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Your Ultimate Guide to Things to Do in McKinney

Let’s not forget about the many things to do in McKinney, within an easy 20-minute drive of most parts of the City of Plano. Having lived here for 10 years, I can tell you that I’ve tried many, if not all, of these things to do in McKinney.

McKinney has great restaurants, fun indoor and outdoor spaces to explore, and a beautiful Historic Downtown area with neighborhoods filled with unique historic homes with wrap-around porches steeped in history.

These Things to Do in McKinney are a MUST!

  • The Heard Museum
  • Bonnie Wenk Park
  • Mary Will Craig Park
  • Towne Lake
  • Pure Land Farm
  • Heritage Village at Chestnut Square

What is McKinney Texas best known for?

If you’re a family with kids looking for things to do in McKinney, you’ll think first about the Heard Natural Science Museum, which has huge outdoor dinosaurs and nice walking trails over wetlands.

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 Historic Downtown McKinney

Is McKinney worth a visit?

Yes. Just north of Dallas and across the border from Plano, Prosper, Frisco and Allen, it’s easy to get to via the Dallas North Tollway and the 121, or the infamous 380 (beware of the endless construction!)

Things to do in McKinney

Some of our favorite places and things to do in McKinney include the Heard Museum and the Collin County History Museum!

The Heard Natural Science Museum has an indoor museum, a little outdoor zoo, settlers village, animatronic dinosaurs, and walking trails.

You can walk the long trail, which takes about 45 minutes to an hour. You walk over suspended walkways over wetlands. We’ve seen deer several times, turtles, and beautiful birds.

Heard Museum Dinosaur

While you’re out for an afternoon, be sure to park and start your McKinney day out, by checking out Chestnut Square Historic Village, visiting the Farmers Market, and riding the Trolley Tour. There are many 19th-century historic homes

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

Shop till you Drop

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

From the unique magic shop to a walkable downtown district with side streets filled with cute cafes and mom-and-pop stores. You’ll find some of our favorite art galleries, furniture stores, antiques, gifts, home décor shops, and apparel and accessory boutiques

Things to do in McKinney

Get outside in McKinney: Visit McKinney Parks and Play areas

In the Summer, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the amount of splash pads available around McKinney include:

  • Al Ruschhaupt Soccer Complex
  • Ash Woods Park
  • Aviator Park
  • Cottonwood Park
  • Finch Park
  • Inspiration
  • John M. Whisenhunt
  • Dr. Mack Hill Park
  • Prestwyck Park

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

Why do people want to move to McKinney TX?

If you’re looking for somewhere to live, there are pockets of undeveloped land and new housing developments still going up around McKinney, 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 McKinney itself or in one of the close by cities, like Prosper, Allen, and Frisco.

The choice of great public and private schools is a huge pull toward McKinney, 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 McKinney makes a great place to settle and raise a family.


  • 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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