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McKinney Highlights

  • Pro
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    btex says…

     antiques, old buildings, decent food 

  • Con
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    thejeangenie says…

     NO Ethnic or unusual restaurants, and the school taxes are outrageously high! 

  • In a nutshell
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     it has that small town feel...but maybe not for too much longer. 

McKinney Things to Do

  • Historic District

    McKinney has preserved a number of structures which comprise historic Chestnut Square Village. Taking your family on a guided tour would make for an interesting history lesson! A turn of the century chapel, a lodging place once know as the "Two Bit" Taylor Inn (1864), a former grocery store (1918), schoolhouse (first free school in Collin County)...

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  • Heard-Craig House

    This home is amazing and I learned so much from the tour. The original furnishings and the art make it feel like the family is still living there. I highly recommend for anyone interested in history and/or beautiful pieces of art.

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  • Old Collin County Courthouse

    The old courthouse was the first permanent building on the square downtown. This original gothic style building was built in 1876 and stones were quarried three miles from town for the construction. In 1927 the building was remodelled to how it looks today. There is a story that a ghost of a lady in white has been seen at night looking out of the...

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  • Towne Lake Park

    Towne Lake Park doesn't measure up to Central Park or Stanley Park, but it's still a nice place for jogging, walking, fishing, picnics, paddle boating, etc.... There are also horseshoe throwing pits, volleyball courts, and softball fields nearby. Paddle boats can be rented at a concession stand. Lots of geese make the park their home...they...

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  • Pecan Grove Cemetery

    If you like wandering through history, McKinney's Pecan Grove Cemetery is the last resting place of not only some of its Civil War veterans, but the Texas Revolution and Mexican War, as well. It's one of the oldest cemeteries in North Texas. Located on the outside of town, its monuments lay beneath shady trees or in family groupings. Thanks to the...

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  • James Throckmorton Statue

    James Webb Throckmorton was the 11th governor of Texas and a Congressman. He was also one of the first to practice law in McKinney. This marble statue was erected there by the local Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy as a tribute to his memory. .

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McKinney Restaurants

  • Mellow Out Man

    I had never been to a Mellow Mushroom despite many people raving. We happened upon it on opening night, and they were definitely ready for business. Our server Nathon was excellent and treated our kids like family, paying great attention to them. We tried the gluten free pizza, which was really good. Overall, we will definitely be back.

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  • Great Local Pub

    Great music, great service, great value for Price. The pub has a very nice selection of beers. It is not a brewery but it carries much more than just the general list of Bud and oh yeah Bud light. I really dig the Guiness Cheddar Berger.

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  • This aint your mama's cajun

    Rockhard Cajun cafe Rocks. We went to their crawfish boil over the weekend they were the best crawfish I have ever had. Then we tried an appetizer called Philly Steak wedges WOW they were delicious. The menu is creative and hilarious, they have a dish called BIG MOUTH MAMA IN LAW FISH BURGER, AND ROCK HARD WIENER, HA HA. We loved reading all of the...

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  • A Sweet Little Tea Room

    We stumbled upon Alice's Tea Shoppe one weekend after we had seen a flier announcing a special Valentine's Day buffet.The tea room has two dining areas plus a small gift shop (pics 2 & 3) and is themed to Alice in Wonderland. Cyndi Long, the vivacious owner, told us that she'd been collecting items from this classic novel since childhood. Evidence...

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  • The Atmosphere Was Great

    The restaurant was really nice and the staff was incrediable, each staff member was freindly and the food was great along with those mix drinks, whew! I give it two thumbs up and would defintely go back again even I ever get back to Texas. This was a business trip. Oh my God! This was hosted by the school I was attending so we could do the whole...

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  • Java Done Right

    This is a small coffee shop that was located near my hotel and the school I was attending, I am so glad I saw this little spot on my way to class. Life saver! I was unsure at first, I thought it was a coffe maker but once I stepped in and saw it was a coffee shop owned and operated by this nice lady by the name of Danielle(i think), she was so...

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McKinney Nightlife

  • Pip Pip and Cherrio

    It seemed rather unusual one evening when my friend who was well versed on the nightlife scene in Dallas recommended that we venture out to the bedroom community of McKinney for the evening. As we headed into old town McKinney, the square was well lit, however almost every store in the square was closed. Then, we came upon the reason for our...

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  • Dinner and Jazz

    First off, I would definitely like to say that McKinney is not the typical hotspot of night life. Most nights you can hear a pin drop when working your way around in North Texas. In particular though, there is a nice little spot to watch some live jazz musicians play, while enjoying a couple cocktails.Lavender House is a nice little spot for some...

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  • Missed Out On Nightlife

    I was on a business trip and I had to share a rental car with another employee, I really couldnt drive the rental car. But the people that taught the school and my other class mates went out numerous nights, they claimed there was stuff going on all over the place. I was somewhat disgusted by this becuase I didnt get to really see Texas like I...

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McKinney Transportation

  • Air Travel to McKinney

    McKinney is a suburb of Dallas, TX and is easily accessible to DFW Airport (45 miles), followed closely by Dallas Love Field (DAL) (35 miles). Both are convienent for making a trip to McKinney. There are also rumors that McKinney may get its own commercial airport soon, which would be wonderful for me as a traveler!DAL is the hub for Southwest, and...

