5 Insider Tips for Planning the Perfect Meeting in Plano

Updated: 6/2/22

Originally published on Texas Meetings + Events.

Utilize the CVB

Visit Plano is made up of resident experts who will work with you on all the specifics of your meeting needs. Once your event is booked, a coordinator will work with you on the specifics of your meeting needs from online housing coordination to youth/spouse program ideas. Other services available include tours and special event planning, registration assistance, welcome packets and pre-printed name badges for guests, arranging site inspections, and promotion and publicity assistance. Bonus, all of Visit Plano’s services are actually complimentary when planners use a minimum of 50 hotel rooms on a peak night.

Meet at the Event Center

The 86,400 square feet at the Plano Event Center can accommodate a variety of different meeting and event needs. This full-service facility, located in the North Dallas Metroplex, can comfortably accommodate up to 5,000 people in a total of 21,600 square feet of exhibition space, and also offers 14 break-out rooms, a built-in stage, portable dance floor, and garden terrace. Everything is available onsite from in-house catering to AV equipment and a lighting and sound system, to parking. Plus, it’s located near a variety of hotels and restaurants, golf courses, historic downtown Plano, shopping malls, and Southfork Ranch. For more meeting facilities in Plano, click here

Dine, Drink & Discover

To truly experience a new city, it’s important to experience the local food and beverage scene and Plano has over 1,000 restaurants within its city limits. From barbeque to Mediterranean to steak and seafood establishments, there’s an eatery to satisfy any culinary craving. A few highlights include Norma’s Cafe, First Watch, and Main Street Bakery for a delicious start to the day. Urban Crust, Earls Kitchen + Bar, Toasted Coffee + Kitchen are great for a mid-day break. Legacy Hall, Bulla Gastrobar, Sixty Vines, and Mexican Sugar offer delectable dinners, while Sprinkles and Haywire serve up fun dessert and drinks, respectively. With over 45 restaurants offering private dining space, Plano is additionally a great spot to meet and eat with your group.

Break Out with Team Building Activities

Forget the whiteboard and role-playing, Plano has a long list of corporate team-building activities fit for everyone from the adventure-seeker to the foodie. Explore the latest trend in team-building at Escape Expert, where there are nine escape rooms that can accommodate groups of up to 100 people, or take it up a notch at Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure. Get your game on at Main Event, PINSTACK, WhirlyBall & LaserWhirld, and Plano Super Bowl, or ignite your creative side at the Crayola Experience, Bottle & Bottega, Painting with a Twist, or Board and Brush Creative Studio. Groups can give back and volunteer with Hope’s Door and Minnie’s Food Pantry, or heat it up in the kitchen with Tre Wicox Cooking Concepts.

Explore the Second Least Stressed City in America

For additional downtime exploration, Plano has plenty of attractions to discover – outside of the teambuilding and culinary scenes. Connect with nature and rent canoes in Oak Point Park or enjoy the good weather by walking Granite Park’s boardwalk complete with outdoor dining, games like Corn-Hole and Connect Four and a relaxing atmosphere to stroll and unwind. Explore the Downtown Plano Arts District including the Saigling House, which is newly renovated and now the home for the Art Center of Plano, or listen to some live music put on by the Plano Community Band, the symphony or local talent playing at an outdoor venue or restaurant. Learn something new by visiting the Interurban Railway Museum or even milk a cow Heritage Farmstead! Stroll through historic downtown, catch a concert, go antiquing or shop boutiques – in Plano, you’ll never be bored.

Think of Visit Plano as your one-stop shop! We stand ready to assist you in the hotel and venue selection process and will do whatever it takes to ensure your meetings and events are a positive reflection of your image. Begin your next successful event with Visit Plano. For more information about online room set-up, digital check-in, and online housing, click here.

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