With 2021 shaping up to be more adventurous than 2020, here are some things to do in Frisco in the coming year.
With 2020 nearly over (thankfully!) and the release of two coronavirus vaccines, which government officials believe to have promising results, our fingers are crossed that 2021 will be more adventurous.
In the spirit of new experiences, we have some suggestions for 2021 as you begin building up your bucket list for the coming year.
Here’s a list of 21 — mostly socially distanced — things to do in Frisco in 2021.
Visit “Big Boy” at the Museum of the American Railroad. Only 25 Big Boy trains were produced, and Frisco is home to one of them. Visit it at the Museum of the American Railroad. Face masks are currently required and all tickets are sold online to maintain social distancing. Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 400.
Play Pong at the National Videogame Museum on the world’s largest home Pong console. Masks are required, and gloves are recommended at this museum that walks you through the history and future of video games. 8004 N. Dallas Parkway.
Drink a martini on the patio of J. Theodore. Previously Bonnie Ruth’s, the restaurant has one of the best patios in Frisco and more than 100 martinis to choose from. It is also connected to a hidden speakeasy, owned by the same couple. 6959 Lebanon Road, Suite 110.
Attend a Music in the Chamber concert. The chamber’s architects also worked on New York’s Radio City Music Hall so you know the sound is going to be great. Guests must be 16 years or older. Tickets are $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. Season tickets are $40 for residents and $60 for nonresidents. George A. Purefoy Municipal Center, 6101 Frisco Square Boulevard.
Eat a Ghost Burger at Kenny’s Burger Joint. Released annually during the month of October, the Ghost Burger is a blackened half-pound patty, topped with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onion and avocado, then smothered in white queso. 1377 Legacy Drive, Suite 12.
Watch the Dallas Cowboys practice at the Ford Center. A great way to watch all your favorites in action is to catch them during a practice session. For an extra-special experience try to catch the team during training camp. 9 Cowboys Way.
Golf with a friend at Stonebriar Country Club. The country club was named one of the best country clubs and best value country clubs in Dallas-Fort Worth by Avid Golfer and features two golf courses in addition to tennis and a swimming pool. 5050 Country Club Drive
Take a tour at The Star: Dallas Cowboys fans can take a VIP Guided Tour through the team’s training and practice facilities, including the Ford Center, War Room, Nike Star Walk, Super Bowl Memorabilia & Station and Grand Atrium. Tours are currently suspended because of COVID-19 but once things open up more this will be one to add to your list. 9 Cowboys Way.
Spend a Saturday morning at KidZania USA. The indoor entertainment venue at Frisco’s Stonebriar Centre — the international chain’s only U.S. location — is built to resemble a real-life city, where children ages 4 to 14 can play as firefighters, news anchors and other professions and spend a fake currency known as “kidzos.” It is operating at 50% capacity with COVID-19 measures in place. 2601 Preston Road, Suite 3011.
Catch a Frisco RoughRiders game on the lazy river. Hanging over the right-field wall at Dr Pepper Ballpark, the Lazy River is the largest water feature in a professional sporting venue at more than 3,000 square feet, according to the RoughRiders website. Former Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki was the lazy river’s first guest. Dr Pepper Ballpark, 7300 Roughriders Trail.
Enjoy the Captain Crunch French Toast at 5th Street Patio Cafe. What’s more breakfast than French toast with French toast-inspired cereal? You can grab this treat along with plenty of others at this Frisco mainstay. Masks are required upon entering. 8621 Fifth St.
Whisper a secret password to get into the Rare Books Bar speakeasy. Guests can find the weekly password — a book title — on the business’ Instagram each Wednesday. It gains you entry into a speakeasy worthy of posting about on your own social media. 6959 Lebanon Road, Suite 110.
Go to a star party. Frisco Starfest takes place the second Saturday of each month at Frisco Commons Park. The Texas Astronomical Society joins residents to look at planets, stars and more. 8000 McKinney Road.
Take a dive in the swimming hole at Limestone Quarry Park. Behind the play area is one of Frisco’s best-kept secrets — a swimming hole with a small waterfall. Take the small path behind the park’s bench to discover the area. Water shoes are recommended to prevent cuts. 1230 Maltby Drive.
Play a board game at Nerdvana. The kitchen and craft bar offers video games and board games to enjoy with your beer, wine or coffee. Parties can not be larger than 10 guests. Masks are required upon entering and while not seated at a designated table. 5757 Main St., Suite 112.
Get fresh produce and meat from the Frisco Fresh Market. Open each weekend, the Frisco Fresh Market offers farm fresh produce, local coffee, ready-to-eat food, handmade goods and more. 9215 John W. Elliott Drive.
Take a picture of the Frisco water tower. The water tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Frisco and makes for a great photo. Elm and Seventh streets.
Travel through Texas, New Mexico and Arizona at TrainTopia. The miniature railroad odyssey exhibit is a quarter-mile long, creating an experience spanning Arizona to Texas. It features the rock formations of the Four Corners, saw mills in Colorado, the Palo Duro Drive-in Theatre — with a movie on the screen — West Texas oil refineries, a booming Northeast Texas and Downtown Dallas. Museum of the American Railroad, 8004 N. Dallas Parkway.
Order a smoked brisket from Hutchins BBQ. Named one of the top 50 barbecue joints in the state by Texas Monthly, Hutchins BBQ serves signature smoked meats, including ribs, sausages, prime brisket and burnt ends. 9225 Preston Road.
Watch a soccer match at Toyota Stadium. The stadium is home to FC Dallas and hosted the SheBelieves Cup — between USA women’s soccer and Japan — in March. 9200 World Cup Way.