Things to Do

The city of McAllen offers numerous attractions to visitors from quality shopping and dining to museums and cultural centers. 

Convention Center McAllen

Shopping & Dining

La Plaza Mall The La Plaza Mall, a regional shopping mall, has over 140 stores and is one of Simon Properties' highest grossing retail malls in the nation. Drawing from northern Mexico, the mall is known to generate more than 18 million visitors annually. 

Palms Crossing, an open atmosphere mall with many restaurants, is located off the expressway adjacent to the new convention center. 

Additionally, the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlet Mall is a 20 minute drive from McAllen.


Children’s Museum of Brownsville
501 Ring Gold St. #15, Brownsville
This museum is dedicated to introducing children to a world of learning through hands-on, interactive and creative exhibits, programs and special events. 
Palms Crossing Restaurant
McAllen Heritage Center
301 South Main St., McAllen
This museum exhibits and preserves the historical, traditional and cultural treasures of McAllen. The impressive collection  includes works of art, documents, papers, pictures, records and writings of historical, traditional or cultural value. 

Museum of South Texas History
200 N. Closner Blvd., Edinburg
Here you’ll see the largest collection of exhibits and artifacts covering South Texas’ fantastic-but-true history. The exhibits offer broad overview of the region – from prehistoric tribes through Spanish exploration and colonization, the Mexican War, Rio Grande steamboat era and Civil War.

Premium Outlet Mall