Make it a summer to remember with your family and friends in Plano, TX. From family activities to friends night out, here are 10 things for you to plan to do in Plano this summer.
Make Your Summer plans
1. Make a Splash
The Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West’s third floor oasis includes a rooftop swimming pool + spa, with large, resort-style umbrellas along the perimeter. Complete with a bar and grill, it’s easy to lose track of time. Looking for more fun? Secure your space with a cabana rental. Available for reservations through Resort Pass or directly at the hotel, these cabanas allow you to stay shady all summer.
Swim across Texas at the historic Texas Pool, a 168,000 gallon saltwater pool shaped like the great State of Texas. It’s also a National Landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places! The pool is open Memorial Day to Labor Day and features a diving board, two water slides, and an island with a shallow “South Texas” wading area for small children and parents. Cook out on their BBQ grills or enjoy the snack bar. There are also picnic tables and a beach volleyball court. Tourist passes are available.
Stay cool by visiting one of Plano’s indoor and outdoor pool locations: Carpenter Park Recreation Center (indoor), Jack Carter Pool (outdoor), Liberty Recreation Center (outdoor), Oak Point Recreation Center (outdoor; indoor pool will be closed May 8-May 27 for repairs), Plano Aquatic Center (indoor pool and outdoor splash pad), and Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center (indoor/outdoor). Admission to the pools is included in Plano Recreation Center memberships. Non-members and guests can pay a minimal daily admission fee at each pool. Outdoor pools will be open Sunday, May 27 through August 6. Check individual rec center pages for hours of operation.
Hit the splash pad at Liberty Playground at Windhaven Meadows Park, Jack Carter Pool, Plano Aquatic Center, and Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center.
2. Catch Live Music
When it comes to finding live music in Plano, Legacy Hall knows how put on a show! All summer long they are throwing out all the tunes of all genres. From Kenny Chesney to Queen, Legacy Hall has all the best tribute concerts covered this summer. Check out all their upcoming shows and events on their calendar.
Another music hotspot is McCall Plaza in the Downtown Plano Arts District. Enjoy free live music in the Downtown Sessions summer music series from artists like Colton Hamilton, All Funk Radio Show, Lasting Effect, Quentin Moore, Texas Bluesmen and more. There are also fun and free Karaoke Nights. Don’t miss out on all the fun in downtown Plano; check upcoming events on our calendar here.
The Plano Community Band is also bringing back their Summer Concerts in the Park at Haggard Park in the Downtown Plano Arts District on June 5, June 19, July 17 and July 31.
3. Celebrate July Fourth
Celebrate Independence Day in Plano with several patriotic events. On July 3 at Haggard Park in the Downtown Plano Arts District, enjoy the Plano Community Band’s free Patriotic Concert at 7pm. On July 4, swim across Texas at The Texas Pool and enjoy food, traditional pool games and legendary fun in the sun. Admission is $10 per person; veterans and active-duty military get in FREE with an ID.
Of course, we’ve got to have fireworks! Come out to Oak Point Park for Plano’s free All American 4th celebration. The festival opens at 6pm and fireworks begin at 9:30pm. Parking will be available at Collin College.
The Rotary Clubs of Plano are also hosting a 4th of July parade along Spring Creek Parkway in between Collin College and the Red Tail Pavilion at 7:30pm immediately prior to the fireworks.
4. Shop Till You Drop
One thing is for sure when it comes to Plano, there are endless shopping options to experience. Dallas may be known as one of the top shopping destinations in the U.S., but just 20 miles north, you can continue the one-of-a-kind shopping adventure in Plano.
From Legacy West, The Shops at Legacy, The Shops at Willow Bend to the Downtown Plano Arts District and everywhere in between – Plano is brimming with shopping areas. Check out Plano’s shopping adventure here.
Don’t miss the new luxury shopping at Legacy West. The line-up of the best-of luxury retail includes: Gucci, CHANEL Beauty, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, and Louis Vuitton.
Don’t forget to check-out Third Monday Trade Days at Southfork Ranch June 16-18, July 14-16, and August 18-20 featuring over 200 different booths selling everything from clothing, antiques, hand crafted items, furniture, specialty foods, and so much more.
5. Walk the boardwalk
Day or night, The Boardwalk at Granite Park makes for a special dining experience! Nestled in the middle of the Granite Park corporate business center sits a 30,000 square foot restaurant park called The Boardwalk. With restaurants of all types, a casual family-friendly atmosphere, entertainment, and an amazing waterfront view, The Boardwalk is the perfect place for a patio brunch date with friends, a fun family dinner, or a late night date spot. Grab a beverage from one of the restaurants on The Boardwalk and relax with friends on the waterfront!
6. Dodge the heat at Crayola Experience
Plano’s most colorful attraction, the Crayola Experience at The Shops at Willow Bend, is an amazing place where visitors can explore 22 hands-on attractions in a 60,000 square foot space that Parents Magazine calls one of the “Top 10 Trips to Take Before Your Kid Turns 10.”
7. Fly high at Go Ape
The first treetop adventure course in Texas is just minutes from the Downtown Plano Arts District at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve. This vast area of natural beauty sits on 800 acres and features more than just a canopy tour. Go Ape includes five individual sections with rope ladders and 39 exciting crossings.
8. Fowl-On at Fowling Warehouse
Fowling is a unique and entertaining game that merges football with bowling, and in Plano at Fowling Warehouse, older children and their parents can have a blast playing this new sport. It’s as easy as throwing a football at ten bowling pins until someone knocks them all down.
9. Sip & Shop at Legacy West
C’mon, get happy with Legacy West and Plano Magazine at the Happy Hour Hike, a monthly sip-and-shop event where guests enjoy wine, beer and cocktails while discovering new shops, restaurants and experiences throughout the Legacy West neighborhood. There will also be photo-ops, featured local artisans and non-profits, and a chance to win a $300 gift basket to your favorite store! This summer, enjoy this event on June 1, July 6, and August 3.
10. Be a Plano Foodie
Visit Plano has a FREE and limited-time foodie pass! Now through September 30, 2023, you can accumulate points for checking-in at participating restaurants and redeeming coupons, then your points can be cashed in for awesome prizes. Once you check-in to 20 restaurants, you will be automatically entered into the Fit for a Foodie sweepstakes which includes a Chef’s Table Dinner Experience, amazing hotel stays, and up to $500 in restaurant gift cards! Sign up at visitplano.com/tasteofplano.