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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!

All Abilities Playground Indicator Indicates designed to be an all-abilities, inclusive playground.

Allen's Best Playgrounds and Play Areas

Celebration Park, Allen All Abilities Playground Indicator
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. (See photo at top.)
701 Angel Parkway, Allen

Green Park, Allen
This park, with a first-responder theme, is located adjacent to a fire station. The "police station" portion is reserved for children 2-5 years, and the larger "fire engine and house" structure is designed for ages 5-12. Bonus: There is a public restroom in the lobby of the fire station.
1305 Comanche Dr, Allen

Railway Shopping Express at Allen Premium Outlet Mall
Located between Skechers and the exit to the North Parking lot, this train-themed playground is not only shaded but has Coca-Cola vending machines adjacent to the playground.
Railway Shopping Express Allen Premium Outlet Malls, Allen TX
820 W Stacy Rd #430, Allen

Spirit Park, Allen
This playground is designed to look like a hideout, including the setting on the edge of a wooded area. In addition to the large play structure, there are swings, a smaller structure for younger children, public art, softball fields, and restrooms. (See photo at top.)
1151 Ridgeview Dr, Allen

Twin Creeks Park, Allen
The two playground zip lines is what makes this park unique and loads of fun--even for adults! A small climbing rock and playground equipment is nearby. (See photo at top.)
803 Shallowater Dr., Allen

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.
Rocket Park, Waterford Park, Allen TX
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). The upper level of the tree house does fit a wheelchair; areas in the lower level do not. (See photo at top.)
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. (See photo at top.)
610 Cambridge Dr, Fairview

Farmersville City Park TX

Farmersville's Best Playgrounds and Play Areas

City of Farmersville Park
Along with the playground equipment and full-size tractor, the original generator that provided Farmersville with power until 1933 is set up for kids to climb. You'll find this all right next to the historic Onion Shed on Main near downtown. Restrooms available.
154 S Main St, Farmersville

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 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 All Abilities Playground Indicator
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. (See photo at top.)
8000 McKinney Road, Frisco

Preston Park North, Frisco
If you have a climber in the family, s/he'll love this playground. It's a half-acre neighborhood park on busy Lebanon Rd, so maybe not ideal if your climber is also a runner. No restrooms.
5400 Preston N Dr, Frisco, TX 75034

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. (See photo at top.)
2601 Preston Rd, Frisco

McKinney's Best Playgrounds and Play Areas

Bonnie Wenk Park All Abilities Playground Indicator
Phase 2 (accessed off Hardin Blvd) was completed in 2019 and includes an all-abilities playground with a skywalk. Slides cross over rocky areas. Restrooms are available near the playground, as is a pavilion. Several shades over the equipment provide relief from the blistering summer sun.
2996 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney

Jim Ledbetter Park, McKinney All Abilities Playground Indicator
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 All Abilities Playground Indicator
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. (See photo at top.)
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

Murphy's Best Playgrounds and Play Areas

Waters Edge Park, Murphy All Abilities Playground Indicator
This all-abilities playground opened in August 2020 and features slides, a rope bridge, merry-go-round, swings and more. Watch a video about the park .
601 Creekside Dr, Murphy, TX 75094

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 All Abilities Playground Indicator
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. (See photo at top.)
2800 Maumelle Dr, Plano

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 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

Liberty Park, Plano TX
Windhaven Meadows Park All Abilities Playground Indicator
This park has everything you'll want for the entire family--even your 4-legged fur babies. The playground itself has 20,000 square feet all-abilities equipment for physical and sensory play. At the grand opening, parents expressed how much they liked the open playground where parents can keep an eye on their kids from all angles. Whether your kids like to climb, slide or swing, they'll love this!
5400 Windhaven Parkway, Plano TX 75093

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. (See photo at top.)
1551 Frontier Parkway, Prosper

Stone Ranch Park, Wylie TX

Wylie's Best Playgrounds and Play Areas

Stone Ranch Park
This barn-themed playground a large barn structure with a silo slide, tractor, shaded swings, and farm animal spring riders on 1.87 acres. The park also features an 8-foot hike-and-bike trail, picnic tables and park benches, and shade trees. Also located in the park is the historical farmhouse, Stonehaven, which belonged to the Stone family, who owned the home dating back to 1850. Stonehaven was declared a Texas Historic Landmark in 1992.
803 Moreno Court, Wylie TX 75098

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

City of Wylie, Texas

by Debbie Krubsack
Updated October 6, 2020
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