Just 20 miles from Dallas, tourists flock to Plano for its nature preserves, landmarks, museums, and tours. Whether you are new to the city or have lived in Plano for decades, consider learning a little more from one of these popular attractions.
The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is an urban park teeming with wildlife and features a hiking and bike trail, park, pavilion, playground, and restrooms. Since the park is a preserve, the City of Plano reminds tourists that they may come across wild animals, snakes, insects, and poison ivy while visiting and to call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.
The suburban park known as Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve is managed by the Plano City Council and features a hiking and bike trail, park, pavilion, amphitheater, and restrooms. The park consists of 800 acres and is Plano’s largest park. Its trails comprise of 3.5 miles of concrete trails and 5 miles of soft surface trails.
The Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center provides Plano members with a walking track, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, recumbent and upright bikes, treadmills, weight room, ellipticals, spin bikes, and an indoor track.
Historic Downtown Plano is well-maintained and hosts live events throughout the year, such as the Plano International Festival in the Arts District. The district is also home to unique shops, restaurants, art galleries, and historical buildings. Residents close to the Historic Downtown may live at The Westside, Eastside Village Apartments, or Junction 15 Apartments.
The Interurban Railway Museum provides tours with knowledgeable docents to inform you about the history of the electric railway system. The museum is supported by The Plano Conservancy and features interactive exhibits about electricity, math, social studies, and historical events. You can tour one of the railway cars. The museum is open Monday through Saturday and admission is free.
The ArtCentre of Plano works to further the artists’ creativity and expression from across all cultures. Past and upcoming exhibits include “The Art of Color”, “PISD AP and IB Student Art Shows”, and “Black History Month.” Some of the educational events the center has held include "The Spirit of Qawwali” and “The Art of Collecting.”
The Los Rios Golf Club will keep golf enthusiasts, beginners, and professionals busy playing on the 18-hole course on 220 acres. You can golf in the green around eight ponds and live Oak trees. The rates vary depending on the time of day with less expensive rates later in the day. You can also shop at the Golf Shop for accessories and apparel for brand names like Titleist, Adams, and Ashworth.
Archers and hunters will enjoy the Texas Archery Academy located on Accent Drive in Plano. With the academy, you have access to indoor training centers, outdoor ranges, classes, and loaner equipment at an affordable rate. Members commit to one hour per year volunteering within the archery community. If you choose to take a class, you can opt for a private lesson, archery classes, or bowhunting seminars.
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