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  • Getting There

    By Air: The McKinney Municipal Airport is at 1500 East Industrial Bvld. It serves both light and jet aircraft. The nearest large commercial airport is Dallas/Fort Worth International – 30 miles south/west of McKinney. By Road : From Dallas take US-75 North, then take the W.Louisiana St/Virginia Parkway (FM-3038), exit #40.

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  • If you're in Dallas just go...

    If you're in Dallas just go north on Central (75) for about 45 minutes. We're right above Plano if you watch the news. The quickest way to get to downtown is to exit Louisana/Virginia Pkwy and take a right and you'll soon come to the Downtown square. The streets downtown go in a one-way circle around the courthouse in a counterclockwise way.

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McKinney Shopping

  • Thy Cup Runneth Over

    The Cup Filler is a Christian Bookstore located on the square in old town McKinney. It is a rather small store, but has a very good variety of items, with a very good selection of Bibles. This particular bookstore does not have a large selection to choose from, but is willing to order what you need. It also has a large selection of gift items,...

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  • A FUN Candy & Popcorn Store!!

    I live in Allen, which is right next to McKinney and when my friend was coming to visit with her 3-yr-old, I started looking for fun things to do with kids. I found this store through my internet research and was so glad I did!! This store has a full range of candies and interesting and kinda old-fashioned gift items, but their specialty is the...

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  • Stop by for antiques or collectibles

    On a recent visit to McKinney, much to our surprise we saw that Clyde's was gone, replaced by UPTOWN, a home decor store. See new tip on this....Clyde's seemed to have a nice mixture of antiques and collectibles. The store stretched on and on as we looked for favorite items on two levels. Although we didn't buy anything at Clyde's it seems it would...

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McKinney Local Customs

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    Rebecca Baines Johnson, the mother of the 36th US President Lyndon Baines Johnson, was born in McKinney in 1881. There is a historic marker located at 411 Chestnut Street.

    In 1910 The Thompson Gin & Grocery Store (Graves & Rockhill Rd) was almost robbed by outlaw Sam Bass and his Gang. Apparently the owner James J. Thomson was so polite, even offering to carry the heavier items, that the robbers changed their minds and left.

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McKinney Warnings and Dangers

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    by amos1979 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    On the frontage roads people actually STOP! for the yield signs all the way across the road so that people coming off the freeway barely even look. Unlike anywhere else in Texas so be careful and be warned if someone swings over in front of you.

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McKinney Off The Beaten Path

  • Old Tombstones

    While information states that the earliest graves dated from 1854, I found graves dating back into the 1700’s. I was very impressed how well kept and what good order a lot of these old graves were in.Location : Pecan Grove Cemetary

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  • Pecan Grove Cemetery

    Pecan Grove in on one of the major highways driving north into McKinney. It is one of the oldest cemeteries in North Texas. Many Texas pioneers including Governors to gunslingers are buried here. It is also the final resting place of heroes of the Texas revolution and veterans of the Mexican War and every following war. There are some 57 acres...

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  • Allen Premium Outlets

    This large outlet mall is just 5 miles south of McKinney. The shops here are upscale and there are more than 50 stores. Major names such as Polo Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Banana Republic Factory Store, Liz Claiborne, Barneys New York Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Timberland, Reebok, WestPoint Stevens and more. The Dansk store has some very nice china...

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McKinney Sports & Outdoors

  • Golf Club at McKinney

    McKinney has several fine golf courses. The ‘Golf Club at McKinney’ is one of them. It has a large clubhouse with a high-tech exercise facility as well as three swimming pools and excellent practice facilities. .

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  • Finch Park

    This is one of McKinney's oldest community parks and features two large picnic pavilions, with a large playground and picnic areas. There are also two lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, sports fields and a swimming pool. The park covers 32.4 acres..

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  • McKinney Golf

    There are several golf courses in the McKinney area: El Dorado, McKinney Country Club, Oak Hollow, etc.... The weather in North Texas is usually good enough to play any time of the year - except for maybe the heat of August or for a few cold snaps in winter. I don't golf much anymore - I developed a slice which drives me crazy. Anyways, most of the...

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McKinney Favorites

  • Location

    McKinney is located 45 miles from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, and 35 miles from Dallas' Love Field. Its neighboring cities are Frisco (West), Allen (South), Princeton (East) and Melissa (North). It is roughly 40 miles from downtown Dallas, and 32 miles east of Denton, TX. If travelling from downtown Dallas, take Highway 75 north. If...

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  • Collin County Courthouse

    Over the years, the Collin County Courthouse has seen more face-lifts than Joan Rivers. Now a completely new building away from the town square, the original McKinney Town Square Courthouse was built in 1848 when McKinney took over the county seat from Buckner. The building was rebuilt in 1856, 1874, 1927, and finally rennovated after the...

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  • James W Throckmorton

    One of the famous residents of McKinney, TX is James Webb Throckmorton. He was the former Governor of Texas from 1866 to 1867, and an US Congressman from 1875-9 and 1883-9. Prior to his political service, he was also a member of the Texas Militia and Confederate Army, achieving the rank of Brig. General. As he was definitely a Confederate from all...

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