McAllen, Texas is a charming, lively city with lots to offer. From arts and entertainment to shopping and dining to outdoor activities and historical sites, this destination will provide you with plenty to keep busy, no matter how long you’re in town for.
Local Arts and Entertainment
McAllen’s arts district, located along Main Street in the heart of the city, is home to more than two dozen art galleries and studios. This vibrant area includes the Art Village, a new 30,000 square foot complex that includes art studios, galleries, art firms, and restaurants. On the first Friday of each month from September until May, community members and visitors can participate in the city’s popular Art Walk, a free, self-guided tour through McAllen’s oldest and most historic neighborhood that showcases the city’s flourishing art scene.
Along 17th Street, just a short distance from the arts district, you’ll find McAllen’s bustling entertainment district. The state-of-the-art McAllen Convention Center hosts many big-name entertainers and performers, as well as trade shows, conventions, and recitals. The historic Cine El Rey serves as a venue for live bands, comedians, and theatrical productions.
A Variety of Shopping Options
You’ll find plenty of places to shop for whatever your heart desires in McAllen. Discount hunters can find fantastic deals at Trenton Crossing and Northcross Shopping Center in northern McAllen. Discounts can also be found at the boutiques, clothing and furnishing stores, and other retailers located in the downtown business district. Those who prefer mall shopping will enjoy perusing the retail stores in Las Tiendas, La Plaza Mall, and Palms Crossing in southern McAllen.
Those who love to dine out will feel right at home in McAllen. The city offers a broad variety of restaurants that serve all types of food including American cuisine, Mexican cuisine, Barbecue, pizza, and seafood. McAllen is also home to a number of outstanding bars, grills, bakeries, cafes, and delis. No matter what you’re craving, you can find it in McAllen!
Parks and Nature to Explore
McAllen’s award-winning park system includes 50 parks and is constantly expanding, giving visitors and residents lots to explore. Quinta Mazatlan, an urban plant and animal sanctuary, is also located in McAllen, providing visitors with the opportunity to engage with the area’s history and natural environment. Whether you want to picnic in the park, go for a morning stroll, or spend the afternoon bird watching, you’ll find the perfect outdoor space to do so in McAllen.
Engaging Museums and History
There are numerous fascinating museums and historical sites to check out in McAllen. The International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS) is the premier art and science museum of south Texas. With hands-on exhibits, an impressive permanent art collection and rotating art and science exhibits, it’s an attraction not to be missed. Free admission to the McAllen Heritage Center provides you with the opportunity to learn about the history of the city through artifacts, memorabilia and photos, and enjoy the work of local artists. Those interested in historical sites should also visit the Sacred Heart Church, built in 1913 and located in downtown McAllen. The beautiful Veteran’s War Memorial of Texas, which honors Texas veterans who lost their lives while serving, is another memorable site to visit when exploring McAllen.
Ready to Explore McAllen?
If McAllen sounds great to you, you’re in luck! There are three Encore age-qualified South Texas RV Parks located near McAllen: Alamo Palms RV Resort, Victoria Palms Resort, and Country Sunshine RV Resort.
Well suited for winter Texans, RV enthusiasts, and vacationers alike, these properties offer all the amenities you’ll need to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. To learn more, or make a reservation, call 888-481-6407.