Headed to Texas? Make a short stop in Frisco first, for a taste of the Texan suburbs. A world away from the bustling downtowns of Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and the likes, Frisco has a small-town vibe that’s perfect for a relaxing getaway still chock-full of Texan flavor.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Frisco:
1. Dr. Pepper Ballpark
There’s little in life more full of Americana than baseball, and that’s especially true when it comes to minor league baseball, the small city attraction that draws out the crowds on nearly every night of the week throughout the summer.
You can catch the Frisco Rough Riders if you visit the area during season.
But the coolest (quite literally) part of the ballpark? The Choctaw Lazy River rising about the right field.
That’s right! You can sit right in the water as you watch the game play out, with great views and lots of access, as well as an all-you-can-eat menu for you and all your friends.
2. The Frisco Heritage Museum
A museum totally dedicated to the history of this Northern Texas town, the Frisco Heritage Museum shows off the culture of the city through artifacts, film and more.
Check out the historic building replicas, a real locomotive and caboose and more.
The replica town includes a jail, homes, a railroad depot, blacksmith shop, school, church, windmill, fountain and gazebo, and it’s all set on four acres.
While there, check out the various Frisco Public Art pieces that are on display.
3. Frisco Athletic Center
For most of us, it’s important to stay in shape while on the road, and the Frisco Athletic Center provides a state-of-the-art spot to do so.
There are more than 100,000 square feet of indoor workout space, as well as 350,000 gallons of water to swim in! Plus, no matter what level of fitness you’re at, or how old you are, you’ll find an activity to keep you busy.
Plus, right next door is the Frisco Water Park, which has tons of fun attractions, such as The Preston Plunge (a 45-foot water slide platform), The Fort (a multi-level water playground), a lazy river and even more slides.
4. Texas Sculpture Garden
This is the largest private collection of contemporary sculptures in the state, with dozens and dozens (and dozens) of sculptures all from Texans.
The artwork isn’t the only thing you’ll appreciate while there, though.
You’ll also love all of the exceptional landscaping that surrounds the sculptures, including all of the water features.
You can take the self-guided walking tour all on your own, and it’s a perfect opportunity to get out and about, walking and enjoying a little Texas culture all at the same time.
5. Frisco Commons Park
Looking for a free attraction in Frisco? The Commons Park is a good choice! This historic, beautiful spot has many one-of-a-kind features that will make your visit unique in every way.
Enjoy a picnic at either the two small pavilions or at the large pavilion, if you have a big group.
Stroll around the pond.
Pay a visit to the Veterans Memorial Plaza.
Let the kids play on the large wooden playground system, that was actually created by the residents of Frisco! Plus, there are a handful of trails that you can walk and hike, depending on your preference.
There are more than 60 acres, an amphitheater, a fishing pier, horseshoe pits and even a field for soccer and lacrosse.
If you stop by on the second Saturday of the month, you can enjoy Frisco Starfest, a monthly event held by the Texas Astronomical Society, where guests can observe the beautiful Texas night skies.
6. The National Video Game Museum
If you’re a video game aficionado, this is one stop you absolutely have to make.
This museum is all about preserving the history of video games and retelling the stories of the industry’s beginnings and development, from the 1950s onward.
In addition to documenting the creation and evolution of video games, they’re also preserving as many physical artifacts as possible, but in addition to all this, they also want to make it possible for visitors to actually play a lot of the video games on display, making for a totally one-of-a-kind experience.
They also hold classes focused on STEM values.
7. Toyota Stadium
Soccer fans rejoice. The Toyota Stadium in Frisco is not only a beautiful multipurpose sports and entertainment facility — it’s also home to FC Dallas, and hosts the FCS Championship Game.
Plus, it’s been decided that the National Soccer Hall of Fame will be built here.
If you can’t quite catch a game at Toyota Stadium, do make sure to swing by the team shop on the northeast corner of the stadium for some apparel and merchandise.
8. Dr. I.S. Rogers Home
For a little taste of Frisco history, the Dr. I.S. Rogers Home provides a look at one of the town’s most important original residents.
