Plano is the 9th largest city in Texas. Literally translated from Spanish, its name means “plain,” but this quintessential little big city, a mere stone’s throw from Dallas, boasts a sophistication all its own.
From upscale shopping destinations, to an outstanding art district, thousands of acres of green spaces and unlimited dining opportunities, small wonder Plano is repeatedly mentioned on the list of the top 100 places to live in America.
The city is also home to an impressive list of corporate headquarters, which means potential job opportunities for seniors’ second acts or family members of those who are enjoying independent senior living in Plano.
So, nope. Definitely not plain.
Check out these Plano attractions and find out why so many active adults are enthusiastic about calling retirement communities in Plano home.
Conceived as both town hub and shopping mecca, the Shops at Legacy is a destination that serves many masters. Filled with trendy boutiques, restaurants, coffee houses for people watching, bars for drinking – and people watching, and multiple entertainment venues, the Shops at Legacy is the Plano community’s unifying landmark.
No need to actually shop, or eat. Just take a stroll down the town alleys and you will eventually reach Baccuss Park, one of Plano’s historical sites. Walk down Shawnee Trail, formerly the main route for the Texas longhorns’ northern journey. Instead of cattle, you’ll see life sized bronze sculptures of cowboys and cattle cast by famous Texas artist, Robert Summers.
Enjoy the Festivities
Life on the ground at retirement communities in Plano is filled with social and recreational opportunities, but in the fall, all eyes turn upward. Every September, the Plano Balloon Festival transforms the skies above into an enchanted spectacle. More than 45 colorful, whimsically shaped balloons hover over Plano, taking those who dare on a magical ride. The 3-day event features balloon rides, parachute jumpers, inflatable rides for t he kids, live music and dance, martial arts exhibitions, and plenty of food and drink vendors. When the sun goes down, the glow in the dark balloons go up, accompanied by dazzling fireworks.
Plano’s October highlight is the International Festival, an event designed to celebrate Plano’s cultural diversity. Its mission is to strengthen the community by raising awareness of the city’s many ethnic communities and building bridges between cultural groups.
Retirement living in Plano Texas comes with over 4,000 acres of open areas, designed to put the “active” in active adults. With over 150 miles of biking trails and roughly 100 miles designated for walking and jogging, the perfect exercise route awaits. Enjoy the beauty and serenity of the outdoors while accumulating those all-important steps.
When you tell the grandkids you’ve chosen a retirement community in Plano, Texas, they may not share your excitement at first. But, when you tell them Plano, Texas is the home of the Crayola Experience, let’s just say, that’s a crayon of a whole different color. Your coolness factor will soar when you take them into a world that celebrates the magic of color with a unique, hands-on, creative experience. Featuring attractions like the 4-D Coloring Adventure and the Live Crayon Manufacturing Show, the Crayola Experience is a Plano favorite. Bring the kids – or just celebrate the kid in you – and enjoy 60,000 square feet of colorful fun.
Overture Plano is Overture’s premier active adult community in Plano, Texas. Book a tour today. Once you’ve experienced Plano up close - and in living color – you’ll never want to leave.