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Area Description

Conveniently located about 30 minutes from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas Love Field Airport, and downtown Dallas, Plano is among the safest, easiest, cleanest, family-friendly and most economical cities in Texas, if not in the United States.

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   Plano offers visitors a variety of things to see, visit and do, a perennial favorite being the Plano Hot Air Balloon Festival held each September since 1979, the popular event has earned Plano the title of “Hot Air Balloon Capital of Texas.”

Plano boasts a charming downtown area recently named one of the 10 best in America by Livability. The area’s authentic brick streets are lined with creative restaurants, specialty shops including quaint antique stores, art galleries, artist studios, and more. Visitors can see more than a dozen restored historic homes and other properties that are designated as historic landmarks, most of which are within walking distance of the downtown area. Located in downtown Plano’s Haggard Park Historic District is the Interurban Railway Museum. The museum is housed in a building that served as a primary stop on the Texas Electric Railway that ran from Denison to Dallas from 1908 to 1948. It contains many artifacts associated with the Interurban Line, as well as a colorful history of Plano. Next to the station is car 360, one of the original cars that carried mail and passengers. Also located in the Haggard Park Historic District are three “Plano Stages” – the Courtyard Theater, the Cox Building Playhouse, and McCall Plaza which opened in April 2016. A “home for the arts in Plano,” the ArtCentre of Plano features art galleries for displays of local artists and national shows. Not far from the Downtown Plano Arts District is Heritage Farmstead, a four-acre museum that preserves a way of life during the height of prosperity in the early 1920s.

For a "main street" style and feel, head over to The Shops at Legacy. Brimming with boutiques, sidewalk cafes, some of the area’s best chefs and restaurants and even local history, The Shops at Legacy is an example of Plano’s recent cutting-edge transformation.

Dallas may be known nationally for its shopping, but within the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Plano is known as one of the best places for shopping. Plano has more than 70 shopping centers, as well as countless boutiques, specialty stores, one-of-a-kind shops, antique stores and galleries. In addition to the Downtown Plano Arts District and The Shops at Legacy, some of Plano’s most notable shopping venues are Lakeside Market, which features the ultimate, open-air upscale luxury lifestyle and home furnishings shopping experience; Preston Park Village, which includes more than 60 specialty shops and more than 15 restaurants within walking distance; and The Shops at Willow Bend, a delightful, upscale shopping center that includes Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and various other stores.

The city has 3,600 acres of public parks offering more than 40 miles of recreation trails. Worth a visit is the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, a 200-acre park featuring vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, orienteering and other outdoor activities. Amenities include a playground, restrooms, approximately 2.3 miles of paved recreational trails, approximately two miles designed as an off-road cycling trail, an observation tower and three pavilions.

Relive some memorable moments from the television series “Dallas” at Southfork Ranch in nearby Parker. The “Dallas Legends: Fact To Fantasy” exhibit features such memorabilia as the gun that shot J.R., Lucy’s wedding dress and video clips from the popular series.


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The Downtown Plano Arts District is a charming downtown area recently named one of the 10 best in America by Livability. The area’s authentic brick streets are lined with creative restaurants, specialty shops including quaint antique stores, art galleries, artist studios and more. There are venues for theater, live music, and performing arts. Some events held downtown include: ArtFest, AsiaFest, the Plano International Festival, Dickens, Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walks, and many more.

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has two train stations in Plano: Downtown Plano Station, and Parker Road Station. Limited DART bus service is also available; routes can be found on DART.org.

Medical Facilities


Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, LifeCare Hospitals of Plano, The Medical Center of Plano, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Plano, Children's Medical Center Plano, and The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano.

Climate

Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 Jan  31.1  41.8  52.5  2.4 "
 Feb  34.9  46.5  58.1  2.9 "
 Mar  42.2  53.9  65.6  3.4 "
 Apr  51.2  62.3  73.3  3.7 "
 May  60.8  70.5  80.2  5.7 "
 Jun  68.5  78.1  87.7  4.1 "
 Jul  72.0  82.3  92.7  2.4 "
 Aug  70.6  81.6  92.6  2.2 "
 Sep  64.2  74.8  85.4  3.2 "
 Oct  53.0  64.3  75.7  4.2 "
 Nov  42.4  52.8  63.2  3.7 "
 Dec  34.1  44.5  54.8  3.2 "


Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the low 60's and highs in the low 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the low 80's and highs in the low 90's. Nights are mild with lows in the low 70's. Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the low 60's and highs in the mid 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 30's.

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