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Amazing Jakes

Collin Creek Mall
831 N. Central Expressway
Plano, TX 75075

Amazing Jake’s is the newest place to plan your next school field trip, church event, team party or any other group outing you can imagine. This new facility located at Collin Creek Mall features go-karts, bumper cars, miniature golf, bowling, unlimited arcade games, laser tag, rock wall climbing, great food and much more. So when planning your next outing, remember Amazing Jakes.

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Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

6701 W. Parker Road
Plano, TX 75093
972-941-7788 recorded info message

The preserve is a 200-acre park featuring vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, hiking and other outdoor activities.  Park hours are Monday thru Sunday, 5:00am-11:00pm.  Gates are closed when the park is closed.

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ArtCentre of Plano

901 East 18th St. (northeast corner of 18th and H)
Plano, TX  75074 

This art center is bringing a world of refinement to the ever-growing city of Plano. Exhibits have included batiks by Jun Ye of China and photographs of Guanajuato, Mexico by June Van Cleef. Eclectic productions range from a show of the Golden Rod Puppets by the Hobey Ford Troupe to classical guitar performed by Robert Bluestone. Every third Friday of each month at 7p is poetry night. Various featured poets are highlighted, and an open-mike session follows. Admission and exhibits are always free; however, performance prices vary.

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Fairview Farms

3316 N. Central Expressway 
Plano, TX  75074

Fairview Farms Marketplace is a unique development that takes you back to farm life years ago when life was a lot simpler. Barnyard Buddies has pony rides, a petting zoo, kid games and much more!  Stroll through the Farmer's Market and experience the great taste of our farm fresh produce. The marketplace is closed on Mondays and in off-seasons.

Check out the Fairview Corral Barn, a country-style party facility which seats 350 people; a perfect location for your next large event.

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Heritage Farmstead

1900 W. 15th Street 
Plano, TX  75075 

This four-acre museum preserves a way of life during the height of farm prosperity in the early 1900's. The beautiful Victorian home and 12 outbuildings was the hub of a 360-acre farm operated by a colorful local resident, Ammie Wilson. The museum is open to the public and guided tours are available.

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Historic Downtown Plano

Downtown Plano holds something for everyone....shopping, dining, nightlife, culture, etc.

Unique and one-of-a-kind stores and boutiques line the brick street.  In addition to shopping you can stop for a bite to eat and one of the many eateries located downtown or meet some friends for a drink after a hard days work.

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Interurban Railway Museum

901 E.15th Street 
Plano, TX  75074 

Plano transportation history is brought back to life with this interesting exhibit. Once a vital part of the Texas Electric Railway which stretched from Denison to Waco, the Interurban is one of the original electric cars that ran on the tracks through Plano. Also on site is Car 360 which carried mail, as well as passengers. Open Monday thru Friday from 10:00am-2:00pm and Saturday from 1:00pm-5:00pm. There is no entrance fee; however, contributions are greatly appreciated. Individual and group tours of the museum can be arranged by contacting the museum.

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Legacy Town Center

Located at Legacy Drive and Dallas Parkway is an eclectic array of shops and restaurants for your entertainment.  Whether you are staying at the Marriott at Legacy Town Center or going to the Angelika Film Center you can find a variety of shops and restaurants that meet nearly every mood!

In addition, you can stop to see "Trails in Legacy", a public art collection which includes a series of 22 bronze sculptures located off Bishop Road, north of Legacy Drive at Baccus Plaza.

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Main Event

3941 Central Expressway
Plano, TX  75023
(972) 881-8181

Main Event operates high volume family entertainment centers throughout Texas.  Main Event houses 45,000-75,000 square feet of high quality recreational bowling, billiards, laser tag, a unique selection of interactive games, a tempting array of quality food and beverage, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi and flexible meeting and event space with VIP accomodations for corporate meetings or group gatherings.


