What to do and see in Murphy, United States: The Best Places and Tips

November 25, 2017 Dorsey Hagwood

Murphy is a city in suburban Collin County, Texas, United States. The 2010 census reported the population as 17,708, compared to 3,099 in 2000. Murphy is located northeast of Dallas and has a history that goes back to the late 1800s.
Restaurants in Murphy

1. Southfork Ranch

Parker, TX +1 972-442-7800
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 675 reviews

Southfork Ranch

View memorabilia from the television series Dallas at "J.R.'s" home.

Reviewed By rkatao - Seattle, Washington

Not much to see here. The house was used for the exterior filming of the tv show but that's about it. Upper floor was being renovated so they gave us post cards to show us what it used to look like. Little cemetery for JR, Jock and Miss Ellie.

2. Allen Event Center

200 E Stacy Rd, Allen, TX 75002-8732 +1 972-678-4646
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 137 reviews

Allen Event Center

Reviewed By Bill O - Irving, Texas

Attended an Allen Americans game there. Have *many* times in the past and had a blast! This time halfway into the first period our seats buckled onto the floor, tossing us forward, resulting in spilled drinks and an entire order of nachos tossed on the people in front of us! We uprighted the seats, and called an usher but before he got to us they fell totally to the floor. He was quite apologetic and suggested we take any available seat "although all seats in this section are sold." (Thanks for the direction, dude.) We moved a row up, away from our family, nobody ever claimed their seats, and he came back in the second quarter and said that they would fix the seats. The End. No "can we replace the drinks and nachos you lost?" or anything else. Wow. Absolutely horrible customer service. I would avoid this venue for a while.

3. In-Sync Exotics

3430 Skyview Dr, Wylie, TX 75098-5776 +1 972-442-6888
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 70 reviews

In-Sync Exotics

Reviewed By hebkram - usa

This place is just awesome. There is no glitz or glamour here. Raw muddy ground, all natural, huge cages filled with big cats. These animals are majestical to watch. My kids and the adults all enjoyed watching the big cat behaviors and interaction with one another. All the employees seemed sincerely concerned for the health and safety of the cats. They welcome volunteers to help out which is a great opportunity to get a more up-close account on the life of big cats. There were other small animals on the grounds. It’s a nice place to explore for a couple of hours. It’s not a huge park that you’d be exhausted of walking around in and the animals are close enough to each other that you are always excited to see what’s in the next section. Admission fees are low. Donate if you can for the conservation of these beasts.

4. The Brick Tavern

7340 Highway 78 Ste 1400, Sachse, TX 75048-6672 +1 972-429-0900
Excellent
16%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
68%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 6 reviews

The Brick Tavern

Reviewed By DeepBlueDives - Richardson, Texas

Not sure how this is set up as an attraction - but it is a Bar.

We didn't eat at this stop on our motorcycle ride, but we fealt right at home since we were on the bikes. There is a small patio area with picnic tables, and then when you enter, the bar is on the left, pool tables to the right, with additional seating mixed around.

We stopped for conversation and drinks with friends. Service was walk up to the bar only, and there weren't any wait staff. Didn't matter for us. There are a few taps, but nothing special. Run of the mill big establishments - not even a Shiner.

Smoking is allowed inside and out on the patio. It is a local hang out, and was popular with the motorcycle riders. Several MC clubs were mingling, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

I wouldn't venture in here with a family, but if you are looking for a good watering hole while out riding the bike - stop on in.

5. Murphy Central Park

550 N Murphy Rd, Murphy, TX 75094 +1 972-468-4444
Excellent
20%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 5 reviews

Murphy Central Park

Reviewed By PhotoTripper_10 - Murphy, Texas

This is a good-sized park with walking trails, a splash park, covered playground, covered picnic area, and restrooms. I regularly walk my dog here and enjoy watching the birds along the trail and near the pond. I've seen very few birds in the Summer, but other times of the year I've seen various ducks, Hawks, Killdeer, Scissortail... The trails are paved and the park is well maintained. There's even a small outdoor amphitheater. The only downside is that the trails are all out in the open with no trees. But it's a new park and it looks like some 'starter trees' have been planted--so hopefully it will improve over time. The parking area and best entrance for the park is on Murphy Rd at the PSA parking lot.

6. B & B Wylie 12 with Marquee Suites & GS

711 Woodbridge Parkway, Wylie, TX +1 972-412-9999
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 100 reviews

B & B Wylie 12 with Marquee Suites & GS

Reviewed By BangkokSachse - Bangkok, Thailand

We went to see movies at B&B a few times. The theater is nice and clean. The area is also good. The staff is friendly.

7. Hawaiian Falls Garland

4550 N Garland Ave, Garland, TX 75040-8517 +1 972-675-8888
Excellent
29%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
7%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 54 reviews

Hawaiian Falls Garland

We are passionate about serving our guests and providing safe, clean fun in a family friendly environment. We serve by being humble, grateful and thoughtful.

