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Best Free Playgrounds in Collin County

Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Prosper, Wylie



Cities in Collin County have been rated as some of the best to raise a family, so it comes as no surprise that we have some amazing playgrounds and play areas to keep kids busy for hours! When you're ready to venture out from your neighborhood playground, come to these great free areas to let the kids run.

They're are probably well over a hundred parks in Collin County, so our objective is not to list them all here but rather to help you find the ones that the kids will swear you had to pay money to get into--or believe you're the coolest mom in the world to know where all the great spots are found!

Allen's Best Playgrounds and Play Areas


Celebration Park, Allen
This enormous, colorful KidMania playground is one-acre and is said to be the largest handicap-accessible playground in Texas! It's all connected, so Mom, put on your running shoes if you want to keep up with your kiddos! One mom warns to watch younger children carefully as they could slip through open areas of the playground. May 1-Oct 31 the water jets at the adjacent spray ground run daily (except Wednesdays). Swings (including a designated swing for handicapped children), covered pavilion, BBQs and picnic tables are nearby. Large open areas, hike and bike trails, lighted tennis courts and soccer fields, and restrooms. Free.
701 Angel Parkway, Allen

The Village Depot, Allen
Moms of preschoolers will love this play area because the kids have one way in and one way out. Elementary school children also enjoy this play area. Little play houses, a maze in the shape of Texas, and a real caboose provide hours of fun. Restrooms adjacent. Because this is not a park but a play area nestled inside a shopping area, there are many places to grab a bite to eat. The play area itself is not covered, so when the kids get hot, head across Stacy to the Village Fountain in Fairview Town Center (behind Gloria's Restaurant).
190 Stacy Road, Allen

Rocket Park, Waterford Park, Allen TX
Waterford Park, Allen
This is one of the best parks for elementary school boys in Allen. The playground is built in the shape of a rocket ship, complete with controls and two slides. Warning: There are open areas at the top of the ship where smaller children may fall through. There is a smaller rocket ship playground for toddlers, but experience is that the little ones will also want to be up at the top of the large ship. A small rocket ship "rider" completes this amazing park. A creek runs behind the playground. No restrooms.
1226 Copano Drive, Allen

Watters Creek Treehouse, Allen
A giant tree house complete with a slide and tunnel below are located above the creek on The Green (parallels Village Green Drive).
Village Green Drive, Allen (Watters Creek Shopping Center)



Fairview's Best Playgrounds and Play Areas


Monarch Park, Fairview
A six-foot climbing rock was the favorite of the boys playing at this playground, which is nestled in the Summerhill Farms subdivision with one to two acre lots. Artificial turf is at the base of the playground. There's a shaded picnic area, oversized charcoal grill, track line, slide, baby and standard-size swing, but no restrooms. Ideal playground for small children.
610 Cambridge Dr, Fairview


Central Park, Frisco TX

Frisco's Best Playgrounds and Play Areas


Central Park, Frisco
This park is unique in that the "playground" is actually bronze sculptures of over-sized cattle, horses and riders that the kids can climb on. If you're teaching them about Texas history, it's fun to walk the steps and read the quotations of those who drove cattle on the historic Shawnee Trail. There's a small pond and running brook, walking trails and benches. Park on Seei Circle. No restrooms, but close to Stonebriar Mall shopping and restaurants.
3155 Parkwood Drive, Frisco

The Depot, Frisco
Once a month the entire Heritage Center is the focus of special events open to the public. In between times, the buildings are closed but the kids
The Depot, Frisco TX
will love climbing on the train, front porches, and posing along side the jail. For dress-up fun, head inside the museum where the kids can play "Little House on the Prairie" with a small cabin and other props. Our kids had so much fun they didn't want to leave.
6499 Page St, Frisco

Frisco Commons, Frisco
This expansive playground is Frisco's largest playground system. Little "buildings" designed to represent Frisco businesses are part of the playground. Hope playground is handicap-accessible and has two separate areas, ages 2-5 and 5-12. A third area of slides and play equipment is accessible from the Hope playground. A sprayground is close to the playground, but too far to keep an eye on children playing in both areas. An expansive pavilion provides shade for picnic areas. Picnic tables, BBQs, open areas, pond, nature garden, Veteran's Memorial, one-mile walking trail. Restrooms.
8000 McKinney Road, Frisco

