Mckinney is a such a dreamy town in Dallas Fort Worth that brings all the small-town love with its cute coffee shops, old houses in all colors, and beautiful downtown. Despite being a small town, there is nothing small in all there is to do! Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a trip with the kids, there’s something for everyone.
Stop and Smell the Crepe Myrtles
McKinney might just be the crepe myrtle capital of the world! If you’re looking for a free thing to do in McKinney, this beautiful park is a great chance for people who want to take in the beauty of the town. Through Spring and Summer you see the beautiful colors!
Try a Local Brewery
Tupps Brewery is a fun spot for beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers alike! They have a large warehouse with different events, a large projector for games, and different events happening constantly. They have all types of different beers on tap. And if you aren’t a fan of beer, they have seltzers as well. Not to mention their fun vehicles up front that make for some great photo opps!
See Some Dinosaurs & Butterflies
The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a place you can easily spend all day at! For kids they have a dinosaur trail with a wide variety of dinosaurs that make learning about them interactive and fun! When not checking out the dinosaurs, people can hike the miles of different trails that take you through all sorts of terrains and ecosystems. Additionally, they have a wildlife sanctuary and butterfly garden. As if that wasn’t enough, they even have a zipline course! There’s no shortage of things to do in this fun McKinney attraction.
Stay in a Beautiful Bed & Breakfast
Experience Southern hospitality at Neathery Estates Bed & Breakfast. This charming B&B has different rooms with each having their own unique personality! The artwork is beautiful, the breakfast is served each morning, and there’s even a pool to relax in! You can read all about our experience at the Neathery Estates.
Visit a Croatian Village
Adriatica Village is a beautiful little neighborhood in McKinney that takes its inspiration from Croatia. There’s a little church that is a popular spot for wedding ceremonies or you can just walk along the water, grab some food for a picnic, and feel like you’ve been transported somewhere far away.
Get Your Face Printed on Coffee
Latte art goes to a whole new level at the Layered TX. You visit the shop, download an app and upload a picture. Next thing you know, they bring out a latte with your photo/picture on top. It’s amazing seeing all the different things you can get printed on it.
Explore the Cutest Downtown
Downtown McKinney is a destination of its own. With all the different shops, there are so many things to do in downtown McKinney. Each shop has something different and unique. They have a large number of cute boutiques. They also have fun shops like Mom and Popcorn, a fun candy and sweets shop, Red Zeppelin records, Fair Imports with all of their fair trade international goods, and Goodies with whiskey infused and other great chocolates.
Taste Some Wine
North Texas has a great range of wineries that people are often surprised to learn about. Landon Winery is in the downtown area where you can try a large range of sweet to dry wines. Or visit Lone Star Wine Cellars which brings in wine from different local wineries from all around.
Indulge in Alcohol-Infused Ice Cream
Another great downtown McKinney spot that is a must is Cocktail Creamery with their alcoho-infused ice creams. It seems as if they have just about every alcohol infusion and flavor imaginable, and the owners are constantly coming up with new combinations. If you’d prefer just regular ice cream, they have that as well.
Get a Little Workout in
A day at the park now involves a workout at the park! Bonnie Wenk Park is fun for kids and adults! They have a full outdoor fitness center which is perfect for people who are traveling but still want to get a good workout.
See DFW from the Sky
Enjoy some of the most scenic views while floating thousands of feet above the ground at Rohr Air Balloons. You can either go with a group or have an extra romantic date with a solo flight in the air!
Check out the Great Culinary Scene
McKinney has so many restaurants that focus on farm to table and locally sourced items. Whether it’s for a good brunch, a little happy hour, or a romantic dinner, make sure to indulge in some of the amazing restaurants that McKinney has to offer.
Play Some Games
Arcade 92 is the go-to spot in McKinney for your pinball machines, classic arcade games you grew up on, and even more recent games. There’s a whole section for different generations of games and gaming systems. There is even a bar and food service!
Attend a Show
Get a good laugh in at the Comedy Arena! Rather than just your typical comedy show, the actors here perform in different improv games where the audience is involved in what they do! Each show is so different and pretty much made up on the spot!
Visit a Historic Village
The Heritage Village at Chestnut Square lets people step back in time with historic homes you can tour, an old school house, and a large collection of ice cream makers. You can tour the grounds any day, but you have to book a Saturday tour to go inside the buildings. They also have a wide variety of special events such as farm tour, ghost tours, murder mystery events, etc. There are even weeks where kids get to experience what it was like churning their own butter, wearing period clothes etc.
Grab Something New from the Farmer’s Market
We spend a lot of time traveling and because of that we spend a lot of time visiting different farmers markets, so I always get excited when I find one that really stands out, like the one in McKinney. With so many vendors, the market being located in the Historic Chestnut Square, and so many cute things to see, this a market that’s definitely worth visiting.
Enjoy Afternoon Tea
Get dressed up and enjoy an evening of tea sandwiches, tasty treats, and of course, a selection of teas. All of this is inside the beautiful and historic Bingham house!
Stay in a Historic Hotel
The Grand Hotel and Ballroom is located conveniently in the downtown McKinney Square. Each room is different so that you can experience something new every time. Looking for a little romance? They offer packages that include champagne and chocolates as well as a dinner at the exquisite Rick’s Steakhouse.