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9 spots for indoor fun in Dallas-Fort Worth

Too cold to go out? No problem!

North Texas sees its fair share of beautiful weather, perfect for getting outside in the sunshine. But when the colder-than-cold temps hit, we have to find our entertainment indoors. Turns out, there are plenty of fun hotspots in Dallas-Fort Worth where you can have a ball inside. Let’s check out a few of our favorites.

Let’s Get Active

Fowling Warehouse DFW

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to bowl by throwing footballs, wonder no more. Fowling Warehouse DFW is a unique concept where players throw footballs at pins — and it’s tougher than it looks! This huge facility in Plano offers a full bar and kitchen, private VIP options, and more to create a unique way to play two classic sports. Open play starts at $15, with reserved lanes available. Located at 1714 14th St, in Plano.

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Another Round

Another Round mini golf in Plano features unique and challenging holes with imaginative designs you won’t find at other mini golf experiences. The venue is family-friendly and suitable for all ages, including groups or date nights. Non-serious golfers only! And be sure to sample the spot’s full bar and menu when you need a break from the putts. Pricing starts at $14 per person. Located at 660 Fort Worth Avenue in Dallas.

SIXES Cricket

New to the U.S., SIXES might make you a cricket fan, but even if it doesn’t, you can still enjoy cocktails, tasty food, and plenty of entertainment. SIXES also offers karaoke rooms and batting cages in a colorful and playful location. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, SIXES is fun for everyone. Adult tickets start at $10/each. Located at 5740 Grandscape Blvd. in The Colony.

Let’s Go High Tech

Immersive Gamebox

Step into a totally different digital world at Immersive Gamebox, where players of all ages can compete in high-tech games like Tetris, Squid Game, and more. This multidimensional full-body experience uses sensors, cameras, and more to get your blood flowing and your heart pumping! Games start at $34.99. Located at 2525 Elm Street in Deep Ellum and 5752 Grandscape Blvd. in The Colony.

Puttshack

Another high-tech option, Puttshack, is a mini-golf and social entertainment venue with a new location in Addison, TX. Puttshack offers a modern mini-golf experience with interactive games and digital scoring in a vibrant atmosphere, with a full-service bar and a full menu of food and beverages. Starting at $14 per person. Located at 5100 Belt Line Rd #600 in Addison.

Electric Shuffle

Head back to Deep Ellum to play, drink, and dine at Electric Shuffle. Named for its signature high-tech shuffleboard, this super-fun, high-energy spot has everything for your next date night, girls’ night out, or group outing. Try the flatbreads to start, alongside a range of cocktails and mocktails, and end with a round of cake pops. $15 per person for 90 minutes of play. Located at Deep Ellum, 2615 Elm Street in Dallas.

Let’s Get Some Culture

Meow Wolf

The world-renowned immersive art experience Meow Wolf has come to DFW. See the Real Unreal exhibit, a huge, psychedelic display of art, color, sound, and texture featuring local artists who have helped create its surreal and fantastical environments that encourage exploration and discovery. Tickets start at $40. Located at Grapevine Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway in Grapevine.

Sweet Tooth Hotel

Picture yourself in a hotel dedicated to sweet treats. That’s the idea behind Sweet Tooth Hotel, an interactive art museum in Downtown Dallas. Complete with a very real bar serving very real drinks, and this sugary spot boasts plenty to explore, photograph, and discover. Check the schedule online because there are often themed events and parties going on. Tickets start at $20. Located at 1500 Elm Street in Dallas.

Kimbell Art Museum

Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum is known for its impressive art collection from antiquity to the 20th century. The museum, designed by architect Louis Kahn, is celebrated for its architectural significance and houses works by artists such as Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Monet. We recommend you stop by The Kimbell Cafe for a meal to top off your visit. Adults’ tickets are $18. Located at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth.

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Explore the indoor playgrounds where adults go for fun and games

Embrace your inner child at these entertaining venues.

