Whether you are visiting Plano and the Dallas area over spring break or planning a staycation, we have your guide for planning the ultimate Plano adventure.
For the Adventurous
An active entertainment venue for kids and adults? Yes, please! Wear the kids out and enjoy yourself too at PINSTACK, one of Plano’s newest entertainment destinations. 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.
Plano has more than 56 miles of recreational trails open to the public. Chances are there’s a trail near you! Get trail information here including downloadable trail maps. Two major parks within the city of Plano offer great opportunities to connect with the outdoors. Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve is 800 acres and has 3.5 miles of concrete trails and 5 miles of soft trails along Rowlett Creek. Be sure to check out the new Go Ape Treetop Adventure course at Oak Point Park which is made up of numerous rope ladders and 39 exciting crossings including Pirates Crossing, Fisherman’s Trap, Bosun’s Chair, two Tarzan swings and five zip lines! Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park with hike and bike trails, a 2-mile walking trail and stunning views of the prairie and forest.
Stop 3: 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”. Re-live some of the memorable moments from “Dallas” in the “Dallas Legends: Fact to Fantasy” Exhibit then take a tram around the property to the famous Ewing Mansion for a guided tour. You can even experience Southfork Ranch on horse-back; trail rides are available seven days a week.
Attend an Event
If you have ever been intrigued by fly fishing but didn’t know where to begin, now is your chance: The first-ever Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival will be held at Plano Centre March 11-12, 2017. Festival hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. View the event schedule here.
Fly fishing professionals from around the country will participate in this two-day extravaganza. Attendees can meet rod, reel, and line manufacturers; fly fishing guides; expert fly casters and fly tyers; and lodges and outfitters from across Texas as well as Colorado, Montana, and Tennessee. Attendees can learn how to cast a two-handed Spey rod, tie just the right fly for a particular local water, or “test drive” a kayak on the indoor kayak demo pond.
Beer tasting tickets, included in admission, enable patrons 21 years and older to sample the wares of some of the best microbreweries in Texas. General admission is $20 and a weekend pass is $35. Children 16 years old and younger are free with an adult paying ticket.
Get in the Saint Patrick’s Day spirit at Dark Hours Haunted House March 17-18, and yes, there will be leprechauns and witches. Guests who are daring enough to go will find themselves caught up in a terrifying power struggle between magical figures from Irish lore.
Following in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, The Fillmore Pub in the Downtown Plano Arts District is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Bash featuring live music, giveaways, specials, and Irish food all day.
Don’t Miss Opportunities
Children are mesmerized by trains! And luckily, you can get to and from Plano via DART! Choose from three stops in Plano: Parker Road Station, Downtown Plano and the George Bush Turnpike Station. Visit dart.org for more information.
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Hard Knocks photo credit: Hard Knocks
Interurban Railway Museum photo credit: Visit Plano
McCall Plaza photo credit: Visit Plano
DART photo credit: Visit Plano