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With average high temperatures in the 90s in Dallas-Fort Worth during the summer, many seniors are tempted to lock themselves inside and sit in front of an air conditioner. Seniors face a higher risk of heat-related illness. In extreme cases, the heat can even be deadly; extreme heat kills more people than any other weather phenomenon. So it’s a good idea to check your air conditioning and develop a plan for when temperatures soar.

Whether you hope to get outdoors or want to hide from the heat, here are some great options for summer in DFW.

Water Aerobics

Getting exercise can be tough, especially when outdoor temperatures are sweltering. Water aerobics are appropriate for people of every fitness level. If you have aching joints or chronic pain, this low-impact workout is unlikely to hurt you. Check out one of the classes at these great locations:

  • Off the Deep End Aquatics

  • 24 Hour Fitness

  • LA Fitness

  • Texas FITT

  • Flower Mound Community Activity Center

Senior Centers

Texas’s senior centers are government-supported activity centers that offer a wide range of options, including indoor classes, aerobics, support groups, and special outings. Dallas-Fort Worth is home to several great senior centers. Find the location closest to you, then check its events calendar for classes and events you’ll love.


Shopping ‘til you drop counts as exercise. Indoor shopping centers provide a cool place to walk and enjoy the latest fashions, home goods, and more. Get even more out of the experience by taking a loved one with you and taking a quick meal break. Some of the best shopping centers in the DFW area include:

  • Allen Premium Outlets in Allen

  • Legacy West in Plano

  • Grapevine Mills in Grapevine

  • Stonebriar Centre in Frisco

  • Highland Park Village in Highland Park

  • Northpark Center in North Dallas

Go Sailing

Sailing offers a low-energy way to enjoy time on the water as the cool breeze counters the heat. You might just find that sailing becomes your new favorite hobby. Check out SailDallas for sailing lessons, sailboat rentals, water safety classes, and much more.

Take the Grandkids to a Water Park

Water parks are a great way to stay cool. Kids love the water slides, while adults often prefer to relax in the pool. For many seniors, though, the punishing heat of outdoor water parks can be too much. Epic Waters offers a great alternative. This entirely indoor water park keeps you cool as the grandkids tumble down water slides and burn off all of their excess energy.

Eat an Amazing Meal

The right meal can leave you feeling nourished, refreshed, and ready to take on the world. Dining should be an enjoyable experience, and the right indoor dining offers heat relief. Check out some of these great options:

  • The Rustic. This upscale pub is perfect for both special events and more casual dining.

  • Legacy Hall. Enjoy a wide range of dining options that will please even the pickiest eaters.

  • Truck Yard. Though technically outdoors, Truck Yard offers plenty of shade and lots of fans.

Plan a Museum Day

Dallas-Fort Worth is home to some of the most unique museums in the country. Forget buttoned-down fine art museums and take in DFW’s eclectic museum scene. Our picks for the best choices include:

The Arbor Company offers a wide range of senior-friendly trips, as well as indoor and outdoor activities. Our residents lead active retirements without any planning or stress. We’d love to show you how we can make this summer in DFW your best ever. Give us a call to learn more!

Chris Harper

About the Author: Chris Harper

As the vice president of communications for The Arbor Company, Chris is responsible for digital marketing, public relations, technology and design.

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