Dr. Rogers, born in 1861 in what is now northeast Frisco, would move away from Texas to seek his medical degree, until he later moved back to Frisco, when it was established in 1902.
He moved his family and medical practice to the town in a covered wagon, and then became both Frisco’s very first doctor and very first mayor in 1908. He did a little bit of everything, from dealing with epidemics to delivering babies (at a price of $15). His home here in Frisco was built in 1916, and he died there in 1933.
9. The Museum of the American Railroad
A great stop on your list if you have a train enthusiast in your travel group, the Museum of the American Railroad has all things to do with the history of rail in not only Texas, but also the entire country.
The exhibits feature various artifacts from the rail industry, and several trains are also on display, for both viewing and touring.
Though the museum was originally begun in 1961 to preserve the then-outdated steam passenger trains, it has lived on, and still is at its mission today.
10. The Frisco Art Gallery
If you’d like to see some art for no cost, this is where you want to do it.
The Frisco Art Gallery’s both main and reception galleries are completely free and open to the public every day except Monday.
There are rotating exhibits from not only local artists, but also artists from all around the world.
Painting and photography is what’s mostly on display, but occasionally you may see a sculpture or two.
11. Stonebriar Centre
If your Texas vacation is a little rainy, head indoors for a little bit of shopping, at the Stonebriar Centre.
With almost 200 stores, they have a little bit of everything, from your favorite mall staples, to more specialized stores.
Dining is never a worry while you’re here, either, as the mall has plenty to fill a hungry stomach.
Looking for a good steak? Try Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille.
Want some food with a side of fun? Try Dave & Buster’s for 60,000 square feet of arcade, billiards and more.
If you’d just like a snack, you’ll find more favorites scattered across the mall.
To experience all the fun of skydiving, without the terrifying fear that comes with jumping straight out of a plane, go to iFLY, for indoor skydiving for all ages.
A company ahead of its time, iFLY features a flight chamber with a stable, wall-to-wall cushion of air, providing participants with a totally safe and super realistic skydiving experience.
To try it out for yourself, you’ll have to make a reservation, check-in and then go through a brief training session.
Then, you’ll gear up and head into the flight chamber.
The entire thing is almost a two-hour experience, and is supposedly equal to one and a half skydives.
13. Sci-Tech Discovery Center
The Sci-Tech Discovery Center is all about inspiring people of all ages to learn more through fun explorations of science, math and technology.
Permanent exhibits focus on topics like homeostasis, nanoscale science, coordination, weather and more.
Special exhibits pass through the museum, so check out what’s on while you’re in town! For the creative types, the MakerSpace is for you! The area has everything you could ever need to make…well, anything! There are six computer work stations with laser cutting and engraving software, 3D printing software, movie makers and more; robotics kits; advanced electronics kits; Go Pros; soldering equipment; power tools; hand tools; and so much more!
14. The Star
Football fans won’t want to miss this must-see. The Star is 91 acres of awesome, but it just so happens to be the place the Dallas Cowboys world headquarters calls home.
In addition to the Cowboys’ corporate offices and a practice facility, there’s also Ford Center, which is an indoor football stadium.
Additionally, there are tons of entertainment venues, shopping and dining in the immediate neighborhood, so you’re able to see a little bit of it all while you’re there.
If you still haven’t booked your hotel for your Frisco trip, yet, note that the Omni hotel near The Star is a great choice. Book a VIP Guided Tour of The Star to see not only Ford Center, but also the War Room for the NFL Draft, the Nike Star Walk (a collection of the 10 biggest moments in Dallas Cowboy history and a uniform evolution display), the Super Bowl Memorabilia Station, and the Grand Atrium (a tribute to the Cowboys greats).
15. Karla Siddhi Hanuman Temple
This $7.5 billion project is a Hindu temple located right next to the Hanuman Cultural Center and Datta Yoga Center, both also worth a visit.
Hanuman is the Hindu monkey god, who represents becoming a better person and is often connected to guru Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji, a Hindu spiritual leader with a worldwide following, including many of the people who visit this temple.
It just so happens to be the first temple outside of India to boast a jade stone Hanuman idol.
