Entertaining DFW Grandparents On A Budget

March 1, 2013 5:00 AM

(Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

A number of DFW businesses offer discounted rates and admissions for senior citizens. From movie theaters to restaurants to outdoor attractions, DFW truly values its senior residents and wants these individuals to experience the best that DFW has to offer. Check out the best places that accommodate grandparents and senior citizens. 

Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 515-6500

Price: $12 seniors ages 65+

The Dallas Arboretum is a resident favorite and is often described as one of the more beautiful attractions that Dallas has to offer. Situated on 66 acres of plush greenery, the arboretum appeals to guests of all ages, sizes and backgrounds. Offering seasonal displays of botanical gardens and themed festivals, the Dallas Arboretum’s serene and inviting features frequents as a top choice for seniors seeking to enjoy Dallas at an affordable price. For the floral enthusiast or one infatuated with nature and its beauty, the Dallas Arboretum is a perfect selection for seniors on a budget.

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Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76109
(817) 759-7555

Price: $9 seniors ages 65+

The Fort Worth Zoo attracts thousands of tourists annually and has received superior ratings from visitors nationwide. With an ever changing lineup of entertaining exhibits, events and educational forums, the Fort Worth Zoo breeds fun and excitement for the whole family. Housed directly within the zoo is The Museum of Living Art, a structure that spans over 30,000 square feet and features a vast variety of amphibian and reptile species for visitors’ viewing pleasure. Senior citizens can relax and unwind while taking in the beauty of nature’s creations and the wondrous displays that this locale offers. Notably, the Fort Worth Zoo is wheelchair accessible and open year round.

Carrollton Senior Center
Thursday Night Dance
1720 Keller Springs Road
Carrollton, TX 75006
(972) 466-4850

Price: $5 seniors ages 50+

Dust off your dancing shoes and boot-scoot and boogie down to the Carrollton Senior Center on Thursday nights. For seniors ages 50 and up, the Carrollton Senior Center hosts Thursday night dances ranging from the formal style of ballroom dancing to the twist and turn pace of country western line dancing. Live bands will orchestrate the music and while dancing the night away, guests are invited to enjoy free refreshments. With admission at $5.00 per person, the Carrollton Senior Center’s dance night is budget-friendly and a great way to get exercise all the while having fun. A dance class is offered immediately prior to the dance and is free with a paid admission.

Angelika Film Center
5321 East Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 841-4713

Price: $8.50 seniors ages 60+

Remarkably one of Dallas’ most notable theaters, the Angelika Film Center casually sits amidst one of Dallas’ favorite shopping venues at Mockingbird Station. Continuously showcasing award-winning blockbuster and independent films, the Angelika Film Center is the place for those who want everything but the ordinary movie experience. RThe Angelika Film Center is an excellent choice for a majestic theater experience at an affordable price. For those seniors looking to venture outside the norm but sticking close to a frugal budget, the Angelika Film Center is indisputably a step above the rest.

Related: Guide To The Best Movie Theaters In Dallas

The Robin’s Nest
City of Richardson Senior Center
820 W. Arapaho Road
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 744-7800

For those senior citizens ages 55 or older, the Richardson Senior Center has a variety of programs and services readily available to meet your needs. Located directly within the center is The Robin’s Nest — a gift shop that houses specially handmade and unique gift items at an affordable price for those seniors who are looking for that special present. From floral arrangements to hand-crafted handbags, The Robin’s Nest is the perfect place to shop for the loved ones in your family. Although the Richardson Senior Center is open Monday through Saturday, The Robin’s Nest is only opened through Friday.

Leah Frazier is a freelance writer covering all things Dallas. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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