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3 Reasons to Road Trip to Plano This Summer

Explore the excitement and adventure that can only be found in the family-friendly city of Plano, a suburb just north of Dallas. From endless shopping and live music to hiking trails and pristine preserves, Plano is anything but “plain”!  Take a road trip with friends or family for a leisurely weekend getaway to find the perfect blend of historic charm and modern luxury, along with countless indoor and outdoor attractions and a wide variety of entertainment. Friendly locals will have you feeling right at home, and you might just find it hard to leave! Here are 3 reasons that Plano should top your priority list for summer travel.

Discover Unique Entertainment Options 

Experience world-class shopping and chef-driven dining at The District at Willow Bend and the Shops at Willow Bend. With plenty of options for shopping and dining, Willow Bend can easily offer you and yours an entire afternoon and evening of entertainment. 

Discover the magic of color at Crayola Experience, a unique and creative adventure that kids and adults alike will enjoy. Witness how art, technology, creativity and color come together in a completely new way and leave with colorful family memories that will last a lifetime.

Next, head over to Legacy West for plenty of upscale shopping, world-class dining, kid’s clubs, pop-up shops and live music every weekend at The Box Garden at Legacy Hall. Getting hungry yet? There’s a restaurant to satisfy every craving when you’re ready to please the palate. For a quick lunch, check out Kai, offering modern Asian cuisine with an open kitchen and wrap-around sushi bar. If you’re looking for a fine dining evening excursion, check out Haywire to find patio seating that overlooks the music stage at Legacy Hall, the ultimate outdoor entertainment spot with over 20 dining options!

History buffs will enjoy Plano’s rich history across town at the Downtown Plano Arts District, a vibrant community that offers unique shopping boutiques in a more historic setting with galleries, performing arts and event venues, eclectic shops and unbeatable dining options. Pick up some local honey, homemade jams and salsas, or load up on some fresh fruits at Georgia’s Farmers Market. While in the area, grab a treat for your beloved four-legged family member at Fur Babies Bakery. There’s something for everyone here. 

When you’re ready for some outdoor afternoon excitement with the family, grab your swimsuits and floats and head over to The Texas Pool, which is shaped like the state of Texas!!  At this huge water hole, you can slip down two water slides, make a splash by jumping off the diving board and enjoy the shallow area with the little ones. 

While enjoying these fabulous attractions, be sure to check out the Heritage Farmstead Museum to immerse yourself in Texas Blackland Prairie history at this carefully preserved historic site. Built in 1891, the house and barns give visitors true insights into what life was like for early Texas settlers in the area. The farm successfully produced award-winning livestock until 1972 when it became a historical landmark you can visit today. Take a tour, attend an event, or simply drop by to discover something new each visit.

Discover Amazing Outdoor Adventures 

Get your walking shoes on and prepare to explore Plano’s pristine parks and preserves! Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park with paved and unpaved walking trails along with a bike trail. Nature abounds here and the bird watching at the pond is the best birding experience around these parts.