Plano is just 20 minutes north of Dallas and is super easy to navigate and get around. The city has a fantastic variety of things to do with family and friends, from excellent shopping to balloon festivals to milking a cow at Heritage Farmstead!
Where To Stay
The NYLO has great credibility all across Dallas and Plano. This retro style hotel takes classy to a whole other level. The NYLO is pet-friendly, has a heated outdoor pool and its own custom mattresses for your best sleep.
Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park also has a welcoming and friendly environment, which is one of the reasons we think it’s a great place to stay. The hotel is located 1.2 miles from Stonebriar Centre (making your shopping and dropping super convenient). They even offer a Mediterranean restaurant inside the hotel so you don’t have to search out a place to eat after you’re done shopping!
Where To Shop
Aritzia has styles so good, it will make you want to dance when you try them on. Aritzia is all about its designers and it offers an impressive selection. No matter the season, you’ll be sure to find what you were hoping for here.
Historic Downtown Plano
Dining, great services, retail and art—Historic Downtown Plano has it all! This vibrant community comes to life with the performing arts, galleries and seasonal events. It’s conveniently located near the DART Rail, so you can hop on and be here in no time! The historic buildings of downtown are wonderfully mixed with the new and innovative shops.
Everyone wants to be the hot girl on the block…right? Well, surprise! You already are, but if you want Neiman Marcus to help keep you at the top of your game, they have to-die-for dresses that will complement your fashion sense.
Plano is seriously filled with so many options and The Shops at Legacy help you pick the best ones. Here you can enjoy an upscale atmosphere and find eateries, entertainment, high-end shopping, bakeries and more, all within walking distance from one another.
Apple and Best Buy and Dillard’s, OH MY! The Shops at Willow Bend provide all these and more. They offer a wonderful blend of Texas-style apparel and upscale shopping. The fountains and open walkways create a comforting environment while heading to one of the many restaurants or darting toward a sale.
Where To Eat
Enjoy made-from-scratch food at Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar. They serve you in a laid-back restaurant where you can choose to dine at your own rocking chair or at a table. Everything is fresh and slow-cooked. YUM!
There’s nothing like the taste of a wood-fired pizza. Urban Crust crafts pizzas unique to your taste buds. This place is perfect for dining with a large or small group.
Famous for its gourmet cuisine, Jasper’s menu is unlike anything you’ve experienced from a restaurant that serves “backyard food.” From fresh fish to steaks to salads and pizza, this restaurant takes gourmet to the next level.
What To Do
Transport your family back to the 19th century at the Heritage Farmstead Museum where there are original buildings, an active farm and a garden museum. Learn about what it took to be a farmer back in those days and the hardship they faced. This is a must-see for young kids and will give you some great table conversations later.
Up, up and away is where I want to go, or at least my eyes, as my feet stay on the ground. Every September, Plano has a hot air balloon festival that’s fun for the family or just you, if you’re the type to attend a festival by yourself. It’s an unforgettable experience with tethered balloon rides that will have you talking about Plano for years to come.
Tired of being inside? Climb up a tree with the folks at Go Ape! Treetop Adventure Course. Plano has the first treetop adventure course in Texas, not far from Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve.