Things to Do in Collin County
Collin County Adventure Camp serves communities in North Texas and beyond with outdoor education, summer camp, conferences and retreats, and special events.
Established in 2006, Collin County Adventure Camp is located near Anna, TX and serves the surrounding communities with outdoor education programs, conferences and retreats, and summer day camp.
The Collin County Adventure Camp provides a place for Collin County’s next generation to maintain a rapidly diminishing tie to nature that past generations have enjoyed.
The idea of a camp was placed on a referendum in which the residents of Collin County approved $26 million in bond funds to support the construction of the facility. Soon thereafter, a camp advisory board was formed. Collin County also entered into a partnership with the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas to manage the camp.
From 2002 until 2006, this combined group of dedicated individuals worked with contractors and consultants to create the facility. The Collin County Adventure Camp is an example of Collin County’s commitment to children. Here, they learn the value of open space and education.
CCAC offers a variety of fun and exciting activities that appeal to campers and guests of all ages. With the exception of the pool, all program areas are available year round. Since opening in 2006, CCAC has continued to grow and expand, most recently with the addition of the twin zip lines. Camp activities include:
- twin zip lines
- 5 miles of walking trails
- 3 lakes with fishing piers and canoeing
- party pool with water slide, mushroom fountains, and water cannons (open Memorial Day through Labor Day)
- 35-foot climbing wall
- low ropes course with 10 elements
- archery and BB gun ranges
- sports fields
Collin County Adventure Camp – dining hall
Collin County Adventure Camp – fishing pier
Collin County Adventure Camp – nature trail
Collin County Adventure Camp – ampitheater
Family Camp – Activities include boating, hiking, arts and crafts, target sports, fishing, the climbing wall, and much more! Family camps start on Friday with check-in at 5:00 PM and a campfire led by camp staff. The weekend concludes with breakfast on Sunday.
Summer Camp – In a world where children spend more and more time inside playing video games or texting their friends, it is becoming increasingly more important for them to have opportunities to step outside of that world and into a new adventure that is completely wireless. We understand this need for kids to unplug and spend time outside! When they do, they find themselves investing in each other, learning new skills, and creating memories that last a lifetime.
Outdoor Education – CCAC’s Outdoor Education Program exists to extend the classroom experience into the outdoors. It’s overall purpose is to nurture youth development, energize healthy living, and inspire social responsibility by maximizing the resources of the natural world.
For more information, visit their website at https://www.ymcadallas.org
Parks in Collin County, TX
Collin County is home to some of the most beautiful parks in north Texas. Nestled behind the tall buildings of the Metroplex, Collin County has what it takes to get you away from the pressures of urban life. From rodeos to lazy-day picnics with your family, Collin County offers five unique outdoor experiences.
Parkhill Prairie – The park features a 52-acre relic of the Blackland tallgrass prairie and provides magnificent views of the countryside, much like those viewed by early settlers more than 100 years ago. Covered pavilions with cook pits and restroom facilities are available. Wildflowers on the prairie include Prairie Parsley, Wild Petunia, Indian Paintbrush, Winecup, Prairie Clover, Meadow Pinks, Purple Coneflower, Mexican Hat, Gay Feather, Azure Sage, Golden Rod and Asters.
Bratonia Park – This is a park for the radio-controlled airplane enthusiast. It is located east of Lucas adjacent to Lake Lavon. This park is operated and managed by the Richardson Radio Control Club.
Sister Grove Park – A 75-acre hike/bike trail located between Princeton and Farmersville, adjacent to Lake Lavon. The primitive trail is open for day use only for hiking and off-road bicycling. The trail is closed when wet, ground fires and hunting are not permitted. A restroom facility and covered pavilions with picnic tables are available.
Trinity Trail – An Equestrian and hiking trail with trailheads located at Brockdale Park and East Fork Park adjacent to Lake Lavon near the communities of Lucas and Wylie. The trail is managed and maintained by the Trinity Trail Preservation Association. A restroom facility and picnic areas are available. Sister Grove Park is open for day use only from sunrise to sundown.
Myers Park & Event Center – Myers Park and Event Center is fast becoming the Jewel of Collin County! It offers a variety of entertainment options. Perfect for hosting your next business or social gathering.
Myers Park and Event Center consists of some of Collin County’s most beautiful parkland yet easily accessible by car and with on-site parking. Amenities include The Landing, Gazebo/Perennial Garden, Pole Barn, Show Barn, Stall Barn, the newly built Amphitheater, the Pavillion at Circle Drive (coming soon), Myers Woods and Back 40 & Polo Field available for rental throughout the year at affordable rates.
Activities hosted at the park include:
- Livestock ShowsMuseum Tours
- Dog Shows
- Research Garden Tours
- Birthday Parties
- Scouting Events
- Restoring History
- Trade Shows
- Business Events
- Holiday Gatherings
- Educational Workshops
- Motor Sports Events
Farm Museum – The Collin County Farm Museum strives to develop a better understanding and appreciation of Collin County’s rural heritage from the earliest settlement through the 1960s. The Collin County Farm Museum consists of 8,528 square feet of collections and restoration exhibits in the Wells Building. Additional artifacts are located throughout Myers Park & Event Center, including the Blacksmith Shop, the Granary, and the Confinement house.