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Your Ultimate Guide to Things to do in Allen

Let’s not forget about the many things to do in Allen, within an easy 20-minute drive of most parts of the City of Plano. Allen has grown so much and has so much more to offer than just a shopping visit to Allen Premium Outlets.

Allen has great restaurants, fun indoor and outdoor spaces to explore, and a ton of great neighborhoods for you to live in, surrounded by great schools.

More: Explore the Cities in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex

These Things to Do in Allen are a MUST!

  • Celebration Park
  • Watter’s Creek Events
  • Dino Kidz Play Center
  • The Dinosaur Co by Billings Productions
  • Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve
  • Hydrous Wake Park
  • Alvarado
  • Country Critters

What is Allen, Texas best known for?

If you’re a family with kids looking for things to do in Allen, you’ll think first about the Dinosaur Co, Hydrous Wake Park, Watters Creek, and Allen Premium Outlets.

McKinney is known for many things, not least some of the area’s best neighborhoods and schools, but shopping and a vibrant restaurant scene – especially in Watters Creek.

It’s also known for being one of our DFW Cities with a really large High School – Allen High School.

Is Allen worth a visit?

Yes. Just north of Dallas and across the border from Plano, Prosper, Frisco, and McKinney, it’s easy to get to via the Dallas North Tollway and the 121, or Highway 75.

Things to do in Allen

One of the newest and most exciting venues for families to have recently opened in Allen is the Hub! Located at 1289 Johnson Road, Allen.

You can dance like no one is watching at their DJ Dance Party, an Outdoor Movie Night, and enjoy Live Music on the stage and enjoy a meal or a drink at any of their great choice of restaurants.

Some of our favorite places and things to do in Allen include the Hydrous Wake Park, located at 580 North Cedar Drive, Allen.

The Hydrous Wake Park is unique, as one of only a handful of cable wakeboarding parks in the U.S., as kids and adults alike can ride the waves while being pulled by overhead cables. You can start as a beginner and try it out at a Summer Camp too.

Hydrous Wake Park

Another unique place to visit is The Dinosaur Company, operated by Billings Productions, which is a world leader in designing and development animatronic exhibits for museums and theme parks.

This is a huge facility, with 73,000 square feet of dinosaurs, which you can enjoy via a tour or a themed experience.

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

Shop till you Drop

One of the best things to do in Allen is to shop!

From the easily walkable Watters Creek shopping district to the discounted Allen Premium Outlets, you can shop in mom-and-pop stores and enjoy a coffee and a snack at one of their cute cafes.

Surrounding you are cute water features, fountains, and lawned areas, perfect for a picnic or to allow your younger kids to run around safely.

Watters Creek Allen

Are you looking for the perfect blend of luxury and bargain? Look no further! Allen Premium Outlets is the ultimate shopping paradise, offering daily savings from 25-65% on high-end brands and popular favorites.

They’re adding new stores all the time, so keep it on your list for repeat visits (and try to get there as the stores open for the easiest parking options).

Get outside in Allen: Visit Allen Parks and Play areas

In the Summer, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the number of splash pads and places to play in the water available around Allen include Celebration Park and the Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium

More: 17 of the Most Fun Water Parks near to Dallas Fort Worth and Texas

Why do people want to move to Allen, TX?

If you’re looking for somewhere to live, there are pockets of undeveloped land and new housing developments still going up around Allen, but it’s getting far closer to building out than it was even 5 years ago.

With great job prospects and proximity to the Dallas Metroplex, you can probably find good job prospects within a 30-minute drive of home, whether it’s in Allen itself or one of the close by cities, like Prosper, McKinney, and Frisco.

The choice of great public and private schools is a huge pull toward Allen, but house pricing is probably not too different than the cities further South if that’s a big factor in your decision.

Many West Coast and Northeast-based corporates have been moving their headquarters to North Plano and the Frisco area, as the availability of skilled labor is plentiful and the cost of living is still fairly accessible for many employees, so Allen makes a great place to settle and raise a family.

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  • Abbie

    Hi, I’m Abbie, super mom, and busy-bee who moved to Plano from London, England with my husband and 2 kids, Jesse and Lucy, in the Summer of 2013. Plano Moms was my lifeline when I arrived as I didn’t know anyone or anything about my new city that I now called home. When I’m not being a Plano Mom or being a taxi service to my kids, working out, cooking and reading (when I find the time!)

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