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5 Best Plano Parks You’ll Want to Visit

Cindy

Plano is one of the best places to live in Texas for many reasons, not the least of which is its green spaces. Whether you want to find a relaxing spot to read a book, a smooth jogging trail with a view, or a fun dog park, Plano’s parks have a lot to offer. Get out to enjoy the great outdoors at these top Plano parks.

Arbor Hills Nature Reserve

Located on the western border of Plano, Arbor Hills Nature Reserve is a hidden escape in the middle of the city. The 200-acre park is bustling with animals and has short hiking paths and a 2.8-mile off-road cycling trail. Pavilions are available for reservation if you’re looking to host a small gathering or event. Stop by the observation tower for a spectacular view of the city.

Windhaven Meadows Park

Bring the whole family for a few hours of fun at Windhaven Meadows Park. Kids can play and stay cool in the splash area or play on the slides, swings and jungle gyms. A 4-6-acre dog park has small and large dog areas with concrete pathways and shaded areas as well as seating areas and drinking stations. Go for a walk, jog or bike trip on 1.9 miles of wide concrete paths that connect to Legacy and Bluebonnet trails.

Russell Creek Park

Russell Creek Park is one of the most popular Plano parks for sports enthusiasts. The large area of grass is perfect for playing soccer, tag football, and a variety of other games while the volleyball and basketball courts are open for you to challenge your friends and family members to a match. If you’re looking to cast a reel, there’s a beautiful fishing pond with a small pier and large pavilion with nearby BBQ grills – bring your own charcoal.

Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve

Plano’s largest park, Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, is 800 acres and boasts eight miles of concrete trails and five miles of soft surface trails. Its varied surfaces and plant life provides park-goers of all ages all sorts of natural entertainment and exploration opportunities under the shade of pecan and elm trees. The pond is an ideal spot to enjoy kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding.

Bob Woodruff Park 

Bob Woodruff Park is one of the best-loved Plano parks for its serene green spaces and top-notch amenities. A large pond houses fish that you can feed or catch off the fishing pier. There are also trails for those who like hiking or biking, a sand volleyball court, and a playground for little ones. This park is so large that it has two different sized pavilions you can reserve for a BBQ – the North Pavilion and the South Pavilion.

 

We hope you enjoy these great Plano parks! Did we miss your favorite green space to play and relax in? Stop by and let us know, and if you’re looking for a new home in Plano, we’re always more than happy to show you around our community. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at 972.423.3100.
 
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6 Of The Best Bars In Plano

Cindy

Plano is home to a number of bars that are perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a first date or a multi-bottle gathering with friends. The next time you’re looking for a new watering hole to try, we’ve got you covered – these six bars in Plano always deliver a good time.

Katy Trail Ice House

One of the best casual bars in Plano is the Katy Trail Ice House. The large beer garden is a popular outdoor space for day drinking. Grab a spot at one of the shaded picnic tables and sip on Texas draft beers or a refreshing frozen margarita. Weekends pull the biggest crowds as hungry locals flock to order brisket, ribs, turkey and sausages cooked on oak wood smokers. Barbecue is served Thursday thru Sunday each week until it’s all gone.

32 Degrees Rooftop Ice Bar

For a drink with an incredible view, head to 32 Degrees Rooftop Ice Bar. The third-floor bar overlooks historic downtown Plano and is known for serving perfectly-chilled beer poured at a 32-degree temperature. A strip of ice running down the center of the bar keeps your drink cold. Unwind after a long day with live music on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday nights or party it up on the weekend with a DJ spinning Top 40 hits.

Inwood Tavern

Who doesn’t love a good dive bar? Inwood Tavern is a friendly, no-pretense watering hole where you can kick back and enjoy cheap mixed cocktails, wine and beer. With an all-day, every-day happy hour and rotating drink specials, there’s an affordable beverage for every taste. Sit outside on the patio or hang out by the bar and put on your favorite song on the jukebox.

