Old souls are special people; they think a lot; they love to learn and seek knowledge; they strive for personal improvement and spiritual growth; they like to be in nature; and they reject the mainstream.
Such characteristics may be accompanied by a low-key lifestyle — Netflix and chill, if you will — as long as a documentary is playing. No fluff here.
In other words, the standard definition of “fun” is not their middle name. So, if you’re dating an old soul, it can take a certain type of activity to engage your mature-hearted, grandpa-like guy.
Lucky for you. We have just the list of things that will be plenty of fun for both you and your main man, especially if he acts older than your father.
After all, 30 is the new 50. Right?! Just go with it.
First of all, the retro-like spirit of this bowling alley in the Design District will most certainly tug at the heartstrings of your grandpa. Second of all, the good old-fashioned diner food will speak to his stomach with creative cocktails and local brews to wash it all down. And, then there’s the bowling. Not much else is needed.
Perot Museum of Nature & Science
Perfect for the old soul — and the kid at heart — this 180,000-square-foot museum will have you and your man roaming with dinosaurs (a 35-foot Malawisaurus, to be exact), instead of becoming them. Five floors of fossils, interactive experiments, life-like simulations, gems and minerals, state-of-the-art video, and so much more bring science and nature to life.
Dallas Museum of Art
Get your art fix while roaming the halls of this museum that has more than 24,000 works from all cultures and time periods spanning 5,000 years of human creativity. Think ancient African sculpture, European classics, cool contemporary paintings, artifacts of the Pacific Islands, and so much more.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Stop and smell the roses at this mega destination for flower and plant lovers. The nature is beautiful here and so are the views of White Rock Lake. There’s also a weekly schedule of musical acts, delicious (and free with admission) garden-to-plate tastings and culinary demos, and evening concerts.
Central Market Cooking School
Learning never tasted so good. The gourmet grocer offers an abundance of classes at each of their DFW locations, where the onsite kitchen becomes a classroom for perfecting culinary techniques and recipes as varied as soufflé, seafood 101, and Japanese steakhouse favorites. The best part? You get to eat the fruits of your labor.
Deep Vellum Books
Indulge in a real page-turner, and leave the Kindles at home — like your man even owns one. But, this isn’t your grandparents’ bookstore, so to speak. The independent bookseller is located in the heart of Deep Ellum and bridges traditional with trendy by featuring independent publishers worldwide alongside locally cultivated arts, music, and cultural works.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Face the music and spend an evening to the tune of Mozart and Rachmaninoff at the Meyerson Symphony Center. Classical overtures generally appeal to the more, ahem, mature-minded. And, you’ll likely see a lot of “real” grandpas around, too. That said, the DSO also plays a Pops series, if all those medleys for strings aren’t your thing.
Nasher Sculpture Center
You’ll find Picasso, Matisse, Rodin, and more than 300 other works at this indoor-outdoor cultural mecca in the Dallas Arts District. The building was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, so it’s a sculpture in and of itself. We recommend lingering for a bite in the Nasher Café by Wolfgang Puck overlooking the impeccably manicured gardens for a refined afternoon.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
History buffs who haven’t been here should definitely make the trip. After all, history is an old soul’s favorite subject. The museum is located across from Dealey Plaza downtown Dallas, where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and it chronicles said assassination and the legacy of JFK while presenting contemporary culture within the context of presidential history.
The Star in Frisco
If your boyfriend is a Dallas Cowboys fan, but would rather camp out on the couch than at a game, this is the place to take him. Tour the ’Boys’ new state-of-the-art training facility in Frisco without the commitment of a full football game (and the parking) at AT&T Stadium. Plus, the new entertainment district next door makes it easy to keep the fun going with lots of shopping and dining options.
Chivalry isn’t dead; your gentleman should know this ("It is known"). So, he’ll fit right in at this epic dinner and tournament that will take you and your knight in shining armor back to the Middle Ages. In addition to all the thrilling swordplay happening in the castle ring, you’ll feast on a Renaissance-inspired meal with the Queen.
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Whether you vote red or blue, this is still a monumental place to visit with your BF. Multiple state-of-the-art, exhibits, interactive experiences, and artifacts commemorate significant elements of the former president’s administration, including a tribute to those lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks. There’s also a full-size replica of the Oval Office if your man is feeling totally presidential — and, he likely is, given his distinguished, grandfatherly ways.
Go back to college, hypothetically speaking, at this museum that’s on the campus of Southern Methodist University. The internationally recognized destination houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain with works dating from the 10th to the 21st centuries. You’ll see masterpieces by some of the world’s greatest painters, including El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Miró and Picasso, among many other works.
