Looking to Combine Fun with a Hint of History in Downtown McKinney?

Looking for something fun to do with a hint of history/learning in McKinney? While McKinney is my home away from home and the place I spend a majority of my time, I realized did not know much of its history, nor did my daughter.

Did you know Downtown McKinney offers guided tours, trolley tours, and self-guided tours?

The guided historic district walking tours are available for FREE on the second Tuesday and fourth Saturday of each month.

Trolley tours are not free but aren’t terribly expensive: $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12, seniors, and military.

Self-guided tours are FREE and include a couple more adult-friendly options: Historic Commercial Building Walking Tour, Residential Historic Walking Tour, Architectural Buildings, McKinney Saloon Tour.

We chose a kid-friendly guided walking tour that started from the McKinney Visitors Center.

Our guide Paula, with the City’s Historic Preservation Office, was really helpful. We learned about when and how the town of McKinney was founded, saw various old and reconstructed buildings, cotton mills, the old courthouse and jail, and the downtown movie theater that was a center of attraction (because it had air conditioning!). As part of the tour, Pula also showed us the murals that make up downtown McKinney—impressive!

family posing in front of mural on downtown mckinney tours

I loved that our tour guide made an effort to involve my daughter Insiyah. Initially, Insiyah was more interested in going to the park. But as an educator, I knew that once we got going, she would get into it. And she really did, asking questions about the old jail house, about the decorative lights hung in downtown, etc.

Downtown McKinney tour guide talking with little girl

After being refreshed with knowledge we headed to Settlers Park for some play time. I definitely recommend a walking tour with the kids as a way to sneak in some history while enjoying the fresh air.

Settlers Park playground in McKinney

Rashida was born in Pakistan, grew up in California, has lived in Ohio and Washington (Seattle) and in 2016 came to Collin County. She has moved around quiet a bit as her husband Aliasger Rasheed is a community leader / President of the Dawoodi Bohra community of Collin County. As such, she is quite involved and leads women and moms groups in the DB Community. Professionally she has studied Education and has taught for many years. With kids and life, Rashida made a career change some time back and is now a Director of Communications and also takes care of Operations in her family company Exordium Networks– providing IT Services to Senior Living Communities. Rashida is a passionate mother that has seen, experienced and enjoyed the craziness that is a home of 4 wonderful daughters - age range 7 – 17 years. You can follow Rashida on Instagram @rashidar53