Honestly, why should kids have all the fun? The truth is, adults deserve to let off a little steam every now and then too — and, thankfully, the Valley has some epic indoor playground options that are just perfect for date night, a lazy Sunday with your pals, or an after-work happy hour hang. Read on to discover the best spots for ax-throwing, arcade gaming, go-cart racing, and more. 

Breakthrough (smash room)

Have you ever wanted to smash things with a baseball bat or sledgehammer — without the risk of a lawsuit or the need to clean up afterward? Head straight to Breakthrough, Arizona’s number-one smash room and let off some steam by destroying everything in your path. You’ll don some protective gear, of course, and then spend two hours taking turns with up to five of your best buddies as you smash breakable items into smithereens. The experience even comes with pizza and soft drinks, in case you start running low on energy halfway through. 

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Bouldering Project

Climbing the walls with boredom? Climb them with intention at Bouldering Project in Tempe instead. This modern facility within the Maker district, which neighbors the ASU campus, has a climbing space for grown-ups and little ones, yoga, and an in-house coffee kiosk featuring Arizona’s top coffee roaster to fuel your efforts. Check out the community-focused courtyard for special events and movie nights, like “Parent’s Night Out” every Friday where they’ll host your kiddos so the parents can have their own fun. 

LumberjAxes

With locations in the Tempe Marketplace and Westgate Entertainment District, LuberjAxes is an easy-to-access ax-throwing experience no matter where you reside in the Valley. While outdoor ax-throwing venues are typically on the rugged side, LuberjAxes is an elevated experience set in an event venue with a full bar serving craft cocktails, scratch kitchen (think: lasagna rolls, chicken teriyaki pizza, and Not Your Mammies Apple Pie), flat-screen TVs to watch the game, and comfortable seating. Grab a lane (which accommodates up to eight people) and test your skills in style.

Octane Raceway 

Zoom your way across the finish line at a palm-sweating and heart-pumping 45 mph with high-speed kart racing at Octane Raceway. Racing 14 laps on this 1/3-mile indoor/outdoor track is an absolute thrill and the driver with the best lap time wins the race. You’ll gain speed on straightaways and battle for position through the switchbacks — pop by on Grand Prix Tuesday nights for a chance to win some prizes (there’s even a rolling start so you’ll feel like you’re in the big leagues). 

Puttshack

Puttshack isn’t your grandfather’s boring putt-putt experience — it’s an indoor, tech-centric, nine-hole miniature golfing course won’t require you to do math with a tiny pencil. The balls track your gameplay, and you can earn or lose points based on your skills. The screens will guide you through your game, and you’re playing for points, which means the highest score wins. Look for bonuses and watch out for hazard traps along the way. Each game only lasts about 30 minutes, and there are places to drink crafted cocktails at each hole. 

The Nemesis Club Escape Games

Looking for a truly immersive escape room with one hour of action-packed adventures? The struggle is real at The Nemesis Club, but you’ll have a ton of fun along the way. Once you enter the themed game environment — choose between Evil Robots and Mogollon Monsters — you’ll receive your mission and work with your team to uncover clues. As you solve puzzles, you’ll get closer and closer to cracking the code and beating the clock. Oh, and did we mention this escape room is hidden inside the Soda Jerk Milkshake Bar on High Street in Phoenix? Finding your way IN is half the battle!

Cobra Arcade Bar

Kick it old school at the Cobra Arcade Bar on 2nd Street in downtown Phoenix, which offers a rotating collection of vintage arcade games (including various pinball games, and favorites like Mortal Kombat, Frogger, Ms. PacMan, NBA Jam, and more). All of the games operate on tokens (pro tip: go on Token Tuesdays, where you can get free tokens with drink purchases or on Wednesdays when ladies play for free), and you can often find DJs and food trucks onsite. Come for the arcade games, but stay for the cocktails and draft beers. 

