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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.

Conveniently located near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport, Plano offers everything leisure travelers are looking for.

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.”

Crayola Experience

Especially this holiday season, shoppers 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 cars. (Think Tesla!) Its luxury retailers include: CHANEL Fragrance & Beauty, Golden Goose, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, and Tory Burch. At Legacy West diners can satisfy every craving, whether for steak or a good old-fashioned milk shake, French bistro fare, a perfect plate of pasta, or Spanish tapas.

After a day of retail therapy, shoppers won’t have to go very far to set down their spoils, since this urban village is anchored by the new Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel. The 15-story, 304-room luxury property features a high energy lobby and bar, and an on-site Asian fusion restaurant.

Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel

If visitors are looking for a unique way to wine and dine, try Legacy Food Hall at Legacy West, 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 named USA Today’s 2019 2nd Best Food Hall in the U.S.

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

The Boardwalk at Granite Park

Named one of the top 10 best downtowns in America by Livability.com, the downtown Plano Arts District offers a charming setting for a simple stroll, an afternoon of shopping, or an evening’s entertainment. Visit more than a dozen restored historic homes and 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 antique shops and boutiques selling everything from handmade jewelry to home décor to pottery.

PINSTACK features a 28-lane bowling alley, a VIP bowling area, a ropes course suspended 20 feet above the gaming center, two-story laser tag, bumper cars, six lanes of LED-lit rock climbing walls, and hundreds of interactive games. The facility also has a specialty restaurant featuring a chef-driven menu and craft cocktails, an outside bar area, covered patio with fire pits, gelato bar, big screen TVs, and ample seating.

Downtown Plano Arts DistrictPhoto credit: David Downs

There may not be snow on the ground outside, but inside at the at the Children’s Health StarCenter – Plano visitors don’t have to wait for snow to participate in this fun activity. Here there are public skate sessions available almost every day of the month.

Revisit memorable scenes from the television series “Dallas” at Southfork Ranch in nearby Parker. The “Dallas Legends: Fact to Fantasy” exhibit features such memorabilia as the gun that shot J.R., Lucy’s wedding dress, and video clips from the popular TV series. Horseback trail rides are also offered.



For more information on planning your Plano vacation this winter, see how It’s All Here at VisitPlano.com.