Comfort Inn Near Medical Center
203 South Shary Road
Mission, TX 78572
Phone: (956) 583-0333
Fax: (956) 584-3755
The McAllen Botanical Garden, also called the McAllen Nature Center, is a picturesque park in the heart of the city. At 59 acres (23 hectares), it is one of the largest of its kind and is rich in flora and fauna. This verdant space boast old trees and dense meadows that are home to numerous species of birds, butterflies and reptiles, including the endangered indigo snake and horned lizard. It offers plenty of opportunities for trails and hikes, and is also a good picnic spot for the family.
Established in 1943, this refuge covers over 2,000 acres and is home to numerous birds, waterfowl, and animals that are native to the Valley. A visitor center is also on site and tram rides are available.
Founded in 1911 and built by the U.S. Army soldiers from New York in 1913, the Sacred Heart Catholic Church sits prettily in downtown McAllen. Still an active parish, this yellow brick structure attracts a number of locals as well as tourists. The mammoth spire bearing a cross at a height of 60 feet (18 meters) is one of its prominent architectural features.
The Arts District in McAllen is the creative pulse of the city. It is home to Archer Park, the Public Library, and myriad galleries and restaurants. The Nuevo Santander Gallery on North Main Street is a must visit for Mexican antiques and collectibles. The Art Village complex rents out studios to artists, and is a fascinating place for a glimpse into the local art scene. Take guided walks to galleries and also enjoy great food and wine this vibrant neighborhood has to offer.
If you are someone who gets a thrill out of spooky stories and places, then this one will surely give you the chills. Nightmare on Broadway is definitely not for those who are faint-hearted as the 15 minutes tour of the haunt will surely spook you for a long time. Though there aren't any age limits, children under 13 have to be accompanied by a guardian or parent. If haunted places are an interest for you, then Nightmare is worth a visit.
Quinta Mazatlan is a natural oasis in the heart of McAllen. This urban sanctuary is committed to educating visitors on the environment and its conservation. Explore the tropical gardens of this former mansion and admire plants and birds as well as its Spanish Revival style architecture. Join throngs of bird watchers and catch a glimpse of house sparrows and hummingbirds, among over 500 species. Take a walk through the pavilion and photograph rare butterflies in their fascinating glory. They also rents out the venue for various events such as corporate functions and private parties.
Located on the banks of the Rio Grande river, Anzalduas State Park is a wonderful recreational spot for the young and the old. On weekends and vacation time, this park is filled with little kids playing around on the swings, slides and climbing frames. Anzalduas State Park also offers a favorable habitat for various species of birds, making it an ideal location for birding. Birdwatchers can keep an eye out for rare species that flock to this place at times.
Birders from all over the United States come to this 588-acre park in the Rio Grande to observe its abundant and unusual variety of tropical resident and migrating northern birds.
You don't have to be a Catholic to appreciate this impressive shrine.
Spread across 14 acres (5.66 hectares), Bicentennial Park is a great place for families and groups to spend the day out. The park features a baseball field, basketball, tennis and volleyball court. There is also a play area with swings and slides for the little ones. The park also houses picnic areas and restrooms. The Bicentennial Park is managed by the Parks and Recreation Department of Edinburg, call ahead or check the website for further information.