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Boardwalk, Granite Park, Plano, TX

Key (Per Person):
Free $0
$ $1-5
$$ $6-10
$$$ $11-15
$$$$ $16-20
$$$$$ $21+

Looking for Great Date Night Ideas in Collin County?

including Allen, Frisco, McKinney, and Plano



If you're looking for live music, star gazing, or local events, be sure to visit our calendar of events for a daily listing of fun date ideas.

The Classic: Dinner and a Movie—with a Flair!


Angelika Film Center & Cafe´
$$$-$$$$
214.841.4713
Devoted to independent and specialty films, it is located in the heart of Mockingbird Station. The two of you can enjoy a Breadwinners sandwich and dessert in the cafe´/lounge or take it with you into the auditorium. Traditional movie theater snacks are also available, as well as beer and wine.
5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Plano

happy couple on a date
iPic Theaters
$$$-$$$$$
972.549.4200
Cozy two by two recliners in the Premium Plus seating can be reserved and include blankets, pillows and popcorn. Order off the gourmet snack and dinner menu for in-cinema dining or pick up the same food before entering. Arrive early for some billiards or a drink at the theater, or stop at one of the numerous places to dine in the Village. Tip: Sign up for a free membership and receive a discount off your seats. iPic shows first-run movies.
321 Town Place, Fairview

McKinney Moviehouse & Eatery
$$$
A made from scratch menu served while you enjoy your movie in reserved recliner seating. Finish your evening in the full-service bar and lounge. Located near the intersect of Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano.
8450 Texas 121, McKinney

Outdoor Movies at the Park

Free.
She saw this in the movie "The Wedding Planner" and has been secretly wanting this romantic date and picnic with you ever sense. Trust me. Check our Calendar of Events at the link for locations and show times of outdoor movies in Collin County.


Night Hikes

You'll also find these on our calendar when we discover them at our local parks.

Heard Natural Science Museum
$$
972.562.5566
What better way to see that spark in her eyes than when she turns to you as her protector? Once a quarter the Heard Museum offers night hikes. Check our calendar or the link above to see if there's one scheduled for your special night.
1 Nature Place, McKinney


Cozy Up by a Fire


Outdoor Fire Lounge Areas

Free
On one of the cooler evenings in Collin County, you'll find numerous outdoor fire pits roaring where you can just hang together and gaze at the fire. No purchase is expected of you to sit and enjoy one of these. Let us know if we've missed one.

Boardwalk at Granite Park
Situated on the Boardwalk is a large fire pit with several adirondack chairs situated around it. Enter the Boardwalk past beautifully lit fountains, then try your skills at the life-size Jenga game, lawn bowling and bean bag toss. When you're ready to eat, there's a handful of restaurants nearby.
Directions

The Grotto at Fairview Town Center
At the entrance to the Ipic Theater is a large fireplace as well as an over-sized chess/checkerboard. Comfy lounge chairs surround the fire pit and nearby restaurants and coffee houses offer refreshments for purchase.
321 Town Place, Fairview

The Grove at The Village at Allen
In the center of the Village at Allen shopping center is a fireplace with lounge chairs. If you do have the kids with you, you could let them play on their own (if they're old enough) in the nearby caboose, Texas-shaped maze, and playhouses. And because you're in the center of a shopping center, there are plenty of nearby restaurants for either a quick bite or to enjoy a quiet meal. It is located right outside ThaiBOX.
190 E. Stacy Road, Allen

Whole Foods
Just outside the entrance to Whole Foods is a large fire pit with lounge chairs. This is a wonderful option if either of you are on a restricted diet or focusing on eating healthy, because you can eat inside Whole Foods or bring your snack outside.
190 E. Stacy Road, Allen


Go Sampling


Taste Your Way through a Shopping Center

Of course, the purpose for sampling is to purchase and we're not advising you to abuse your gracious hosts, but this is a fun way to spend an evening. High-end grocers (Market Street in Allen, Frisco and McKinney; Central Market in Plano; Whole Foods in Fairview) and shopping centers are perfect for this. So is Eatzie's Market & Bakery!

Here's how it works: rather than going out to a restaurant for a heavy meal, walk through your favorite grocer or shopping center and purchase a small bite at each location. See how many "countries" you can experience in one evening!


Stroll a Destination Center

Okay, so we coined the term in a new usage. We define these as a place you could go for the evening and spend hours hanging out as well as eating. These are way cooler than your average mall.

