Welcome to Celina
A small city with a big vision, Celina is Texas’ first Gigabit City destination.
The first Texas city to receive Gigabit City designation, Celina is a small city with a big vision. As a Gigabit City, Celina follows an innovative initiative to provide Gig-speed internet to every Celina home. Residents enjoy a pure fiber network with unlimited bandwidth.
Since 2010, Celina's population has tripled, making it one of the fastest-growing cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Geographically and economically, Celina is positioned to become a big player in the metropolitan area and is conveniently located just minutes away from Frisco's major hospitals. Celina and Prosper also share a top-ranked school district.
What to Love
- Gigabit City
- Top-ranked school district
- Friendly community
- Seasonal festivals
- Excellent location
People & Lifestyle
Located close to top employers and other big cities like Frisco, Plano, and McKinney, Celina is a small city that benefits from its prime location. Just 50 minutes north of Dallas, Celina is the place to live if you're looking to raise a family or buy a house in a friendly, welcoming, and inclusive community. The cost of living and crime rate is lower than the national average, and Celina boasts top-rated schools and a rural vibe.
Residents are proud of their town, nurturing a strong community spirit and warm hospitality. Plus, Celina has a bustling downtown and fun activities for all ages, including Arcade 92, Hope Park, unique restaurants, inviting outdoor spaces, and seasonal festivals. It's also close to Historic Downtown McKinney and the Frisco Fresh Market (open year-round!).
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Despite being a small city, Celina has a vibrant town square, a historic downtown square of its own, that includes shopping, professional services, lush green spaces, and dining. As a bonus, Celina's downtown is within walking distance of the Pavilion on the Square and has seen rapid growth and development over the past few years. Here you can see how Celina aims to blend historic features with modern amenities.
As the heart of the city, the town square is where you'll find some of the best local restaurants like Lucy's on the Square and Tender Smokehouse. Lucy's is a family-friendly Celina staple serving comfort food in a rustic interior with a cozy, laid-back vibe. For authentic, handmade, Texas-style meats, you can't go wrong with the acclaimed BBQ eatery that is Tender Smokehouse.
Health-conscious individuals and vegetarians might prefer Toasted Walnut Table and Market. Chef Joey is committed to providing food that replenishes and revives his customers. He uses only the freshest ingredients to create honest, nutrient-rich food mixed with bold flavors and seasonings.
Things to Do
Frisco’s Hope Park is considered the best playground in Collin County. It's accessible for children of all abilities and brimming with fun activities for kids like a climbing wall, car slide, miniature town, and lots more. As a fully accessible playground, Hope Park's playground design implements accessible swings, spongy floors suitable for wheelchairs, and a cochlear implant-friendly slide.
While actually located in McKinney, Arcade 92 is right around the corner from Celina and the perfect family-friendly hangout spot for people of all ages. This arcade setup is known for its excellent food, retro atmosphere, and of course, its row of classic arcade games, including more than 100 different games ranging from machines to modern consoles.
Celina also hosts two special events each year, the Celina Cajun Fest and Splash & Blast. The Cajun Fest held downtown is a free festival featuring a crawfish boil, an alligator show, live Cajun music, and fun for the whole family. Splash & Blast is an epic Independence Day celebration that is free to attend and includes live music, market and food vendors, a kids zone, and a spectacular fireworks show in the evening.
And while Splash & Blast and the Cajun Fest are the two biggest events, Celina hosts lots of other festivities like Friday Night Markets, an Easter egg hunt, a wine crawl, Beware! Of the Square, golf tournaments, Christmas on the Square, movie nights, a music series, street dances, and much more.