Welcome to Mckinney
Vibrant community-oriented city with a thriving economy.
Palatial homes on expansive lots speckle the charming tree-lined streets of McKinney’s master-planned neighborhoods, brimming with festive vibrancy and outdoor activities galore. At its heart is the historic downtown, a paradise of restaurants, galleries, shops, and live music venues. Boasting a repertoire of “best city” accolades, the quality of life in McKinney is top-tier, with residents living it out on the city’s lush parks, tasting diverse cuisine, or taking sun-soaked adventures along its trails on bike, foot, and horseback.
Split through the center by US 75 and bordered by the Sam Rayburn Tollway that winds toward DFW International Airport, McKinney lies a mere thirty miles from Dallas, offering easy access to the metroplex’s fine amenities and eclectic attractions. Its reputation as one of Texas's oldest small towns endures — although you’ll find tides of new developments. Many are drawn to McKinney for its excellent schools and friendly community vibes.
What to Love
- Outdoor activities galore
- Plethora of parks and trails
- Historic Downtown McKinney
- Outstanding public schools
- Ample job opportunities
With a seamless blend of historical charm and cutting-edge commercial industries, McKinney is not only ideal for commuters, but also those who desire a workplace close to home. This city really shines for its high-performing schools, and you can’t miss the warm community spirit with friendly locals constantly hanging out downtown, exploring art, visiting markets, or checking out antique collections. With major highways linking McKinney to neighboring cities in the metroplex, locals enjoy easy commutes to and from town.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Historic Downtown is the buzzing heart of McKinney, radiating with sophisticated charm while flaunting an array of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues in a seamless blend of the old and new. Meander through this nostalgic setting and find a perfect spot at Rick’s Chophouse
for a classic, steakhouse feast of filet mignon, seafood, and cocktails. Craving a stylish craft coffee photo for your Instagram feed, you get both the taste and aesthetic at Filtered
, alongside Italian sodas and baked nibbles served within a tapestry of culture and art. For a taste of Texas’ finest wines in the intimate setting of a boutique winery, stop by Lone Star Wine Cellars
. Grass-fed beef burgers alongside locally sourced french fries and craft brews can be savored at the brilliant Square Burger
. Enjoy a wine dinner at Landon Winery
, and head over to SOHO McKinney
to browse meticulously curated vintage and handmade wares, French-linen custom dresses, and timeless fashion apparel.
Things to Do
After an exploration of downtown’s wonders, there’s no better way to start a mini adventure around town than visiting McKinney’s gorgeous parks or stopping in for a museum tour. Flecked with shady trees and a perfect getaway for tranquil picnics on the grass, Erwin Park
is a favorite among locals. Grab your bike or hiking gear and take to the scenic trails looped around the park. If you’re going as a group or family, you can even reserve a cool camping spot with attractive, rustic features for one night out.
Children always love to visit the Heard Museum
, an expansive wildlife sanctuary and natural science museum with loads of discovery on nature awaiting your kids. Main Street comes alive in spring with phenomenal fine art creations at the three-day celebration of Arts in Bloom
. Live music and plenty of wine overflow at Towne Lake Park
in honor of McKinney Wine and Music Festival
, and in autumn, celebrate all weekend during Oktoberfest
. Don’t miss out on Independence Day fun at Red, White and BOOM
! hosting tons of family activities, a hometown parade, and of course, a spectacular fireworks show!
McKinney is served by McKinney Independent School District, home to top-rated schools, renowned for their innovative and engaging curricula. Top educational opportunities include: