Live music, football, and plenty of restaurants- what more do you need on vacation? Frisco, Texas abounds in all of these things and so much more.
Last summer, my fiance and I brought our two dogs to Frisco for a little weekend getaway. While we were here, we had a fantastic time discovering different eateries, bars, and attractions in the area. If you are looking for things to do in Frisco, Tx, keep reading!
Why Visit Frisco, Texas?
Located just 30 minutes north of Dallas, Texas, Frisco is brimming with attractions, restaurants, and cultural experiences. Boasting over 400 restaurants, 9 million square feet of retail space, multiple sports teams, and a growing museum district, Frisco offers something for everyone.
While this city only had a population of around 30,000 in 2000, it has grown to hold 200,000 residents currently. There are good reasons for this significant population boom; in 2017, Frisco was named #2 as “The Best Place to Raise a Family in Texas” by smartasset.com. A year later, this city was named #1 on the list of Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live in America.”
With so much population growth, it’s easy to see that Frisco is an up-and-coming area in the Dallas-Fort Worth area! Whether you are currently riding in Texas or live on the other side of the country, the growing city of Frisco is worth a visit.
Where to Stay in Frisco
Westin Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa
While visiting Dallas, my fiance and I stayed at the Westin Stonebriar Gold Resort & Spa. This resort-style hotel has spacious and luxurious rooms, featuring comfy linens, chic decor, and lovely views of the grounds. Sitting on 400 acres of land and close to attractions in Frisco, Dallas, and Plano, the Westin Stonebriar has out-of-this-world amenities such as a full-service spa, a restaurant, an outdoor pool with a waterslide, and a fitness center.
We especially enjoyed our time at the pool; you can order cocktails, snacks, local craft beer, and fresh fruit without having to leave the water. Our room was also extremely comfortable, and the bathroom and linens felt ultra-luxurious. This hotel is dog-friendly, so we were able to bring our two dogs, Louie and Landon, which we loved. With so much to do, along with the onsite coffee shop, restaurant, and bars, we didn’t want to leave this hotel!
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10 Best Things To Do in Frisco, Tx
Because there are so many things to do in Frisco, Tx, it was hard to narrow this list to the top activities! Videogaming experiences, great food, and fun hangouts were just a few highlights of the trip. Keep reading to discover the ten best attractions in Frisco.
1. Visit the National Videogame Museum
The National Video Game Museum was easily one of my favorite activities in Frisco and one of the coolest things I’ve ever done! This massive museum, about a 7-minute drive from downtown Frisco, details the history of video games through fun and interactive exhibits.
While we were here, we got to play on classic arcade machines, video game consoles in a living room setting, and games on historic computers. Because the museum’s goal is for visitors to experience the games themselves, this is a lively attraction for kids and adults.
You can spend at least an hour at this museum, but could easily make it into an entire afternoon or day. Visitors receive four arcade tokens with the purchase of each ticket, which you can use at the old-school arcade at the end. If you run out of tokens, you can purchase more. General admission is $12, kids and senior citizens are $10, and kids under 3 are free.
2. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Cookie Society
Featured in Oprah’s Favorite Things 2020, The Cookie Society is a Frisco must-try! This bakery rotates over 70 cookie flavors, including chocolate chip, salted caramel, frosted oatmeal, and red velvet, but my favorite was the banana pudding. The flavors of real banana mixed with crushed-up vanilla wafers made this cookie extra heavenly. This joint rotates cookie flavors regularly, so there is always something new to sample.
3. Indulge in Moonshine Cocktails and Chicken-Fried Pepperoni Rolls at Mash’d
With a funky atmosphere and eccentric eats, Mash’d took me by surprise! I wasn’t expecting to be impressed with the chicken-fried pizza rolls, but these turned out to be one of the most exciting and unique dishes I have ever tasted.
The dog-friendly patio was the perfect place to hang out with our pups; the twinkly lights and cute picnic tables created a lovely outdoor atmosphere. Mash’d also has a quirky speakeasy-style private event room, ideal for large groups.
4. Watch the Cowboys Practice at Star Field (For Free!)
If you’re a football fan, you have to check out the Dallas Cowboys training camp, which usually takes place in August. The Cowboys typically open up five of their practices to the public, so Cowboys fans can watch the team practice for free. This camp is held at Star Field, and you can order concessions from the food vendors on-site as you watch the practice.
