Texas’ ninth most populous city can be found nestled between the rolling grasslands and prairies and the booming megacity of Dallas, right on the northern fringes of the Lone Star State.
Home to more than 250,000 people, the city is far from small, and continues to attract settlers who prefer something of a slower pace of life than is offered in D-Town. However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do here. Far from it!
Plano boasts everything from mouth-watering Texan smokehouses and BBQ joints to fascinating heritage museums that reveal secrets of the railroad and agricultural stories of this section of the south.
Add to that a clutch of beautiful parks, a multicultural medley of eateries that tout crusty Italian pizzas and craft beers alike, some great art house cinemas, walking trails and top-quality shopping, and it’s easy to see how Plano, the little sister of Dallas, is worth the visit! Here are the best things to do in Plano.
1. Discover the history of Texan agriculture at the Heritage Farmstead Museum
The ancestral home of the Farrell clan is now one of the most enthralling museums in all of Plano.
Billed as a living museum for its dedication to preserving every minutia of the day-to-day lives of its former early 20th-century inhabitants, the site reveals the ins and outs of sheep and wheat farming on the backcountry prairies of Texas during the period from 1890 to 1930.
Today, visitors can explore the old outhouses that were raised by the Farrell family, see the single-room school house that one taught the country children of North Texas, and unravel stories of the scouts, local firefighters and more in the various temporary exhibits.