Make the Most of Your McAllen Visit
Set along the US-Mexico border at the southern tip of Texas, McAllen is an urban and cultural hub with plenty for visitors to see and do. Here are a few of our favorite ways to make the most of your time in the Texas Tropics.
Go on a birding adventure.
Comprised of nine birding centers along the border, the World Birding Center operates its flagship facility – Quinta Mazatlan – in McAllen, not far from McAllen-Miller International Airport. A wide variety of bird species, from Green Jays to Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Buff-bellied Hummingbirds, Plain Chachalacas and Olive Sparrows can be spotted at the center.
Opportunities for nature walks and birding adventures abound.
Get in touch with nature – right in town.
The convenient, centrally located McAllen Nature Center is a great place to get out and stretch your legs amid a beautiful setting without leaving town. Walk the park for the chance to spot a variety of birds and other wildlife or get involved in group programs with yoga, Tai Chi, and more.
Learn a thing or two.
Inquiring minds young and old will get a kick out of the International Museum of Art & Science. Known to locals as the IMAS, the museum maintains a wide variety of hands-on, educational exhibits exploring everything from prehistoric art to deep-space photography.
Appreciate the arts.
The Nuevo Santadar Gallery, located in a unique and gorgeous Spanish-mission style building in the De Palmas Historic District, boasts a broad collection of art from a variety of cultures, including Spanish and Mexican, and the Old West. Daily guided tours are available.
Hit the town when the sun goes down.
Cool off with the kids.
If a summer day in south Texas gets a little steamy, take the kids to the McAllen's New Park & Spray Ground, located within Zinnia Park in the Doves Landing neighborhood. The park invites kids to get wet and wild with sprinkler fields, waterfalls, and more watery fun.
Cool off with a drink.
Leave the kids behind – McAllen is home to countless watering holes, some with charms you may not expect. Take DeLorean's 80s Bar, for instance – there you'll be transported back to a time when Wayfarers and Members Only jackets ruled. Big hair and bright colors. It's 80s everything – right down to the drink menu.
Find a sense of local history.
Head to the historic downtown area, where the McAllen Heritage Center is one of many highlights showcasing the City of Palms' rich history, with countless artifacts, pictures, videos, and other displays.
Try some authentic Tex-Mex.
In a setting so close to the border, it's no surprise McAllen is home to some of the finest Tex-Mex cuisine in the Lone Star state. La Siberia, a local since the 1940s, Try some of the carne asada, served with cactus and – you won't be disappointed.