While Frisco may have fantastic weather year-round, you'll feel the occasional chill in the air in the winter months. When the temperature drops, the indoor fun turns up in The City That Plays! Here are some of our hottest vacation ideas to keep in your back pocket that make for good, cold-weather fun.

Hang Out at a Museum

Take off your gloves, warm up your hands, and brush up on science and history with a visit to one of Frisco's innovative museums. Whether you're into gaming, science, sports, or history, there's a museum waiting for you to explore.

Challenge your family to a life-size game of Pong at the National Videogame Museum — the only museum in America dedicated to the history of the video game industry. Get hands-on experience with gaming technology that will thrill young gamers and stoke nostalgia for parents. 

Then, head next door to the Sci-Tech Discovery Center. Here, you can let your creativity run wild with building challenges and an air pressure zone where you can launch your creations through the air on an innovative track. And if there's a locomotive enthusiast in the family, they'll love the 2,500 feet of G-scale model trains at the Museum of the American Railroad's TrainTopia. From Arizona to Texas, this exhibit showcases the geography and history of the rail industry.

Do you love sports? You've come to the right city. After all, Frisco is known as Sports City USA. Design your own Major League Soccer kit at the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Or test your soccer skills with an interactive skills challenge that lets you shoot, head, and juggle your way to the top. 

If you are a Dallas Cowboys fan, you're going to want to book a guided tour of The Star. Guided tours of the world headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys gives fans the ultimate inside look at Ford Center, Super Bowl Memorabilia & Station, Grand Atrium, War Room, Nike Star Walk, and so much more. 

History buffs, make sure to stop by the Frisco Heritage Museum to learn about the rich history of the area and get a glimpse into the future of the place we call home.

Hit the Shops

In the summer, shopping is a great way to beat the heat. In the winter, it's the perfect place to stay warm and indulge in retail therapy when the temperature dips. Shopping, dining, and entertainment — find it all at Stonebriar Centre. It's one of the premier shopping destinations in Texas, with nearly two million square feet of retail and office space. From Macy's to Dillard's, there's something in store for every kind of shopper.

For an authentic Texas shopping experience, stop by the historic boutiques and shops of The Rail District. Pop into stores and restaurants along Main Street for retail with a distinct Frisco flair. While you might not bump into farmers and ranchers coming to town on horses, it's easy to get a sense of the vibrant history of this district. 

While The Star in Frisco is the home of the Dallas Cowboys, it's more than just a sports facility. Here, there's a collection of retail and shopping experiences that you just won't see anywhere else. Pull up a seat and get lost looking through trading cards and sports memorabilia at Cards in a Box or discover a luxury leather treasure at King Ranch Saddle Shop. Find a curated selection of clothing, jewelry, and goods with a distinct Dallas Cowboys flair at Charlotte Jones Collection, named after the Cowboys executive vice president and chief brand officer, Charlotte Jones. Or uncover that one-of-a-kind souvenir at Flea Style, a store with handmade and vintage offerings from over 80 local makers. From J. Hilburn to Lucchese you can shop The Star for a variety of fashion styles.

Ditch the Mitts for an Indoor Attraction

You're going to want to take off your mittens for the hottest indoor attractions in Frisco. Get the competitive juices flowing with a social throw down at Stumpy's Hatchet House for an axe-throwing competition. After swinging an ax, grab a golf club at the TopGolf Swing Suite at The Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa. There's no need to pack a sweater when you're teeing off with a huge selection of virtual golf games. Step into the glow of mini golf at Monster Mini Golf, where monster-themed mini golf, laser tag, and arcade games serve up the fun.

Feel the adrenaline rush of skydiving without the chill of the outdoors at iFly. This state-of-the-art facility gives you a safe way for thrill-seekers of all ages to try skydiving. Anyone can take flight here, whether it's your first time or your 100th time.

Looking for an activity a little more down-to-earth? Find something up your alley at Strikz Entertainment. This family-owned and operated attraction features 32 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, a laser tag arena, a huge arcade and billiards, plus classic American cuisine to fuel up after a couple rounds of bowling. After working up an appetite, stick around for a drink and bite at Strikz Grill featuring classic American cuisine and 21 HDTVs.

For family-friendly activities where your children run the show, look no further than KidZania, where the focus of the attraction is right in the name. Here, discover a city for kids, run by kids. Your little ones have a chance to explore the city and experience different roles and responsibilities. They can role-play as actors, doctors, pilots, veterinarians, and more. 

Take in a movie day at one of Frisco's theaters. Cinemark Frisco Square and XD is a perfect stop when you are exploring Frisco Square or The Rail District. Take a mall shopping break to catch a show at AMC DINE-IN Stonebriar 24 or relax in one of the loungers at CUT! by Cinemark.

Dine by a Fire Pit or on a Heated Patio

After a day of exploring museums, wandering around shopping malls and experiencing the thrills of indoor attractions, chances are you'll have a Texas-sized appetite. With heated patios and fire-pits, there are many places around Frisco to chow down while enjoying city views. Didi's Downtown serves scratch-made food in a family-friendly environment featuring a beautiful, heated patio with live music. 

Savor craft beer or wine while cozying up around the fireside patio at eight | 11 place. Indulge in upscale casual cuisine paired with hand-juiced cocktails by the fireplace at J. Theodore Neighborhood Bistro. While the tastes of southern food and BBQ may warm the soul, the inviting hospitality of Kelly's Craft Tavern makes it the perfect spot for a burger, Chicken Fried Steak or Tex-Mex meal on a cold day. For heat-packed flavor, stop by Gloria's Restaurant for Salvadorian, Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. If you're sipping an award-winning margarita on a Saturday, stick around for salsa dancing in the evening.

More Warm Ideas While in Frisco

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