Family Fun in McKinney's Historic Downtown
Chestnut Square Historic Village
Chestnut Square brings history to life with Living History Days, Farmer's Market, Prairie Adventure Camps, the annual Ice Cream Crank Off, Ghost Walk and the Holiday Tour of Homes. Visit the Chestnut Square website or call 972-562-8790 for tour and rental information.
Finch Park is located about 1.2 miles from Historic Downtown McKinney. Located at 301 West Standifer Street, this park offers bathroom facilities, two lighted tennis courts, two basketball courts and a sand volleyball court.
Follow the Frogs
Picture this...a leisurely stroll, an intimate lunch or dinner date, a live performance at MPAC or maybe a shopping venture like no other. Now, sprinkle in some history, our rich heritage and some artistic "ribbiting" characters and you have stumbled upon something quite remarkable.
Meet our friendly frogs, many of which have a name and a special story. You can find them hopping in store fronts throughout Historic Downtown McKinney. Why frogs, you ask? Why not? They are hip, they hop and they add something quirky to the already-unique venue that is McKinney. Enjoy the photo gallery of our frogs, and next time you visit, be sure to say hello to our web-footed friends.
Geocaching is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online. There are many geocaching opportunities in Historic Downtown McKinney. McKinney's Stormwater department's Finding Geo program offers six geocaches in Historic Downtown. Visit www.geocaching.com to get started.
Heard-Craig Center for the Arts
The Heard-Craig House, built in 1900, is one of the most beautifully preserved historic homes in North Texas. The home, surrounded by Victorian gardens, still contains original furnishings, art collections and Heard family memorabilia. The Center also includes Heard-Craig Hall reception and performance hall and the Carriage House. Visit www.heardcraig.org or call 972-569-6909 for tours, events and rental information.
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, isn't exactly in Downtown McKinney, but it's not far. This McKinney jewel is the result of Bessie Heard’s vision for the future, her commitment to the community and to North Texas. Founded in 1967, the Heard consists of a 289-acre wildlife sanctuary and a natural science museum for the primary purpose of educating children about nature. The Heard exists to bring nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore and preserve our priceless environment. In keeping with Miss Heard’s vision, the Heard’s purpose is threefold: education, conservation and preservation. Through education, particularly for young people, the Heard emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation. To learn more visit the Heard Museum website.
Historic Building TourTake a high-tech journey throughout the Historic Commercial District to find out more about some of your favorite landmarks. Look for the signs.
McKinney enjoys one of the oldest, most authentic and thriving historic downtowns in Texas. Once the center of all commercial and social activity for Collin County, our 165-year-old city continues to serve as a viable retail, dining, entertainment and business center. Check out the Historic Building Tour web page for more information.
Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library
The Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library, located at 101 East Hunt St. in downtown McKinney, offers a collection of more than 150,000 items. This library houses extensive fiction, nonfiction, reference and children's materials. In addition, it also offers the Helen Gibbard Hall Genealogy and Local History Area and a Spanish language collection. Visit the Library Calendar for events, workshops and classes.
Explore McKinney's historic downtown on foot to see where the last hanging in McKinney occurred or who committed the final crime tried in the historic courthouse. You can also wander into the historic to see some of the beautifully restored homes. Choose from three options or choose all three!
For questions about these great family-fun activities or other happenings please call 972-547-2660.