Written by: Jamie Dorobek of C.R.A.F.T.
Plano is the perfect weekend getaway for families! We recently made the 3 hour trip north up I-35 from Austin to explore all that Plano has to offer, and we had a blast! Here are my top 8 kid friendly, parent approved activities to do in Plano, Texas.
8 kid-Approved Activities in Plano
1. EXPLORE DOWNTOWN PLANO ART
- “Echowave” on Avenue K and 15th Street by Milan Bender
- Cactus, windmill, cotton, water tower, train mural on the wall of the Georgia Farmers Market by Will Heron
- Historic street scape on Vickery Park Restaurant by Wes Hardin
- Barrett DeBusk sculpture on Avenue H between 15th & 16th
- Mother, Father, Daughter statue at the SW corner of Haggard Park by David Hickman
- Iron horse at the Downtown Plano DART station by Tom Askman
2. HAGGARD PARK
Bring something with wheels and let the kids burn some energy racing around Haggard Park. Don’t miss the Interurban Railway Museum train car!
3. WINDHAVEN MEADOWS PARK
The 123 acre park has 1.9 miles of concrete trails perfect for scooter and bike adventures. The park also has a 20,000 square foot playground designed to accessible for children of all abilities.
4. OAK POINT PARK & NATURE PRESERVE
Oak Point Park is 800 acres and Plano’s largest park! There are so many things to do in Oak Point Park including 8 miles of concrete trails, 5 miles of dirt trails, canoe or paddle board on the lake, and explore the winding creek.
5. ARBOR HILLS NATURE PRESERVE
Arbor Hills is a 200 acre park complete with 3 miles of paved trails, 3 miles of unpaved trails for pedestrians only, and 2.8 miles of mountain biking trails. There is also a small, shaded playground for kids and free Wi-Fi!
6. CRAYOLA EXPERIENCE
The Crayola Experience brings every kiddos favorite colored crayon to life! There are 20 attractions including melting a crayon into a ring, creating wax drip art, discovering Scribble Scrubbies, and crafting up your very own personalized crayon! We went on a Saturday morning right when it opened at 10 a.m. and there was ample space for social distancing, masks are required, and temperatures were taken at the door. Find discounted tickets here.
7. SHOPS AT LEGACY WEST
With extra wide sidewalks, ample free parking, and tons of fun Instagramable locations, the Shops at the Legacy is the perfect spot for a family meal, afternoon treat, or shopping extravaganza.
8. HERITAGE FARMSTEAD MUSEUM
Built in 1891, the Heritage Farmstead is located on 4.5 acres in the middle of Plano. The farm has been preserved to allow everyone to experience what life was like during the Victorian time period between 1890-1920. For $5 a person, you can tour the grounds and even bring a picnic lunch! You can also reserve house tours and wagon rides at the farm.
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