301 South Main Street McAllen, TX 78501 +1 956 687 1904
McAllen Heritage Center is housed inside an old post office in downtown McAllen, now called La Placita. Established in 2008, it takes you through the history of the city. Apart from the memorabilia and photographs on display, this center also hosts a number of events and projects like the "
"Traveling Trunks program for children, which educates the young minds about the origins and evolution of the city. Take a guided tour to be part of this journey.
North Main Street McAllen, TX 78501 +1 956 681 1000
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.
West Business Highway 83 McAllen, TX 78501 +1 956 681 3333
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.
800 North Main Street McAllen, TX 78501 +1 956 687 8682
McAllen Stained Glass was established in 1985 by father-daughter duo Yoli Cantu and Hector Reyna. Using glass as a medium of artistic expression, be amazed by stained-glass window panes, artifacts and sculptures that make for fine gifts and collectibles. It also holds workshops on working with glass and provides tidbits for enthusiasts and collectors. Explore this gallery and discover a new world of glass.
717 North Main Street McAllen, TX 78501 +1 956 618 4959
Nuevo Santander Gallery is named after the 18th-century colony of Southern Texas and Northern Mexico. Located in the heart of Arts District, this building boasts a Spanish-colonial architectural style. Over a century-old doors, iron frames and stained glass-work add character and charm to this gallery. On display are Che and Becky Guerra's collection of artwork and antiques curated from across the world. Browse through Old West guns and saddles; Mexican currency, medals and sombreros; Colonial paintings and sculptures; and authentic collectibles from Europe. They also host rotating exhibitions by local and international artists.
The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is one of the top museums in South Texas dedicated to these fields. It is Smithsonian affiliated and aims to educate and inspire Rio Grande Valley with its myriad events and programs. Engage your mind at their interactive playground while learning the energy resources and water cycle, or enjoy their innovative robot exhibition. Art enthusiasts can admire 16th-century European paintings, Japanese and Mexican folk art as well as some of Pablo Picasso's work.
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.
North Sugar Road University of Texas-Pan America Edinburg, TX 78541 +1 956 665 2221
Located on the campus of University of Texas-Pan America, the UTPA Fieldhouse is a basketball arena that can hold 2420 spectators. Home to the Broncs and UTPA volleyball team, this venue has witnessed exciting matches and excellent play of the university team. Also, the Department of Health and Kinesiology regularly hosts its seminars and lectures here. Check website for more details.
One of the premier events facilities in the area, the Pharr Events Center is located a little to the north of the city center, along the busy Cage Boulevard. You will find a variety of events happening here, ranging from concerts, to dance performances, exhibitions, conferences, and much more. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the facility can accommodate a maximum of 3500 guests, in standing room only. See the website to know more.
409 East 13th Street Brownsville, TX 78520 +1 956 455 3599
Located in the heart of Brownsville, Galeria 409 showcases splendid artworks by regional artists. Popular works displayed here include those by Oscar Alvarez, Cande Agluiar and Cliff Whelty. A unique feature of Galeria 409, is its rustic brick walls which provide a backdrop for the paintings. Guests can also visit this gallery outside of their operational hours; just call and book an appointment.
The Palo Alto Battlefield is where the first battle of
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Inc is doing its best to change that. Learn about all the different species of turtles, and about what each individual can do to help the sea turtles. Whether ...