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    Historic District

    by Basaic Written May 29, 2014

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    Sacred Heart Catholic Church
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    In addition to Archer Park there are several places on a list of historic sites in McAllen worth seeing. These include: The Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which was an offshoot of La Lomita Chapel in Mission (302 S. 15th Street); the El Rey Theater a nice Art-Deco theater built in 1948 (311 S. 17th Street); Casa de Palmas which was built in 1918 (101 N. Main Street, and reportedly haunted!). All these are within easy walking distance of each other. Another historic building (which is quite beautiful but not located near the others) is Quinta Mazatlán built in 1930. I missed it this trip; but maybe I can see it next time.

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    Archer Park

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    Archer Park

    Archer Park is a one square block piece of land donated to the town by an early mayor of McAllen, Oliver Percy Archer in 1917. The park was the center of many cultural and political activities in the early days of McAllen and still is today.

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    McAllen Convention Center

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    Inside the 172,000 square foot McAllen Convention and Visitors Bureau you will find space for all kinds of concerts, sporting events, trade shows and other types of special events. This is also a great place to obtain information about what to see and do in McAllen.

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    17th Street/Main Street

    by Basaic Written May 29, 2014

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    17th Street Entertainment District
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    Two of the historic districts that are of interest in McAllen are the "Entertainment District" which is along 17th Street and is where some of the best bars and theaters are located; and the "Art District" which is along Main Street. In the art district you will find the "First Friday Art Walk" on the first Friday of the month and occasional free outdoor concerts.

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    Veterans' Park

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    Near the convention center is one of the most impressive veterans memorials I have seen, a 5 acre park centered around a 105 foot black granite spire. There are "guardian walls" surrounding the spire dedicated to veterans from every war from the Revolutionary War to the present. Some of the walls highlight area veterans that paid the ultimate price in service to their country. There are also statues in the park honoring veterans of the different services and one dedicated to female service members.

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    International Museum of Art and Science

    by Basaic Written May 29, 2014

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    This is an interesting museum; of course I have always been a science geek. The International Museum of Art and Science is also the only Smithsonian affiliated museum south of San Antonio. The museum hosts a wide variety of rotating international exhibits related to art and science. There are hands-on displays to intrigue and educate kids of all ages. Do not miss the Science on a Sphere which shows images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other sources on a 360 degree sphere, and the 3rd largest exhibit of Tiffany glass in the country. The museum also has a cafe and a great gift shop. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (55 and up) and students, $4 for kids 4 to 12. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday (8 PM on Thursday) and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday.

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    McAllen

    by Basaic Written May 29, 2014

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    McAllen Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center

    McAllen is a town of about 130,000 (up 27% since 2000) located near the intersection of US Highways 83 and 281 in Hidalgo County in the South Texas Plains section of Southern Texas. The settlement of the McAllen area began with the introduction of irrigation to dusty Southern Texas in the 1890s. Then in 1903 the St Louis and Brownsville Railroad built a rail line from Corpus Christi to Brownsville with a spur line to Hidalgo. A depot was built here and in 1904 plans were made for a town site. However not much was done and another town site sprang up just east of the ranch of John McAllen. The town was named East McAllen and was adjacent to the earlier town site of West McAllen. When the main irrigation canal and the building boom caused by better planning favored East McAllen, West McAllen pretty mush died out and the towns became one site. The town of McAllen was incorporated in 1911.

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    Sebastian

    by Basaic Written May 27, 2014

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    Sebastian - Blue Binomial
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    There are a number of sculptures done by a Mexican artist named Sebastian located around McAllen. Several of them are at the International Museum of Arts and Sciences and the McAllen Convention Center; but there are others around town. Pick up a map of locations at the visitor's center. I found the sculptures interesting but still prefer ones that I know what I am seeing without having to look at the signs.

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    McAllen Heritage Museum

    by Basaic Written May 27, 2014

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    This is a nice museum detailing the history of McAllen and this part of Texas and its relationship with Mexico. The museum is housed in the old post office which was built in 1935 using the Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture. Hours are 1 PM to 5 PM Tuesday through Friday and 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturday. Admission is $1.

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    Many Local Events

    by mateo5512 Written Feb 1, 2012
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    There is always an event going on in the city that you can check out for next to zero dollars. The wife and I are going to the Garden of Eatin tour today at the Quinta Mazatlan which is a tour that shows what plants are edible and have midicinal properties in the area. Just follow the McAllen CVB facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mcallencvb they will tell you what events are happening.

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    Sports Teams

    by mateo5512 Written Jan 19, 2012

    Go and check out the Killer Bees (hockey), Vipers (basketball), Magic (football), and the local college teams. Had some real fun going and seeing most of these teams adn the city really gets into it. Great time.

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    A little bit of everthing

    by mateo5512 Written Jan 12, 2012

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    Where do I start, there is the agricultural/beautiful Quinta Mazatlan where my wife and I got to take nature based tours and see some amazing sights. There is the large and developed golf courses, which I would strongly suggest seeing. There are also museums, the nature center, the movies, ther nightlife, and all of the hundreds of nice places to eat. Really enjoyed this place, it has a little bit of everthing and you can even drive out of town to visit South Padre Island, which is beyond amazing. The best part of this town is that it is extreeeeeemely cheap compared to doing things in LA. Will visit again soon. The visit was special because the city of McAllen was new and exciting to me.

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    Music Mural

    by Basaic Written May 29, 2014

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    Mural

    This interesting mural of the musical history of McAllen and the Lower Rio Grande Valley is located just across the street from the International Museum of Art and Sciences

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    McAllen Golf

    by mateo5512 Written Jan 12, 2012

    One of the most beautiful courses I have been to. Great play, great grass, a must see for any golf fan.

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