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Things to Do in Garland

You’ve settled on Garland for your retirement years, but is there anything to do in this city? The following is a list of popular attractions in the city including outdoor activities, parks, and entertainment.

Fun and Games in Garland

The AMC Firewheel 18 is a movie theater located on Coneflower Drive that shows not only the newest releases but also educational movies and documentaries such as “Alamo: The Price of Freedom." The theater serves hot food and Coca-Cola products. Military and seniors receive special pricing for admission.

AMF Garland Lanes are for the bowler in the family with 58 bowling lanes, free Wi-Fi, and billiard/pool tables. You can practice on your own or join a league to compete with other bowling groups in the Garland area. After you bowl, consider eating dinner or picking up a snack on the Laneside Menu. You can choose from an assortment of appetizers, pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, wraps, desserts, cocktails, and more.

Pinot’s Palette Studio offers classes and workshops to nurture the artist within you. The paint-and-sip studio is located on River Fern Avenue and each class lasts for two to three hours. You do not need prior experience painting to participate as the artists will walk you through each detail. Bring your friends and attend a class for an evening of fun.

During the summer, the temperatures in Texas reach more than 90 degrees during the day. Cool off at Hawaiian Falls Garland. This themed pool, waterpark, and wave pool keep EMTs and lifeguards on site for safety reasons. You can shop at the Trader’s Gift Shop or purchase your lunch at Sharkey’s Café and Surf Side Barbeque. Seniors age 55 and over receive a discount that saves them $7 per visit.

Parks and Outdoor Activities

If you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, consider walking through the Spring Creek Forest Preserve Nature Trail. The trail is flat, so it may be easier to hike than other trails in the Garland area. On the trail, 0.33 miles is on a concrete surface and 0.50 miles is on a natural surface. The preserve is located on Holford Road.

The Duck Creek Greenbelt consists of large ponds and plenty of walkways and trails. You can walk, jog, or bike the 5.7-mile concrete trail. The park has port-a-potties set up throughout the area as well as benches, drinking fountains, grills, a pavilion, picnic tables, cricket field with a pitch, and softball field.

The Curtis Culwell Center is a large auditorium used by the community for large-group events such as graduation ceremonies, live events, entertainment, volleyball tournaments, basketball tournaments, and religious celebrations.

If you just moved to Garland, attend a tour to learn more about the city. You can hop aboard SKY Helicopters to take a helicopter tour of the city. These Metroplex tour packages can cover Downtown Dallas Tour, Lake Ray Hubbard Tour, AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park Tour, Dallas/Fort Worth Tour, Romantic Sunset Tour, and Holiday Lights Tour.

Learn more about Garland Senior Services here:

Garland Concierge Services

Garland Rehab Centers

Garland Senior Centers

Garland Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors

Garland Hospitals

Senior-Friendly Workplaces in Garland

Garland Veterans Support Groups

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