Offers much in the way of outdoor adventure and retail amenities.

Welcome to Mckinney

A charming city with a historic downtown core and new modern developments
McKinney is a city in Texas, just over 30 miles from Dallas. A growing town with historic charm, McKinney is expanding the number of single-family homes available. Residents love the stunning Queen Anne and Neoclassical buildings downtown as well as the prairie and ranch homes that embody the classic Texas style. McKinney offers much in the way of outdoor adventure and retail amenities keeping residents feeling happy and satisfied.

What to Love

  • A historic downtown core with a host of seasonal festivals
  • 30 minutes from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • Dozens of shops, antique stores, and outdoor trails to explore
  • A growing city with new residential development

Local Lifestyle

McKinney is an up-and-coming city just over 35 minutes northeast of Dallas. The city has a strong suburban feel and closes to 183,000 residents. It brings a great blend of small-town charm with big-city amenities making it one of the best cities to live in outside of Dallas.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

For fresh, farm-to-table food in McKinney, residents visit Harvest on Louisiana Street. Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen is a favorite in McKinney, located on W. Virginia Street, and is known for its Sugarbacon appetizer combining pork belly with watermelon.

In McKinney, you can catch live music at the Celt Irish Pub while you grab dinner and sample their 50 different Irish whiskies. To make music of your own in McKinney, the Guitar Sanctuary offers instruction in cello, guitar, piano, and ukulele, along with a shop with instruments and equipment. The Sanctuary also puts on regular concerts and clinics for local musicians and music-lovers to enjoy.

The McKinney Performing Arts Center puts on theater productions, concerts, and art shows, while the Comedy Arena is the place to go in McKinney for stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy as well as classes and workshops.
McKinney has a host of flea markets and antique stores. For the best-thrifted finds in McKinney, check out the Old Red Lumberyard and the Antique Company Mall. Allen Premium Outlets, less than ten minutes from downtown McKinney, is a great place for a weekend of retail therapy in McKinney. Their directory includes shops like Ann Taylor, Hugo Boss, GAP, and more. When you are looking for unique gifts and home decor in McKinney, the Crystal Coche is a favorite downtown.

Things to Do

For the best things to do in McKinney, new residents start by taking a tour of the historic downtown core. They may find themselves taking part in one of McKinney’s annual festivals, like McKinney Arts in Bloom Art & Wine Festival in April or Scare on the Square in October. Downtown McKinney also hosts its own Oktoberfest and Bike the Bricks, the largest cycling race in Texas.
Then new residents may make an appointment to visit the Mitas Hill Vineyard and purchase a bottle of their Black Gypsy wine or their 2012 Zinfandel. Memberships are also available at the TPC Craig Ranch Golf and Country Club, a course designed by renowned architect Tom Weiskopf. Golf-enthusiasts partake in club-wide tournaments or hone their technique with a lesson geared toward their current level.
McKinney residents and visitors enjoy the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. Heard is home to multiple exhibits and gardens, including the Animal Encounters Trail, where visitors can learn about the native and non-native species the museum hosts. You will see animals ranging from common snapping turtles to white-tailed deer and lemurs all in habitat-based exhibits. Families in McKinney rave about the Magic Planet exhibit, where kids learn about the solar system, as well as the dinosaur and fossil exhibits. Heard’s nature trails make for a great afternoon of hiking, and, in addition to exhibits and rehabilitation services, the museum offers educational programming, including nature camps, scouting, birding, and ropes courses.


McKinney, Texas, is served by the McKinney Independent School District.


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