McAllen is the cultural, financial and social hub of the Rio Grande Valley. As part of one of the fastest growing markets in the country, the city offers a plethora of shopping, dining and entertainment options. The top shopping destination in the U.S. for Mexico, visitors are often amazed at the variety, quality and quantity of shopping — from clothes and jewelry to electronics, antiques and furniture. And with over 600 restaurants within the city limits, your cuisine choices are almost limitless.
Are you a sports fan? You’ll find professional arena football and ice hockey in addition to local sports options. Dozens of area golf courses offer very reasonable green fees. If you’re interested in the arts, you’ve come to the right place. McAllen offers a wide array of special events that focus on arts and culture, from holiday events to special classes to a variety of festivals and celebrtions. McAllen is also home to the McAllen Creative Arts Incubator, a new resource for local artists.
If you’d like to visit our neighbors south of the border, you’ll have a real treat in store. Historic Old Mexico offers many delights — from the border-city charm of Reynosa and Nuevo Progreso to the large industrialized sophistication of Monterrey (about 2.5 hours) to the wilds of Northern Mexico’s famous cloud forest El Cielo (about 5 hours), there’s a wealth of history and culture to discover.