McKinney is home to one of the oldest and most active, thriving historic downtowns in Texas. The downtown commercial district offers more than 120 unique small businesses and more than two dozen locally-owned-and-operated restaurants that offer some of the best dining in North Texas. Recognized as a Historical Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts, the downtown historic district is home to art galleries, antique stores, gift, and home décor shops, clothing and accessory boutiques, and specialty shops that offer a wide range of treasures that make a shopping excursion into real retail therapy! This coming together of new and old, historic and trendsetting, daytime festivals and nightlife activities embody the spirit of McKinney and what makes it a one-of-a-kind destination. Sitting in the center of the square is the historic Collin County Courthouse that was built in 1872 and is now home to the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC). Here, you can see a community theater production, community band or orchestra concert, view prize-winning local works of art, and hold a private event – wedding, dance recital, birthday or anniversary party, corporate function, etc.
This 289-acre nature preserve made up of a variety of habitats and miles of nature trails also features bird blinds, Animals of the World Exhibit, an educational pioneer village, a butterfly garden, and a variety of indoor exhibits. Bring a picnic basket for enjoying lunch in the picnic area. Most trails are stroller-friendly. Check their website for a variety of classes, special events, and visiting exhibits. Venue Space: Laughlin Hall - up to 78, 72 if seated Outdoor Amphitheater - up to 525 Science Resource Center - 100, or 92 for a seated dining event.
1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069
A 45-acre Croatian village in the middle of McKinney's Stonebridge Ranch development. Home of the Guitar Sanctuary and The Sanctuary entertainment/event venue, multiple restaurants, shops, offices, and residential, most along the water. Also home to the bell tower and Bella Donna Chapel. Step into the Mediterranean at Adriatica. Held Memorial Day weekend each year: Smiles Charity Concert with fireworks.
6625 Mediterranean Dr., McKinney, TX 75070
Chestnut Square Heritage Village
Chestnut Square Heritage Village is a collection of six historic homes, a chapel, a general store, and a replica of a one-room schoolhouse situated on 2.5 acres just south of McKinney’s downtown square. The grounds also include a blacksmith shop, smokehouse, and beautiful reception gardens. The buildings include period artifacts showing how people lived in Collin County from 1854-1920. The village is home to many events including McKinney Farmers Market, Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off, Legends of McKinney Ghost Walk, haunted tours, and Farm-to-Market dinners. Tours take place on Thursdays and Saturdays as well as trolley tours on the second Saturday of each month.
315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney, TX 75069
Collin County History Museum
Located just one block east of McKinney’s historic downtown square, this museum in the historic post office building is one of McKinney’s best kept secrets. The museum is open year-round, Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Family research and genealogy projects are welcome. Our archives and family files include information, documentation, and photographs from Collin County. We have a capable group of research volunteers available to assist each Thursday. The museum is available for private showings of exhibits and archives upon request. Please feel free to give us a call or check our website for more information.
300 E. Virginia
Heard-Craig Center for the Arts
Tour the beautiful Heard-Craig House (built in 1900) and the adjacent Katie's Garden. This pristinely-restored home holds many works of Texas art and artifacts that belonged to the Heard-Craig families that reflect on the lives of this influential early McKinney family. The grounds also include a garden and carriage house also that also serve as a popular wedding venue. Check the website for tour schedule and information about weddings and other events held regularly onsite.
205 W. Hunt, McKinney, TX 75069