Just take the Museum of the American Railroad, with its Missouri-Kansas-Texas train. You can actually have lunch in an authentic dining car here and experience the past with a menu that will make you think you've stepped back in time. Delicious!
Frisco is currently celebrating its heritage with the addition of the Museum of the American Railroad on Cotton Gin Road, behind the Frisco Discovery Center. The move to relocate the collection of locomotives, diesel trains and unique railroad artifacts is almost complete.
The centerpiece of everything is the "Big Boy", a 1.2-million pound Union Pacific Steam Locomotive and one of the largest in the world. The 40-piece collection also includes one of the last steam locomotives built for the Frisco line, as well as historical diesel engines and one of the most intact series of Pullman sleeping cars. The Museum of the American Railroad is situated next to the Frisco Heritage Museum where you can enjoy some of Frisco's history presented by Historians Bob Warren and Sam Roach.
While these trains were fast for their day, if you feel you have a greater need for speed, then you can go like the clappers at the Pole Position Speedway on John W. Elliott Drive. This is the first indoor go-karting place. Pole Position raceway brings Formula 1 style go-karting to 50,000 square feet INSIDE the Frisco Commerce center (and that's a welcome relief when temperatures soar outside). Enjoy the adrenaline rush!
The indoor facility is environmentally-friendly, housing the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. And the complex that satisfies your inner need for speed is open 7 days a week. Races run every 10 minutes and you can go along even if nobody else in your group wants to participate.
Note that the Italian-made, all electric, go-karts are powered by the latest kart technology and can travel up to 45mph along the 1/4 mile indoor road course. Junior karts are available for the kids so long as they are over 48 inches tall. The kids karts travel at 25mph.
All that racing is bound to make you hungry, so when that happens, be sure to check out the Cedars Woodfire Grill on Preston Road.
Cedars Woodfire Grill is a new, fast, casual concept with a fresh approach that opened in Frisco in August 2012. Cedars is a North-Texas-born concept targeted at people of all ages who enjoy great food and who live active lifestyles (and who doesn't these days?)
The meals are carefully crafted for a healthy serving of food with no freezers, no fryers, and no microwaves in the restaurant. Everything at Cedars is cooked to order on a large open grill in the heart of the restaurant, using dry heat which is one of the healthiest ways to cook. Menu items that this writers' group enjoyed included salads, entree bowls, sandwiches and woodfire wraps. Guests have the ability to customize their orders by asking for skinny grill, gluten free, low sodium, meatless and more.
And for dinner? Check out Randy's Steakhouse on Main Street. The restaurant has been there for 19 years and chef and owner, Randy Burks, personally hand-cuts the restaurant steaks every day then serves them with his signature flare.
When Burks wanted to start his own restaurant he found a quaint 1860's Victorian home but it was not for sale. However, the owner was taken by Burks and agreed to hear his idea out. Burks says: "She liked the idea of using it for a restaurant, of people being able to come in and see it."
And the rest is history, as they say. Check out Randy's Steakhouse for fine dining in Frisco.
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