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Fun Things for Teenagers Near McKinney, Texas

by Jane Rodda, studioD

McKinney, Texas, is ranked second on CNN Money magazine's 2012 top 100 best places to live. As one of the area's oldest towns, the downtown has cotton mill and feed store buildings that have transformed into modern shops. Situated just 30 miles north of downtown Dallas, teens will have no trouble finding exciting things to do in and around this rapidly growing town.

Bowling Fun

Strikz Entertainment in Frisco is 13 miles away from McKinney. It has 20 lanes of standard bowling and 12 lanes of boutique bowling, which has couches, big screens and premier service. Whether teens would want the upgrade, it's there for them. The facility provides parties packages for teens, too. Another option is Allen Bowl, situated 9 miles from McKinney in Allen. It has glow bowling, a snack bar, youth leagues and an arcade room.

Historic Main Street

Your teenagers might enjoy walking through the historic downtown district, which has more than 100 shops and restaurants. For those who have an interest in magic shows and tricks, Main Street Magic and Fun Company would be a intriguing place to go. It has several novelty items, including puzzles, games, magic trick kits and props. Classes for 13 years old and older are available, such as how to do card tricks and how to make things vanish. For an lesson in history, teens can tour through the district learning about the many authentic buildings and sites along the way.

Outdoor Fun

Get your teens into the fresh air. Erwin Park is a 212-acre recreational area with plenty of options for teenagers. They can take advantage of 9 miles of mountain bike trails, relax by the lake for some fishing and maybe even throw the disc around in the open space. For a way to build an appreciation of nature, make a visit to the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. It places an emphasis is on wildlife education and preservation. The 289-acre wildlife sanctuary consists of five habitats: prairie, wetlands, bottom land forest, upland forest and white rock escarpment. Teens can hike around and explore the area keeping an eye out for critters and exotic vegetation.

Game Centers

Dave & Busters is 13 miles away from McKinney in Frisco. It has a selection of games your teens might love, including an arcade version of Temple Run and Cut the Rope, billiards, shuffleboard and air hockey. Twenty-one miles from McKinney in Garland is Nickelrama Nickel Arcade. While there is an admission price to get in, guests are able to play a range of games for nickels. It has skee ball, simulator experiences, classic games and plenty of redemption games.

About the Author

Jane Rodda has been a writer since 2004, with articles featured in "Gameday Magazine" and "Urban Family Magazine." She is also the social media director and lead copywriter for a piano instruction website. Rodda holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies with a concentration in psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University.

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