Allen is my second hometown. While it has continued to grow exponentially and has become a fairly large city in it’s own right, Allen still continues to have that small town charm.
Texas if FULL of small towns worth discovering. First up was Plano, next up – Allen.
Here are the top 10 things you should do in Allen, Texas
1. Max’s Donuts
Let me tell you something, I have NEVER had donuts as good as Max’s Donuts. They are soft, melt-in-your-mouth, always warm bundles of joy. Go early and bring your appetite as they always have a line! Any type of donut you want, they have them and all of them are worth it.
Also, do yourself a favor and grab some kolaches (also known as pigs in a blanket).
Located at: 105 N. Greenville Avenue, Allen, TX 75002
2. Allen Premium Outlets
People come from all over to visit the Allen Premium Outlets. Anything you can think of, they have it. Being that it’s an outlet mall, typically stores will have discounted prices on brands you love. This is the perfect place to go to buy birthday or holiday gifts!
Located at: 820 W Stacy Rd, Allen, TX 75013
3. Attend an Allen Eagle Football Game
Yes, that’s the Allen High School football team. Let me repeat, a high school football team is worth your time.
If you visit Allen in the fall, going to a football game is a necessity. The Allen High School football program is one of the best in the state (they’ve never lost a game at home) and their stadium is the largest in the state to host only one high school team (Allen only has one high school). If your visiting outside of football season, it’s still worth a drive-by to see the massive stadium in person.
Located at: 155 Rivercrest Blvd, Allen, TX 75002
4. Allen Station Park
This place is so much fun! If you’re looking for a little outdoor fun, this place has a dirt-bike track, skate park, and wakeboarding.
Wait, Bre, did you just say wakeboarding? But… there’s no lake?!
YES! The wakeboarding section (Hydrous Wake Park) is in a man-made mini lake with pully-type systems to move you along the water. Pretty cool and a lot of fun for any age group.
Located at: 1120 N Cedar Dr, Allen, TX 75002
5. Visit the Allen Event Center
The Allen Events Center is home to a semi-pro hockey team (Allen Americans) and an indoor soccer team (Dallas Sidekicks) but it is also the place to catch a concert or trade show or even go ice-skating at the public rink.
Past concerts have included Reba McEntire, Lenny Kravitz, Counting Crows, and Twenty One Pilots so check their schedule prior to see if any concerts strike your fancy!
Also, if you need somewhere to eat pre- or post-concert/event, try out Kelly’s at the Village (their Chicken Fried Steak is spot-on!)
Located at: 200 E Stacy Rd #1350, Allen, TX 75002
6. Eggsquisite Cafe
Breakfast. Brunch. Lunch. Whatever your preference, just go.
This place ALWAYS has a line so go early or call ahead. I love the pancakes but truly anything you order will be wonderful.
Located at: 1314 W McDermott Dr #170, Allen, TX 75013
7. Watters Creek
This area is a great spot for a date night, family time with the kids, or girls trip because it has restaurants, shopping, and a small play park for children. My mom and I love going to this area when they have artists or creators come out – they will close down one of the small streets and have booths lined up on both sides.
Do yourself a favor and grab some lunch at Edith’s Bistro while here.
Located at: 970 Garden Park Dr, Allen, TX 75013
8. Hidden “Waterfall”
Ok, it’s not really a waterfall but it is an old stone dam built in 1874 with an abandoned railroad around it. But, the adventure to get there is the best part.
The easiest way to get to the dam is on the Cottonwood Creek Trail which starts at Rudy’s BBQ but I have a secret way to get there (maybe not secret but I feel like nobody else knows about it!)
If you park behind Carrier Enterprises off of Andrews Pkwy, there is actually a trail-head sign that you can follow (just check for no parking signs). Enter the trail, wind the path, and then turn right when you get the option to turn right or left. The dam is down a little ways and off to your left. Do a little exploration but be careful – it can be a little slippery around the area.
Located at: Rudy’s BBQ (1790 N Central Expy, Allen, TX 75002); Carrier Enterprises (301 E Exchange Pkwy, Allen, TX 75002)
9. Brewery Tour
One of my favorite memories with my friend Allison was when we went to Nine Band Brewing for a tour. This place is smaller than your normal brewery and the people are incredibly nice and knowledgeable.
Tours begin at 2:00 PM and no reservations are necessary but the tours are only the first Saturday each month. The tour is $15 which includes a free pint glass! WIN!
Located at: 9 Prestige Cir, Allen, TX 75002
10. Explore the Surrounding Area
This goes without saying but like many small towns in Texas, they are relatively close to other great cities or small towns.
Some surrounding cities to take a look at include Frisco, McKinney, and Plano (more on these cities to come in my Small Town Texas Series).
Also, don’t forget to check out Southfork Ranch (made famous by the 1980’s TV series Dallas) which is just a short drive on the outskirts of Allen.
Where to Stay in Allen, Texas
Allen is a great city. Whether you’re visiting for the weekend or maybe even looking to move to Texas, you can’t go wrong with Allen.