Plano, Texas is a youth sports mecca hosting everything from soccer and baseball to lacrosse and cricket. Are you planning a trip to Plano soon for your kid’s sports tournament? Take a look at our survival guide below to help plan your trip in Plano.
This isn’t your average outing or everyday experience; Breakout is for those who would rather solve mysteries than watch someone else have all the fun. With different rooms that follow unique storylines, you and your friends will have 60 minutes to escape your adventure of choice by cracking codes, solving puzzles, and following clues. Part problem solving, part adrenaline, end-to-end fun. breakoutgames.com
Kids and adults alike can explore this 60,000 square foot attraction that Parents Magazine calls one of the “Top 10 Trips to Take Before Your Kid Turns 10″ at The Shops at Willow Bend. Experience 22 hands-on attractions inspired by Crayola products and their technologies. Visitors can name and wrap their own Crayola crayon, star in a coloring page, create melted wax spin-art, and learn how crayons are made in a live factory show – just to name a few. Plano’s location includes a 5,000-square-foot retail store selling the world’s largest selection of Crayola products and unique souvenirs, such as plush items and apparel. This venue is perfect for hosting private events and group trips. crayolaexperience.com
Escape Hunt offers a true experience where you are transported to another era with your friends to solve a unique mystery. As a team, play against the clock to solve the challenge and thereby find your escape. Adventures last around 90 minutes; after a short briefing you play your 60 minute game. Afterwards, chat about your experience in a luxurious lounge over refreshments and dress up in special costumes for photos. escapehunt.com
Escape Expert is the largest escape room in the U.S. with nine escape rooms that can accommodate groups up to 100 people. Find clues, solve puzzles, and unlock locks and devices to stop a timer to escape your room in less than 60 minutes. This adrenaline-filled activity is perfect for team building and is a fun activity for ages 10+. escapeexpert.com
Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course
The first Go Ape 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. It includes five individual sections with rope ladders and 39 exciting crossings. This activity is for kids and adults ages 10+. goape.com
Jack Carter Pool
For a small daily fee, visitors can enjoy the newly renovated Jack Carter Pool during the summer months. Features include a dual rider tube slide, body slide, lazy river, deep water pool with platform diving and a climbing wall, Flow Rider surf simulator, tot pool, leisure pool with some lap lanes, wet deck areas, spray features, rentable party areas and concessions. Check facility fees and hours at plano.gov. Don’t forget to check-out the new all-abilities park as well!
The newly renovated Main Event houses over 50,000 square feet of high quality recreational bowling, billiards, laser tag, a unique selection of interactive games, and an array of food and beverage. mainevent.com
PINSTACK is a 50,000 square foot venue featuring a 28-lane bowling experience, ropes course suspended 20 feet above the gaming center, two-story laser tag, bumper cars, LED lit six-lane rock climbing walls, hundreds of interactive games and simulator technology. The facility also has a full-service restaurant, outside bar area, covered patio with fire pits, big screen TVs and ample seating. pinstackbowl.com
Plano Super Bowl
Are you in for some late-night bowling post-tournament? The newly renovated 50-lane Plano Super Bowl is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week! The cafe offers a varied menu perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just snacking. Be sure to check out their specials: breakfast & bowling, lunch & bowling, and family fun packs. planosuperbowl.com
Red Door Escape Room
Red Door Escape Room is a fully immersive entertainment experience perfect for family, friends, corporate groups, and sports teams. Groups are locked in a room full of cryptic puzzles and hidden clues and have exactly 60 minutes to solve the clues and escape the room. reddoorescape.com
The Texas Pool
The historic Texas Pool is 168 thousand gallons of saltwater shaped like the great State of Texas. The pool 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 picnic tables and a beach volleyball court. Coolers with food and nonalcoholic drinks are welcome. Tourists and visitors to the historic Texas Pool pay $10/adult and $5/child ages 3-15 (plus sales tax) for an all-day guest pass. texaspool.org
Thunderbird Roller Rink
Take the kids for a skate at Thunderbird Roller Rink! Whether you love this past time activity or just want to get some exercise, roller skating is fun for everyone. thunderbirdrink.com
For a complete list of attractions in and around Plano, click here. For a list of family-friendly options, peruse our list here.
Angelika Film Center
7205 Bishop Road Suite E6 Plano, TX 75024
Cinemark Legacy and XD
7201 N. Central Expressway Plano, TX 75025
Cinemark Movies 10 (closed for renovations)
1818 Coit Road Plano, TX 75075
Cinemark West Plano and XD
3800 Dallas Parkway Plano, TX 75093
Studio Movie Grill
4721 West Park Boulevard Suite 100 Plano, TX 75093
If you haven’t gotten enough of the outdoors on your stay, two major parks in Plano offer great opportunities to get some more fresh air and there are 82+ miles of paved hike and bike trails. Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve is 800 acres and has 3.5 miles of concrete trails and 5 miles of soft trails along Rowlett Creek. Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park with hike and bike trails, a 2-mile walking trail and stunning views of the prairie and forest. Due to a partnership between the City of Plano, Toyota, American Park Network and Time Warner Cable, free Wi-Fi is available at a majority of city parks and recreation centers! planoparks.org
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.
