This is your “official” weekend getaway in McKinney, Texas, to enjoy with friends and family.
Are you looking for somewhere to go for a weekend trip with your family, girlfriends, or a group of friends? How about a weekend getaway in McKinney, Texas? The historic city is located in North Texas, 45 miles north of downtown Dallas and an hour’s drive from Fort Worth. From either direction, it would also make a great road trip. McKinney is swarming with many things to do, like antiquing, biking, historic homes tour, fishing, and eating some serious BBQ!
Getaway In McKinney, Texas
Even though the city of McKinney has a population of around 180K, it doesn’t have that feel like a large city does, especially McKinney’s downtown. When you step into the historic downtown area, you feel like you are in a small town. The shops are adorable, and residents of McKinney own most of them.
You can enjoy the warmth of the small-town feel, and the hospitality is unmatched. Note, too, that a day trip would also be a great outing if you can’t seem to find a free weekend.
McKinney prides itself on being a unique community with lots to offer its residents and visitors. There’s much to love about the town, from its downtown boutiques to the eclectic food scene on the town square.
The town has many restaurants and shops, making it an ideal weekend destination for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of big cities like Dallas or Houston.
Things To Do On A Weekend Getaway In McKinney, Texas
Making time for yourself is so important in today’s world. Whether you spend the weekend with friends or family or both, relaxing and recharging can make us happier, more productive, and more creative. This family-friendly town has scenic views, historical sites, breweries, vineyards, restaurants, and more attraction sites.
If you’re looking for something fun on your weekend getaway in McKinney, try visiting one of the many museums or attractions listed below. If it were me, I’d start downtown. I bet you will not want to leave!
Downtown McKinney, TX
This area of McKinney is filled with murals, historic buildings, a farmer’s market, quaint Main Street, specialty shops and restaurants, and everything from clothing & jewelry designs by local artists.
One-of-a-kind stores, antique stores, art galleries, coffee shops, and eateries fill up the town square. If you like antiques, you’re in for a treat at the Antique Company Mall on Virginia St. Be sure to stop in to see many antique dealers’ permanent vendor booths.
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
The Heard Museum is a non-profit organization where admission fees help it survive the fees associated with running a place like this. The Heard-Craig Center will have information about the museum, but be sure to walk out by the native plant garden and nature trails to see the birds and butterflies.
Collin County History Museum
It’s a great place to discover historical artifacts, photographs, documents, maps, archival newspapers, and records. Great for history buffs in the group – located at 300 E Virginia St.
Admission: Guided Tours $9 – reservations required. Call (972) 542-9457.
You’ll find that parks in McKinney are geared toward play, pets, and picnics that the entire family can enjoy. For a good time, pack a picnic and find one of these parks that suits your needs. From dog parks to biking trails, and picnic pavilions, I’m confident that one of these parks would be a good fit for your group.
- Bonnie Wenk Park
- Erwin Park
- Chestnut Square Historic Park
- Oak Hollow Golf Course
- Towne Lake Park – Fun things happen at the Towne Lake recreation area when a large lake with a fishing pier & paddleboat rentals, walking trails & a playground are all in the same place.
Chestnut Square Historic Village
Walking distance from the historic downtown McKinney square is this preserved village with houses dating from 1854 to 1930, plus a general store. Call ahead to book a tour. Special events are also available for booking. Chestnut Square Historic Village is where the farmers market is held every Saturday morning.
McKinney Performing Arts Center
Check out the McKinney Performing Arts Center for upcoming attractions and live performances, like Pam Tillis, in September 2023.
Breweries In McKinney, TX
We took a tour of Tupps Brewery, and they have several new things going on later this year, like filling up those silos with boutiques! I can’t wait for that and their expansion of the brewery. Stay tuned to Tupps Brewery.
Franconia Brewing Company at 495 McKinney Pkwy, McKinney, TX, is another brewery I’m unfamiliar with in town.
McKinney Farmers Market
It’s my favorite flea market in North Texas. There are so many vendors out there that it will take pretty much a full morning to see them all. You’ll find local produce, fresh vegetables, organic products, and many food trucks. Many local residents and restaurant owners set up there. Farm-to-table is highly valued in this community.
Located at 315 S. Chestnut St., Open every Saturday from 8 am to 12 pm. (Worth a day trip)
Love farmer’s markets as I do? Check this out – Open Air Markets in North Texas.
McKinney’s Second Saturday Art On The Square (PM)
Visit during the city’s Second Saturday on the Square of the month when shop owners stay open late, and live music is everywhere in the square. You’ll love the entertainment, late-night shopping, and dining; there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Most shop owners even host light snacks and beverages to invite you in. It is a festive and welcoming time to enjoy the square and get a chance to experience the local community vibe. Whether you’ve lived here for years or are a first-time visitor, Second Saturday is a great time to rediscover something new about Downtown McKinney.
Travel Tip: The event is the second Saturday of each month from Apr thru Sep, from 7 – 9 pm in Downtown McKinney.
Third Monday Trade Days
Come for a visit on the weekend BEFORE the third Monday, and you can enjoy the oldest and largest monthly trade days in North Texas. That is if you like old stuff, antiques, unique things, and collectibles. But they do have new products too.
Located at 4450 W. University Dr. Parking is free on Fridays and $5 on weekends.
