Frisco was just a tiny spot on the Texas map when we visited family a few years ago. Settled during the days of cattle drives and booming when the railroads arrived, the town settled into a quiet existence, content to let nearby Dallas define urban sprawl. In the past few years Frisco has redefined itself and become a destination in its own right.
Shopping and Dining at Frisco Square
Capped on one end by Pizza Hut Park and on the other by City Hall, Frisco Square has a small-town charm. This open air district is a great destination for an afternoon of shopping, dinner before a game or a snack after visiting the library. We were drawn in to Dimples Cupcake Factory- even though we had eaten wedding cake not 2 hours earlier!- and walked out with Pumpkin Spice for the hubby and Rose for my girls. The incredible daily flavors would make this a daily visit if we were local!
We strolled past Thai, Italian and Mexican restaurants, a dance studio and a bank before wandering into The Marketplace at Frisco Square, an incredible selection of boutique shops under one roof.
We found dozens of treasures- inspirational paintings, unique clothing, sparkling jewelry, beautiful bags and funky decor. Laden with bags and tummies content we wandered back to our car.
Wandering toward the beautiful City Hall building- which also houses the incredible Frisco Library- you can’t help but notice the sculptures in the immaculate park. The farmer welcoming the first train to Frisco and the woman pumping water from the well are a nod to Frisco’s history. Not even a mile away you’ll find the Frisco Heritage Museum where you can easily spend a few hours spinning wool, manning a printing press or imaging yourself living a pioneer life. To take a step back in time wander through the buildings that make up the Heritage Center. Local homes and businesses, even an historic church, take you on a walking tour of Frisco’s past.
Finish With Ice Cream
For my family no vacation is complete without at least one stop for ice cream. The best ice cream in Frisco is actually Frozen Custard and it is found at Double Dip.
Late on a Saturday afternoon front garage-style doors were wide open as peewee sports teams and cheerleaders crowded the windows. We stood back, taking in the menu of caliches (frozen custard blended with toppings) and sundaes. After watching kids around us the girls decided on the “dirty bear”, frozen custard topped with crushed Oreas and gummy bears. Doug and I shared an incredible pumpkin pie caliche- an entire slice of pumpkin pie blended into frozen custard. With the huge chunks of pie crust, it was, quite easily, one of the best desserts I have ever had.
This quick afternoon spent in Frisco helped me understand why our relatives say, “Why go to Dallas, we have everything we need in Frisco.” I can’t wait for a return visit.Jody Halsted shares her family travel tales at Family Rambling.