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Experience Texas in Collin County

including Allen, Frisco, McKinney, and Plano





Whether you just moved here or you're visiting, go ahead and immerse yourself in the western experience! Longhorn steer, ranches, and rodeos are located right in the suburbs of Dallas, alongside restaurants serving up Tex-Mex and BBQ.




Bull Sales/Horse Shows


Myers Park & Event Center Show Barns
If you want to get a taste of what the real cowboy life is like here in Collin County, click on the Event Calendar and you'll see the schedule for the area livestock sales and shows. These are usually put on by private clubs, but if you behave yourselves they probably won't mind a bit if you observe.
7117 Co Rd 166, McKinney



Cowboy Church

Texas is in the Bible Belt, Dallas is the Buckle of the Bible Belt, so church and cowboys just go together!

Cowboy Church of Collin County
Come on your Harley or horse, where your boots or shoes; it doesn't matter. You're welcome here!
2800 FM 3364, Princeton



Cuisine

Or as they might say in Texas, "Grub." Of course, Tex-Mex is the biggest, with BBQ coming in a close second. Chuckwagon dinners, chili cookoffs, and BBQ competitions are typically held as part of another western-themed event. Watch our calendar!



Horseback Riding


Heritage Hill Equestrian Center
This family operated ranch has been open for twenty years providing trail rides and lessons. Children seven and up are invited to ride.
8882 CR 392, Princeton

Southfork Ranch
Made famous by the fictional Ewing family of the Dallas television series, the ranch offers trail rides on the ranch seven days a week from 10am-4pm. What could be a better Texas experience than riding across the ranch just like Bobby Ewing?
3700 Hogge Road, Parker



Leisure


The Texas Pool
What's more "Texas" than cooling off in a huge, Texas-shaped swimming pool? Out-of-town tourists may purchase a single- or 3-day family pass. Locals must become members to swim. Open public swim days are posted to our calendar and the Texas Pool home page.
901 Springbrook Drive, Plano



Ranches

So you came to Texas to see horses and ranches, and all you see is suburban sprawl? Look around and you'll see longhorn in Plano and Frisco, or make time to visit one of these Texas ranches.

Becky's Hope Horse Rescue
214.918.6508
Are you just itching to get on a real Texas ranch? Well, this horse rescue is home to not only horses, donkeys and mules, but also pigmy goats, pot bellied pigs, chickens, and miniature horses--even a duck. Visitors are invited to pet the animals, including the colts. They also rely on volunteers to help care for the animals, so if your children love animals, this would be a great place for him to volunteer. Sue Chapman (President) advised us on our tour that while they ask for a donation of $10 to buy a bale of hay, they won't turn away anyone who wants to love on their animals. And there is LOTS of open space for your children to RUN.
1310 Hwy 121, Frisco

Grisham Farms
214.544.7255
This ranch's animals grew up with children chasing them so they are friendly and calm. In addition to the horses, donkeys and farm animals, you'll see emus, ducks, geese, turkeys, a llama, and an alpaca. Sporadic open farm days and private tours.
4546 Co Rd 408, McKinney

Southfork Ranch
While this is a more of a tourist destination than a ranch where you roll up your jeans and get to work, we would be remiss if we didn't include the famous Ewing ranch. The TNT series, "Dallas" aired from 2012-2014; the original series of the same name aired from 1978-1991. Guests can purchase tickets to visit the ranch and home or even explore by horseback.
3700 Hogge Road, Parker

Throw Away Ponies (TAPs)
Just call ahead if you want to visit and love on their horses and other farm animals.
17990 County Road 656, Farmersville



Rodeos

You simply can't come to Texas and not see a rodeo! Roping calves, bucking broncos, and REAL bull riding is all part of the fun!

Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club Rodeo
Held each September. For exact dates, watch our calendar!

Wylie Championship Rodeo
Held each September. For exact dates, watch our calendar!


Rodeos in Dallas Suburbs:

Mesquite ProRodeo
Held every Saturday night July thru September, the Mesquite Rodeo is well-known in the Dallas area. It is located 23.6 miles southeast of Plano (29 minutes). Bull riding, bronco busting, team roping, and barrel racing all take place in an air conditioned studio! These athletes are competing for big prize money, so this ain't no sissy rodeo. Come and experience Texas at its very best.
1818 Rodeo Drive
Mesquite, TX


North Texas Fair and Rodeo
Held annually in August. For exact dates, visit their website. Located about 30 minutes from the western border of Collin County (Dallas North Tollway and 380).
2217 N Carroll Blvd, Denton



Western Sculptures


The Shawnee Trail, Frisco
Used just before and after the Civil War for northbound cattle drives, the Shawnee Trail is the oldest and easternmost of the cattle trails. The Shawnee Trail actually ran along what is currently Preston Road. Larger than life bronze sculptures depicting a cattle drive on the Shawnee Trail make this the "must" stop for folks wanting to experience "true Texas." Ideal for a quick stop for a tourist to Texas or a place to linger with a picnic lunch and let the kids climb on the sculptures.
Visit the City of Frisco's website for information on this park.
3155 Parkwood Drive
Frisco, TX


Cattle Drive Sculpture
Head across the street to The Centre at Preston Ridge to see this depiction of longhorns, cowboys, a campfire, and chuck wagon. It is said to be the longest continuous-themed bronze sculpture collection in the United States. The sculptures are tucked between parking spaces and driving areas of the shopping center, so while easily visible from the car, are not ideal for climbing.
Gaylord Pkwy @ Preston Rd, Frisco, TX

The Shawnee Trail, Plano
Bronze sculptures again depict a cattle drive along a trail including the historical Baccus Cemetery. Numerous cattle, a cutter, the cattle driver and a vaquero set the scene. While technically Plano, this sculpture is just 2.2 miles south of The Shawnee Trail, Frisco.
7485 Bishop Road
Plano, TX



Western Sculptures, Dallas


Pioneer Plaza Bronze Cattle Drive
If you've visited the cattle drive sculptures in Collin County, we're confident you'll find this one to your liking as well. Three cowboys on horseback drive a herd of cattle in a natural setting of native plants and trees and through a flowing stream. Free parking in front of the sculpture. Great for pictures and for the kids to climb. This park is adjacent to the Dallas Convention Center. If you climb to the top of the sculpture, you'll find an historical cemetery just beyond. Located 32 minutes (21.9 miles) from The Shawnee Trail, Plano
1428 Young Street
Dallas, TX



Mustangs of Las Colinas
If you're still reading, then you really are into bronze sculptures depicting Texas history. That's great! Nine larger than life size bronze mustangs cross a stream in the Las Colinas Urban Center. A museum and gift shop is also available. Located 27 minutes (20.7 miles) from The Shawnee Trail, Plano.
5205 N. O'Connor Drive
Irving, TX




Horseback riding, camp fires, chuck wagon dinners, horse shows...they're all part of rural Texas life. But ask the city folk and you'll get an answer probably not too different from any other city: shopping, dining, and sipping lattes. In fact, Dallas has some of the best shopping in the country, and Collin County is host to not only the big brands, but most of their outlet stores as well!





by Debbie Krubsack
October 6, 2016
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