Plano Travel Guide

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Plano Things to Do

  • Cinemark at Legacy

    Go to the movies. I've been to several theatres in Plano and Cinemark at Legacy is one of my favourites because of the seatings and sound quality. It has an arcade too. www.cinemark.com I like heart attack food. Butter is one of them. Here, I don't get to squirt as much butter as I want unlike the other places like the one at Stonebriar Mall....

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  • Main Event

    Main Event USA might just be one of the places to hang out till late, if you feel like bowling, laser tag or some arcade games. A good mixture of crowd here. Families, singles.. young and older singles, couples, teenagers and the younger ones too. Parking is in abundance. There are many restaurants outside this place but you'll have to drive out...

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  • Old Downtown Plano

    Plano has a delightful downtown area which they have carefully refurbished. The original brick streets were restored in 1986. There is quite a nice historic flavour with the old buildings and turn of the century street lamps. In the towns early days (late 1800s) a major fire devastated the area. From the late 1890s to the 1940s, Second Monday Trade...

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Plano Restaurants

  • Great Lunch Spot

    I have been here multiple times as one of my customers is located right around the corner. I would highly recommend the salmon chophouse salad. All good, nothing bad, I eat it often. The steak chili was a little light for me, more of a steak chunk soup, but the flavor was good. Service is always excellent.

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  • Gourmet Burgers

    During a business trip to Palo Alto, CA, my co-worker introduced me to a great create your own burger chain called The Counter. I thought the concept was great, so I checked out the website only to find out that there was one merely miles from my house in Dallas! When you walk into The Counter, you are handed a clipboard with your options. Type of...

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  • Food You've Never Heard of

    We drove to Plano to see where my SIL worked, and saw this restaurant. My daughter said that it was good, but we didn't get to eat there. She said it had 'food that you've never heard of', so I went to the website to see what kinds of things they had. Under favorite dishes are some foods that I never heard of.The website had this recipeGinger RiceA...

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  • Retail Therapy 24/7

    Should you come to Plano from a hustling and bustling city... you might get bored at night (like yours truly). I usually end up at Wal-Mart browsing and doing my grocery shopping late at night. Aside from hanging out at The Shops at Legacy, which has restaurants opened till late and watching a movie.... I am still looking for places to hang out.

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  • ArtCentre Theatre

    The theatre is a restored historic downtown building. In the 1880 and 1890’s Plano had several opera house. Most were located on the second floor of buildings over businesses. On this site an opera house was opened over Kendricks agricultural implement store but after a fire in 1905, the city built the civic auditorium on H Avenue. This theatre...

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  • Courtyard Theatre

    The Courtyard Theatre has just recently (2002) been housed in a 1930’s school gymnasium which has been renovated into a 360 seat performing arts theatre. The Theater serves many Plano performing arts groups.

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Plano Transportation

  • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport...

    Plano is a large city that has grown up as a suburb of Dallas. Located to the North of Dallas, there are a couple of ways to get to Plano. If you are flying into the Dallas metropolitan area, you will likely fly into Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). If you do, Plano is located 27 miles from the airport to the east. Dallas Fort Worth...

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  • Driving There

    By Car: Plano can be accessed either from the north or south by three major thoroughfares-the Dallas North Tollway, State Highway 75 (Central Expressway) and Preston Road. From the East and West, travel by State Highway 121 and State Highway 190 (George Bush Turn-pike). There is also easy access from Dallas along Interstate 635 that is located just...

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  • Plenty of Parking in Downtown

    Parking is easy with 4 hour street parking on both sides of 15th Street plus plenty of parking off either side of the main street as well.

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Plano Shopping

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  • Branded and couture shoes at marked down...

    The store is considerably huge with wide selections of men and women shoes. Going out shoes, Sunday shoes, Tuesday shoes, sneakers, loafers, running shoes like Puma, sandals, etc. While you shop for shoes, you might wanna pick up a couple of bags too. Gym bags, handbags, purses, etc. What's next door: Pet & Co/ Michael's (art & craft supply...

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  • Somehow, K9 Advantix TV ad comes to mind

    Tune: "There ain't no bugs on me, there ain't no bugs on meeeee..."Or YouTube this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XWfxD_B3sEVintage Rose sells Victorian knick knacks. Not sure if the puppy is Victorian though. I was fooled, thought it was real. Yea, they sell those Victorian pups and kitties. Any takers?

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  • Asian and more exotic furniture, knick...

    Hello, I'm Ling, from Kuala Lumpur. That's the capital city of Malaysia. I like the stuff they sell in World Market - they remind me of home and my previous trips to the neighboring countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Korea, Australia, etc. Look at the pictures I posted. They've got furniture, knick knacks, shawls, wine and other...

