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January 1, 2019 / Millerann Moya / , , , / Comments

Grab a Workout in Plano

Staying in Plano for business or just for fun? Plano is considered the healthiest city in Texas and twelfth in the U.S. by TheStreet, so come work out with us! Here’s our guide to grabbing a workout on your visit.

Visit a Recreation Center

Four of our city’s recreation centers welcome “drop-in” visitors for a nominal fee. Amenities at each center vary, but many include indoor tracks, racquetball, volleyball and squash courts, indoor and outdoor pools, gymnasiums, weight rooms, and playgrounds.

Follow the links to each center to see what they offer, get directions, and find hours of operation.

Carpenter Park Recreation Center
Liberty Recreation Center (closed for renovation)
Oak Point Recreation Center
Sam Johnson Recreation Center for Adults 50+
Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center

A day pass for adults aged 16+ is $6. Or make it a family workout! Day passes for children between 3-15 is $3; children 2 and under are free with an accompanied adult.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

The city of Plano has more than 82 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
At 800 acres, this park has 3.5 miles of concrete trails and 5 miles of soft trails along Rowlett Creek. Open from sunrise to sunset.

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
A 200-acre park with hike and bike trails, a 2-mile walking trail and stunning views of the prairie and forest. Open daily from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Plano also has a new skate park! Carpenter Park Skate Park combines popular street-style skating and bowl skating features. This new skate park features some of the most extensive and unique skate features in all of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Skaters will enjoy one of the largest bowls in the area as well as various sized ramps, rails, stair sets, and ledges. It’s free to use and open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The lake at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve is open for kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding from dawn to dusk. Bring your own watercraft (canoe, kayak, or stand up paddle board) and see Plano’s largest park from a new perspective, for free! Click here for more information.

If you’d rather take your adventure above ground, check out Go Ape! Go Ape’s first treetop adventure course in Texas is just minutes from the Downtown Plano Arts District at Oak Point Park and is made up of numerous rope ladders and 39 exciting crossings; including the Pirates Crossing, Fisherman’s Trap, Bosun’s Chair, two Tarzan swings and five zip lines! Each section takes you higher into the forest canopy, finishing with a zip line experience that is undeniably the highlight of this outdoor treetop adventure.

Hit the Hotel Gym

Other Fitness Options


Summit Plano is the newest addition to the Summit family. Slated to open in 2019, this 32,000 square foot facility will be located at George Bush Turnpike and Coit Road. With 5,000 square feet of bouldering, 20,000 square feet of top-rope, lead, and auto-belay climbing, this will be the largest gym in the DFW area. The roped climbing will be up to 55-feet tall. This gym will also have a state-of-the-art fitness facility, as well as an in-house yoga studio. Day passes are available to visitors.

For more things to do, events, and dining options, explore our website.