Plano, Texas is located around 30 minutes outside of Dallas and is a fun city to explore gourmet restaurants, outdoor shopping, historic attractions and more. Here are several of the best places to visit when you are in Plano, Texas.
Heritage Farmstead Museum
This museum is housed within a Victorian farmhouse from the 1890’s that was the the home of one of Plano’s original settler families. Today it is a preserved and historic heritage site and among the top attractions in Plano. There are tours of the home that are available, along with interactive events, demonstrations and exhibits. There are farm-related interactions, including barn and livestock tours.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
This nature preserve is located just outside of downtown Plano. The park is made up of almost 200 acres and offers a winding trail system that has both unpaved and paved trails for running, biking and walking. There is also a pavilion and large playground area. The park offers information on features of the local area’s ecosystem and wildlife that can be seen on the grounds of the park.
Plano Balloon Festival
Each September, over 45 fun-shaped, colored balloons take flight over Plano as part of the Plano Balloon festival. It is three-day popular event that not only offers balloon rides, but also inflatable rides and parachute jumpers. There is also lots of great food and beverages, martial arts, dance groups, and live music. At night there is a spectacular fireworks show and glow-in-the-dark balloons.
Interurban Railway Museum
This is a historic train station that was built in 1908 as Plano’s first train station. Trains ran until 1948. In 1990 the space was converted into a museum by the city. Today the museum offers hands-on activities and interpretive displays to teach visitors about where the train traveled and how this train system worked.