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North Texas Masonic Historical Museum & Library

1414 Avenue J

Plano, TX 75074

(972) 754-5112 


The history of North Texas and the history of Masonry in North Texas are one and the same. The first settlers to the North Texas area arrived in the 1840's.  The first Masonic Lodge located in the area that would become the City of Plano, Texas was chartered in 1859 and ceased operations in 1888. The second Masonic Lodge was chartered six years later in 1894 and continues its operations today. By the turn of the century, there were over 30 lodges in the North Texas area.  With a tradition spanning more than 147 years in Plano, more than 170 years in Texas and more than 300 years in the United States of America, Masons have played an important part in the cultural, social, economic, and political development of communities throughout North Texas and our Nation.  The North Texas Masonic Historical Museum & Library houses and preserves this history to utilize and disseminate this collective knowledge for Masons, historians, scholars and the public.


We are open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from (1:00 pm to 4:00pm) except for holidays.

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6205 Dallas Parkway
Plano, Texas 75024

PINSTACK is North Texas’ first state-of-the-art bowling and active entertainment destination. From VIP bowling experiences to two-story laser tag, bumper cars, LED lit six-lane rock climbing walls, hundreds of interactive games and simulator technology, PINSTACK offers fun for everyone. A chef-inspired restaurant offers an upscale dining experience before or after gaming with modern American classics, a stacked bar and craft cocktails. The “Bowl Bar,” located right next to the bowling lanes, serves guests 24 beers and six wines on tap, top shelf craft cocktails, and full-service, gourmet coffee and gelato bars.

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Southfork Ranch

3700 Hogge Road, also known as Murphy Road 
Parker, Texas 75002 

Known as the "world's most famous ranch", Southfork Ranch has attracted millions of visitors ever since it became the homestead of the fictional Ewing clan from the hit TV show, "Dallas". Although most visitors are aware that J.R., Bobby, nor Miss Ellie ever actually lived at the ranch, they are drawn to its sprawling acres in hopes of experiencing a bit of television history and a lot of Texas hospitality.

Shop at "Ranch Round Up" in the Visitors Center, featuring a wide selection of Southfork gift items and Texas collectibles.

Re-live some of the memorable moments from "Dallas" in the "Dallas Legends: Fact to Fantasy" Exhibit. See the gun that shot J.R., Lucy's wedding dress, video clips from the series, interviews with the stars, and other memorabilia that will make you feel right at home with the most famous Texans of them all, the Ewings.

Tram Tour departs the Visitors Center, taking guests through International Drive, proudly flying flags representing some of the 96 countries where "Dallas" has been broadcast. You will also be able to view Texas longhorns and American quarter horses.

At the famed Ewing Mansion, a tour guide will give interesting tidbits about the years of filming and insight into the characters of "Dallas". Guests are given a full guided tour of the "most famous white house west of D.C.".

As guests depart the mansion, they can stroll through the ranch grounds, and stop and visit "Lincolns and Longhorns," displaying Jock Ewing's original 1978 Lincoln Continental. Guests can shop here for Dallas-inspired men's and ladies apparel, decor, and accessories.

Located just 5-10 minutes from the Plano Centre, Southfork is open daily, year 'round for guided tours, private parties, special events, shopping and more!

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Billy Bob's Texas

2520 Rodeo Plaza 
Fort Worth, TX  76164 

The worlds largest country music honky-tonk. The Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music has named Billy Bob's Texas, the "best country music nightclub in the world!" See professional rodeo cowboys do their stuff in the indoor arena. They also host the biggest stars in country music every weekend, in addition to private parties and special events. Kids under 17 are always welcome with a parent or guardian.

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Cavanaugh Flight Museum

4572 Claire Chennault 
Addison, TX  75001 

Texas' newest aviation museum in Addison features 50,000 square feet of warbirds on display that have been restored to their original condition. An aviation gift shop, aviation art and memorabilia gallery with a snack shop. The museum is located just outside of Dallas on the grounds of Addison Airport and is open Monday thru Saturday from 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am-5:00pm.

