One of the premier event facilities in the entire Rio Grande Valley, the Pharr Events Center is located in Pharr, about 30-minutes away from Harlingen. Guests can find a variety of entertainment 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, something that makes every show an intimate one.
One of the hidden little gems near the southern end of the Rio Grande, this national refuge along the U.S.-Mexico border for is known for its myriad wildlife and inimitable flora. The preserve is located about 45-minutes west of Harlingen for humans, but for migratory birds, it serves as a hub akin to an airport. In fact, it's only in this part of the U.S. where visitors can see certain bird species, as well as exotic, endangered felines like the ocelot or jaguarundi. Moreover, the park provides an accessible tram for those who choose not to walk, nature trails, observation towers, an old cemetery and plenty of butterflies.
Payne Arena, formerly State Farm Arena, is a significant venue that hosts some of the most popular events around town. Opened in 2003, the place has multiple spaces within for various events including an indoor football and ice hockey venue. Events here include sport tournaments, leagues, concerts, recreational programs, community events and so on. Some of the popular event are Disney events, Sesame Street shows, WWE shows, concerts by Shakira and so on. Check the website for further details.
If you like aloe vera, then Hilltop Gardens is the place to visit in order to find out more about this versatile and healing succulent. The farm is one of the first commercially viable centers for cultivating aloe in the U.S. and it offers guided tours (booked in advance) for groups of ten or more. The site includes a sensory walk, healing garden and if you wish to stay at the garden, the three-bedroom inn is available for rental as well, which houses up to eight guests.
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.
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.
Unwind to the chirping of diverse bird species during your visit to the Estero Llano Grande State Park. The landscape features a network of wetlands and varied habitats, which delight nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Owing to the plethora of birdlife that frequents the area, birdwatching is a popular activity. Other recreation options to enjoy here include hiking and camping.
Founded in 1911 and built by the U.S. Army soldiers from New York in 1913, the Sacred Heart Catholic Church sits prettily in downtown McAllen. Still an active parish, this yellow brick structure attracts a number of locals as well as tourists. The mammoth spire bearing a cross at a height of 60 feet (18 meters) is one of its prominent architectural features.
The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is an institution that works towards strengthening the economy of South Texas. It has more than 2,000 members.