Wineries And Wine Tastings In McKinney
Landon Winery is right in the middle of downtown. Enjoy a wine tasting or two, and sit outside on the shaded patio to enjoy local wines. If you’re a planner, you may want to book a winemaking class (in advance) if you’ve thought about making your own wine. Or how about a lesson where you will learn what wines pair well with certain foods? How fun would that be!
Lone Star Wine Cellars – A boutique winery (fine wines) in a former theater with a tasting room, retail & great music on the weekend. Quote “The Best Texas Wines Are Ones Shared With Friends.” Sounds like my kind of place.
Restaurants In McKinney
No one will go hungry while walking around the square in McKinney. From sandwiches to pizza, to an upscale steakhouse and drinks, to the best desserts, there is something here for everyone’s palette.
Local Yocal BBQ & Grill
A come-as-you-are weekend getaway kind of restaurant with Wagyu steaks, BBQ, Texas-style dishes, and local craft beer on tap.
If you like oysters, you’re in the right place. It’s not my favorite. I’ve only had them once – and I gagged! These were Eastern Canadian Oysters that were served to us. Other than that, I would definitely go back and try something different. I loved the atmosphere. But if you like oysters, CT Provisions is a great option.
Patina Green Home & Market
Enjoy a great lunch at Patina Green Home & Market. They serve real, farm-to-table food and offer a seasonal lunch menu, farm-fresh produce, and some of the best tomato soup you’ll ever eat. Plus, shop for gift items in their store while waiting on your order. I’m sure you’ll find something for yourself too.
While it was hard to decide what to order, I went with the Hickory Smoked Ham / Smoked Cheddar / Jalapeno Peach Jelly / Jalapeno Cheddar Loaf sandwich. I ate the entire thing because it was that good! There’s a reason Food Network voted this sandwich as the top sandwich in Texas—it’s in the sandwich. It was perfect in every way!
Travel Tip: The restaurant closed at 3 pm.
One of the best McKinney Square restaurants I can not say enough good things about is Sugarbacon. This restaurant offers New American eats with a Southern flair, cocktails, beer & wine, and comfy digs. Make it a priority to order the restaurant’s signature dish, Sugarbacon—a plate of smoked pork belly in a sweet glaze—as the namesake dish is trendy.
The service was terrific from the moment we walked through the front door. Hearing the server describe each menu item made my mouth water. When the food was delivered, I couldn’t wait to dig in! Just look at their signature item (above), perfectly called SugarBacon.
That’s house-smoked pork belly, ancho BBQ sauce, and bread & butter pickles, plated as a starter, though I could totally eat this for lunch! I went with the tender pulled pork sandwich for my meal and knew I had made the right choice!
Kids eat free every Tuesday!
Pro Tip: Make reservations for Sugarbacon on Open Table or arrive early. This is a favorite for locals and visitors alike.
For a quaint getaway weekend, another excellent restaurant recommendation is The Yard. There are plenty of places to sit outside under the canopy of grand oaks, patio seating, and plenty of space to play, eat and drink outside and inside. The Yard doesn’t take reservations, and seating is first-come, first-serve. They have a small outdoor bar and food station for beverages if you have to wait for your table. It’s the perfect place to gather with friends and family.
Peach Gobbler (not cobbler) Sandwich (not dessert, but a sandwich). A sandwich of turkey, cheddar cheese, bacon, and lettuce topped with homemade peach chutney – so good, I bought a jar of it. So sorry, but no photo.
If you get the chance, do read the story about Hugs Cafe. When we heard the story about it, everyone was tearing up.
Food Walks Of Texas Tour
What’s not to love about a Sunday brunch? What if you could sample several hot spots like a progressive brunch? Sound too good to be true? Food Walks of Texas offers food tours around the Square by appointment. You’ll enjoy delicious brunch foods and cocktails while being introduced to historic downtown McKinney’s history and charming specialty culinary scene. The brunch tour begins at 11:45 and lasts for approximately 3 hours. But check when making reservations. This is a great idea for a large group on your weekend getaway in McKinney, Texas!!
Book A Quaint Bed & Breakfast In McKinney
Check yourself into a Bed and Breakfast somewhere around the square. Sleep in and enjoy a cup of coffee in your room or get up early and head to the McKinney Farmer Market (every Saturday) for a fresh cup of Joe!
Neathery Estate in historic downtown is McKinney’s most adorable southern-style bed and breakfast inn. The owner is very passionate about what she does and has years of experience in the hospitality industry.
She is very excited to be in McKinney and has been open since early 2018. The house is beautiful, and you can tell she puts her heart into being a gracious host. This is a must-stay when you come to check out the town! It’s walking distance from the square, but you can also drive and park near it if you don’t want to walk a few blocks to the shops. Sorry, no photo.
Travel Tip: Neathery Estate was voted the #1 Hotel in McKinney four years in a row (2019-2022).
FYI – there are many Airbnb homes in and around downtown. My mother and I stayed in one in the quaintest part of town. It was small, affordable, and perfect for us.
There you have it – a relaxing “official” weekend getaway in McKinney, Texas, just for you and your people! All you have to do is make reservations and pack a bag. McKinney – the sweet, vibrant community, is waiting to greet you and show you what a truly wonderful place it is!