Located just 30 miles north of Dallas, McKinney, Texas offers the perfect getaway. Home to one of the state’s largest historic districts, McKinney’s charm and comfortable pace is quite relaxing. The city’s tree-lined streets, historic downtown and numerous city parks give this city a small town feel.
McKinney has dedicated more than 1,000 acres to parks of all sizes. From one of the largest collections of crape myrtles in the world to the Heard Natural Science Museum with a 289 acre wildlife sanctuary, McKinney has a natural beauty that welcomes visitors. Only 15 miles away, Lake Lavon offers the fishing and hunting enthusiasts an opportunity to test their skills and bring home bragging rights.
While lodging in McKinney, Texas, pick from the areas various vacation rentals. If you are staying in a vacation rental by owner, the owners in McKinney are more than happy to suggest the best bistros, parks, and shopping in the area.
Over 2,000 crape myrtles edge McKinney’s public roadways with exceptional plantings along Virginia Parkway, Eldorado Parkway, U.S. Hwy. 380 and throughout the Stonebridge Ranch development. Working with the city, the Crape Myrtle Foundation will kick off the World Collection of Crape Myrtles, a planting that will include every variety of crape myrtles in McKinney.
Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary features more than four miles of hiking trails, a two acre native garden, animals and indoor and outdoor permanent and temporary exhibits. This is a fantastic way to spend the day outdoors to enjoy the stunning native plants, quiet atmosphere and terrific exhibits and collections.
Lavon Lake is proudly located on the East Fork of the Trinity River. The lake is just about 21,400 acres in size, the deepest section of the lake is nearly 38 feet deep. There are three launch sites found at Tickey Creek Park, Little Ridge Park and Lavonia Park. Tickey Creek Park is a great launch site and the lake presents some excellent sailing. There is a free beach on the south region of the point and an isolated clearing of grass and trees on the east side of the point. There are a couple of convenience stores and gas stations in this area as well.
Staying in a bed and breakfast on your vacation is a wonderful way to experience a little history and feel transported to another, simpler time. Inn owners are typically appreciative of your patronage and are more than happy to inform you of the best deals in town.
There are three public golf courses and four private golf courses in McKinney. The passion for golf is quite evident in the broad landscape of McKinney City. The Golf Club at McKinney boasts an 18 hole course with a challenging 6,980 yards of golf from the longest tees and has 50 tees driving range. Eldorado Golf Course has 25 tees driving range and also an 18 hole course. Eldorado Golf Course has a fitness and kids club with on-site baby sitting area that accepts children ages 3 months to 12 years old.
McKinney, Texas is a wonderful way to spend a long weekend. The people are friendly, the accomodations are comfortable, and the town is bursting of beautiful parks and walking paths.