15 Things To Do
It may look historic, but don’t let that deceive you. The urban dining scene has a cool vibe and plenty to keep you busy. From family breakfast spots to hip bars for a night out with the girls. If shopping is on your must-do, unique boutiques selling a variety of goods from handmade jewelry to antiques are also on the street. Check out Urban Crust, Urban Rio or Lockhart Smokehouse, just a couple of blocks away from the Dallas Area Rapid Transit stop.
All Aboard at the Interurban Museum
Electric rails are nothing new. In fact, the Texas Electric Railway was a vital part of Plano history, which you can experience at this downtown gem, the Interurban Museum. See the original ticket window and climb onto a refurbished rail car. Find out how Plano mistakenly got its name and how the railway was used to shuttle workers until 1948. Read more about the Interurban Museum.
Visit the Set of the Hit Show "Dallas"
Southfork Ranch, the fictional home of the Ewing family from the hit show “Dallas” is just minutes from the center of Plano. There’s plenty here to keep you busy, including ranch tours, horseback riding and exhibits and memorabilia from the show. Peek into the “Hollywood-ready” set of “The New Dallas”, including the scene of J. R.’s murder.
Bowl A Round at Pinstack
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,â€ 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.
Milk a Cow at Heritage Farmstead
Wondering what the area was like in the 19th century? Heritage Farmstead can take you back with its original buildings, museum and active farm and garden museum. The 1891 Victorian farm is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a must-see for fourth graders in the Plano school district.
Ride Your Bike Around Town
With more than 56 miles of trails criss-crossing the city, it’s a great way to see Plano. You can even find the routes on Google. Just go to Google Maps and then follow these instructions:
- Click “Get Directions” on top left
- Select the bicycle icon
- Type your starting address in the A field
- Type your the destination address in the B field or by using the map to the right, select where you want to go.
- Click “Get Directions” below the address fields.
Spot a longhorn
Here in Plano cosmopolitan meets country. Iconic Texas Longhorns can be seen lounging around some of the city’s large fields and green spaces. And yes, the horns are real! Check them out at the following locations. And if you see more let us know or share a picture.
Try an Escape Room
Escape room games are like live video games. Working as a team, groups must find clues, solve puzzles and “escape” from their locked room before time is up. At Plano’s Escape Expert, choose from one of several escape themes. In Attic Society, decipher clues left by an ancestor. In Chase Case, solve the mystery of a cruise ship heist. It’s an adrenaline-filled activity for groups of all sizes. Room themes and levels of difficulty vary; each escape room game is suitable for ages 10 and older. Escape Expert has amenities for corporate groups too.
Play Outside at Arbor Hills Reserve
The outdoors is calling at Arbor Hills Nature Reserve, a 200 acre park in Plano. Featuring hike and bike trails, and a 2 mile walking trail, you’ll see some of the most stunning views in the region. You can even enjoy them long after the sun goes down. Interpretive trail markers dot the park, which features three ecosystems: Blackland prairie, riparian forest and upland forest. You can even use it for orienteering, if that’s your thing. Want a sneak preview of the trails? Check out this video.
Do Some Power Shopping
You won’t believe the choices for shopping in Plano. More than 70 shopping centers at several locations in town, including the Collin Creek Mall, The Shops at Willow Bend and the Shops at Legacy.
Cruise Headquarters Road
The name may not sound impressive, but the drive along this stretch of Plano road will take you past the headquarters of JC Penney, Frito-Lay, Yum Foods, Capital One, Toyota, FedEx Office, and Liberty Mutual. Just a handful of the Fortune 100 companies who call Plano their national or regional home. Plano has more than 12 million square feet of corporate headquarters and regional office space.
Go Ape! Treetop Adventure Course
The first treetop adventure course in Texas is just minutes from historic downtown Plano at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve. This vast area of natural beauty sits on 800 acres and features more than just a canopy tour. It includes five individual sections with rope ladders and 39 exciting crossings. Book your adventure here.
Absorb Yourself in Art
But don’t let the historic location of the Art Center of Plano fool you. The offerings at this visual and performing arts center are diverse. From painting and photography to ceramics, it’s a changing array of genres and artists. In the heart of historic downtown Plano, too.
Ride the DART
Skip the rental car and get to Plano via the Dallas Area Rapid Transit System (DART). Plano is as far north as you can go on DART. Choose from three stops in Plano: Parker Road Station, Downtown Plano and the George Bush Turnpike Station. Visit dart.org for more info.
Grab a Bite
With more than 700 restaurants in Plano, it will be a tough choice. We’ll just point you to our restaurant listing section and wish you good luck.