2020 has been the year of staycations and day trips, and while part of me really misses getting on a plane and traveling to someplace new, it’s also been a unique opportunity for us to explore more of everything we have close to home! I wanted to create some new memories for my kids this holiday season so we decided to do a weekend staycation in Frisco, TX. Frisco is actually only a short 20-minute drive away from our home and fun fact, I actually worked 1 block away from Frisco for over 3.5 years, but just never took the time to check out the city. So today I’m finally sharing a guide of Things to do in Frisco TX!
Things to do in Frisco TX
Frisco, TX is still a relatively new city located in the suburbs outside of Dallas, but recently I’ve seen so many new family-friendly options pop up. Read on to see what we did over the weekend in this fun city!
Where To Stay: Hyatt Regency Frisco
Does it really feel like a staycation if you’re not staying at a beautiful hotel for the night? The Hyatt Regency Frisco is a brand new hotel and just opened it’s doors for the first time in Spring 2020 and I was absolutely in love with the modern aesthetic, clean open layout, and attention to detail in every aspect. The location of the Hyatt Regency Frisco hotel is absolutely ideal if you’re looking for a convenient hub to access the city. There is shopping conveniently available at Stonebriar Centre Mall with over 200 shops and restaurants that is connected to the Hyatt (via a walkway through the food court!). The hotel is also located only minutes away from sports arena such as Dr. Pepper Ballpark and Toyota Stadium, with good eats with restaurants such as Perry’s Steakhouse, as well as family-friendly cultural spots such as the National Videogame Museum and Frisco Heritage Museum.
The rooms at the Hyatt Regency Frisco are breathtaking. Not only are there floor-to-ceiling oversized windows that bring in wonderful natural light, but there are stunning views overlooking the city (I especially loved having the lights at night as it felt so magical! Blackout curtains are also installed if you prefer too). I upgraded to a Regency Suite and really appreciated the extra lounge room that had a separate seating area and sofa bed — a must-have for families if you want a little privacy for some wine after the kids go to sleep!
The hotel had all the amenities including a pool, fitness center, and on-site dining. I didn’t have enough time to check out the fitness center or pool, but did make sure to stop by the restaurant Copper & Steel Table and Bar for dinner and it did not disappoint! The kids ordered pizza and mac & cheese, while the husband and I indulged in steaks and seafood that were absolutely delicious.
What To Do:
For a limited tome, reservations at Hyatt Regency Frisco include a ticket to the drive-thru light show, Radiance! The entrance to the show was literally within walking distance of the Hyatt, so within minutes we had made it to the entrance of the exhibit. With over 2 million lights, there were displays that included all our favorite holiday characters such as Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty. There was even a special radio station where we could tune in to holiday music while driving through the lights!
The light tunnels were our favorite part of the drive-thru and the whole exhibit took about 30 minutes. We just did the General Admission entry ticket, but there is also a VIP option that provides a delicious cup of hot chocolate as well as Magic Light Glasses that create a magical image from every bright light. The Radiance! Frisco drive-thru light show was definitely the highlight of our evening and we’re already talking about coming back later this season with the grandparents!
The next day I decided to take the kids to check out KidZania, a new interactive indoor exhibit that opened up at the Stonebriar Centre Mall connected to the Hyatt Regency Frisco. KidZania is a 80,000 square foot mini city that is built just for kids where they can role play at different activity stations with responsibilities needed to take care of the city. A few of the role-play professions include doctor, construction worker, veterinarian, and even fire fighter. The activities are designed specifically for kids ages 4-14 and I loved that it was a safe place where my kids could explore and try out different activities while learning!
We spent about 2 hours at KidZania and tried 6 different activities — the favorite was hands down the fire fighter! They actually had a mini lesson learning about different kinds of fires before then boarding the back of a fire truck to go put out a fire in the city!
This holiday season is looking so different for all of us and a weekend out of the house, enjoying a city only a few minutes away from home yet offering so many unique experiences that were new and exciting was just the getaway we all needed. If you’re in the DFW area, I definitely recommend looking into a mini staycation in Frisco. So many family friendly options and we all came home refreshed, recharged, and feeling the holiday spirit more than ever!
Thank you to Hyatt, KidZania, and Radiance! Frisco for the complimentary experiences. All opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.
Which of these things to do in Frisco TX would you like to do? Let me know in a comment below!