Staying home and forgetting about your to-do list is always a relaxing feeling. But getting out and in touch with nature is really what makes us feel happy and alive. In fact, being surrounded by nature has been shown to improve our overall well-being. For residents of our McKinney apartments, there are plenty of places to breathe some fresh air, view wildlife, and take in gorgeous landscapes.
Hop in the car and take a short drive to one of these gorgeous pieces of nature near Saxon Woods. There’s so much to explore.
Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary
Located just over 10 minutes from our apartments in McKinney is the impressive Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. Not only can you immerse yourself in nature, but you get to learn about it as well.
In the museum, visitors will find multiple exhibits and gardens like the ‘Animals of the World’ or ‘Native Texas Snakes’ exhibits. And the Native Texas Butterfly Garden and House is an absolute must-visit. Or, if you’d prefer to step away from the crowd, you can head out to the sanctuary where you can bird watch or look out for wildlife among the 6.5 miles of nature trails.
Visit their website for hours and a full list of exhibits and events.
Pack up the family or head out with your friends for a fun and nature-filled day at Towne Lake – a little over 3 miles from Saxon Woods. Towne Lake is a great place to have a picnic, go fishing, rent a paddleboat, play disc golf, or a game of volleyball. Visitors will also find a short and easy, mile-long nature trail for a casual walk outside as well as 9 horseshoe pits.
To place a reservation in one of their two picnic pavilions, call 972-547-0045. For paddleboat rentals, call 972-542-4865.
Spanning 29,000 acres with 233 miles of coastline, Lewisville Lake is a haven for the lover of nature and the outdoors. Not only are their water-based activities like boating, water sports, and fishing, but there are also swimming beaches, miles of trails, and camping as well.
If you’re planning on throwing a line in the water, the usual fish caught in the lake are large-mouth bass, crappie, catfish, white bass, and a hybrid white/striped bass. For more heart-pumping activities, visitors can rent jet-skis, go sail-boarding, or work up a sweat at the athletic facilities.
Boasting 16 parks, 244 picnic sites, 5 beaches, 19 boat ramps, and over 200 campsites, Lavon Lake is one of Texas’ favorite recreational spots. With 121 miles of shoreline, this incredible and massive lake is a wonderful destination for fishing, boating, camping, hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
After taking in some sun and relaxing on a beach, take a walk on the Trinity Trail, a 9-mile hiking and equestrian trail between Brockdale and East Fork Parks. Or, you can check out the 75-acre hiking/biking trail at Sister Grove Park. Visit their website for boat rental information, camping reservations, fishing regulations, and more.
Go on an outdoor adventure at locations near our McKinney apartments
Whether you want to spend a day or weekend out in nature, you have lots of options nearby when you live at our McKinney apartments. You, your friends, and your family will have a blast exploring the nearby parks, lakes, and sanctuaries. Book a tour of the floorplans at Saxon Woods and see why it’s the ideal home for anyone who loves the outdoors.