This Season in Allen
Sweet summertime in Texas! School is out and so is the sun. Allen has great options to keep your family cool while having a ton of fun throughout your summer break.
In the heat of the summer, there’s no better place to take the kiddos than kidMania Play & Sprayground at Celebration Park. Spend the afternoon at a fun place to get wet and appropriately wild, then head over to the adjacent playground to end the day with a bang. The kidMania playground is one of the largest handicap-accessible parks in Texas, ensuring no one misses out on the fun. While spraygrounds are great for the young ones, we know that teens usually prefer their outdoor activities served up with more adrenaline. For them, Hydrous Wakepark at Allen Station has them covered. At the park’s 10-acre lake, wakeboarders of all ages and abilities can learn and hone their skills while being towed by a high-tech cable system. Open seven days a week throughout the summer, starting in June, Hydrous plays host to single- and multi-day camps, small group lessons, and birthday parties.
Summertime is THE time to play outdoors and Allen is known for our outdoors with 1,196 acres of parkland and more than 68 miles of hike and bike trails. With abundant sunshine, get out and explore Connemara Meadow Preserve or get lost for a few hours on the Historic Water Station Trail and Old Stone Dam. The Historic Water Station Trail gives trail-goers an opportunity to experience Allen's history. Just off the path of the Cottonwood Creek Hike and Bike Trail, a destination bridge overlooking the Old Stone Dam connects to the crushed granite loop where interpretative panels detail information about the Historic Water Station, a Texas State Archaeological Landmark. Nothing like a trail with a story! Located on the south end of Allen Station Park, the Edge Skatepark and visitor center complex features a concrete skate park, two roller-hockey rinks, BMX track, and Visitor Center. The skate park is one of the largest outdoor facilities of its kind in the state and best of all, use of the park is free!
Cool Down & Chill Out
An afternoon of whirlybird 540s and half-cab double back rolls can cause one to work up quite an appetite. Fortunately, we have no shortage of destinations for athletes seeking sweet rewards for their aquatic efforts. You can enjoy authentic Italian gelato and iced lattes at Paciugo at Watters Creek, or delicious ice cream cones, bowls and shakes at Cold Stone Creamery at The Village at Allen.
Adults can chill out for the summer as well. Wind down from your day at one of our local watering holes. Cru Food & Wine Bar is the ultimate date night location during the warmer months. Sit on their patio under the lit trees of the Watters Creek Green, where you can enjoy over 300 wine selections from all over the world and upscale cuisine. Or, spend happy hour out on one of our many bar patios like Kelly’s at The Village where you and the crew can indulge in Kelly’s 96oz beer tower, and plenty of other refreshing cocktails.
Shop ‘Til You Drop!
The summer weather calls for a stroll around any of Allen’s four outdoor shopping centers. More than just a shopping center, Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm features an upscale atmosphere with boutiques, restaurants, and a play area that sits amongst The Green.
Bonus Tip: Stay the day or make a weekend out of your trip when you book your stay steps away at the resort-style Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen.
Take thrifting to a new level and visit local favorites at The Village at Allen like Uptown Cheapskate where you can browse rack after rack of name-brand items at a low price. You can even check out some of the gently used items at Kid to Kid, right next door, to shop an all-new spring wardrobe for the kiddos. Don't forget to shop your favorites like Ross, Home Goods, and the all-new Macy’s Backstage.
Whether it’s back to school shopping or a little treat for yourself, our four major shopping centers (Allen Premium Outlets, The Village at Allen, Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, and Stacy Green) will be the place to be on tax free weekend. Save a little moula on those new fall duds and close out summer in style!
Bring your golfing buddies and hit the links The Courses at Watters Creek, which is home to not just one course but a venue that includes multiple courses designed by 10-time PGA Tour and Champions Tour winner, D.A. Weibring. And if you’re no pro, no worries! The Courses aren’t just for pros. With an 18-hole, nine-hole and six-hole course, there are enough options that players of all skill levels will find a good challenge. If you are looking for an award-winning course with a more peaceful vibe, head over to The Golf Club at Twin Creeks. This course winds its way around two natural, free-flowing, tree-lined creeks. Known for its peaceful setting and as one of the most naturally preserved golf courses in Texas, Twin Creeks has become a local favorite.
And for fun and practice, you can’t beat Topgolf. Sign up for the Shop Allen, TX playpass for special offers when you tee off in any one of their golf games! Order a Frozen C’old Fashioned to stay cooled off and a side of chicken nachos!
Pin down the crew!
It being summer and all, it’s understandable if your crew prefers recreational options of a more indoor variety. If that’s the case, then load them up and head over to PINSTACK. More than a bowling alley, this is a full-on entertainment complex with a dual-level laser-tag arena, high-ropes course, rock-climbing wall, bumper cars, and video games. Enjoy a sit-down lunch or dinner with the family, then send the kiddos off to climb, bowl, and laser tag each other while you and the other adults oversee the controlled chaos from the full-service bar. Or if a lounge vibe is what you’re after, head over to JB’s Allen Bowl where you can choose the “COOL Cosmic” bowl - bowl with the lights down and music turned up with some awesome special effects lighting!