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Things to Do and See

McAllen Performing Arts Center, auditorium complex with 1,800 seats for musical and theatrical performances, 801 Convention Center Boulevard, McAllen. McAllen Community Concert Series ( or contact Pat Hudsonpillar, 956-581-3990. Valley Symphony Orchestra ( 956-661-1615.

Flea Markets – Don-Wes in Weslaco (956)464-3502, Pulga in Mission (956)888-8888, Mercadome Flea Market in Alamo (956)781-1911, Valverde Flea Market in Donna (956)377-5278. All are fun and offer a wide variety of products.

Veggie Man - every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to ?? the "Veggie Man" brings a trailer with a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables. The trailer is parked in the over-flow parking lot (next to the Gatehouse).

Museums – Museum of South Texas History, Edinburg (956)383-6911; International Museum of Art & Science, McAllen (956)681-2800; Mission Historical Museum, Mission(956)580-8646; Upper Valley Art League, Mission (956)583-2787; Alamo Museum, Alamo (956)961-4398.

Jackson Street Market Days, Harlingen (956)423-4041, 1st Saturday of the month, fresh produce, antiques, handmade crafts to flea market finds.

Shopping - La Plaza Mall, McAllen; Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlet Mall, Weslaco (956)565-3900; largest shopping mall in the area; Old Downtown McAllen, McAllen’s historic business district features smaller shops of all varieties.

Nature Parks – Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Mission, (956)584-9156; Estero Lano Grande State Park, Weslaco (956)565-3919; Valley Nature Center, Weslaco (956)969-2475; Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center, Edinburg (956)381-9922; Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Alamo (956)784-7500.

Churches - Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine, San Juan (956)787-0033; Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Mission (956)585-2623; St. Paul Lutheran Church, McAllen (956)682-2345; Zion Lutheran Church, Alamo (956)787-1584; La Lomita Mission Church, Granjeno.

Gladys Porter Zoo, a zoological and botanical park on 31 acres, with about 400 animal species and over 250 tropical and neo-tropical species, 500 E. Ringgold Street, Brownsville.

McAllen Holiday Parade, held in December and is the largest illuminated holiday and helium balloon parade in Texas.

Newspaper, The Monitor, 1400 Nolana Loop, McAllen, 956-683-4300 (

Golf Lessons - Joan Gearhart, LPGA Member Teaching Professional, 934 Santa Anna Drive, Alamo, 956-702-7111.

Hidalgo Festival of Lights, tour 3 miles of lights of over 500 illuminated displays for FREE in your car, or $5.00 on a narrated train ride with holiday music. Every evening in December in the City of Hidalgo on 704 E. Ramon Ayala Drive.

South Padre Island ~ interesting architecture (both new and old), as well as shopping, several Nature Centers, Schlitterbahn Water Park, sand sculptures, the beaches, fishing, boating and the beautiful water of the Gulf of Mexico; (956)761-4412.

Updated October 7, 2019