The temple is a huge draw, and it not only hosts worship services, but also classes, performances and cultural programs.
So much more than just a golf complex, Topgolf offers something for every single person in your travel group, making it a great choice if you do have someone who’s a golf fanatic.
Top golf mixes technology with fun, and gives the golfers high-tech, climate-controlled hitting bays, while it gives everyone else awesome food, a great bar, live music, lounges and more.
It’s almost like a fun entertainment complex, that just so happens to also have golf!
17. Play Street Museum
Play Street Museum is keeping kids inspired, learning and having a great time while they’re doing so! There are lots of little playhouses with theming and locations that are actually located in the city of Frisco in real life.
There’s a grocery store, house, fire truck, school and more.
There are lots of costumes, props and fun activities for kids to truly explore and be themselves.
Be warned, though — this is best served to younger kids, who can still let their imagination shine!
Another fun indoor space to take the kids is Jump!Zone, though the focus here is more on fun than learning.
There’s 11,000 square feet of inflatables and slides, obstacle courses, bouncy castles, pirate ships, arcade games and then even a toddler area.
Everyone can run around and have a fun time, completely tiring themselves out for the evening! If you have a smaller child (preschool age) that you’re worried will get run over by the rowdy big kids, they also have special hours just for preschool children, so they can play with ease.
Enjoy a game of bowling, and not in your normal seedy bowling alley, either! Strikz is an upscale joint, where you can enjoy a totally modern bowling vibe, with an almost individualized and boutique feel.
Love the neon-lit lanes, while you sit back and relax on your leather sofa as you wait for your next turn.
This is the perfect setting for a fun and totally not-corny date night.
Not up for bowling? They also have an arcade, laser tag and billiards, for variety.
Don’t forget to enjoy dinner and drinks while you’re there!
20. Dunaway Cemetery
No travel is complete without a trip to the city’s spookiest cemetery. Stop by Dunaway Cemetery, named after Foster W. Dunaway, who established the first drug store in Dallas.
The cemetery contains the 14 known graves of the Dunaway family, with the oldest headstone dating back to 1867. The cemetery has been nicely preserved, and is surrounded by green space and a beautiful wrought iron fence.
21. Bicentennial Park
This park was once Frisco’s only park, but now it’s known for another popular aspect — the Homer Carter Tractor.
This 1939 Formal F20 tractor and the subsequent farm implements celebrate the town’s farming past, and recognizes the rich agricultural heritage, which was very attractive to homesteaders settling in the region.
22. Historic Downtown
Before Frisco, there was Emerson, established in 1902, and derived from the Francis Emerson Farm, named after Francis Emerson, who was the president of the First National Bank of McKinney.
The land was planned into a city by the St.
Louis and San Francisco Railroad, and then named Emerson.
However, there was another nearby city called Emerson, and to avoid confusion, the name was changed to Frisco, after the Frisco railroad.
You can now see where the original town of Emerson was, as it’s contained by John Elliott Street, North and South Country Roads, Ash Street and Walnut Street.
Frisco’s calaboose may sound a little weird, but the word actually just refers to a jail, and was used in the U.S. south during the turn of the century.
The calaboose was first used in 1912, and continued until the 1950s.
The concrete structure has two barred windows and one steel door, and a dirt floor and no electricity or running water.
It was less than 170 square feet, and it could only hold one prisoner, until they were transferred to the county jail or released.
24. Frisco Gun Club
It’s not a surprise that Texans like their guns, and so it’s also no surprise that there’s a gun range in Frisco.
The Frisco Gun Club is a premier indoor shooting range with the highest safety requirements.
There are classes available on gun usage and safety, but if someone else in your travel group would prefer to shoot while you occupy yourself otherwise, there’s also a cafe, so you can grab a bite to eat while you wait.
25. Frisco Square
Of course, don’t forget to stop by Frisco Square.
This important gathering place for the community really helps you to remember what a tight-knit group these residents truly are, and brings back the small-town feel of the suburban regions around Dallas.
There are lots of businesses, shopping and restaurants surrounding the square, but it’s also home to farmers markets, and plenty of festivals throughout the year.