Whether you’re coming for business or pleasure, Plano Texas has the attractions to help you seal the deal or take a load off. Outdoorsy types will appreciate the luscious nature preserves and parks that call the city home, while lovers of the arts will find plenty here to appreciate. Visitors of all stripes will agree that between Plano and the surrounding DFW area, the dining – especially the barbecue – is second to none. The following are just a few of the top attractions in Plano.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
Enjoy a picnic, mountain bike, run the three miles of paved trails, or spot wildlife; there’s no wrong way to enjoy this lovely bit of nature on the western edge of Plano.
6701 West Parker Road, Plano, TX 75093, (972) 941-7250
ArtCentre of Plano
The ArtCentre of Plano inspires, supports, and promotes excellence, diversity and vitality in the arts and arts education in the community. A “home for the arts” in Plano, the historic and newly renovated Saigling House offers something for everyone. Browse through the art galleries for displays of local artists, as well as national shows.
901 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074, (972) 423-7809
This 321-seat, proscenium-style theater is best known as the home of the Courtyard Texas Music Series, but you can also catch plays, musicals, concerts, and recitals here throughout the year. Various rotating art exhibits are on display in the theatre year-round, as well.
1509 H Avenue, Plano, TX 75074, (972) 941-5600
Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course
One of the best parks in Plano just got even better. National adventure company Go Ape brings its treetop canopy tour experience to Oak Point Park. Take in the view while riding zip lines, fly on “Tarzan swings,” and tackle more than 40 different obstacles.
5901 Los Rios Boulevard, Plano, TX 75074, (800) 971-8271
Heritage Farmstead Museum
A living history museum depicting life on the Blackland Prairie in the late 1800’s, the Heritage Farmstead Museum has exhibits like a replica 1895 schoolhouse and the 1892 Farrell-Wilson House. Costumed docents explain the numerous furnishings, tools, and other Victorian-era objects on display during your guided tour, or you can explore at your own pace. Open Tuesday through Sunday.
1900 West 15th Street, Plano, TX 75075, (972) 881-0140
Interurban Railway Museum
The Interurban Railway Museum tells the story of the Texas Electric Railway and its impact on Plano’s history through interactive exhibits and antique photos. A highlight is the tour of the refurbished 1911 Car No. 360 that is guided by a knowledgeable staff member. Admission is free but donations are encouraged.
901 East 15th Street, Plano, TX 75074, (972) 941-2117
An upscale, open-air shopping center, Lakeside Market features well-known names like Sur La Table and GNC alongside locally owned establishments like Weir’s Furniture Village.
Preston Road at Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75093, (469) 232-3400
Opening Summer 2017 is Legacy West, a $3.2 billion dollar, 255-acre development boasting 415,000 dynamic square feet of open-air retail and restaurant space. Additionally, it is home to the North American headquarters of Toyota and FedEx Office as well as the regional headquarters for JPMorgan Chase and Liberty Mutual with more than 20,000 employees, making it one of the largest new job centers in the state. A 303-room Renaissance Legacy Hotel, two stunning, high-rise luxury living towers, more than 1,200 luxury apartments and 127 urban villas complete the project.
5905 Legacy Drive, Plano, Texas 75024, (214) 473-9700
Oak Point Park
At 800 acres, Oak Point is Plano’s largest park and the site of outdoor concerts at its 1,500-seat amphitheater. Take advantage of three-and-a-half miles of concrete trails for walking and biking, and five miles of nature trails along Rowlett Creek.
5901 Los Rios Boulevard, Plano, TX 75074, (972) 941-7250
Knock down some pins at PINSTACK, North Texas’ first state-of-the-art bowling and active entertainment destination. Enjoy VIP bowling experiences, show off your aim in the two-story laser tag arena, ascend the LED lit six-lane rock climbing walls, and play hundreds of interactive games. And that’s just getting started! PINSTACK offers fun for everyone. A chef-inspired restaurant offers an upscale dining experience that includes classic American cuisine and a stacked bar serving craft cocktails. That’s not all. The “Bowl Bar,” located next to the bowling lanes, has 24 beers and six wines on tap, top-shelf cocktails, and full-service gourmet coffee and gelato bars.
6205 Dallas Parkway, Plano, Texas 75024, 972-781-2695
The former “roving” theater group now has a permanent home in Plano, where it revives forgotten works and exposes theatergoers to little-known gems of the stage. In addition to putting on lively productions in an intimate setting, the troupe offers acting classes for both children and adults, taught by experienced professionals from the DFW area.
221 West Parker, Suite 580, Plano, TX 75023, (972) 849-0358
The Courses at Watters Creek
With a new name (formerly Chase Oaks) and a fully renovated course, The Courses at Watters Creek has something for players of all skill levels. Those looking for the full experience tee off on the championship Traditions Course. Beginners and those wanting a quick round should check out either the nine-hole Players Course or the lighted Futures Course, where flag distances top out at just 100 yards.
7201 Chase Oaks Boulevard, Plano, TX 75025, (214) 509-4653
The Shops at Legacy
A business-lunch locale during the day and a hopping nightlife scene at night, The Shops at Legacy is loaded with great spots to eat, drink, meet, and people-watch. When you’ve ready to drop after shopping at designer stores like Lululemon and Kendra Scott, hit the Angelika Film Center for a captivating indie movie.
7300 Lone Star Drive, Plano, TX 75024, (214) 473-8880