Welcome to the Neighborhood
It seems like new businesses and restaurants are breaking ground every day in The Colony. Case in point: Urban8, a food court-slash-hangout spot set to open this month. With all the development along Highway 121, plus longtime family favorites like Hawaiian Falls and Hidden Cove Park, the affordable town sandwiched between Carrollton and Lake Lewisville is becoming more than just a lakeside community with a small-town feel—though it is very much still those things too, a selling point for families who want modern amenities away from the busyness of Dallas or West Plano. Neighboring communities in North Carrollton and Castle Hills—a master-planned development that’s basically a town of its own—are situated to take advantage of attractions in The Colony, Frisco and Dallas but have tons of residential amenities to offer families. The hilly neighborhoods of North Carrollton are punctuated by golf courses, modest retail strips and green spaces; you’ll often find families walking or biking the meandering Carrollton Greenbelt. In the middle of North Carrollton (though technically part of Lewisville), Castle Hills has the ideal package for families: spacious homes; broad, manicured streets; more than 25 parks and playgrounds with imaginative themes; a private country club with a pool and golf course; shops and restaurants on-site where residents gather; and kid-friendly events throughout the year—no wonder the community continues to grow.
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD
24 elementary schools; 6 middle schools; 5 high schools
40 elementary schools; 15 middle schools; 5 high schools; 5 ninth/tenth grade schools
Blue Ribbon Schools
Prince of Peace Christian School, 2004
Carrollton (Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD)
Blalack Middle School, 1992-93
Kent Elementary School, 1993-94; 2015
Rosemeade Elementary School, 2016
Heron & Josey Library
Open Saturday–Thursday; open till 9pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
4220 N. Josey Lane, Carrollton, 972/466-4800; cityofcarrollton.com/library
The Colony Public Library
Open Tuesday–Sunday; open till 9pm Tuesday–Thursday
6800 Main St., The Colony, 972/625-1900; thecolonypl.org
Health & Fitness 101
Rosemeade Recreation Center
1330 E. Rosemeade Parkway, Carrollton, 972/466-9800; cityofcarrollton.com
The Colony Recreation Center
5151 N. Colony Blvd., The Colony, 972/625-1106; tcpard.com
Bill Allen Memorial Park
Though it has a playground, pond and trails for exploring, this park is best known for its disc golf course.
5900 Carroll Drive, The Colony, 972/625-1756; thecolonytx.gov
Paved walkways (some with center stripes marking lanes) loop through neighborhoods and connect ponds and playgrounds. Look online for a printable map or download the free smartphone app Carrollton Trail Guide.
Four Seasons Market at Trinity Valley
Open year-round, no matter the weather, every Sunday from 10am–2pm
2722 N. Josey Lane at Trinity Valley, Carrollton, 972/884-0680; fourseasonsmarkets.com
Harvest Community Garden at Redeemer Covenant Church
Join the Harvest Crew on Saturdays from 8–9am when all ages are welcome to help with weeding, watering and harvesting. Email
ahead firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
1518 E. Frankford Road, Carrollton, 972/466-0054; harvestcommunitygarden.org
Hidden Cove Park and Marina
The kids can dive (or at least wade) into aquatic fun at this lakeside park with swimming, boating, picnicking and lots of open space to spend the day—or night, if you want to camp in a tent, cabin or RV. $15 entry fee per car for day use; The Colony residents can buy a yearly pass for $65.
20400 Hackberry Creek Park Road, The Colony, 972/294-1443; hiddencovepark.net
Kids' Colony Park
Nestled between the recreation center, a basketball court and Griffin Middle School, the community park is also home to Kids Colony 2, an all-abilities playground built by the community.
5151 N. Colony Blvd., The Colony, 972/625-1106; tcpard.com
Oak Hills Park
Parents can set out a picnic or barbecue at one of the grills under shaded pavilions, while the kids run around the sand volleyball court, basketball court or pirate-themed playground structure. In 2017, the city opened an adjoining splash pad, boasting plenty of water features and an additional shade structure.
1210 E. Hebron Parkway, Carrollton, 972/466-3080; cityofcarrollton.com
Red Tent Farmers Market at First Baptist Church Hebron
Year-round, Thursday from 3–7pm
3000 E. Hebron Parkway, Carrollton, 972/965-1144; redtentmarket.net
Ruibal's Rosemeade Market & Greenhouse
A brick-and-mortar grocery store and greenhouse stocking fresh, local produce and plants.
3646 Rosemeade Parkway, Dallas, 972/306-2899; rosemeademarket.com
Rosemeade Rainforest Complex
Jump in the Olympic-size pool for plenty of space for diving and lap swimming. The “rainforest” area features a lazy river, an Amazon-size dump bucket and more interactives such as water cannons and spray bars.
1334 E. Rosemeade Parkway, Carrollton, 972/466-6399; cityofcarrollton.com/aquatics
The Colony Aquatic Park
Bring the kids for swim time in the heated indoor pool open Monday–Friday during the school year. During the summers, cool off in the large leisure lagoon with a waterfall, the shade-covered wading pool or the splash zone for preschoolers.
5580 N. Colony Blvd., The Colony, 972/624-2225; thecolonytx.gov
Tee off from elevated bays and score points by hitting targets below. (No actual golfing experience required.) Ask about birthday parties and private lessons for kids.
3760 Blair Oaks Drive, The Colony, 469/213-5204; topgolf.com
Carrollton Early Childhood PTA
Monthly meetings for families with children under 6 run September–May and membership dues are $25 per year. Email email@example.com for membership inquiries.
Metrocrest Parents of Multiples
Moms of multiples from Carrollton, The Colony and beyond meet the second Thursday of every month at Trietsch Methodist Church. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
6101 Morris Road, Flower Mound; mpom.net
The Colony Early Childhood PTA
For families with children in kindergarten and younger. You and your kid will build a network of friends to last a lifetime, even before your child starts school.