A summer trip to Frisco is an ideal budget-friendly getaway for single couples and families alike, as the number of unique attractions and experiences make the town a go-to destination.
Texas is the top destination for Frisco, 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 regions to explore the variety of entertainment, retail and dining options in the to experience community has to offer.
“The close proximity of our hotels and attractions makes it easy to get around Frisco,” said Visit Frisco Executive Director Marla Roe. “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 summertime attractions is a game played by the Frisco RoughRiders, the Class AA affiliate of the Texas Rangers, whose 2022 season runs through September 18. Visitors can purchase tickets starting at $11 for seating on the grassy berm or near the bullpen, along with access to another unique spot to watch the game: a 68,000-gallon lazy river.
“It’s a great spot, it’s right behind the right field wall and people tend to lean 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 catch some baseball action.”
The ballpark also added a new concessionaire this season — Nolan Ryan’s RS3 business — offering a variety of dining options down the length of the field, from barbecue to burgers and chicken to Southwestern fare and the classic baseball hot dog.
“We’re here for fun, affordable family entertainment,” Rojas said. “We have a beautiful place where you can spend two to three hours and enjoy tomorrow’s stars today.”
For visitors looking for a break from the Texas summer heat, Frisco offers a variety of indoor museums including the Museum of the American Railroad/TrainTopia, the Sci-Tech Discovery Center, the Frisco Heritage Museum and the National Videogame Museum. Visitors can even save on admission with the city’s museum pass, which can be purchased for $25 at the Frisco Discovery Center.
One of the most unique options is the National Videogame Museum, which features an interactive component in each exhibit.
“We have a recreation of a 1980’s arcade at the end of the museum that is everyone’s favorite attraction,” said museum owner John Hardie. “[The museum features] lots of history of the industry starting with the early days of Pong and some of the first video game consoles. We will take you on a journey through different aspects of the growth of the industry such as the creation of software companies, joysticks, computers and virtual reality.”
No trip to North Texas in the summer would be complete without a dip in the pool. In addition to the lazy river at the ballpark, visitors can visit 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 an adjacent bar called Ranch Water, which offers craft cocktails and light bites. The Omni Frisco Hotel also has a rooftop pool, or families can enjoy the outdoor Frisco Water Park through September. All-day passes are $11 for children, $13 for adults, and free for children under 2 years old.
If the outdoors or sports aren’t your thing, consider shopping at the Stonebriar Centre, home to more than 180 retailers, or the city’s Rail District with a variety of local boutiques and shops on Main Street. Antique lovers can also find what they are looking for at Frisco Mercantile with 200 dealers and more than 400,000 square feet of retail space.
“Obviously, with more than 9 million square feet of retail space in the city, shopping is a pretty popular experience,” Roe said. “From big brands to local boutiques and antiques, Frisco has it all.”
Hoping to plan a long weekend getaway or summer vacation in Frisco? Use this bucket list to start your vacation:
• Enjoy a piece of Americana: Attend a Frisco RoughRiders baseball game on the Lazy River, open Thursday and Sunday to single-game ticket buyers and larger groups at every other home game.
• Play video games in a recreated ’80s arcade setting at the National Videogame Museum and learn all about the history of the industry.
• Sit down for a meal at Nerdvana, a gaming-themed fine dining restaurant with fun for the kids at every table and a cocktail menu for Mom and Dad with aptly named drinks like the Super Smash and the Golden Ch-Eye.
• Take a tour of The Star, the 91,000-acre campus where the Dallas Cowboys train at the 12,000-seat Ford Center and is home to the team’s worldwide headquarters. Afterwards, enjoy happy hour or grab a bite to eat at one of over a dozen nearby restaurants and bars in the entertainment district.
• In the summer, visit the Frisco Snow Cone Lady booth for a sweet treat to beat the Texas heat.
• Let the younger members of the family be independent with KidZania, an interactive roleplay museum and learning experience.
• Spend some time outdoors at the Texas Sculpture Garden or roam the city for Instagram-worthy murals. Adventure seekers can spend some time at Frisco’s skate park, the largest in North Texas.
• Visit the National Soccer Hall of Fame or attend a Dallas FC professional soccer game at Toyota Stadium. The 2022 season runs until October.
• Shop ’til you drop at Stonebriar Center with over 180 national retailers.
• Visit the Frisco Discovery Center and purchase a museum pass to save on admission to a variety of local museums.
• Enjoy all of the local cuisine Frisco has to offer, from fried chicken at Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, a North Texas favorite, to Didi’s Downtown, which offers Texas specialties like fried chicken with hot honey butter, burgers and seafood, and a brunch menu offers .
For a full list of hotels, restaurants, museums, sports and entertainment, visit https://www.visitfrisco.com/thecitythatplays/.
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