Historic Downtown McKinney
McKinney's Historic Downtown Cultural Arts District is the largest attraction in our community and within it, visitors will find several others include three history museums - Chestnut Square Heritage Village, The Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, and the Collin County History Museum - in addition to even more. Recognized as a Historical Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts, the 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. 972-547-2660, www.downtownmckinney.com
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
This 289-acre nature preserve is McKinney's largest nature-based attraction. Made up of a variety of habitats and miles of nature trails, The Heard Museum 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. 1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069, 972-562-5566, www.heardmuseum.org.
A 45-acre Croatian village in the middle of McKinney's Stonebridge Ranch development will take you to the Mediterranean without leaving North Texas! Adriatica is home of the Guitar Sanctuary and The Sanctuary entertainment/event venue, multiple restaurants, shops, offices, homes, and apartments, as well as featuring a bell tower and the Bella Donna Chapel. 6625 Mediterranean Dr., McKinney, TX 75070, 972-540-5955, www.adriaticavillage.com