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Chestnut Square Historic Village

315 S. Chestnut St.
McKinney, TX 75069


Chestnut Square Historic Village is a collection of six historic homes, a replica of a one-room school house, chapel and store on 2.5 acres just south of the downtown McKinney square.  The grounds also include a blacksmith shop, smoke house, and beautiful chapel and reception gardens.  The buildings include period artifacts showing how people lived in Collin County from 1854-1920.

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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

8525 Garland Road 
Dallas, TX  75218 

Visit the largest collection of azaleas in the Southwest! The Arboretum features 66 superbly landscaped acres of trees, gardens and lush lawns nestled beside beautiful White Rock Lake. Stroll through the gardens on your way to the 21,000 square foot DeGolyer Mansion. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the mansion is recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark.

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Dallas Heritage Village

1717 Gano Street 
Dallas, TX  76215 

Step back in time when you visit the Dallas Heritage Village located within Old City Park. With 35 restored structures and four reproductions, the 13-acre park is an accredited institution of the American Association of Museums. The park is a museum of architectural and cultural history, interpreting Dallas and North Central Texas during 1840-1910. The Brent Place Restaurant is located on the park site and is open on a daily basis, featuring a menu of home-style and gourmet cuisine.

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Dallas Museum of Art

1717 N. Harwood Street 
Dallas, TX  75201 

Art from around the world. The collections of the Dallas Museum of Art are as diverse as the interests of the community it serves. The major holdings are in ancient American, African, Indonesian and contemporary art, as well as American decorative art. The museum serves as a cultural center for the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. After your tour, stop by one of two restaurants or visit the Museum Store and take home a souvenir.

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Dallas World Aquarium and Rainforest

1801 N. Griffin 
Dallas, TX  75202 

Features 80,000 gallons of saltwater exhibits including sharks, stingrays and hundreds of reef fish, all living in a coral reef ecosystem. The immersion rainforest exhibit features plants and animals from Venezuela, along the Orinoco River. Open Monday thru Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm.

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Dallas Zoo

650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway 
Dallas, TX  75203 

The 95-acre Dallas Zoo features the ExxonMobil Endangered Tiger Habitat with rare Sumatran and Indochinese tigers; the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo with interactive, educational exhibits for toddlers to pre teens; and the 25-acre Wilds of Africa with the Kimberly Clark Chimpanzee Forest and Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center. Don't miss the new Endangered Species Carousel in the Entry Plaza!  Open Monday thru Sunday, 9:00am 4:00pm, daily except Christmas.

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Fair Park

1300 Robert C. Cullum Boulevard 
Dallas, TX  75210 

This 277-acre National Historic Landmark is home to the State Fair of Texas every October and is visited by over seven million people annually. While at the Fair, you will find the African-American Museum, Dallas Aquarium, Age of Steam Railroad Museum, The Cotton Bowl, The Science Place, TI Founders IMAX® Theater, The Science Place Planetarium and much more.

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Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

131 E. Exchange Avenue 
Fort Worth, TX  76164 

The area was designated as a historical landmark in 1976, and is considered one of Texas' most popular tourist attractions. At the Stockyards you will find everything you need from holiday fun to Texas history. You will find plenty of shopping, nightlife, restaurants, and entertainment that will give you a taste of the old west.

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Fort Worth Zoo

1989 Colonial Parkway 
Fort Worth, TX  76110 

Visit the Fort Worth Zoo and see more than 5,000 exotic and native animals in beautifully landscaped natural habitats. Established in 1909, the Fort Worth Zoo is the oldest zoo site in Texas and one of the top zoos in the nation.  Monday thru Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am-6:00pm.

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Frisco Heritage Museum

6455 Page Street
Frisco TX 75034

Embark on a journey through local history at the Frisco Heritage Museum and Frisco Junction, a living village comprised of buildings representing the area's rich history. Visitors will not only see and hear the past come alive, they will participate in recreating history in many of the interactive exhibits throughout the Museum and historic structures. Jump into Frisco's past and help create Frisco's future.

