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10 great Outdoor Spots in Plano, Frisco, McKinney and North Dallas

10 Outdoor Spots in Plano Frisco Dallas

10 great Outdoor Spots nearby

Kayaking and Paddle Boarding at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve

Right on our doorstep, a quiet, peaceful sanctuary – you could be kayaking on the lake with your family. The pond at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve is open for kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding from dawn to dusk.

You can use your own watercraft (canoe, kayak, stand up paddle board) or rent for $10 per hour or take a class. Check hours directly with Plano Parks and Recreation

Try out Go Ape Plano in Oak Point Nature Preserve too while you are there!

Do not forget to check out Arbor Hills and Oak Point Nature Preserve and Park 

Arbor Hills Park Plano

City of Plano Parks and Trails

Take your pick from the 70 miles of trails dotted around Plano, many of them have some great nature-spotting areas and are great for Hiking and Biking or a leisurely walk.

City of Plano Parks and Trails

You can also try any of these local Outdoor Playgrounds

Limestone Quarry Park, Frisco

Playground, basketball court, nice walking path – there is a creek (be careful of the snakes) you can paddle, its knee deep, clear water – great place to skim rocks. 

Heard Museum and Preserve, McKinney

They have a choice of fun trails with large scale Dinosaurs for the kids to climb and for photo opportunities.

You do need to pay to get in so although they have outdoor trails, they are not free to access.

Cost: Adults: $10, Seniors 60+ & Children 3-12: $7, Heard Museum Members & Children 2 & under: free

Heard Museum Dinosaurs in McKinney TX

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELEA)

A great place for bird spotting and hiking. Kids will enjoy the Geocaching Adventure Trail and Kayaking or Canoeing when the water conditions are right.

Daily entry is $5/vehicle (credit only at this time). Annual passes can be purchased online at

Coppell Nature Park

This 66-acre park is located within Wagon Wheel Park on the west side of Coppell. The Nature Park is a natural habitat for hawks, coyotes, bobcats, and other animals which you can visit from Sunrise to Sunset daily.

More than 130 different species of birds migrate through the park each year and numerous types of native vegetation may be found within the Park.

There are over five miles of trails to explore and Dogs are allowed but must be leashed. Other pets, bicycles and strollers are not allowed within the Nature Park as they will disrupt the ecological balance of the park.

Hope Park, Frisco

Hope park has a great layout for all ages and experiences. Awesome kids play areas, including a splash pad and spacious picnic areas with covered pavilions.

You’ll get wide open green spaces and a lake for fishing and hiking trails 

You Pick Farms DFW

You Pick Farms

There are some within a short distance, like Pecan Creek Strawberry Farm in Pilot Point, TX. We do recommend calling ahead to ensure they are open and have fruit available to pick.

Go South into Dallas, past Downtown and visit the Cedar Ridge Preserve

One of the few remaining wild natural areas in Dallas County. You’ll visit 600 acres of preserved wilderness and explore nine miles of hiking trails, butterfly gardens native-plant nurseries, as well as wild mammals, birds and reptiles.

Pack a lunch and enjoy the picnic area while taking in the great scenery and nature of the outdoors.

To travel a little further, we have 15 Outdoor Spots to explore close to DFW for you to choose from

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