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Plano, Texas is truly the land of plenty. Blending historic charm with modern luxury, the city brims with amenities and attractions. Plano’s location just north of Dallas offers easy access to the area’s professional sports, famous attractions, and performing arts. But Plano is also a destination in its own right, with more than 1,000 restaurants of every variety including a three-story European food hall, brewery, and entertainment venue, world class shopping, a lively arts and nightlife scene, four walkable entertainment districts, and abundant natural beauty.


Plano’s most colorful attraction, the Crayola Experience at The Shops at Willow Bend, is an amazing place where kids and kids at heart can explore 22 hands-on attractions in a 60,000 square foot space that Parents Magazine calls one of the “Top 10 Trips to Take Before Your Kid Turns 10.”

Or try your arm at a new sport! Fowling is a unique and entertaining game that merges football with bowling, and in Plano at Fowling Warehouse, teens and adults can have a “bonk” of a time! It’s as easy as throwing a football at ten bowling pins until someone knocks them all down.

Looking for an outdoor adventure? Glide over the forest canopy at Go Ape Treetop Adventure at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve. Zip lines, Tarzan swings and suspended obstacles provide a fun challenge amid 800 acres of natural beauty at Texas’ first Go Ape location.

Giddy up, cowboy! In nearby Parker, indulge in a true Texas experience and saddle-up for a horseback trail ride at the legendary Southfork Ranch.


Visitors won’t want to miss Legacy West. This “city within a city” is the largest mixed use destination in North Texas and the perfect place to play, shop, dine, and stay. Legacy West’s shopping offerings run the gamut from fashion to furnishings to cosmetics and even electric cars. Luxury retailers include CHANEL Fragrance & Beauty, David Yurman, Golden Goose, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, and Tory Burch. Making it a weekend getaway? The luxurious Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West is the property’s signature hotel.

Nearby, The Shops at Legacy features an upscale retail mix of men’s and women’s clothing, home furnishings and more. The development is also home to the Angelika Film Center & Café, as well as some of the area’s best restaurants, including Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Fleming’s, and Mexican Sugar. The Marriott Dallas/Plano at Legacy Town Center is the center’s premier hotel property.

Named one of the top 10 best downtowns in America by, the Downtown Plano Arts District offers a charming setting for a simple stroll, an afternoon of shopping, or an evening’s entertainment. Visit the Interurban Railway Museum, a railroad car turned urban museum offering a microcosm of North Texas railroad history right in Haggard Park. Walk along authentic brick streets to discover an eclectic collection of shops selling everything from handmade jewelry to home décor to pottery.


With over 1000 restaurants in Plano, there are restaurants for every liking and budget. Plano’s foodie scene celebrates the city’s rich culture and diversity.

Looking for a unique way to wine and dine? Look no further than Legacy Hall, one of the nation’s largest and most unique food halls dedicated to serving the best-of food trends prepared by local premier chefs. The three-story, European-style food hall, brewery and live music and entertainment venue was previously named USA Today’s 2nd Best Food Hall in the U.S.

The Boardwalk at Granite Park features a variety of restaurants serving old-fashioned burgers, gourmet biscuits, southern California boardwalk-style cuisine, brew pub fare, and more. There are also beachy deck chairs next to fire pits that afford a great view of the park’s inviting water feature and live music stage.

Speaking of food, Visit Plano has a FREE and limited-time foodie pass! Now through September 30, 2024, passholders can accumulate points for checking in at participating restaurants and redeeming coupons, then points can be cashed in for awesome prizes. Be automatically entered into the “Fit for a Foodie” sweepstakes after 20 check-ins. Sign up at and dig in!

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