Without a doubt, the last few months have been difficult on everyone. COVID-19 has put an indefinite hold on birthday parties, celebrations, holidays, camps, and even vacations.
If you’re looking for a safe change of scenery, Plano, Texas may be the perfect destination for you. Plano was even named the Best City for Staycations by WalletHub!
Plano hotels are going above and beyond to take all necessary precautions in order to maintain a safe environment for our visitors.
Below are two examples of enhanced safety measures from Hilton and Marriott.
Hotels like the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center, Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park, and the Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West offer a one-stop-shop being a walkable distance to many popular Plano restaurants and shops. All three of these hotel properties are anchor hotels for their respective developments. If a vacation with minimal travel between restaurants and shops is important, these hotels are great options.
Plus many Plano hotel pools are open and following social distancing protocols allowing visitors to be outdoors, having fun, and spaced out!
Currently, restaurants in Texas are open for dine-in at 50% capacity and restaurants are taking significant safety precautions for their patrons. Many restaurants are also still offering curbside pick-up, delivery and family packs. Find restaurant specials and a list of open restaurants here.
Legacy Hall, a three-story European-style food hall, enforces wearing a mask while browsing and ordering food and drinks and has spaced out dining tables 6 feet a part. There are also hand sanitizer stations set up throughout the facility.
Many restaurants have posted their safety precautions on their website similar to the following:
- Touch-free and single use menus
- 6 feet floor markers
- Tables have been removed and rearranged to ensure 6+ ft distance between parties.
- All staff will wear masks and gloves and be required to do a temperature check before entering the building.
Whiskey Cake even has a Designated Sanitation Specialists whose sole responsibility is to ensure everyone is abiding by protocol. They will be in an easily identifiable white lab coat.
In 2019, Plano was named the fourth Best City for Foodies by Yelp! Plano’s culturally diverse population has overflowed into the culinary scene with restaurants representing foods of all backgrounds.
With 1,000+ restaurants in Plano, it will be a tough choice but there is definitely something to please everyone. We’ll just point you to our restaurant list and wish you good luck.
From plenty of outdoor adventure and attractions to shopping and art, there are plenty of safe activities to do in Plano.
For such a corporate-driven city like Plano where there is never a lack of development, there is such a huge importance on nature and our parks & recreation system. Plano has incredible green space within the city – 4,370 acres to be exact!
At Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, bring your own canoe, kayak, or paddle board for the lake or Go Ape at the treetop adventure course. Also, hike or bike on one of Plano’s trails spanning 82 miles across the city! There is even a new skateboard park at Carpenter Park featuring some of the most extensive and unique skate features in all of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Learn more about taking a social distancing walk in a Plano park here.
In Plano, shopping is endless with over 26 million square feet of retail space throughout the city! Stores across the city are posting mask and social distance reminder signs at their doors.
Safely shop Legacy West & The Shops at Legacy’s open-air high-end retail and restaurant environment. Shop for stylish home décor items, women and men’s high-end apparel and accessories.
The Downtown Plano Arts District boasts a charming downtown area lined with authentic brick streets, one-of-a-kind restaurants, clothing and jewelry boutiques, specialty shops, antique stores, art galleries, artist residences, pottery, and more.
The Shops at Willow Bend offers visitors a unique blend of Texas-style ambiance and world-class shopping. The center is anchored by Dillard’s, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus. With stores like Coach, H&M, G by Guess, Banana Republic, American Eagle, Swarovski and Sephora everything you need is around the bend.
For more information on shopping in Plano, check this out.
Several Plano attractions are open and following strict safety protocols:
Angelika Film Center & Cafe
ArtCentre of Plano
Downtown Plano Arts District
Friend & Foe Boardroom Cafe
Jack Carter Pool
Plano Super Bowl
Red Door Escape Room
Shops at Legacy
Skate Park at Carpenter Park
The Boardwalk at Granite Park
The Shops at Willow Bend
The Texas Pool
Thunderbird Roller Rink
Whirly Ball & Laser Whirld
Explore more Plano attractions here.
Texas Mask Ordinance
The current mask order requires Texans living in counties with more than 20 coronavirus cases to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while in a business or other building open to the public, as well as outdoor public spaces, whenever social distancing is not possible. But it provides several exceptions, including for children who are younger than 10 years old, people who have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, people who are eating or drinking, and people who are exercising outdoors.