Explore McAllen: its live music, entertainment, theater, and more!

Known to locals as the “city of palms,” the southern plains city of McAllen is nestled between the Rio Grande River and the Mexican border. McAllen’s population may say only 130,000 on paper, but this figure swells during the day as workers from the surrounding towns converge on the city.

Likewise, in the evening and on weekends, McAllen becomes the unofficial playground for the 1.3 million residents of the Rio Grande Valley. That’s how energetic the city is; it pulls visitors in from all around for its charming nightlife, a lively medley of cuisines, fascinating local attractions and superb shopping.

Join the throngs of visitors who cross the border from Mexico each day in order to shop at some of Texas’ most popular malls. Spend the day searching for bargains at La Plaza Mall, Palms Crossing and the North 10th Street shopping district.

A large Hispanic community has provided McAllen with a tantalizing array of eating options. Stop at a roadside restaurant for quick and easy Tex-Mex, such as a burrito filled with fresh chili. Take a table outside a downtown restaurant to enjoy mouth-watering fresh dishes made of local ingredients.

See McAllen’s cultural side in action as you visit the Creative Incubator, a progressive institution that curates a program of exhibitions, workshops and activities. Stop at the McAllen Convention Center to listen to the Valley Symphony Orchestra playing as part of their regular concert series.

Venture outside the city and you’ll be met with wild birds, dramatic landscape and the gushing Rio Grande River. Follow some of the many hiking and cycling trails to help you navigate your way through the wilderness.

An international airport serves McAllen, as do frequent interstate trains and buses. Once you’re in town, enjoy the convenience of the frequent buses that run between all the major attractions in the city.

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Top Hotels in McAllen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Red Roof Inn McAllen Airport
Red Roof Inn McAllen Airport
2.5 out of 5
1301 South 9th Street, McAllen, TX
$37
per night
Nov 4 - Nov 5

Situated in McAllen, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of McAllen Medical Center and La Plaza Mall. McAllen Convention Center is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

3.7/5Good! (242 reviews)

"Cons: The hot water get shut off over night. The room was hot at check in. No smart tv's and unable to use a third party smart tv products do to lack of original tv controls."…"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2019

Red Roof Inn McAllen Airport
Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport
Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport
3 out of 5
2721 South 10th Street, McAllen, TX
$81
per night
Oct 31 - Nov 1

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Quinta Mazatlan and La Plaza Mall. Rio Grande Regional Hospital and McAllen Medical Center are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (334 reviews)

"Closeness to Mall and airport, shuttle, kind staff."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport
Cambria Hotel McAllen Convention Center
Cambria Hotel McAllen Convention Center
3.5 out of 5
701 South Ware Road, McAllen, TX
$88
per night
Nov 8 - Nov 9

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of McAllen Performing Arts Center, McAllen Botanical Gardens (McAllen Nature Center), ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (720 reviews)

"Super clean! Everything was very modern. Only downfall...the coffee maker didn’t work."…"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

Cambria Hotel McAllen Convention Center

Reviews of McAllen

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 50.27522935779817%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 40.18348623853211%
3 - Okay
44
3 - Okay 8.073394495412844%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.9174311926605505%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5504587155963303%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 12, 2019

Their so many nice people here and their so much to do with your family and the stores are walking distance

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 7, 2019

Has a lot of shopping malls but the structure of the city and the way the streets are set up is more confusing than normal.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 4, 2019

McAllen was okay. It is a nice place to visit but I could not live here. I'm from a big city, and McAllen is very small. It was a clean calm town from our experience and that was enjoyable for the weekend.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Sep 21, 2019

Not much to do the mall was the best part of it all

5/5 - Excellent

Michael

Sep 3, 2019

It was a great area. Very close to a lot of places

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 2, 2019

My family lives there....that’s the only upside to Mccallen

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