Towne Lake Recreation Area paddleboat rentals ducks at dock, McKinney TX
Stonebriar Mall Carousel and Indoor Children's Play Area, Frisco
You'll find the carousel conveniently located next to the food court and restroom son the second floor. There is also a 1,000-foot play area consisting of sculptures and a telephone slide in Sears Court. The play area is closed at 2:00 pm daily for about 15 minutes for cleaning.
2601 Preston Rd, Frisco



McKinney's Best Playgrounds and Play Areas


Jim Ledbetter Park, McKinney
The climbing boulders geared to young children is what sets this park apart from the other parks in McKinney. Park at the J. Baker Elementary School. There is also a barrier-free play structure. No restrooms.
3212 Bluewood Dr, McKinney

Al Ruschhaupt Soccer Complex
This accessible playground is one of the larger playgrounds in McKinney and some of it sits under large shade trees--a major bonus on a hot summer day when you need to let the kids run outside. Additionally, next to the playground are fountains as well as rings of sprayers form a "tunnel" for the kids to run through and cool off. Picnic shelter and concession/restroom facilities. Free.
2701 Northbrook Drive

Valley Creek Elementary School, McKinney TX
Towne Lake Recreation Area, McKinney
To be honest, we are stretching it by including this under the category of "playgrounds", but would your child enjoy floating around the pond in a duck or swan paddle boat? We thought so! There's also two barrier-free play structures, horse shoe pits, and a fishing pier in the 22-acre lake.
1405 Wilson Creek Pkwy, McKinney

Valley Creek Elementary School Playground
What sets this playground apart from the rest? It's SHADED! Yes, large shade trees cover an otherwise basic playground, which means the slides, climbing equipment, and benches are not burning hot during Texas' hot summer days. This playground is adjacent to the school. No restrooms (unless the school is in session).
2800 Valley Creek Trail, McKinney


Plano's Best Playgrounds and Play Areas


Haggard Park Interurban Railway Museum, Frisco TX
Haggard Park, Plano
While the playground here is very nice and will keep the kiddos occupied, it is the Interurban Railway Museum located within the park that makes this a special destination. Join a guided tour because the tour guides make a point of allowing the kids to "drive" the car. (Access to the car is only through a guided tour.) Restrooms available inside the museum when open.
901 E. 15th Street, Plano

Jack Carter Playground, Plano
Designed to allow children ages 2-12 who cannot see, sensory or mobility issues (or children without disabilities) to play together. Unique features such as a swing where children who can't sit up can lay down, a wheelchair ramp to the jungle gym, Other park amenities are a pond, trails, two picnic tables, sand volleyball, trails and restrooms.
2800 Maumelle Dr, Plano

Liberty Park, Plano TX
Liberty Park, Plano
What makes this park super exciting isn't the playground (which is pretty descent), but it is the M41-A3 Walker Bulldog 23.5 ton TANK. Yes, you can climb on it...it even has ladders to help the kids get on top of it! There's also swings and open practice fields. No restrooms.
1200 Mill Valley Road, Plano




Prosper's Best Playgrounds and Play Areas


Frontier Park, Prosper
This windmill playground has playhouses, a ropes course, ladders, and more. Be sure to search the web for pictures because the photos here just don't do it justice. There are little playhouses to enter, all named after Prosper businesses. This is a large (almost 80 acres) park with a splashground (in season), a half-mile trail, and restrooms. Large covered picnic area, and there are many shades over the equipment. This park sits on the border of Prosper and Celina.
1551 Frontier Parkway, Prosper



Wylie's Best Playgrounds and Play Areas


Founders Park, Wylie
What's more fun for a kid than to climb around inside a giant pirate ship? Pirate Cove Playground is comprised of towers, slides, and lots of areas to climb. The "ship" is at one end of the structure. While the playground is in the center of the park, parking and a shaded area are adjacent to it.
851 Hensley Lane, Wylie



Neighborhood Parks in Collin County

For a comprehensive list of city parks, please visit each city's website below.

City of Allen, Texas

City of Frisco, Texas

City of McKinney, Texas

City of Plano, Texas





by Debbie Krubsack
Updated August 7, 2017
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