Ranked by Money magazine as the #1 best place to live in America, McKinney — along with neighboring Allen — prominently feature as two of the best suburbs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Charming landscaping and architectural details, well-kept public areas and incredible schools make up just a few of the attractions that attract so many residents year after year.
Both Allen and McKinney combine small town Texas charm, complete with a strong sense of community, with the comforts of contemporary city life. Other factors such as a growing focus on green living and sustainability within these two cities’ borders add to the attraction for many individuals considering the Allen or McKinney area for their next home.
Allen and McKinney’s locations 30 and 40 minutes to the north of Downtown Dallas by way of US-75 and their proximity to other major corporate areas such as Plano make them a feasible suburban option for those working in the city.
Bargain hunters in the Allen area head to Allen Premium Outlets on a regular basis to browse the deals at dozens of name-brand shops featuring an array of merchandise. Other favorites for shoppers include McKinney Marketplace and Eldorado Ridge Shopping Center. In addition to retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Kate Spade at the outlet mall, shopping opportunities abound throughout the area. Many great boutiques and specialty shops await shoppers in the downtown areas of both McKinney and Allen. Cotton Hearts in McKinney features numerous stylish and fashionable clothing items and accessories crafted entirely from cotton, making them cozy as well as attractive to wear. At BeDazzled Baby & Kids, shoppers can find everything from beautiful baby clothes to lighting, custom bedding and furniture pieces. Shoppers have the option to work with designers to craft the ideal items for their infants and children and to bring their dreams for their child’s room to life. For groceries, residents head to Tom Thumb, Albertsons, WinCo Foods or Sprouts Farmers Market. Local shoppers also find natural and organic items just outside the neighborhood at Whole Foods Market on Stacy Road. At the Historic McKinney Farmers Market, locals pick up farm fresh produce along with meats, dairy products, honey and more.
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City of McKinney Parks & Recreation
The Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to creating a solid sense of community for McKinney residents. We strive to enhance the quality of life in McKinney by offering unique parks, memorable special events and diverse recreational programs.
Take a look through the rest of our website. We schedule classes, camps and special events that appeal to a wide range of tastes. Check out the Activity Guide below for complete information.
With options like the 104-acre Celebration Park in Allen and Towne Lake Recreation Area in McKinney, which features a 22-acre lake, residents of these two cities have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the Texas weather. No entry fee and plenty of things to do, from use of athletics facilities to fishing, grills and more, draw patrons out year-round. Kids can enjoy the safe playgrounds that feature at most area parks. While furry friends must remain leashed at most parks, dog parks in both Allen and McKinney make for great off-leash playtime. Events such as dances, trout fishing tournaments, and barbecues take place at the parks regularly, which gives patrons even more to do. Lighted tennis, baseball and soccer fields along with miles of hiking and biking trails also make the parks perfect for those seeking a safe spot to stay fit.