- The list below includes 265 free or cheap things to do in or near Plano, Texas, including 95 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Family Fun Center, Specialty Museums and Nature & Wildlife Areas.
- From Jack Carter Park Dog Park to Bob Woodruff Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Plano and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Dallas, Richardson, Frisco and Irving.
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A two-acre canine recreation facility, Jack Carter Park Dog Park is located along Bluebonnet Trail and provides separate fields for small and large dogs. The park features double-gated entry, picnic tables, benches, drinking water and dog waste bags.
The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve features many acres of open space in its 200-acre boundaries. People can use the pavilions, jog on the track, hike, orienteer, play on the playground, bike, and climb the observation tower.
Many of the buildings in downtown Plano were constructed in the early 1890s after a fire almost destroyed the area. Today, visitors find a specialty retail district composed of antique stores and gift and clothing boutiques, along with government offices.
The Angelika Film Center shows independent films. This theater has a special session where parents are welcome to bring young children, have an early bird matinee, and at this location offers some films with a dinner served ahead of time.
A movie theater multiplex, the Cinemark West Plano screens primarily newly released Hollywood films in full digital video and sound. The theater features serve yourself concessions, and offers a variety of promotions.
Visitors to the Heritage Farmstead Museum can see over 10,000 objects related to farming on Texas's Blackland Prairie from 1890 to 1920. Also at the museum, visitors can tour the 1840 Stone House that is an example of a late Gothic Victorian home.