McKinney downtown

Downtown McKinney can be seen an on October morning.

McKinney is a really special city. It has so much to offer in terms of outdoor and history-oriented activities. We have put together the ultimate guide that takes you through the best things to do here.

This list was generated through personal recommendations, online resources, and the websites of each of these places. 

1. Visit Historic Downtown McKinney

McKinney is known for its truly special downtown. It is one of the best downtowns in North Texas.

The area emits nostalgic feel as many buildings are original and there are several family owned and operated businesses for shopping and eating out. Visiting Historic Downtown McKinney is something really special.

Visiting in the winter time is especially fun to view festive lights. McKinney is committed to keeping the historical parts of McKinney alive, known as “a town that offers the best of the old. 

2. Cadillac Pizza

Cadillac Pizza is the place for all pizza, beer, and live music lovers. Inspired by New York style pizza, Cadillac is some of the best pizza in North Texas.

They have live music on Friday and Saturday nights that allows for young and up-in-coming musicians to find a place to entertain in McKinney.

• Address: 112 South Kentucky Street

• Phone number: (972) 547-3833

• Hours:

        Monday: closed

        Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

        Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

        Sunday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

 3. Heard Natural Science Museum

The Heard Natural Science Museum aspires to connect people to nature in order to preserve and better appreciate the environment.

It holds almost 300-acres of nature preserve. Activities beyond the museum and nature preserve include a ropes course and summer camps. It was founded by Bessie Heard who had a deep desire to conserve the environment and bring people into nature’s beauty.

• Address: 1 Nature Place

• Phone number: (972) 548-9119

• Prices: adults $12, kids ages 3+ and seniors $9, kids 2 and under free

• Hours:

        Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

        Sunday 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

        Closed Monday

4. McKinney Performing Arts Center

The McKinney Performing Arts Center is a really special music and performing venue, because it’s located in the historic Collin County Courthouse.

The old courthouse was used from 1846 to 1979, and was vacant from 1979 until 2005 when it was turned into the performing arts center. Because the center is already part of the incredible downtown, seeing a show or concert here makes McKinney all the more special. The venue typically offers theatre, small circuses, music performances, and even weddings.

• Address: 111 North Tennessee Street

• Phone number: (972) 547-2650

5. Erwin Park Hike and Bike Trail

Erwin Park has over 200 acres of park space for those who love the outdoors. There are 3 pavilions, 2 restrooms, campfire sites, playgrounds, and up to 10 miles of biking trails.

Erwin Park is a great place to be in nature in McKinney.

• Address: 4300 CR 1006

• Phone number: (972) 547-2690

• Prices:

        Pavilions for residents: 6 months in advance for $42.50.

        Pavilions for non-residents: 3 months in advance for $70

        Campsite for residents: $12.50

        Campsite for non-residents: $20

6. Collin County History Museum

The Collin County History Museum is a great place for those who live McKinney and its history. They even offer virtual tours.

The museum holds history in its walls as it is located in the old McKinney Post Office, which was built in 1911. The exhibits aim to tell the story of McKinney and allow people to experience what it was like to live in McKinney one hundred years ago.

• Address: 300 East Virginia Street

• Phone number: (972) 542-9457

• Email:

• Hours:

        Thursday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

        Monday-Wednesday – special tours are available upon request

        Closed Sunday

7. McKinney ISD Football Stadium

Calling all Friday night lights fans/high school football fans to McKinney for some high school football.

This stadium is one of the most expensive high school football stadiums in the entire nation. They offer home and visitor sides of the stadium, concessions, and that feeling of Friday night lights. The stadium also holds a community event center available for public events.  

• Address: 4201 South Hardin Blvd

• Phone number: (469) 302-3999