10 indoor activities in D-FW to help you beat the summer heat

Updated on July 17, 2018 because it's very hot outside.

It's official: we're in the dead of summer. If you're tired of laying by the pool or binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix, it's time to find some new ways to beat the relentless Texas heat. Yes, you can always hit up your local bar or catch the newest movie, but if you're itching to find something more out of the ordinary, check out our list of adventurous activities below.

From doughnut and beer pairings to trivia night, there's something for everyone.

Free Play Arcade (Richardson, Arlington and Denton)

Offers over 80 of your favorite arcade games from your childhood, along with an impressive craft beer and food menu.

Barcadia (Dallas and Fort Worth)

Also has an impressive amount of arcade games plus a full menu (with delicious, made-from-scratch food) and 24 beers on tap.

Bowl & Barrel (Dallas)

How Uptown does bowling with stylish décor, a menu featuring everything from oysters to house-made pie and a full bar.

Wild Detectives (Oak Cliff)

Nestled in an old Oak Cliff house, this quaint book store/coffee shop hosts book signings, readings, wine tastings and live DJs.

Craft brewery tours

Take your pick from the variety of local craft breweries all over D-FW, including Denton, Granbury and McKinney.

Aric Hulsey, on ladder, gives a tour of the brewery at the Community Beer Company Open House & Tour event Saturday September 13, 2014 in Dallas.

Ping Pong Bars

Who doesn't love a solid game of table tennis? Head to the Peticolas brewery in Dallas or The Billiard Den in Richardson to channel your inner Forrest Gump.

The Dallas Museum of Art

If the free admission doesn't entice you, hopefully the art and exhibits from around the world will.

Beer and Food Pairings at LUCK

This Trinity Groves treasure hosts monthly events where they pair a selection of local beers and donuts, pie or cookies.

Geeks Who Drink

Insanely challenging yet addicting, compete for prizes at this weekly event hosted by venues all over D/FW.

Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium and Legoland (Grapevine Mills Mall)

Experience aquatic life or step into a world of LEGOs with these two interactive sites that are attached to Grapevine Mills Mall.

Goes Well With...


Free Play Arcade (Richardson)


Free Play Arcade (Arlington)


Barcadia (Dallas)


Barcadia (Fort Worth)


Bowl and Barrel


The Wild Detectives


Peticolas Brewing Co.


Dallas Museum of Art




Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium


LEGOLAND Discovery Center