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Valentine's Day is a great time for active seniors to take part in some of Fort Worth's finest attractions. Whether it's enjoying a quiet evening at home or listening to Stravinsky's “Firebird,” today's seniors stay engaged in rich, fun, and productive activities. This Valentine's Day may be just the time to invite a special person to join you in seeing some of the best the area has to offer. Below is a list of seven uniquely Fort Worth activities.

1. Enjoy a Quiet Evening at Home

Sometimes it’s best to just kick back and relax. Watching a movie, cooking a unique meal, enjoying wine and cheese, or playing a board game are all great ways to unwind. Or reserve a private space at The Vantage to bring a larger group together. Whether it's just you and your partner or a gathering of friends, you can savor the most relaxing atmosphere The Vantage at Cityview has to offer.

2. Share Drinks and a Meal at Joe T. Garcia's

Located on Fort Worth's north side, not far from the Stockyards, Joe T. has been serving up excellent Mexican food since 1935. There is almost always a line, but it moves quickly, so try the margaritas while you wait. Winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Excellence, Joe's has been a Fort Worth institution for many years. Check out their menu here.

3. Visit an Art Museum in the Cultural District

Who doesn't love art museums? And Fort Worth has them in spades. Choose between browsing the majestic collections at the Kimbell or exploring the fascinating Western art at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

Then, for those with a keen eye and appreciation for abstract forms, there's the glitzy Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. After the trip, enjoy one of many nearby dessert options, such as Steel City Pops or Gigi's Cupcakes. You can find more Cultural District information here.

4. Enjoy a Steak in the Fort Worth Stockyards

The Fort Worth Stockyards offers a rich history of the early Texas cattle industry. When the stockyards' commercial cattle operations closed in 1991, historical renovations and Western entertainment moved in. Today, the area is home to restaurants, galleries, and famous honky-tonk Billy Bob's. Some of the West's best steaks are served in the Stockyards. Try the Cattlemen's Fort Worth Steak House or Hunter Brothers’ H3 Ranch.

The best bet for Valentine's Day is to pick a restaurant and settle in for drinks and a cooked-to-perfection porterhouse or Texas T-bone steak. Some may require reservations, so plan ahead. Find more information here.

5. Attend Stravinsky's “Firebird” in Sundance Square’s Bass Performance Hall

Bass Performance Hall is home to both the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Designed for superior acoustics, the Hall presents a full calendar of events and performances year-round. “Firebird” will be staged Valentine’s Day 2020, making it a surefire winner for musically oriented couples. Performances sell out, so make arrangements early. Performance calendar and tickets available online.

If you’re looking for something a little different, then consider the next two suggestions. You might find an offbeat activity that’s just too perfect to pass up.

6. Check Out History's Second-Longest-Burning Lightbulb

Looking for something unusual for you and your date to do? Marvel at the second-longest continuously burning lightbulb on record. As of the first day of 2020, it's been burning for 111 years. The Palace Lightbulb is now housed in a glass enclosure in the Stockyards Museum, located inside the historic Livestock Exchange Building. The museum houses artifacts and photos of the Stockyards’ history. Originally, the bulb was a fixture at the Palace Theater in downtown Fort Worth, and now burns 24 hours a day at the museum.

7. Watch Money Printing at Fort Worth's Bureau of Engraving and Printing

If you like money — and who doesn't? — you and your date might enjoy a tour of the U.S. government's Bureau of Engraving and Printing currency-printing plant, located an easy drive from The Vantage in northwest Fort Worth. Tours are free and offered daily during business hours, but don't expect any free samples. An on-site shop offers one-of-a-kind collectibles and gifts. Find tour information here.

Seniors today want to stay active, continue to pursue their interests, and enjoy the benefits of retirement. The Vantage at Cityview supports our seniors and encourages them to live full, healthy, and active lives.

We are fortunate to live in a city blessed with activities ranging from fine culture to fine steaks. Whether it's Valentine’s Day or any other day, our seniors are actively engaged in the best Fort Worth has to offer. To find out more about how The Vantage helps seniors keep their independence and live active lives, contact us today.

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Wanda Moen

About the Author: Wanda Moen

Wanda is the Vice President of Sales for The Arbor Company.

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