The Goat

If good music is more important to you than a fancy drink, The Goat has you covered. While most bars in Plano don’t open until 11am or later, this dark joint opens at 7am every day except Sunday, sells cheap long necks and features blues music every night of the week. Monday is Jukebox Night, Wednesday is Karaoke and Friday and Saturday nights are dedicated to performances by various local artists.

Holy Grail Pub

Holy Grail Pub is one of the most unique bars in Plano, having an Old World atmosphere, wide variety of craft beer, and made-from-scratch European/American food. Happy hour is every weekday afternoon and lasts for four hours, featuring discounted wells drinks, drafts and house wines. Indulge in one of their multi-course beer dinners to celebrate a special occasion.

The Ginger Man

Located in Uptown in a repurposed two-story house, The Ginger Man is a fixture of Plano’s drinking scene. The pub and tavern has more than 70 taps lining the wall and 100 bottled beers in the fridge. Bring a group of friends and relax on their leather couches or play a few rounds of darts.

 

We hope you try some of these bars in Plano and find a new favorite spot! If you’re looking for a new home in Plano, stop by and say hello! We’re always more than happy to show you around our community. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at 972.423.3100.
 
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5 of the Best Restaurants in Downtown Plano

Cindy

Downtown Plano, Texas is home to a wide variety of restaurants, from upscale and elegant to cheap and casual. With so many great restaurants in downtown Plano, it isn’t easy to decide where to eat. We’ve narrowed down the list to five of the most popular restaurants in the area so you can get to the table faster.

Vickery Park Plano

Nestled in the heart of old downtown Plano, Vickery Park Plano is a laid back pub serving American food that is as filling as it is artisanal. On the menu you’ll find hearty dishes such as a chipotle alfredo pasta as well as appetizers and lighter options like wings and a house salad. Vickery has earned a reputation for being one of the best restaurants in downtown Plano for happy hour, thanks to its atmosphere, live music and drink specials. Drop in Monday thru Friday to relax after work and challenge a friend to a game of shuffleboard!

Lockhart Smokehouse

Lockhart Smokehouse is a lively little BBQ joint right next to the old town Plano railway museum. Here, the meats are smoked to perfection over Texas post oak, and the portions are huge. Texas barbeque tastes even better with a cold beer in hand, and Lockhart has many Texas beers on draft in addition to a wide selection of bottles. Nursing a hangover? Opt for the killer bloody mary that’s perfectly spicy and decked out with a gigantic skewer of juicy sausage, brisket and olives. 

Urban Rio

Urban Rio is perhaps one of the best-known Mexican restaurants in downtown Plano. The chef uses fresh and authentic ingredients like hand-ground masa for tortillas to make his dishes from scratch. The restaurant’s open-air bar and patio overlooks Historic Downtown Plano and features live music every Thursday thru Saturday. Order the popular stuffed avocado and a house margarita and settle in for beautiful sunset views!

Jorg’s Cafe Vienna

Get your schnitzel fix at Jorg’s Cafe Vienna. The family-owned restaurant serves authentic Austrian and German food in a cozy, Old World atmosphere. Indulge in traditional dishes such as cream schnitzels, wursts, goulash, spaetzle, and apple strudel. Of course, no German meal would be complete without a cold beer, and Jorg’s offers a variety of local and international brews to choose from. Prost!

Bulla Gastrobar

Pronounced “BOO-YA”, Bulla Gastrobar is one of the top restaurants in downtown Plano where local foodies gather to enjoy tapas and seasonal dishes. Bring a few friends and arrive hungry so that you can share several plates around the table. One traditional favorite is the Patatas Bravas, cubed white potatoes fried in oil and served warm with a spicy sauce. Complement your meal with a bottle from the impressive wine list or sip on a hand-crafted cocktail.

We’re lucky to have so many great restaurants in downtown Plano. We hope these recommendations help you embark on a culinary adventure and try a few new dishes! If you’re looking for a new home in Plano, stop by and say hello! We’re always more than happy to show you around our community. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at 972.423.3100.
 
Hope to see you soon!