Times Ten Cellars
Wine tasting is inherently a sophisticated activity. And, it shouldn’t take much to convince your boyfriend to emerge from his man cave for this one. The tasting room is the perfect place for a low-key sip (or several). Then, relax on the patio or lounge with your favorite picks.
Tea at The Adolphus
Pinkies up; it’s tea time. And, it’s oh-so-suiting for your grandpa guy. Exquisitely executed by the historic and elegantly retro Adolphus hotel, the traditional service is presented in impeccable form with exotic blends poured into custom china along with house-made cucumber sandwiches, scones, and sweets.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
It’s time to remind your man that he still can be young at heart. And, who knows, he might be a closet LEGO nerd. Zoom back to the nostalgia of childhood at this ultimate LEGO playground and 4D cinema. It really is fun for all ages.
If you are both in love with the cocoa, this will be quite a treat. Make your man break the rules and eat dessert first here, with bonbons, truffles, macarons, and more. Then, stay for the weekly live jazz and blues every Wednesday through Saturday evening.
Studio 22 Dallas
Ballroom dancing is a shoo-in for your dapper dude. After all, he was never into those club moves. Studio 22 comes with a wealth of local celeb endorsements and has been seen on TV’s Dancing with the Stars. So, it is the place to be for everything from the tango to the waltz. And, they also do pop-up classes around town.
Scardello Artisan Cheese
Say cheese — and savor all the goodness at this boutique shop that has more than 150 handmade American, Texas, and European cheeses along with gourmet accompaniments on offer. The educational tasting classes at the store’s Oak Lawn location are a must whether he’s a cheese novice or, well, a cheese whiz — or just plain cheesy.
Dallas Theater Center
Have a night at the thee-ay-ter. But, this is no stuffy scene. The DTC has a number of different shows that range from traditional classics to progressive pieces.
Dallas World Aquarium
Worlds better than playing Go Fish at home, the aquarium adventure starts with an exotic rainforest exhibit that includes endangered species as part of conservation projects, which your eco-aware lover should appreciate. Under the sea, look at all the intriguing marine life including Japanese crabs, jellyfish, and Ribbon sea dragons. And, the black-footed and blue penguins are always a crowd fave.
Crow Collection of Asian Art
Equal parts peaceful haven and remarkable museum, this Dallas Arts District destination is a serenely serious way to marvel at centuries-old artifacts and unique works of art from China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia. The sculpture garden hidden among bamboo, maples, and azaleas might be the best part. Plan your date around any of the notable Eastern-inspired wellness classes, yoga and meditation, and lectures for an all-encompassing experience.
The Texas Theatre
Your guy will appreciate his movie with a side of history at this theatre that became infamously known as the place where Lee Harvey Oswald hid after assassinating JFK. What’s more, the place screens a plethora of classics and throwback films that will likely speak to your man’s soul.
Klyde Warren Park
Get some good, old-fashioned vitamin D and soak up the sunny rays at this city park that connects Uptown and Downtown Dallas. Sure, you can laze about on the lawn and have a picnic from the bounty of food trucks. Or, for bonus points, have your boyfriend take the free outdoor Tai Chi class with you on Saturday mornings.
Highland Park Soda Fountain
Nostalgia runs thick here — almost as thick as the milkshakes and malts. So, we have a feeling your fellow will appreciate all of its delicious charms.
Texas Rangers Game
Take him out to the ballgame! And, buy all the peanuts and Cracker Jacks you want. Or, get the Dilly Dog, which is a hot dog buried inside a deep-fried pickle. From April to September, it’s Rangers season at the ballpark and it’s a home run.
Foodies of any physical and mental age gravitate towards Trinity Groves, which serves as a sort of restaurant incubator for culinary delights of all kinds. There’s a great patio scene here, too. Stay out past his curfew, and make a full night of it with a progressive dinner experience. Hit up multiple eateries, where you can have everything from sushi to Spanish tapas, Lebanese to loaded burgers, and even vegan fare.
Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
Roller coasters probably don’t do it for your man. But, an elevator ride up 560 feet in the air at Reunion Tower might be his cup of sake. The panoramic views at this Asian-fusion restaurant rival the menu. And, the restaurant spins very slowly, so you’ll see the city from every angle. It’s all the fancy fun you need.
So, you want your grandpa to walk on the wild side. This may be the closest he’ll get. Still, communing with the lions and tigers is pretty cool.
If your date is a man of sport, a night of soccer should get him out the door. The matches are generally pretty exciting, and Toyota Stadium in Frisco is significantly easier to navigate than some of the others (you know the ones).