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Take A Step Back in Time When You Visit McKinney

Featuring: Beth Shumate

Communications Manager , Visit McKinney

McKinney's Historic Downtown Cultural District is authentic, quaint, and nostalgic, taking you back to simpler times. Get to know McKinney, Texas from a local destination expert’s point of view.

McKinney's historic downtown square is the city's largest tourist attraction, serving as the hub of locally-owned businesses in the community. It's as bustling today as it was in the late 1800s when the unpaved streets were lined with hardware stores, mercantiles, and even an opera house, all surrounding the courthouse in the square's center. Rediscover recently chatted with destination expert Beth Schumate, from Visit McKinney, to hear what she loves most about McKinney.

#1 Wine & Dine

Where’s the Best Place to Soak Up the Sun in Your Destination?

On a patio in the Historic Downtown Cultural District

Dining or sipping a glass of wine on a sidewalk patio at one of our restaurants or wineries is the best place way to people watch, enjoy the fresh air, and soak up the ambiance of this one-of-a-kind destination. It's also a great place to listen to live music or snap a selfie with friends!

#2 Get Cultured

What Place is in On Your Bucket List?

McKinney's Downtown Square

The historic downtown features more than 100 businesses including one-of-a-kind restaurants, wineries, specialty shops, a vintage video arcade, and a boutique hotel. Live music fills the square every weekend from both inside the restaurants and wineries and outside on the sidewalks, and public art can be found throughout the downtown area.

"The square still looks much like it did back in its early years (late 1800s into the 1900s) but rather than cotton wagons and merchantiles, it is now a bustling entertainment district." BETH SHUMATE, Visit McKinney

#3 Good Vibes Only

Who Is a Local Maker or Brand You Love Supporting?

Goodies Texas!

This family-owned candy shop hand-makes all its own chocolates - everything from a basic candy bar, peanut clusters, toffees, and chocolate-covered caramels to intricate seasonal and Texas shapes and fancy multi-colored truffles in a variety of flavors including some that are alcohol-infused.

Follow Goodies Texas on Instagram for sweet inspiration!
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About the Contributor

Beth Shumate

Communications Manager

About The Contributor

Beth has over a decade of experience in telling a destination's stories. She enjoys meeting all of the fascinating people in the tourism industry.