine from award-winning, nationally known chefs and restaurants. Culinary and food tours are a fun and unique opportunity to explore new foods, drinks and restaurants around town with friends.
10. Be a tourist: No matter how long you’ve lived in the Dallas area, there are surely local sites and attractions you have not experienced before. Take a day to explore Dallas as a tourist with a city tour. Bus tours and walking tours are available at one of the many Dallas tour companies. With a tour of the city, you will be able to experience the history of Dallas, learn interesting facts and see a side of Dallas-Ft. Worth you’ve never seen before.