Reviewed By wendyquest - Dallas, Texas

For a small waterpark, there were plenty of activities for all ages and fear-ranges. When you enter the park after bag check, you will find Keiki Kove first. This splash zone area is meant for young children but teens and adults were playing there too. The chairs fill up fast (probably because it's in the front). There are cabanas to rent along the pool's edge ($100-$150 each). This area includes several slides, spray devices and a giant bucket fills up every 15 minutes or so and dumps out a blast of cold water on waiting swimmers below. Keep an eye on very young children so they don't get run over by teens. A life guard monitors the area but doesn't enforce any age restrictions.
Directly behind this area is the tower of slides - The Rush (42" min), the Pipeline (42" min), and Flyin' Hawaiian/Wipeout (48" min). The last one rarely had any wait because it is the tallest at 65ft. On the opposite side is the Pineapple Express which is a five-person race (42" min). Past this ride is the Kona Kooler (aka Lazy River) and a lot of private cabanas.
Walk back toward the entrance and you'll pass the restrooms then a few snack booths/trucks (the Hawaiian Ice was closed at the time). Then you will pass the lockers for rent (which is small and crowded) and the birthday seating area (for those who don't rent a cabana). Keep walking and you'll find Sharkey's on the left - the only café at the park. The meals consist of a drink ($1 for refills), a sandwich of some sort, and a bag of chips (see photo for specifics). They do sell fries and other items. The food as typical amusement park fodder. For paying customers they have covered picnic benches nearby.
Next is the Hawaiian Halfpipe surfing simulator (48" min). I never saw a line here.
The Waikiki Beach (aka Wave Pool) and the Splashwater Reef are at this end of the park along with large private party rental areas. If you didn't snag a chair/lounger earlier, this is a good place to find some.
Parking close to the park is $20. For a very short walk down the way it is free.
You can bring coolers for $15.00 + tax. A lot of people were smart and brought those giant rolling coolers. They do search them for contraband.
If you want to leave to go eat somewhere else and come back, just ask for a Re-Entry wrist band at the exit. Park closes at 6pm on most days.

8. Breckinridge Park

Park Vista Road, Richardson, TX 75082
Excellent
63%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Breckinridge Park

Reviewed By Brendan K

Breckinridge is the largest park in Richardson and has something for everyone. The first thing to know is that it has multiple access points. Most people enter from Renner Road by the fire station but you can access it from Brand on the East, Northstar(Beck) from the west and Breckinridge Blvd. on the Southside. The park has trails for walking and biking accessible from the Bridge on the Southside and there is a 3.5 mile paved biking walking path that winds through the park. You can add another mile or so if you include the road that circumscribes the soccer fields. Rowett Creek cuts through the southside of the park and includes a small spillway before continuing on through Firewheel Golfcourse. There is a small lake in the center of the park and two containment lakes on either side of Renner Road that can be fished. A gazebo with picnic tables is situated next to the lake which can be reserved for parties through the City of Richardson's Parks and Rec Dept. There are also two sizable Pavilions on the East side (off Brand) that are reservable. Next to the pavilions are two play areas for kids that are well maintained. Finally, there is a excellent baseball field at Renner and Brand that can be reserved for league play. So get out and explore!

9. ShangriLlama

Address is provided with reservation., Parker, TX 75002 +1 972-632-9385
Excellent
95%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 19 reviews

ShangriLlama

ShangriLlama is an animal adventure company in north Texas offering weekend Llama Walks by reservation from November through May in Plano. The cost is $50 per person for this hilarious adventure. Age minimum: 8 years old. We also offer Llama Llessons year-round on Saturday mornings for one hour, teaching about llamas from head to toe. ShangriLlama was established in Yorba Linda, California, in 2008, relocating to north Texas in 2014.

Reviewed By Kathy G - Dallas, Texas

Wanted my sisters and niece to have an unforgettable girls weekend in Dallas. This was so much fun !! It was a sunny day when we took the llamas on a 21/2 hour walk in a beautiful park. We learned so much about the llamas from Momma and Daddy llama. Too be so close to these big animals was breathtaking. We got terrific pictures and a book that Mama Llama published that will be precious to children and adults alike.I would go back and do it again. What wonderful stewards Sharon and Paul are with these animals. It makes you want to be apart of this worthwhile mission.

10. Mustang Park

602 Mustang Ridge Dr, Murphy, TX 75094-4208 +1 972-468-4444
Excellent
0%
Good
100%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Mustang Park

Reviewed By wendyquest - Dallas, Texas

This park is located right next to Boggess Elementary School. There is a clean pavilion with tables, BBQ grill, electric plugs and recycle/trash cans you can reserve in advance. The park features two covered playgrounds (one is ideal for under 5 years old, one for older kids 5-12) and a half basketball court. There is a walking trail that loops around and a large field for sports. Several sports teams practice here in the evenings and on weekends but there is plenty of parking. No public restrooms.

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