Looking for some fun, family-friendly ways to spend your time in Allen that won’t break the bank? Check out this handy list of free things to do in Allen.
kidMania sprayground at Celebration Park gives children aged 2 to 12 a place to have water based fun. The sprayground and adjacent playground are handicap accessible, ensuring no one misses out a good time.
Edge Skatepark and visitor center complex is located at Allen Station Park. Featuring a concrete skate park, two roller-hockey rinks, and BMX track, it is a great place to burn some energy! It is one of the largest outdoor facilities of its kind in the state. Best of all, use of the park is free!
Gold award that is. Allen is known for its outdoors. 1,196 acres of parkland, more than 80 miles of hike and bike trails, 60 parks and seven recreation facilities. This includes a municipal golf course, aquatic center and one of the state’s largest outdoor skate parks. Not only is Allen focused on an extensive park and trails system, but park management is important to the city. Allen Parks & Recreation holds a National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management from NRPA.
Allen has four various types of parks throughout our community. Neighborhood parks, community parks, special use parks, and greenbelts that make up an impressive spectrum of outdoor recreation.
Allen Heritage Village is a re-creation of the Allen of the 1920s and 1930s. This collection of structures includes the original St. Mary Church and the Allen Christian Church – both beautifully renovated and available to rent for weddings and special events.
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!
Open to the public daily from dawn until dusk, the Meadow at Connemara Nature Preserve represents 72 acres of natural habitat, rich in floral diversity that is reminiscent of the tall grass Blackland Prairie that once existed here. The Meadow is made available to the public as a place to revive the spirit while teaching the importance of nature and biodiversity in the world where we live. Please note that to minimize the impact on nature, no bikes or motorized vehicles are allowed in the preserve.
With lush grass and a tree house-like play area, The Green at Watters Creek is another great place for outdoor fun in Allen. Surrounded by patio dining that overlooks the canopy of trees, visitors can hang out at hot spots such as Frogg Coffee Bar & Creperie, Grimaldi’s Pizza, and Cru Food and Wine Bar and enjoy all the festivities along the village green. Kids of all ages love playing on this natural, scenic play area and interacting with the fun sculptures. Events on the green include fine arts festivals, concerts, movies and more. Check the Watters Creek event calendar for events and activities.