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10 Must Do Things in Plano, Texas

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Plano, Texas is not typically on the travel bucket lists. But, maybe you’re in Dallas for the weekend. Or, quite possibly, you’ve been wanting to move to Texas and you’re trying to find the right suburb for you. Either way, Plano should be on your list of places to visit in Texas. 

Where is Plano, Texas?

Located about 20 minutes from Downtown Dallas, Plano is a spread out suburb with tons of great things to do. 

Even though the city is spread out quite a bit, it only takes maybe 15 minutes to get from one side to the other. 

What to Do in Plano, Texas 

Legacy West 

Legacy West is a destination all on it’s own. I even spent a staycation here for my birthday last year and it was perfect! 

Shopping and dining are the main attractions at Legacy West. Walk around and enjoy the shops but, you have to try Haywire. Get the chocolate cake (it’s my favorite of ALL TIME). My secret tip also? Ask to sit at the bar looking in to the kitchen – it’s an experience in it’s own right. If that’s not your thing, make sure to call ahead and make a reservation! 

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Legacy East

Legacy East was the first of the two Legacy’s. While the West side has plenty to do also but it’s well known for it’s bar hopping options. Places to try are: 

  • Scruffy Duffies
  • Ringo’s Pub
  • The Ginger Man (quieter & moodier)
  • Sambuca360 (good for dancing)

Historic Downtown Plano Arts District 

This cute area of Plano has plenty to keep you busy. Typically, you can see the street closed down for a small arts or food festival. Here are my favorite places in Downtown Plano:

Enjoy Nature 

Get out and about in Plano by visiting the Oak Park Nature Preserve & Amphitheatre or Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. If you’re visiting in the fall, consider visiting the Plano Balloon Festival


Spa Habitat is one of the best spas I have ever visited and it’s completely organic. There are two locations in Plano – at Legacy East and in Downtown. My favorite services are the massage and the facial! 

Painting with a Twist 

This place is so much fun! It’s a BYOB painting class with great instructors. The painting that complete is also yours to take home. 


Plano has many great food options so it’s hard to narrow down the search. Some places you should try are Taverna Rossa, Whiskey Cake, and Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill.

The Boardwalk at Granite Park 

The Boardwalk is a fairly new area of Plano that has a great area for hanging out with family and friends. Plus, any of the places you choose to eat at are fantastic!

Take a cooking class

Taste Buds Kitchen is a fun place to go for a girls night, family night, or date night! The instructors are well versed in cooking techniques and they go slow enough that you can actually follow along very easily. 

Katy Trail Ice House Outpost

Probably my favorite place in Plano, the Katy Trail Ice House Outpost gives you the feel of being out in nature in the middle of the city. There is an indoor area but being outside on the patio is the only way to really enjoy this place. It’s secluded and beautiful, especially at night with all the string lights overhead. The sangria is phenomenal so don’t leave without trying it!

Where to Stay in Plano, Texas 

Renaissance Legacy West – I stayed here for my birthday staycation last year. The location is perfect and the hotel itself is beautiful and comfortable. 

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