Sightseeing in McKinney


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  • Heard Museum McKinney
    Bessie Heard dedicated years of her life to philanthropic efforts throughout the McKinney area, helping plant hackberry trees along downtown streets and establishing an American Red Cross chapter during World War I. However, she accomplished her greatest feat in 1967 when the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary opened to the public. With 289 acres of rolling space, the sanctuary functions as a testament to the diversity of local flora and fauna, educating visitors and urging them to protect those species for future generations. More than 6.5 miles of unpaved hiking trails wind throughout the sanctuary, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in habitats that range from tall-grass prairie to limestone slopes. The grounds shelter more than 150 varieties of wildflowers and plants, as well as more than 240 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. In addition to the trails, the sanctuary also features an extensive garden of native trees, grasses, and perennials, as well as a treetop ropes course (reservation required; additional fees apply). Indoors, interactive exhibits and collections impart valuable information on north-Texan geology, marine life, and venomous snakes.
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    1 Nature Place
    McKinney, TX US
  • Chestnut Square Historic Village of McKinney
    McKinney, Texas’s Chestnut Square Historic Village recreates life from 1850-1930 on a campus that features six historic houses, a one-room schoolhouse, a chapel, and a general store. The surrounding buildings also include a blacksmith shop, a smoke house, and a chapel, all filled with period artifacts from the 19th century. Visit during a Living History Day to see costumed actors farming, baking, embroidering cushions, or tending to the old-fashioned gardens. Visitors can even step inside the old schoolhouse for a lesson on the region’s history or argue in favor of putting James A. Garfield on every piece of U.S. currency. For a more in-depth look at the square, follow a guide on a daytime tour, which delves into the buildings’ pasts. On the Village’s haunted tours, you can try to catch a glimpse of an apparition with a lantern light. Patrons can get an additional taste of the past at the weekly farmers market, which showcases fresh vegetables and is visited by Chester the Cat, the square’s resident feline who normally hangs out at Dixie’s Store.
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    315 S Chestnut St.
    Mckinney, TX US
  • Wild Brush Studio
    Tell us about your business. We have an art studio where we hold open BYOB painting throughout the week. We also book private parties for birthdays, corporate team building, and other events. We provide all supplies and no previous experience is needed. What kind of training/expertise do you have? _ We are two owners who are also veteran Art teachers in the McKinney Independent School District. We are also professional artists. Leslie Booth is a prolific painter and is gifted with design. [I am] a ceramicist focusing on organic form._ What's the interior decor or vibe of your business like? Set in downtown McKinney, our upstairs loft is over 100 years old. With exposed brick, floor-to-ceiling windows and original hardwood floors, the atmosphere is ideal for creative inspiration. Tables are draped with paint-spattered canvas drop cloths, and the walls are adorned with a myriad of paintings which guests may choose to recreate. Anything else you want to add that we didn't cover? We hold a strong philosophy that all people can paint. With the right atmosphere and direction, we aspire to uncover the artist in everyone.
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    110 W Virginia St, Ste 200
    Mc Kinney, TX US
  • Dallas Fort Worth Air Tours
    Dallas Fort Worth Air Tours' pilots love to show off their city; they just do it from several hundred feet in the air. They lead airborne tours of the urban landscape, using planes and helicopters. They cruise along waterfronts, observe ripples of light across steel and glass sky scrapers, and provide a bird's-eye view of the interplay of concrete and greenery in the city's parks.
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    1505 Industrial Boulevard
    Mc Kinney, TX US

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