By Christine Baker, TSB Staff
Now that school is out it’s officially summer. But without the hustle and bustle of the school year, at times summer can seem boring.
No worries. We live in a city that was rated the No. 2-best small city in which to live by Money magazine, and within our city and around the metroplex there are tons of things to do to keep you busy during the summer months. Here is TSB’s Top 10 list of things you can do this summer:
1. Zoo. Although it may seem like a place for kids, the zoo is never boring. You can learn about wild animals, watch the shows and take all kinds of pictures. With the Dallas Zoo, Fort Worth Zoo and the Frank Buck Zoo all within an hour or so you can never go wrong with a trip to the wild.
2. Aquarium. Love the zoo but been there so many times you have the place memorized? Try the Dallas World Aquarium and beat the Texas heat by staying mostly indoors while you admire exotic creatures from all over the world. Between watching shows, feeding times or just looking around, anytime is a good time at the aquarium.
3. Public Pools. Need a relaxing day at the pool, but don’t have one in your backyard? McKinney has three public pools operated by the city, fully staffed with experienced lifeguards who can give swim lessons and help watch your kids. The Jaunita Maxfield Aquatic Center, Old Settler’s Aquatic Center, and the indoor pool at the McKinney Senior Recreation Center are all available to the city and it’s only a few dollars for admission. Take a day off and relax at one of the pools near you.
4. Fishing/ Lake. For fishing or just a day out on the lake, head to Lakes Texoma, Lavon, or Lewisville, to set up your picnic and have some fun. Take advantage of the lakes around us and take your family or friends out for a day to get a nice tan and catch some fish.
5. Amusement/ Water Parks. Reiterating our convenient location here in McKinney, we have some great amusement and water parks within an hour or so for our entertainment. Beat the summer heat with Hurricane Harbor or Hawaiian Falls —or if you’re in for a thrill, head over to Six Flags Over Texas and ride their newest ride, the Sky Screamer. It’s the tallest swing ride in the park that is about 400 feet tall and reaches speeds up to 43mph.
6. Outdoor Shopping. Shop til’ you drop at some of our great outdoor malls and shopping centers such as the Allen Premium Outlets, Fairview Shopping Center, and Waters Creek. Instead of staying inside a big mall, enjoy the outdoors while you shop and eat outside at restaurants like Mi Cocina and Twisted Root.
7. Museums. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxing and educational (but still fun), check out some of the spectacular museums around the area. Check out the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, The Trammell & Maragret Crow Collection of Asian Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Museum of Art, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (John F. Kennedy Museum), Herd-Craig Center For The Arts, and the Douglas County Museum for great artwork, masterpieces and a little bit of history.
8. Picnic/ Smores. A classic that never gets old, a picnic in the park. Head out to our very own Erwin Park or Towne Lake for a picnic during the day or some smores and fireside during the evening. Just bring out your lawn chairs and supplies and have some fun with friends and family any time of the day.
9. Arboretum. Have you ever been to the Dallas Arboretum? Well you should. It’s a one of a kind gorgeous garden where you can admire the garden, stop and have lunch or tea, visit the Artist’s Garden or even hold special events. It’s a unique place with a fun environment that has something to offer everyone.
10. Historical Downtown McKinney. Who doesn’t love downtown McKinney? If you’re looking for something to do any time or any day check out downtown and there’s always something to do. Whether you grab a bite to eat at Square Burger, Rick’s Chophouse, Spoons or any other unique restaurant or shop at Mom and Pops Popcorn or Arabella’s, or even grab some coffee and brunch and Snug on the Square there’s always something unique and fun for everyone to enjoy. Not to mention there are always events and entertainment at the McKinney Performing Arts Center and Chestnut Square Historic Village.
For more specific events around the area be sure to check out TSB’s event calendar daily for updates on concerts, entertainment and other events in the McKinney area.