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Area Overview

From fantastic shopping and delicious cuisine to world-class venues and gorgeous parks, Plano has everything you need for a great Texas trip. Once a small quiet farming community, Plano is now a city well known across the country for progress and prosperity. Home to several Fortune 1000 companies and more than 10,000 businesses, Plano offers up small town charm in a modern urban village.
Recently designated a Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts, HISTORIC DOWNTOWN PLANO is a vibrant community of urban living, performing arts, galleries, event venues, alongside boutique shops and restaurants. Downtown Plano has free outdoor concerts and movies, festivals for every season, easy access via DART light rail station, all set against a backdrop of historic buildings. In contrast, LEGACY WEST, Plano's newest mixed use development, is a new breed of shopping center. With compact design, established retailers, and restaurants for every taste, Legacy West is a great destination.

The city has 3,600 acres of public parks offering more than 40 miles of recreation trails. Worth a visit is the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, a 200-acre park featuring vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, orienteering and other outdoor activities. Amenities include a playground, restrooms, approximately 2.3 miles of paved recreational trails, approximately two miles designed as an off-road cycling trail, an observation tower and three pavilions.

Relive some memorable moments 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 series.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

It's no surprise visitors feel an instant connection with Plano. Serious shoppers love the selection--antiques, boutiques, and some pretty major indoor malls, too. We have lots of parks for picnics, swimming, and tennis laced with miles of hiking and biking trails. Those who love sports in a major way appreciate the fact there's always a pro team playing nearby. Foodies are delighted to discover over 800 restaurants on Plano's menu, while free spirits revel in the knowledge that Plano has plenty of nightspots for nightcaps and dancing.

Make plans to catch the free Live-and-Local concerts at McCall Plaza in the Historic Downtown Plano Arts District. Or sip and shop downtown at the monthly Art and Wine Walk events. Enjoy free movie nights in Haggard Park and at Oak Point Park Amphitheater during the summer months. Bring a picnic basket to the FREE summer concert series presented by Plano Community Band, or take some free dance lessons once a month at McCall Plaza. Catch regional and national artists at the monthly concerts in the Courtyard Texas Music Series.

Cultural Activities

Plano has an original electric car at the Interurban Railway Museum that children will love experience. Kids can also step back in time for a visit to a 19th century farmhouse and all its original outbuildings.

Art lovers can browse new and exciting exhibits at the renovated historic ArtCentre of Plano.


Plano has over 3,700 acres of public green space including 40-miles of hike and bike trails.

You can visit Plano's historic downtown area. Wall the brick-paved streets of downtown to shop antique boutiques and then sit back and relax in one of many fine eateries.


Public transportation is available from downtown Plano and can take you all the way to downtown Dallas to enjoy area attractions.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  31.1  41.8  52.5  2.4 "
 February  34.9  46.5  58.1  2.9 "
 March  42.2  53.9  65.6  3.4 "
 April  51.2  62.3  73.3  3.7 "
 May  60.8  70.5  80.2  5.7 "
 June  68.5  78.1  87.7  4.1 "
 July  72.0  82.3  92.7  2.4 "
 August  70.6  81.6  92.6  2.2 "
 September  64.2  74.8  85.4  3.2 "
 October  53.0  64.3  75.7  4.2 "
 November  42.4  52.8  63.2  3.7 "
 December  34.1  44.5  54.8  3.2 "

Best Time To Go:

Spring and fall.

Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the low 60's and highs in the low 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the low 80's and highs in the low 90's. Nights are mild with lows in the low 70's. Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the low 60's and highs in the mid 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 30's.


With over 5,400 hotel rooms, Plano can easily accommodate any budget, from family-size economy to luxury suites for two. And with most major attractions a mere 30 minutes from your centrally located door, a peaceful Plano is a nice and convenient place to call home after calling it a day.


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