GUIDE: 15 local getaways in and around the Plano area

The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will offer bird identification techniques and bird spotting tips during the Second Saturday Bird Walk. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will offer bird identification techniques and bird spotting tips during the Second Saturday Bird Walk. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will offer bird identification techniques and bird spotting tips during the Second Saturday Bird Walk. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)

Looking for something to do? Here are some attractions to check out in Plano and other nearby areas.

Plano


1. Legacy West Renaissance Hotel

Spend a relaxing weekend at this hotel, which is just a short distance from other local attractions. The hotel also has a pool and several restaurants, including a whiskey bar and an Asian-Fusion restaurant. Prices vary.

6007 Legacy Drive, Plano

469-925-1800

www.renaissance-hotels.marriott.com


2. Historic Downtown Plano

Historic Downtown Plano has something for everyone, from shopping to dining to art. Different shops and restaurants around the area hold events for both adults and families.

1021 E. 15th St., Plano

www.visitdowntownplano.com

3. Go Ape Zipline

See the Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve from new heights on this zip line. The course is over 27 feet in the air and lasts about three and a half hours. Participants must be at least 10 years of age and be at least 4 foot 7 inches tall. $49.95 (ages 10-15), $59.95 (age 16 and older).

5901 Los Rios Blvd., Plano

800-971-8271

www.goape.com

4. The Boardwalk at Granite Park

Visitors to Granite Park can eat at waterfront restaurants, enjoy live entertainment and stay at The Hilton. The development also hosts a weekly farmers market.

5880 SH-121, Plano

972-731-2380

www.boardwalkgranitepark.com

Regional


5. National Videogame Museum

This museum preserves the history of the video game industry through archiving physical artifacts along with the stories and information behind the industry’s creation. Guided tours and space for private parties are available. Current exhibits include a timeline of consoles, an ‘80s arcade and prehistoric games. $10-$12.

8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Frisco

972-668-8400

http://nvmusa.org/

6. Bendt Distilling Co. tours

At this distillery in Old Town Lewisville, guests can take an hour-long tour through the distillery’s various processes and take part in a spirit tasting. Guests can also hang out in the distillery’s tasting hall, lounge or outdoor whiskey garden and purchase craft cocktails. The tours take place on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Reservations are required online. $10.

225 S. Charles St., Lewisville

214-814-0545

www.bendtdistillingco.com

7. The Comedy Arena

This comedy theater showcases stand-up, sketch and improv comedy and offers classes. It is also home to the comedy troupe CSz DFW, which performs weekly ComedySportz matches. The Comedy Arena is offering virtual events and outdoor events with social distancing. Virtual shows are “pay what you can”; outdoor shows are $12.

305 E. Virginia St., Ste. 104, McKinney

214-769-0645

www.thecomedyarena.com

8. DFW Chinatown

Chinatown is the city’s destination for Asian food, shopping and events. Restaurants in the development serve various Asian cuisines, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese and Vietnamese. The development also includes a grocery store. Hours and costs vary.

400 N. Greenville Ave., Richardson

www.dfwchinatown.com

9. Sherrill Park Golf Course

Sherrill Park Golf Course is open to the public and includes two regulation courses and a number of tee boxes. It has ranked in the Top 10 municipal golf courses, according to its website. Open dawn to dusk daily. Tee time prices vary by day.

2001 E. Lookout Drive, Richardson

972-234-1416

www.sherrillparkgolf.com

10. The Star in Frisco

The campus of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and practice facility spans 91 acres. The Star also offers guests a variety of shopping and dining experiences, the Omni Frisco hotel and special events. Prices vary.

One Cowboys Way, Frisco

972-497-4060

www.thestarinfrisco.com

11. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

The nonprofit natural science museum and 289-acre wildlife sanctuary aims to educate, conserve and preserve. The museum includes indoor exhibits, natural science collections, two garden spaces, habitats and nature trails. $9-$12.

1 Nature Place, McKinney

972-562-5566

www.heardmuseum.org

12. Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Located along White Rock Lake, the arboretum and botanical garden spans 66 acres and features a variety of gardens, including a walkway enclosed by crape myrtle trees and a rose garden with over 200 hybrid tea roses of 16 varieties. The arboretum also hosts various events and activities to fit the changing seasons. Pricing ranges $12-$17.

8525 Garland Road, Dallas

214-515-6615

www.dallasarboretum.org

13. Grapevine Mills

Grapevine Mills indoor mall offers 180 places for shopping and dining as well as several entertainment venues. Attractions include SEA LIFE Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, The Escape Room, Round 1 Bowling and Amusement and Peppa Pig World of Play.

3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine

469-444-3050

www.simon.com/mall/grapevine-mills/stores

14. Fort Worth Cultural District

The Fort Worth Cultural District is your one stop for art exhibitions ranging from antiquities to modern artworks. The district contains six museums as well as plenty of dining options. Located near Camp Bowie Boulevard and West Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth. Events are held throughout the year.

www.fortworth.com/about/neighborhoods-districts/cultural-district/

Worth the trip


15. Perot Museum of Nature and Science

At the Perot Museum, guests can check out five floors with 11 permanent exhibits, which include hands-on activities, interactive kiosks and educational games. The Perot Museum also hosts programs for various age groups, from early childhood to adults. $13-$20.

2201 N. Field St., Dallas

214-428-5555

www.perotmuseum.org
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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