Just 25 miles north of Dallas, land once inhabited by Caddo and Comanche Indians is now Allen, TX. Those visiting Allen via car will see a historical marker memorializing the last conflict between the tribes and the land’s new settlers along State Highway 5 at Rowland Creek.
For more history on Allen without even leaving the car, the city’s Historic Driving Tour reveals 15 sites including the Old Stone Dam. The Dam is a leader among Allen tourist attractions and one of the only remaining stone dams in America. Spanning 100 ft., the dam has been designated a state archeological landmark by the Texas Historical Commission.
In the heart of downtown, the Allen Heritage Center resides in a replica of a 1918 train depot. The center hosts a museum of photographic collages and video presentations depicting some of the most historical moments in Allen history, like the first Texas train robbery in 1878. Just a few blocks north of the center lies the Allen Heritage Village, where some of the city’s oldest surviving homes and structures have been preserved.
Allen visitors fuel up at the authentic Thai cafe on Bethany Drive, known for their spicy papaya salad and Thai grilled steak dish named the Crying Tiger. For a steak with Brazilian flair, travelers head to Braza Dancante on Stacy Road, where an elegant meal can quickly turn into an all-night festival. Braza Dancante features a music lounge that keeps feet tapping to Latin, Funk and Lounge music until the wee hours.
A family favorite, Celebration Park is another forerunner among Allen tourist attractions. Kids spend the day scrambling over multi-level playgrounds full of slides and scooting across the spray ground fountains. Pack a lunch and have a picnic before a tennis match, a family softball game or a game of H.O.R.S.E. on the basketball courts.
Put a spring in your step at Cosmic Jump located just north of downtown Allen. Families visiting Allen bounce together at the indoor trampoline park, which features a myriad of activities for any age group, including fitness bootcamp and Nerf Dart Tag Battlezone.
Shoppers visiting Allen will find a variety of shopping experiences. Cabela's boasts 100,000 sq. ft. of merchandise, a two-story mountain, wildlife dioramas and a 13,170-gallon aquarium. For those seeking fashion over fishin’ gear, Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm features stores like Anthropologie, Merle Norman and Swarovski. Cool off on a hot day with a gelato from Paciugo’s and stroll the magnificent 52-acre, resort-style complex full of art sculptures and creekside green spaces.
After a day spent roaming the racks, shoppers can lounge on the Green at Watters Creek. Here, throughout the summer, travelers are entertained with concerts, festivals and movies in the park.
The Allen Civic Ballet provides another great way to spend an evening in Allen. The company’s production of the classic ballet, The Nutcracker, is a holiday treat for those visiting Allen in the winter, and in the spring the Allen Dance Festival showcases local talent.