The Frisco area abounds in Cowboys fans, so you might want to get here early. Admission and parking are completely free, available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can stay up to date and discover more details about the training camp on The Star website.
5. Get the Best Shopping in Frisco at The Star
The Star is one of the top destinations for shopping in Frisco. Next to the Cowboys practice facility, the Star District is an extremely upscale Dallas Cowboys-themed retail complex with over 91 acres of entertainment, shopping, and dining. Shops and boutiques include Birdie Box, Charlotte Jones Collection, and Nike. You will also find several salons, spas, and a gaming center.
One of my favorite stores at The Star is Flea Style, an adorable shop specializing in hats, accessories, and women’s clothing. They have an excellent selection of trendy apparel for every occasion.
This district is also home to 35 restaurants, offering everything from craft cocktails to sushi. From high-end shopping to top-notch cuisine, you could spend an entire day at The Star District.
6. Have a Proper Tea Service at Heirloom Haul
Located inside Flea Style, Heirloom Haul features farm-to-table ingredients and a fantastic selection of salads, sandwiches, and desserts. While you’re here, you can order a Brunch Board that comes with french toast, muffins, bacon, fruit, and hard-boiled eggs. Heirloom’s bright, airy, and feminine vibe makes this an excellent place for brunch with the girls.
Heirloom Haul also offers adult tea parties and kids tea parties, which come with a selection of sandwiches, desserts, drinks, and coloring activities. If you have kids, this would be the perfect spot for an adorable birthday party!
7. Dinner, Drinks, and Video Games at Nerdvana
If I lived in Frisco, I would be hanging out at Nerdvana all the time! Located off Frisco Square near the Video Game Museum, Nerdvana is a chic gaming-themed restaurant and bar. The name might be “Nerdvana,” but the environment wasn’t nerdy at all. Sleek lines and a simple color palette make this space feel trendy.
Nerdvana is an ideal hangout for couples or friend groups, and is definitely one of my favorite bars in Frisco. We enjoyed handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, and made-from-scratch bites while getting to choose from plenty of different gaming options.
While you’re here, enjoy watching an e-sports tournament, play video games at your table, or pick a board game from the extensive board game menu. This joint does not accept reservations, so consider getting here early so that you can get the gaming console you want.
8. Hit the Green at the Fazio Golf Course in Frisco
If you’re a golf-lover visiting Frisco, you have to check out the Fazio Golf Course at the Stonebriar Country Club. This championship 18-hole golf course was designed by architect Tom Fazio, offering a lovely layout, native grasses, and stunning landscapes. This club also boasts tennis courts, swimming, a top-notch fitness center, and onsite dining.
While you don’t have to be a member of this club or stay at the hotel to golf here, you do need to make a reservation. The green fee is $129 and includes a cart, while the Twilight Rate is $75 and includes cart fees, green fees, rental clubs, and unlimited range balls.
9. Hit the Trails in Frisco at Limestone Quarry Park
We thoroughly enjoyed walking the trails at Limestone Quarry Park, as did our dogs. This vast park is a great spot to find trails in Frisco, encompassing 17 acres of hiking, picnic areas, playgrounds, basketball courts, and a creek. The path we walked was peaceful and quiet, a perfect oasis from the city.
Limestone Quarry Park is supposedly home to a hidden waterfall, and unfortunately, it was so well-hidden that we couldn’t find it! However, we later found out that if you walk to the playground near the center of the park, find the bench behind the playground, and walk the dirt path behind the bench, the path will lead to the West Rowlett Creek, which is where you will find this elusive waterfall.
10. Enjoy Live Music at the Frisco Rail Yard
The Frisco Rail Yard is a dog- and family-friendly food truck park in the rail district of Frisco. This neighborhood is fantastic for shopping and is also home to a few different restaurants. We went to the Frisco Rail Yard one evening with our dogs and loved the casual atmosphere. The on-site bar serves cocktails, wine, and beer, and we met some very friendly people while grabbing a few drinks. We also enjoyed the live music, outdoor games, and the variety of gourmet food truck eats.
Before you stop by, be sure to check the Frisco Rail Yard’s Facebook page. Here, you can find more information on the bands and musicians that play in the evenings.
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