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McKinney oozes old Texan charm

It's hard not to fall in love with the quaint grocery shops, craft stores, saloons, and teahouses of McKinney's Main Street, where the green-metal benches hide under plane trees and locals drift between the boutiques shopping and smiling. Maintained but largely unchanged since the middle of the 1800s, it offers an immersive spot to feel the pace and pulse of old Texan life, while a clutch of breweries and pretty recreation areas only add to the enticing mixture of family pursuits. McKinney vacation rentals are your gateway to all that and more.

Things to do

Love McKinney's historic builds

You can wonder up at the age-stained water towers, redbrick facades, the tree-shaded sidewalks, and charming city squares of Historic Downtown McKinney as you potter around this preserved chunk of old Texas. Then, it's onto the town's iconic BBQ restaurants for a platter of smoked brisket, or off to the Chestnut Square Historic Park, where you can go even deeper into the past of McKinney. For families with kids in tow, the Heard Natural Science Museum is the perfect place to while away warm days, flitting between dinosaur monuments and seeking out fossils along the paths.


Immerse yourself in McKinney's old heart

Taking a walking tour of the historic center of old McKinney is the best way to start any exploration of this quaint Texan town. As you wander between the homey boutiques and local art stores, you might find it difficult to believe that your McKinney vacation rental is under 30 minutes' drive from the hustle of downtown Dallas. Cobbled squares in the center also have centuries-old churches and tolling bells, while the nature parks that pepper the peripheries of the place come with winding boardwalk trails, ponds, woodland, and loveable lakes with pedalboats.


Skip the heat in McKinney

If you're not restricted to visiting Texas during the school vacation, then it's certainly worth looking to book those McKinney vacation rentals in the fall. That's after the main heat of the Southern summer has receded, leaving the town with mild, long, dry days that are simply perfect for touring up and down historic Main Street. That's also the time of year when farmers' markets and harvest festivals take place, adding a charming local vibe to proceedings.

Natural features

McKinney and the Texan lakes

McKinney is one of the northernmost cities in the Texan Lake District. It sits nestled between the spreading tendrils of both Lavon Lake and Lewisville Lake. The former is more off-the-beaten-path, with its large dams, fishing spots, and RV camps. The latter is famed for its sporting venues, boating jetties, has sprawling golf clubs, and large parkland areas that entice birders and trekkers with their clusters of forestry and wetland banks. To the north of McKinney is where the rolling prairies of Texas begin to shoot away into the distance.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around McKinney

Fly into Dallas, TX (ADS-Addison), the closest airport, located 20.8 mi (33.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Dallas, TX (DAL-Love Field), which is 28.5 mi (45.8 km) away.

Where to stay around McKinney?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 343 vacation rentals near McKinney. From 211 Houses to 92 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near McKinney for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to McKinney?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in McKinney:

  • Las Colinas: 16 vacation rentals
  • Far North Dallas: 192 vacation rentals
  • North Dallas: 27 vacation rentals
  • Northwest Dallas: 23 vacation rentals
  • Park Central: 53 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to McKinney?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in McKinney. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • The Village at Fairview: 441 vacation rentals
  • Collin College: 330 vacation rentals
  • Chestnut Square Historic Village: 327 vacation rentals
  • Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Westridge: 407 vacation rentals
  • Collin County Courthouse: 306 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around McKinney listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in McKinney?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 211 Houses in McKinney. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in McKinney include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 92 rentals available
  • Studios: 89 rentals available
  • Cabins: 4 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Farmhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in McKinney?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 132 vacation rentals with pool available in McKinney. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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