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Local Area Attractions

McAllen boasts a friendly community and a welcoming environment. If you're in search of an exclusive outdoor experience, McAllen offers an escape from the boisterous city life. The area provides a blend of settings that are unique to South Texas and plenty of public amenities for outdoor family entertainment.


South Padre Island

One of the Rio Grande Valley's prized possessions is South Padre Island, nestled at the tip of Texas, off the Gulf of Mexico. This beach, with its attractive weather and friendly environment, is quickly becoming a favorite aquatic paradise for vacationers across the nation. Bring your family and friends along for some fun under the sun.


At just 70 miles out of McAllen, you'll find the sandy beaches of SPI waiting for you. Aside from a great Gulf view, you and your family can enjoy local activities and attractions like: eco tourism, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, outdoor sports, and over 50 full-service restaurants. Don't forget to schedule a day at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort!

Visit the South Padre Website for local attractions and featured events, http://www.myspi.org/.

Quinta Mazatlan

Quinta Mazatlan has something for everyone! This historic Spanish colonial mansion is McAllen's wing of the World Birding Center and a great place to explore and learn about the flora and fauna in McAllen.

Children of all ages can register for the science programs, tours and special events throughout the year, which encourage parental participation.

Location: 600 Sunset Dr. McAllen, TX 78503

Phone #: 956-681-3370

Bill Schupp Park

Looking for the ideal location for a quaint, outdoor family gathering? The park features areas like volleyball courts, picnic tables, trails for running, and even a sunken garden area for community performances. Let the kids expand their summer time energy at the giant play sites for climbing, sliding, sports, and much more while you unwind with some cool drinks and delicious BBQ.

Location1300 Zinnia Ave. McAllen, TX 78504

Take a look! To view pictures of the park, click here...

Hike & Bike Trails

Take your family on a trip through the McAllen outdoors to the hike and bike trails on 2nd Street and Bicentennial Boulevard. These "linear parks" are a great place to go running, jogging, skating, cycling, or walking with the entire family. Parking areas are provided along the trails for the convenience of park visitors.


Palm View Golf Course

Go to the Palmview Golf Course to play a round of golf or practice on the driving range, day or night. While you're there, visit the fully remodeled clubhouse, open all year. Kick back and enjoy a burger and cool beverage while you gaze upon a unique angle of the golf course.

Location: 2701 S Ware Rd. McAllen, TX 78503

Phone #: 956-681-3444