I’ve already shared my list of 10 COOL things to do indoors in Frisco this summer. Now it’s time for 10 HOT, outdoor things to do in Frisco this summer. Because even when it’s an inferno outside, the kids still love to get out, and I guess they need Vitamin D and exercise, and blah blah blah… So try a few of these, try to stay cool, and let me know if you have any unique or interesting outdoor summer activities to add.
Park- This is a no-brainer. Parks are the go-to family event of the summer. And Frisco has some great ones! See my parks post for the best ones in Frisco. Don’t forget the sunscreen and the water! Gotta stay hydrated out there, ladies and gents.
Splash Pad- Maybe the perfect outdoor summer activity- you’re outside, but the water is cool, and you don’t have to be on super-duper high alert for drownings. Frisco has three official splash pads: Frisco Commons (Hope Park) Spray Park, J.R. Newman Spray Park, and Shepherd’s Glen Spray Park. Please note that only Frisco Commons has restroom facilities, and it is highly recommended that kids wear water shoes at any splash pad. The surrounding areas of McKinney also have several splash pads if you’d like to try those too.
Geocaching- My kids love geocaching! Or as they call it, “geo-catching.” Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunt. All you have to do is download the Geocaching app and get going! Most of the treasures are small items, like beads or shiny rocks, so the time spent together on the hunt is the real treasure here.
Farmer’s Market- Frisco is lucky enough to have two farmer’s markets now: the original Frisco Rotary Market (Saturdays 8am-noon) and the new Frisco Fresh Market (Saturdays 8am-3pm and Sundays 10am-4pm). I use these markets as a way to get my picky eaters excited about trying new foods. And it’s a great way to support local farmers and small business owners.
Frisco Snow Cone Lady- The woman. The myth. The legend. The Frisco Snow Cone lady makes THE BEST snow cones in the world. No exaggeration- she lives up to the hype. And you won’t believe how cheap they are! Order at the walk-up window and eat on the benches outside or take your cones to go. There is no indoor seating or facilities, but oh so worth it. As an independent owner/operator, the Snow Cone Lady often alters her hours based on the weather or her schedule. Be sure to check her Facebook page for open/closed info before you go.
Third Sundays at the Frisco Heritage Museum- The historic buildings on the grounds of the Frisco Heritage Museum are open to the public on the third Sunday of each month from 1-4pm. Go enjoy the tours, live animals, crafts, blacksmith demonstration, and Frisco history. My family has gone several times and we’re never disappointed.
Frisco Roughriders- Take the kids to enjoy America’s Pastime in their own backyard this summer. Tickets to see Roughriders games are fairly inexpensive ($8 for lawn tickets and up) and it’s always a good time. Especially if they win— FIREWORKS! It’ll be hot, so you might as well grab a hot dog and a cold adult beverage while you watch your kids cheer on their team. And if you go to a promotion game, you’ll come away with some free swag.
Frisco Rail Yard- The Rail Yard is a great place for family-friendly fun that all family members will enjoy. Food trucks, picnic tables, lawn games, live music. What more can you ask for??
Dive-In Movies- Beat the dang heat and go to a dive-in movie at the Frisco Athletic Center. Tickets are $12/person (kids 2 and under are free), so you’ll end up spending about what you would if you went to the theater. But this comes with an experience your kids won’t soon forget! The FAC offers three movies this summer- one each in June, July, and August. Grab your tube and dive in!
Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch- This one is definitely out of the Frisco bubble- it’s in Pilot Point, TX- but is worth the drive. The ranch is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, and it’s just a lot of fun! It’s more of a free-range experience than a traditional zoo, and definitely has a mom-and-pop vibe that makes it feel quaint and personal. You’ll see bears, kangaroos, lemurs, camels, and more. You even get to feed some of these guys!
Stay cool out there, folks! It’s gonna be a scorcher.