Although it boasts one of the strongest job markets in the country, McKinney is a perfect place for visitors to come, play, and relax. Residents are rightly proud of their historic downtown commercial district, and it's one of the best places to experience the unique marriage of past and present that is McKinney. But confining yourself to just downtown would be a shame. With lovely parks around the city and breath-taking vineyards a short drive away, there is so much to see and do. Consider these suggestions for some fun things to do in McKinney the next time you visit.
Although Texas isn't as well-known for wine production as California or Washington, it's no secret that McKinney offers some of the best varietals in the Lower 48. With its location in the heart of downtown, the Landon Winery is a great place to take a break from shopping and enjoy award-winning merlots and pinot grigios. Just a block north of Landon, you'll find the friendly staff of Lone Star Wine Cellars pouring refined wines aged in French Oak barrels. To really get that "vineyard" feeling, you'll need to head 20 minutes east of town to either Mitas Hill Vineyard or Wales Manor Vineyard and Winery. Deciding which of the two provides a more breathtaking view or more satisfying wine is an impossible task, which is why a visit to both is a must.
If beer is your beverage of choice, McKinney has two options for you to explore. The cool atmosphere of the TUPPS Brewery on Anderson Street, with its food truck, live music, and terrific black ale, make it a tough place to want to leave. For a tour of a Bavarian brewery at an unbeatably low price, head to Franconia Brewing Company. Owner Dennis Wehrmann's passion for beer comes from generations of family history in the business, and by the end of the tour it's a passion you'll share.
The city can also claim one of the highest-rated farmers markets in Texas: the McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square. Every Saturday Morning, you can find locally-produced fruits, vegetables, grass-fed and free-range meats, specialty items such as jerky and goat milk, and scores of unique household items. The market also offers fun stuff for kids, including face painting and pony rides. If you’re hungry for some tasty farm-fresh food, or just looking for something fun to do with the family, then make sure to stop by McKinney’s farmers market.
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