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Plano Local Customs

  • Dickens in Historic Downtown Plano

    In December a night is dedicated to music and carolers, magicians and carriage rides amongst other activities which are part of the Dickens Christmas event.The events are held in Haggard Park as well as well as the annual tree lighting ceremony followed by the arrival of Santa.Address: Haggard Park, 15th Street

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  • Balloon Festival

    Plano is now widely known as being the "Balloon Capital of Texas" Hot air balloon races are held the last weekend in September. There is a large arts and crafts fair which is also held at the same time as the balloon festival.

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Plano Warnings and Dangers

  • by crayoladoodle Written Oct 22, 2006

    Plano is a typical suburbia town. There really isn't too much to do here, especially if you are young. Everything closes down pretty early, and because it is a "dry" city most young people here have a hard time finding a place to socialize. If you're looking to settle down at a nice, quiet, and safe place for your children I think it's a good place. Those who are young and wanting to meet new people, this is not the place to be.

    There is a patch...a small patch..of land off of legacy and 121 where there is a place to hang out after hours (that's 9pm) with restaraunts, and nice shops.

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Plano Tourist Traps

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    by keeweechic Updated Dec 2, 2003

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    For the non-believers that JR has survived the bullet and still resides at Southfork Ranch I would say that the long trek out to see Southfork may be a little disappointing. The layout is not what you envisioned on the t.v. series – while it is spread out, it is not on some hundred acres without another home in sight. There are plenty across the road. Other buildings on the property incorporate the visitor centre and the convention centre which I sure don’t remember seeing on the series. However if you are a die-hard fan and want to see all the in's and out's of where the man with the 10 gallon hat lived, then trek out there and take the tour. If not – then give it a miss and buy a postcard. This site is the first thing you will see as you arrive at Southfork – not exactly what is usually thought of when thinking of the t.v. series.

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Plano What to Pack

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    by ATXtraveler Written Dec 2, 2008

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: November in Plano is where the chill starts setting in. Most other months, you can get away with light layering to conserve space in your luggage for souvenirs and other things, but November is the time where your jacket will start coming in handy. Temperatures will range from as high as 75 degrees F at its warmest to into the 20's at its coldest. I would highly recommend a nice warm jacket and comfortable warm pants for your trip.

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Plano Off The Beaten Path

  • Arbor Hills Nature Reserve

    This park has 2.2 miles of winding hills. There is a paved trail which is 1 mile long for walking, jogging or cycling. The route is fairly twisty and hilly but is suitable for all levels of fitness. Within the entrance of the park is a pavilion with picnic tables, bbq grills and some toilets. There is also a playground near the...

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  • St. Philopateer Coptic Orthodox Church

    I had never heard of this church before but the architecture caught my eye. “Copt” is derived from the ancient Greek name of Egypt “Aigyptus”. The Coptic Church was the originator of the monastic movement in all its forms and it is well known for her numerous saints, ascetics, clergymen and laymen. 1450 Campbell Road, Richardson

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  • The Road to Southfork

    If there is one thing that is associated with Dallas, that is the world famous Southfork Ranch and the TV. series ‘Dallas’. The ranch has attracted millions of visitors ever since it became the homestead of the T.V. family, the Ewing clan. Its probably not quite the image you would imagine while driving up the long drive way. First what you see is...

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Plano Sports & Outdoors

  • Tour de France

    Lance Armstrong is lives in Plano Texas and he is going for the 6th Tour de France win, no one has done this before.GO Lance!!He has overcome cancer and is a survivor and champion! http://sports.yahoo.com/sc/photo?slug=tdf10607171310.cycling_tour_de_france_tdf106&prov=ap

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  • PSA Star Center

    The Plano Sports Authority has this complex which includes a full size NHL hockey rink where the Dallas Stars have a pro shop. My SIL is very sports minded and does attend sporting events there.Their website says: "Plano Sports Authority was founded as a non-profit agency in December, 1970 when the individual sports leagues incorporated to form one...

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  • Company Headquarters

    Plano has a number of companies that make their headquarters there. The companies that have a presence in Plano includeAntrim Corporation, Arco Oil & Gas, Arco Tech Services,Caterpillar Inc, Collin County Comm. College, Columbia Medical Center, Countrywide Funding, DSC Communications, Dallas Morning News, Eastman Kodak, Eds Technical Products...

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  • Plano Balloon Festival

    The Balloon Festival was last weekend. (The scheduled date for next year is September, 19, 20, & 21, 2008) We went to it.General Admission Entrance Fee$5.00 per person 1-time admission$8 per person day ticket – allows 1 re-entry$4 per person discounted admission 9:00AM - 3:00PM$1 off for Seniors 65 and overKids under 36 inches - FreeRide the DART...

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  • Well after arriving by train...

    Well after arriving by train to Plano, I settled in with my girlfriend and her family and rested for a few days, after spending 2 nights and days on the train. My best memory of Plano has to be the sizes of the houses, compared to back in New Zealand they are huge.

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