There are plenty of things to do in and around Fort Worth, Texas – and the warm, spring weather makes it the perfect time to take a day trip and explore all this region has to offer. A change of scenery and the new experiences that come with it can help you build connections and have positive effects on your emotional wellness, such as keeping you engaged and refreshed.
Here are some perfect day trips for seniors in the Fort Worth area.
See Spring Wildflowers at Acton Nature Center in Granbury
If you enjoy the tranquility of being immersed in nature, spend a day at the Acton Nature Center of Hood County. This preserve is about an hour from Fort Worth, and houses native Texas wildlife and plants, over five miles of walking and biking trails, a wildlife overlook, a butterfly and hummingbird garden, handicap-accessible granite-covered trails and more.
Spring is one of the best times of year to visit the Acton Nature Center, as their wildflowers are in full bloom. You can spend a day basking in the great outdoors at your leisure or take a guided tour to learn more about the nature center and its wildlife. The center also offers lectures and programs on a variety of topics, such as bird watching, native bee studies and how to protect your backyard habitat.
Shop at First Monday Canton – the World’s Largest Flea Market in Canton
The First Monday Canton Flea Market is about 90 minutes from Fort Worth. This regional fem has been running for more than 150 years. People from all over Northeast Texas flock to this flea market to find local treasures. From a variety of food options to antiques and collectibles to décor and jewelry, you’re sure to find something interesting as you shop. Plan a day trip to this flea market with a friend or some family to enjoy quality time with your loved ones. If you want to extend your stay, you can always do so at one of the nearby hotels or the RV park.
It’s important to note that while admission is free, parking costs $10 and the market recommends bringing cash or using their on-site ATMs, as only some vendors take credit cards.
Explore the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails and Festival in Ennis
Located just an hour from Fort Worth, the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails showcases 40 miles of driving trails lush with beautiful bluebonnet blooms during the spring. These trails, which are the oldest bluebonnet trails in Texas, are a popular day trip destination for thousands of people per year. Bluebonnet flowers typically peak around mid-April, however, the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails & Festival team updates its website weekly to let visitors know when the flowers are expected to peak.
In addition to these scenic driving trails, you can also attend the yearly spring festival, which hosts child-friendly activities perfect for the grandchildren, live music and food, shopping and drink vendors.
Attend a Rangers Game at Globe Life Field in Arlington
Spring is synonymous with baseball! For fun a little closer to home, see an in-person Texas Rangers baseball game at Globe Field, which is just 20 minutes outside the city center. Many fans enjoy tailgating and socializing before the games outside of Globe Life Field. This ballpark has a range of concessions as well as accessible features such as wheelchair seating, courtesy wheelchair and cart services, and more to ensure everyone can enjoy the game.
If you aren’t a major league baseball fan, this venue also hosts live shows by big-name artists from a range of music genres.
Visit the JFK Memorial Plaza and The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and JFK Memorial Plaza are about 40 minutes outside of Fort Worth, and are popular destinations for Texans and tourists alike. The sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository was the primary crime scene of the assassination of the 35th U.S. president, John F. Kennedy. Currently, this floor is home to the John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation exhibit, hence the name, “Sixth Floor Museum.”
At the exhibit, you can find historic news footage, artifacts and images that chronicle and commemorate the legacy of JFK, along with original evidence of the late president’s assassination. Just a block away from the Dealey Plaza is the JFK Memorial Plaza, where you can stop to pay your respects.
Experience What Fort Worth Has to Offer at The Stayton
While looking for day trips for seniors in and around Fort Worth, it’s important to keep in mind that adventure doesn’t have to be far from home. As a premier senior living community ideally located in downtown Fort Worth, The Stayton is proud to provide upscale amenities and engaging events that keep residents engaged all year long. If you’re ready to start living the downtime retirement lifestyle you’ve always dreamed about, contact us today. Our team of care experts will be happy to help.