For more ways to grab a workout in Plano, click here for a list of recreation centers, hotel gyms, parks and more!
Shopping & Dining
Downtown Plano Arts District
The Downtown Plano Arts District boasts a charming downtown area lined with authentic brick streets, clothing and jewelry boutiques, specialty shops, antique stores, art galleries, and artist residences. There are also one-of-a-kind restaurants like Ebesu Robata, Lockhart Smokehouse, Urban Crust, Urban Rio, Urban Seafood, Vickery Park, and ZaLat Pizza. Be sure to check our live music page for live music events at McCall Plaza. visitdowntownplano.com
Lakeside Market offers another open-air, upscale shopping experience. Discover one-of-a-kind treasures, unique gift ideas, signature cuisine and superb service from prestigious home furnishing stores, salons, spas, specialty retailers, and restaurants like Mi Cocina, Mignon, Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill, Taverna Rossa, and Kenny’s Burger Joint.
The new $3.2 billion dollar, 255-acre Legacy West development boasts 415,000 dynamic square feet of open-air retail and restaurant space. Shop for stylish home décor items at West Elm and Frontgate; and women and men’s high-end apparel at Bonobos, Fabletics, J.Crew, Johnny Wass, Tommy Bahama, Peter Millar, Planet Blue, Pockets, and Suitsupply. At Legacy West, you’re bound to have a fabulous and memorable meal at one of the many restaurant options like: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Earls Kitchen + Bar, Mesero, North Italia, Shake Shack, Tommy Bahama, True Food Kitchen, Haywire, Taverna, Toulouse, KAI, Fogo de Chao, and soon Bistro 31. On top of all of that, Legacy Hall is one-of-a-kind artisanal food hall experience with equal parts premium food hall, beer garden, craft brewery and live entertainment. With 22 chef-driven artisan food stalls and half a dozen bars, each presents its own unique personality. See a full list of retailers and restaurants at legacywest.com.
Shops at Legacy
The Shops at Legacy is a hopping urban development featuring unique boutiques, popular shops, sidewalk cafes, and is a culinary landmark for some of Dallas/Fort Worth’s finest chefs and restaurants. A unique “Main Street-style” experience, The Shops at Legacy combines a “downtown” feel with the intimacy of a neighborhood and community, with today’s modern styles. Bring the kids and enjoy meals all day at the many popular restaurants like: Mexican Sugar, Kenny’s Smokehouse, East Hampton Sandwich Co., Henry’s Tavern, Mi Cocina, Village Burger, and Main Street Bakery. Need a mom days-out while the kids play? Enjoy spa and beauty services at places like The Woodhouse Day Spa and Drybar. shopsatlegacy.com
The Shops at Willow Bend
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. Plus, Restoration Hardware, Z Gallerie and Crate & Barrel make The Shops at Willow Bend a premier destination for stylish home decor. shopwillowbend.com
Preston Park Village
Shop, dine, and play all around Preston Park Village! You’ll find more than 40 specialty shops including Ann Taylor, Talbots, The Gap, William-Sonoma and much more. There is also a Studio Movie Grill and several restaurants. View the map.
Sporting Goods Stores
Was only one cleat packed? Need to buy a new lacrosse stick? Here’s your go-to list of sporting goods stores in Plano.
Academy Sports + Outdoors
4045 N. Central Expressway Plano, TX 75023
3305 Dallas Parkway #301 Plano, TX 75093
Cardinal’s Sport Center
4817 W. Park Boulevard Plano, TX 75093
D & J Sports
5813 Preston Road Suite 565 Plano, TX 75093
Play It Again Sports
3115 W. Parker Road Plano, TX 75023
2424 Preston Road Plano, TX 75093
For the Adults
Angelika Film Center
The Angelika is a stylish five-screen boutique cinema devoted to independent specialty films located in Plano’s Shops at Legacy. The Angelika Cafe & Bar is located on the second level of the cinema and is open to the public. angelikafilmcenter.com
40 wines on tap. Yes, you read that right. Sixty Vines offers wine (and 20 beers) by the tap and has a remarkable dining menu to accompany it. From the ability to serve each glass at the perfect temperature, to the promise that the last glass will taste just as fresh as the first, wine on tap is redefining how wine is served. Sixty Vines focuses on food first with cuisine inspired by the wine country; flavors are chosen to compliment the wine. Ingredients are thoughtfully sourced, uniquely prepared, and change with the season depending on the products available from local farmers and small growers. You can bring the kids, however this may be a fun parents only night out activity! Read our full blog post here. sixtyvines.com
For a list of Plano events, visit our event calendar to see what’s going on while you are playing in Plano!
Baseball cover photo credit: Nan Palmero
Lacrosse stick photo credit: Colleen Pence