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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX 75069

The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary is a 289-acre outdoor preserve and nature museum. Guests encounter numerous species of birds, insects, and animals that have found refuge within the rapidly developing Collin County area. The museum features: the Living Lab, an interactive hands-on science laboratory; Venomous Snakes of Texas exhibit; and rotating nature art exhibits. The Heard is open Monday thru Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm and Sundays, 1:00pm-5:00pm.  Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for ages 3-12 and seniors. Open year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Group discounts and education tours available. Located one mile east of Highway 5 South on FM 1378. For more information, call 972-562-5566.

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Hurricane Harbor

1800 Lamar Boulevard 
Arlington, TX  76006 

Enjoy acres of water fun at Hurricane Harbor. The park offers cool pools, giant slides and thrilling rides for a full day of fun and relaxation. Other features include a special water playground for children, a gift shop with souvenirs and swimwear, as well as snack bars. Picnic coolers are allowed; however, alcohol and glass containers are not allowed. Seasonal days and hours: open daily through summer: open weekends through September.

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International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame

621 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX  76011

Journey back to where bowling began. Discover an interactive museum brimming with one-of-a-kind bowling artifacts, a unique bowling experience and a cutting-edge glimpse at the far-flung future of this global pastime.

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Kimbell Art Museum

3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard 
Fort Worth, TX  76107 

The Kimbell Art Museum's holdings range in period from antiquity to the 20th century, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Monet and many others. The Museum is also one of the few institutions in the Southwest with a substantial collection of Asian arts. Tours are offered every Wednesday at 2:00pm and Sunday at 3:00pm. Special interest tours can be arranged at least two weeks in advance. Enjoy lunch, dinner buffet or Sunday brunch at The Buffet Restaurant in the museum.

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Louis Tussand's Waxworks

601 E. Palace Parkway 
Grand Prarie, TX  75050 

The Palace allows you to enter a magical kingdom where you can see famous Hollywood stars, both past and present.  Not only can you mingle with the stars of the entertainment world, but you can enter a world of terrifying frights of Hollywood classics.  In addition to Hollywood icons on display, you can meet the past 41 presidents.  Find out how these wax figures are made and create your own hand in wax.

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Medieval Times

2021 N. Stemmons Freeway 
Dallas, TX  75207 

Enjoy an exciting evening of quality, family entertainment based upon the glory of the Middle Ages. Guests will experience spectacular pageantry, dramatic horsemanship, breathtaking swordplay, falconry, sorcery and an authentic jousting tournament between the six brave knights of the realm. During the festivities a four-course meal is served in true medieval pre-silverware fashion. Show times: Tuesday thru Sunday; hours vary. Reservations required. 

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Museum of Biblical Arts in Dallas

7500 Park Lane 
Dallas, TX  75225 

The Museum of Biblical Arts - The Biblical Arts Center has served people of all faiths and walks of life since the 1960's.  Visitors have included those from religious backgrounds including the Protestant, Catholic and Jewish communities or those that just have an interest in biblically themed art.

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North Texas Automotive Museum

677 W. Campbell Road 
Richardson, TX  75080

The NTX Automotive Museum has a wide variety of automobiles on display throughout the year.  The cars rotate as we get new automobiles in while others go on to the next showcase.  You will find any kind of automobile from classic, antique, muscle, movie-related or race car.

A special section inside the museum is dedicated to consignment vehicles.  These cars are presented by the owners and are for sale through a site sale.  You will find a small sign on the car referencing our front desk for more information.  Only the best and highest quality vehicles are allowed in our museum.

Throughout the year you will see many different events passing by from swap meets to classic car auctions, to make and model specific shows.  These events will be held outside our museum in the different parking areas.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not

601 E. Palace Parkway 
Grand Prairie, TX  75050 

Interested in seeing the unusual, odd and weird, then this is the place to be. Open Monday thru Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am-6:00pm.

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Six Flags Over Texas

2201 Road to Six Flags 
Arlington, TX  76011 

Enjoy thrilling rides, family rides, water adventures, concerts, games, shows and special attractions just for the little ones. Six Flags handles theme parties, private parties, special events, meetings, trade shows, spouse/youth/guest programs, product introductions, consignment tickets and much more, all surrounded by a multi-million dollar theme park. Seasonal operation. Please call for information. Summer: Open daily. Spring & Fall: Weekends only.

