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Jul 27

Traveling to McKinney This Summer? Here's What to Expect

Posted on July 27, 2020 at 3:23 PM by Beth Shumate

Dustin Taylor_Parking garage signOne thing is certain this summer - nothing feels normal. As we all deal with the latest, ongoing changes (and boy, those are coming daily!), we can all take a little comfort in knowing that everyone in the world is in the same boat, all coping with this strange situation the best way we know how.

With the world all topsy-turvy, is it safe to take summer vacations? Many folks are struggling this summer with exactly how they should travel. Some are not quote ready to fly to domestic destinations or to deal with quarantines when traveling to other countries. But that sense of summer vacation wanderlust is still very much alive and well. So what are they doing instead? They're taking to the highways for good old-fashioned family road trips ... which is where McKinney comes into the picture!

Our warm and welcoming community is the perfect place to get away for a few days or even a weekend, and we at Visit McKinney are ready to greet you and help you have a wonderful and memorable experience while you're here.

vanesa in Visit McKinney COVID videoWhat Are We Doing to Keep Visitors Safe?
The staff at Visit McKinney are busy keeping the Visitors Center safe and welcoming to our visitors and residents. For more details about what we've been up to since the city started to open back up, click the image at right to view a brief video. 

We'd love to have you stop by and see us at our Visitors Center and Gift Shop at 200 W. University, just a block west of the downtown square.

We have modified our office hours and are open:
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

For assistance outside of these hours, please contact us for an appointment at 214-544-1407 or

What to Do While in McKinney
Whether you're a visitor or a resident, we want you to have a great time when out and about in town. Here are some ideas:
  • Keeping in mind that activities and hours are subject to change, we'd like to encourage you to check out what our restaurants are offering.
  • Looking for ideas for a night out in McKinney? Visit our Dining & Nightlife page.
  • "Locals" always know the best places. See where our locals recommend for you!
  • Still a little hesitant to mingle much with the general public? Here are some ideas for virtual, contact-free, or at-home activities you can do.
girls at The YardHow are Our Businesses Handling COVID?
McKinney's Chamber of Commerce has stayed in close contact with the city's businesses including our restaurants, venues, and shops.  Click HERE to learn more about what the Chamber is doing to support businesses and their #McKinneyStrong and Buy Local campaigns. 

To hear directly from some of our restaurants and stores, click the image above.

More Updates from Our City, County & State
As the State of Texas moved in Phase Three of the Open Texas Plan, some of the case numbers began to climb again. Governor Abbott pulled back a little on openings as well as putting a mask mandate into place (effective July 2). Below are links to the latest state, county, and city guidelines so you'll know exactly what to expect when traveling to Texas and to McKinney, the seat of Collin County. 
Need Assistance or Have Questions?
Our Visit McKinney team is always happy to answer any of your questions. If you need help during regular business hours (see hours above), call 214-544-1407. Otherwise, send an email to and we'll get back with you within 24 hours. 

We want to thank Dustin Taylor for the use of his fantastic downtown McKinney sign!