The Boardwalk at Granite Park, Plano
What this location misses in size, it makes up for in ambiance. It's kid welcoming with a variety of outdoor games, a large fire pit, and a mix of restaurants from the family-friendly priced to the higher end--all created for the foodie looking for something out of the ordinary. Without a doubt, it's the boardwalk itself that makes this a fun place to visit. The location is actually at the border of Frisco/Plano.
8200 Dallas Pkwy, Plano

Legacy West, Plano
This center, while offering the family-friendly Shake Shack, is geared to adults looking for that foodie experience. The long-anticipated Legacy Hall is a one-of-a-kind artisanal food hall with a Box Garden outdoor patio featuring live entertainment. At Legacy West you'll also find a Barnes & Noble with a restaurant, Starbucks Reserve, Tesla, and dessert options such as Sugarfina and Sprinkles. Located at Plano/Frisco border.
5905 Legacy Dr, Plano

Historic Downtown McKinney
It's pretty difficult to maintain a healthy weight with all the great restaurants here. Favorite breakfast and coffee spots, high-quality burger joints and sandwiches, a trusted steakhouse, winery, and ice cream shop. This family-friendly spot hosts numerous free events and is also the spot to go for performances at the MPAC, live music in the evenings, comedy, beer tastings, and art.
111 N Tennessee St, McKinney

Historic Downtown Plano
Otherwise known as the Arts District, this family-friendly location not only is home to a variety of restaurants, it also hosts some serious nightlife, playhouses, hands-on art experiences, and numerous events (mostly free) from live music to movies in the park.
1037 E 15th St, Plano

The Shops at Legacy, Plano
This center has been around a little longer than the others, but it is still a beautiful and fun location to visit. Over 30 restaurants are available including many locals' favorites. This center is geared more to adults as even the cinema is devoted to independent and specialty films.
5741 Legacy Dr, Plano

The Star in Frisco Entertainment District, Frisco
Another very family-friendly hangout with over 20 restaurants and an ice cream shop. The draw for kids will be the outdoor Tostitos Championship Plaza, a Dallas Cowboys 50-yard replica turf field on which they're invited to play.
9 Cowboys Way, Frisco

Watters Creek, Allen
This location is very family-friendly with a center green where the kids are encouraged to play in the tree-top playground, complete with a slide. There's about a dozen restaurants including an ice cream and candy shop to top off your special night out.
970 Garden Park Dr, Allen



Play Together!


Adventure

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure
$$$$$
800.971.8271
Not everyone wants to sit around and talk on a date. Whether you and your spouse just need to get away together or it's a first date, be sure you are both comfortable with heights! The Pitch: Way more than just zip lines, Go Ape is a 2-3-hour journey through the forest canopy as you take on suspended obstacles, Tarzan swings and breathtaking zip lines--all with an incredible view.
5901 Los Rios Blvd, Plano

iFly
$$$$$
214.618.4359
Have you ever wanted to parachute out of an airplane--but you're not quite ready to do it? This is a fun option to give it a try and do something memorable with your honey.
8380 TX-121, Frisco


Bowling


Bowlero
$-$$$
972.457.9500
Get that retro feel with all the modern conveniences and extras, and "inventive menus". While day bowling lends itself to families, the evening tends to draw the grownups. It's a great option that's open until midnight when you just don't want to sit in a restaurant or bar.
351 Town Pl, Fairview

Strikz, Frisco
$-$$$$
For a special date of fun, head to the Rose Room, a boutique private bowling area with food and beverage service. Or, let yourself have some real fun and play laser tag together!
8789 Lebanon Rd, Frisco


Bowling and Much More


Main Event, Frisco & Plano
$$
469.362.7227 (Frisco)
972.881.8181 (Plano)
Play a game of laser tag! You'll have so much fun hiding and shooting at one another!
Frisco and Plano

Pinstack
$-$$$$$
If a chef-inspired menu featuring local and regional cuisine and a full bar may not seem like a good idea before the high ropes course or LED rock climbing wall, it does pair well with bumper cars, bowling and a laser maze.
Allen:
635 N Central Expy, Allen
Plano:
6205 Dallas Pkwy, Plano


Disc Golf


McKinney
Free
972.547.2686
It's free and it's fun! Two courses to choose from: Alex Clark Memorial Disc Golf Course with 18 championship style holes and the Towne Lake Disc Golf Course. The latter considered by many to be one of the best courses in No. Texas.


Escape Rooms


Breakout Games Plano
$$$$$
972.474.0111
Choose this location because you can reserve any of the games for just the two of you. Heart-pounding excitement includes stopping a runaway train or getting out of a hostage situation. Can the two of you work together to get it done?
2301 N Central Expy, Plano

Red Door Escape Room
$$$$$
469.712.6837
Choose between four rooms to make your escape in under 60 minutes. If you wish to do this as a couple, without additional players, you may purchase the remaining slots. This venue is located on the border of Plano and Frisco.
8103 Rasor Boulevard, Plano


Karting


Kartland Performance Indoor Raceway, Frisco
$$$$$
972.727.7223
Race each other around the track!
10550 John W. Elliott Drive, Frisco


Virtual Reality


The VOID
$$$$$
Slip on a helmet and gear and be transported via virtual reality into a new world! The Pitch: "THE VOID is a whole-body, fully immersive VR experience, full of surprises at every turn; with you, your family and friends inside the action."
3800 Dallas Pkwy, Plano





by Debbie Krubsack
October 8, 2018
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