Let it Roll Bowling

Nothing says a fun night out on the town like a pair of rented shoes, but throwing strikes at one of 32 lanes at Let it Roll should help you get over your fashion faux pas embarrassment. Rock N Cosmic Bowl on Friday and Saturday nights is an especially fun time with a nightclub vibe thanks to a kickin’ sound system. There’s also an arcade, a full bar, and a restaurant serving pizza, chicken wings, nachos, mozzarella sticks, and burgers.

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How to stay fit without a gym membership

Prioritize your fitness and wellness with these cost-saving solutions.

Traditional gym memberships sometimes come with a hefty price tag, particularly given stubborn inflation, but maintaining your health doesn’t have to break the bank. All you need is a bit of creativity and motivation to find opportunities in your very own city. Try these fun, accessible, and budget-friendly options to achieve your fitness and financial goals.

Find your people

Fitness isn’t a fleeting transformation; it’s a lifestyle change that comes with the occasional challenge. Working out in a group with like-minded people who share the same goals helps strengthen your motivation and focus. 

Consider Meetup groups for competitive play at any level, from casual pick-up soccer games to dodgeball (or any activity you like!), to meet new friends and elevate your well-being. Or search for fitness-centric groups on social media to like and follow. Let the algorithm do some heavy lifting.

If you have a specific activity in mind, find local groups dedicated to it. For instance, Rungeorgia.com provides an exhaustive list of running clubs for adults and children. 

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Get fitness gains by giving back

Volunteering has dual benefits: serving your community and, if you find the right opportunity, boosting your heart rate. Many volunteer activities involve physical tasks like park cleanups, neighborhood beautification projects, community gardening, or event support. 

Organizations like Hands On Atlanta and the YMCA have extensive volunteer programs, including athletic coaching, warehouse labor, and food pantry prep and distribution. Support Habitat for Humanity’s home renovation projects or community gardens like Metro Atlanta’s Urban Farm and work up a sweat while paying it forward. 

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Hit the trail

Hiking, walking, running, and cycling outdoors can promote your physical health and mental health. Across the Greater Atlanta area, there are picturesque trails in almost every direction. Many paths have excellent views, so you can boost your health and explore geographic gems that are all around you.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, about 45 minutes northwest of Atlanta’s city center, offers a variety of trails that range from a half-mile to 16 miles, providing accessible options for new and experienced hikers alike. 

Head east from downtown Atlanta to Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, where you’ll find 40,000 acres serving as an outdoor playground for biking, hiking, and fishing. Visitors can enjoy accessible trails and guided tours or discover a new favorite path — just download a visitor’s guide and start the journey. 

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, nestled in a southwest Atlanta neighborhood, is a hidden gem of natural wonders, including springs, waterfalls, and ancient rock formations. The area is one of the largest forests inside the city limits and offers easy walking trails (no biking) that will give you a glimpse of beauty while you reach your wellness goals. 

In fact, in almost every corner of Metro Atlanta, you can find a trail that will work for your fitness goals. 

Take advantage of the workout spaces all around you 

If you love nature, consider taking your workout outdoors. Exercising in a natural environment exposes you to fresh air and sunlight, enhancing your activity and increasing the likelihood of sticking to your exercise routine. Jonquil, Arrow Creek, Piedmont, Old Clarkdale, and Rodney Cook Sr. Parks are just a few of the options available. Hours of operation vary, but facilities generally have flexible opening and closing times. Most don’t require an entrance or membership fee and offer trails, workout stations, and more. 

Or consider gyms right where you live. Some apartment communities offer state-of-the-art fitness centers, free group classes, dedicated gym/workout support, and other location-specific amenities that help your well-being right at home. You don’t even need to leave your four walls — any living space can become a gym with the right app or YouTube tutorial, with online educators offering fitness styles ranging from HIIT to Pilates. 

You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a membership to get in shape. When you approach the city as your gym, maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle is not only possible; it’s thrilling. Atlanta has a wealth of opportunities to help you stay active. The streets, parks, and community spaces are your personal fitness playground. Engage in new outdoor activities, connect with others, uncover some of the city’s hidden gems, and curate a fitness plan on your terms. 

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