Unlike many towns in Texas, the heart of McKinney is its history. Head downtown, and you will see the influence of the city's past, in the form of the Heard-Craig House, a 1900 home that served as the epicenter of high society in turn-of-the-century McKinney. At Chestnut Square nearby, you'll come for the eight historic homes, dating to the last years before the Civil War, and you'll stay for the live historical demonstrations once a month. The McKinney Performing Arts Center, still in use, dates back to 1875.
Also in the heart of McKinney is where you'll find its small but vibrant arts scene. Come see a performance at the McKinney Repertory Theatre and you'll be blown away by the level of talent you'll see from your own new neighbors. At the Garret Art Gallery, you will discover the visual side of the arts in McKinney. You don't have to go all the way to Dallas when you have great actors, artists, and musicians right here.
After the show, you can guarantee a fine meal will be waiting for you at an area restaurant. When you need a romantic Italian place for date night, or just a place to grab a bite with kids, you may feel a bit overwhelmed by all your options. That's where the McKinney Eats blog comes in handy. From cheap Mexican, to grass-fed beef, to truly Texan barbeque, McKinney has something for every palette-- and every wallet. Get out there and find your next favorite place.
The city's best-kept secret might be Lake Lavon, where McKinney comes to fish. Here bass fishing predominates, with both whitemouth and large bass in abundance. Fishermen and women may also catch crappie, channel and catfish. The lake is a favorite destination for boaters and campers, too. To learn a little more about the science and natural history behind the area's pretty places, head to the Heard Natural Science and Museum. Outdoor exhibits, set in the on-site wildlife sanctuary, broaden and visitors' experiences with the great outdoors.
When it comes to shopping, some like to find the latest styles and trends, but some are more interested in a bargain, or a piece with a little more history. McKinney serves all of those shoppers. Spend a day downtown, where you'll find all the boutiques you want, or attend one of McKinney's Trade Days--one of the state's largest flea markets.
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