15 Things To Do
Practice Bowling Spares & Strikes
Open 24 hours and newly renovated, Plano Super Bowl offers everything you need for a fun night out with family or friends. Plano Super Bowl is home to Scratch Kitchen serving up made-from-scratch breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Be sure to check their bowling specials!
Explore the Interurban Railway Museum
Electric rails are nothing new. In fact, the Texas Electric Railway was a vital part of Plano history, which you can experience at this downtown gem, the Interurban Museum. See the original ticket window and climb onto a refurbished rail car. Find out how Plano mistakenly got its name and how the railway was used to shuttle workers until 1948. Read more about the Interurban Railway Museum.
Shop Legacy West
Plano’s newest $3.2 billion 255-acre open-air development hosts a plethora of unique restaurants (and a chef-driven Food Hall), shops and other sights for you to enjoy. Here you can find the adored Sprinkles cupcakes, innovative Tesla cars, and an East meets West of Zen-inspired luxury hotel. Need more? There are over 70 shopping centers located in Plano.
Test Your Scare Limits
Dark Hour Haunted House has gone all out to provide guests with the ultimate scare experience. Their sets, lighting, and sound animation are concert-worthy and highly-trained professionals wear make-up, masks and more to bring the characters to life. Monthly themes make the experience a new one every time you visit. Photo credit: Kathy Tran, Plano Magazine.
Go Ape at Oak Point Park
The first 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.
Milk a Cow at Heritage Farmstead
Wondering what the area was like in the 19th century? Heritage Farmstead can take you back with its original buildings, museum and active farm and garden museum. The 1891 Victorian farm is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a must-see for fourth graders in the Plano school district.
Canoe at Oak Point Park
There’s tons to see at this beautiful 800-acre preserve in Plano and canoeing is an active way you can get out there and explore by water. The park also has several trails if you prefer to run, bike, or just wander and enjoy being outside. Click here for more information and directions.
Visit the Downtown Plano Arts District
It may look historic, because it is! Downtown Plano was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. However, the area still boasts an urban dining scene and a cool vibe with plenty to keep you busy. From coffee and breakfast spots to hip restaurants for a night out with the girls. If shopping is on your must-do, unique boutiques selling a variety of goods from handmade jewelry to antiques are also on the brick-lined street. Check out the event calendar to see what’s going on during your visit.
Find Live Music
It’s not hard to come by live music in Plano! From outdoor venues at parks and in Downtown Plano to intimate restaurant settings, see a list of where you can find the city’s talents performing here.
Play a Game of Whirlyball
Another activity available 24 hours a day, whirlyball is a quirky mix of bumper cars, lacrosse, and basketball. The venue also offers laser tag and arcade games for a fun-filled morning or afternoon.
Ice Skate Year Round at the Dr Pepper StarCenter
You don’t have to wait until winter to participate in this fun activity; the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Plano has public skate sessions almost every day of the month. Beat the heat or beat the boredom and check out their schedule here.
Discover the Arts in Plano
Located in the Downtown Plano Arts District, the Saigling House is newly renovated and now the home for the Art Center of Plano; it is one of Plano’s artistic jewels. Here you can view the work of the Center’s presiding artist or catch the Plano Community Band at neighboring Haggard Park playing free concerts. If you’re a music fan, you may also be surprised to find out that Plano has its own symphony. Whether you’ve been a fan of the arts for many years or you just want to dip your feet in, Plano is certainly a destination to indulge all types!
Ride the DART
Skip the rental car and get to Plano via the Dallas Area Rapid Transit System (DART). Plano is as far north as you can go on DART. Choose from three stops in Plano: Parker Road Station, Downtown Plano and the George Bush Turnpike Station. Visit dart.org for more info.
Walk the Boardwalk
Plano’s Granite Park boardwalk has the same energetic but simultaneously relaxing feel that everybody knows and loves when it comes to boardwalks. The area has multiple restaurants with beautiful patio dining spots, outside games like Connect Four and Corn-Hole, and is a great place to stroll, dine, and unwind.