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11330 Mailbu Drive 
Dallas, TX  76229 

A unique 12-acre racing park dedicated to speed and competition. Includes four types of racing, miniature golf, game room and private rooms/event areas. SpeedZone is also the ideal place for group events and corporate meetings. And the tempting menu at the SpeedZone Cafe has something for everyone. Monday thru Friday, 11:00am-1:00am; Saturday, 10:00am-1:00am; Sunday, 10:00am-11:00pm.

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The Collin County Farm Museum

7117 County Road 166
McKinney, TX 75071

The Collin County Farm Museum was created to educate and inform people about the history of farming in Collin County and its impact in North Texas. The Farm Museum includes farming equipment from different periods of farming history. The Farm Museum consists of 8,528 square feet in the Wells Building, the blacksmith shop, the granary and the confinement house.

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The Heard-Craig House

205 West Hunt Street
McKinney TX 75069


The Heard-Craig House, built in 1900, is one of the most beautifully preserved historic homes in North Texas.  The gracious hospitality of S. D. Heard and his wife, Lillie, made this residence a center of social, business, art and literary activities. The family’s heirlooms, art objects, personal memorabilia and furniture remain in the home today. 

Thanks to the foresight of the Heard’s daughter, Kathryn (Katie), the Heard family home has been preserved so that future generations can “learn somewhat of the past.”  It was Kathryn Heard Craig’s dream that her family home be used for the “education and enlightenment of the women of McKinney.”  She believed that by providing a “club house” where the women’s clubs could meet  that they would continue to flourish; and provide personal enrichment and education to their members.  Clubs with a cultural, literary or educational focus have had the privilege of meeting in the Heard-Craig facilities since 1971.

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The Sixth Floor Kennedy Museum

411 Elm Street 
Dallas, TX  75202

"History, after all, is the memory of a nation." Little did JFK know that his quote would come to life with his death. In November of 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas and thus began the memory of a nation. Housed in the former Texas School Book Depository Building, the museum examines the life, death and legacy of President JFK.

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The Texas Pool on the Creek

901 Springbrook Dr
Plano, Texas 75075
972-881-TEXAS (8392)

The historic Texas Pool is 168 thousand gallons of saltwater shaped like the great State of Texas. It is located near downtown Plano off 15th Street near Alma. The Texas Pool is supported by a membership base, but offers a tourist pass for visitors and hosts a number of free and public events each season. The Memorial Day celebration with the National Moment of Remembrance and National Night Out are just two examples of free public events at the Texas Pool. The Texas Pool is one of Plano's very own historic Texas style attractions. Check their website for hours and more information about the visitor pass.

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West End Marketplace

603 Munger Avenue 
Dallas, TX  75202 

You have reached the shopping and entertainment center of the west end of downtown Dallas. Eat and mingle with the stars at Planet Hollywood! Satisfy your sweet tooth and tempt your taste buds at The Fudgery. Enjoy an entire day or evening all under one roof browsing specialty shops and getting caught up in all the action!  Open Monday thru Thursday, 11:00am-10:00pm; Friday and Saturday, 11:00am-12:00am; Sundays, 12:00pm-6:00pm.

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Zero Gravity Thrill Ride Adventure Park

11131 Malibu Drive
Dallas, TX 75229

Zero Gravity Thrill Ride Adventure Park offers the biggest adrenaline rush you can experience in a safe environment.  We have been in business for 16 years and offer many different "extreme" rides including a bungee tower, the Skycoaster, The Texas Blastoff and the Nothin' But the Net.   If you are looking for something different and fun, the Zero Gravity is for you.

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas / Fort Worth

Visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas / Fort Worth and it's like you've jumped into the world's biggest box of LEGO bricks! With over 2 million LEGO bricks under one roof featuring large-scale hands-on exhibits, rides & films, plus birthday parties, this is a great way to have fun with the whole family. 

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