Taking a summer trip to Frisco is an ideal budget getaway for single couples and families, as the number of unique attractions and experiences make the city a “must-see destination.”
Texas draws the most visitors to Frisco, which is located 25 minutes north of Dallas, with more than half of the city’s overnight visitors driving more than three hours from the Austin and Houston areas to experience the variety of entertainment, retail and community dining options. has to offer.
“Having our hotels and attractions close to each other makes it easy to get around Frisco,” said Marla Roe, Executive Director of Visit Frisco. “There are a variety of options for family fun, but also great places to enjoy live entertainment or a night out.”
One of the most popular summer attractions is to catch a Frisco RoughRiders game, the class AA affiliate of the Texas Rangers whose 2022 season runs until September 18. Visitors can purchase tickets starting at $11 for seats on the grassy berm or near the bullpen. , plus access to another unique spot to watch the game: a 68,000 gallon lazy river.
“It’s a great venue, it’s just beyond the right field wall and people tend to put their stomachs against the wall facing the field and watch the game,” said Victor Rojas, president and general manager of the Frisco RoughRiders. “It’s a big party and a unique way, especially in the North Texas summer heat, to cool off and get in on a little baseball action.”
The ballpark also added a new concessionaire this season – Nolan Ryan’s RS3 Company – offering a variety of dining options along the length of the field, from barbecue to burgers to chicken, southern fare -west and the classic stadium hot dog.
“We’re here for fun and affordable family entertainment,” Rojas said. “We have a beautiful venue where you can spend two to three hours enjoying tomorrow’s stars today.”
For visitors seeking respite from the Texas summer heat, Frisco offers a variety of indoor museums, including the American Railroad Museum/TrainTopia, Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Frisco Heritage Museum, and National Videogame Museum. Visitors can even save on admission with the City Museums Pass, which can be purchased for $25 at the Frisco Discovery Center.
One of the more unique options is the National Video Game Museum, which features an interactive element in each exhibit.
“We have a recreation of a 1980s arcade at the end of the museum, which is everyone’s favorite attraction,” museum owner John Hardie said. “[The museum features] lots of industry history, starting with the early days of Pong and some of the earliest video game consoles. We take you on a journey to different aspects of industry growth like the formation of software, joystick, computer and virtual reality companies.
No summer trip to North Texas would be complete without a dip in the pool. In addition to the lazy river at the ballpark, visitors can experience the newly renovated pool at the Westin Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa. The resort recently completed a $30 million renovation and now features a revitalized outdoor pool and adjacent bar called the Ranch Water, offering craft cocktails and light snacks. The Omni Frisco Hotel also has a rooftop pool, or families can enjoy the outdoor Frisco water park throughout September. Day passes for children are $11, $13 for adults, and free for children under 2.
If the outdoors or sports aren’t your style, consider shopping at the Stonebriar Centre, home to over 180 retailers, or the city’s Rail District, which offers a variety of local boutiques and shops on Main Street. Antique enthusiasts can also find something at Frisco Mercantile, with 200 merchants and over 38,000 square feet of retail space.
“Of course, with over 9 million square feet of retail in the city, shopping is quite a popular experience,” Roe said. “From big name brands to local boutiques and antiques, Frisco has it all.”
Hoping to plan a long weekend or a summer getaway to Frisco? Use this to-do list to start your vacation:
• Enjoy a slice of Americana: Catch a Frisco RoughRiders baseball game from the lazy river, which is open to single-game ticket buyers every Thursday and Sunday and larger groups at any other game home.
• Play video games in a recreated 80s arcade setting at the National Video Game Museum and learn all about the history of the industry.
• Sit down to a meal at Nerdvana, an upscale gaming-themed restaurant with fun for the kids at every table, plus a mom and dad cocktail menu with aptly named drinks like the Super Smash and the Golden Ch-Eye.
• Take a trip to The Star, the 91,000-acre campus where the Dallas Cowboys train at the 12,000-seat Ford Center and home of the team’s world headquarters. Then, enjoy happy hour or grab a bite to eat at one of more than a dozen restaurants and bars near the entertainment district.
• Visit the Frisco Snow Cone Lady stand during the summer for a sweet treat to beat the Texas heat.
• Let the youngest members of the family be independent at KidZania, an interactive role-play museum and learning experience.
• Spend time outdoors at the Texas Sculpture Garden or scour the city for Instagram-worthy murals. For the more adventurous, spend some time at Frisco Skate Park, the largest in North Texas.
• Visit the National Soccer Hall of Fame or catch an FC Dallas pro football game at Toyota Stadium. The 2022 season runs until October.
• Shop till you drop at the Stonebriar Centre, with over 180 national retailers.
• Stop by the Frisco Discovery Center and purchase a Museum Pass to save on admission to a variety of local museums.
• Enjoy all the local cuisine Frisco has to offer, from fried chicken at Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, a North Texas favorite, to Didi’s Downtown, with Texas favorites like hot honey butter fried chicken, burgers and seafood, plus a brunch menu.
For a complete list of hotels, restaurants, museums, sports and entertainment options, visit https://www.visitfrisco.com/thecitythatplays/.
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