Sports and Recreation
Our Sports and Recreation Begins with Birdwatching – McAllen is positioned on the migratory path between North and South America, presenting bird and butterfly expeditions. The landscape hosts a diverse wildlife population.
The Quinta Mazatlan is the historic Spanish colonial mansion and is McAllen’s wing of the World Birding Center and is a great place to explore and learn about the flora and fauna in McAllen. Children of all ages can register for the science programs, tours and special events throughout the year. Quinta Mazatlan has something for everyone!
The McAllen Dog Park is another place for recreation for dogs of all sizes. The lighted park is located off of Tamarack and 2nd Street. The park is divided into two sections, a big dog and small dog side. The park is usually open until 10pm every night.
The 2nd St. Bike path is another place to enjoy a stroll. This path stretches for several miles and runs from North to South on McAllen’s East side. The path is lined with trees, shade, and the occasional marker to let you know where you are at.
The Bicentennial Bike Path runs all the way from Highway 83 on McAllen’s South side to Bicentennial and Nolana on McAllen’s North side.
The Zinnia Spray Water Park is McAllen’s first spray ground park. It’s located at 29th and Zinnia Ave.
Bill Schupp Park is park in North McAllen that has giant playscapes for climbing, sliding and having fun. The park has plenty of space to play ball, have a picnic, and there are plenty of trails for running. There is also a sunken garden area for performances.
Palm View Golf Course is located on South Ware Rd. just South of Highway 83. The golf course has 18 holes plus a driving range. This course hosts numerous tournaments year round.
McAllen is home to the professional baseball team, McAllen Thunder, of the North American League. They have played their home games at Edinburg Stadium, since debuting in 2011.
The NBA D-League team, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, is also headquartered in McAllen. They are affiliated with the Houston Rockets of the NBA. They were the 2010 D-League Champions. They play their home games at State Farm Arena in nearby suburb, Hidalgo, Texas.
The Rio Grande Valley Magic of the Lone Star Football League is a professional indoor football team that plays its games at the State Farm Arena. They began in 2012.
The Rio Grande Valley Dorados were a professional arena football team. They began play in 2004 as an expansion member of AF2, the minor league to the Arena Football League. They played their home games at Obra Homes Field at Dodge Arena (now State Farm Arena) in Hidalgo, Texas. The team folded in 2009 after the AF2 folded. The now-defunct Arena Football League owned the rights to the Dorados name and logo as well.
Dynamo South Texas Academy is a soccer development academy created in 2007 by the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. The Dynamo announced the creation of the Dynamo South Texas Academy as the franchise’s first satellite academy. The Dynamo and the McAllen Youth Soccer Association partner up to develop young talent in the Rio Grande Valley region of South Texas with the DSTA’s U-18 and U-15 teams, which train and compete in several South Texas cities, including McAllen, Harlingen and Brownsville.
McAllen has hosted the NAIA national football championship in the late 1970s and NCAA Division II national football championship games in the 1980s.
McAllen is home to Rio Grande Speedway, a 1/4 mile dirt track with races the 1st, and 3rd Saturday of each month from March through November, and a national mufti-day event around December.
Entertainment and Nightlife
McAllen has become the nightlife and entertainment hub of the Rio Grande Valley.
In 2007, the city of McAllen along with Heart of the City put together a plan to revitalize downtown McAllen with an entertainment strip. This strip is now known as the 17th St. Entertainment District. The Entertainment District is a constant draw on the weekends for people from all over the Rio Grande Valley and Reynosa, TAM, Mexico, including as far away as Monterrey, NL, Mexico.
Also, close by is Austin St, also located downtown, which has close to 6 clubs, lounges, and bars as well as posh dining.
The McAllen Art District is close to downtown and located off of Main St. The area is home to more than a dozen art galleries. Its anchored by Spanish Colonial Nuevo Santander gallery, the McAllen Public Library and by the new Art Village, a 30,000 square foot, Tuscan-style retail facility that includes four buildings and is set to host art galleries, studios and restaurants. The arts district is also home to historic Archer Park and restaurants. On the first Friday of the month regional and local artist display their many galleries throughout the street. There are also music performers that cater to the crowds. The nearby 17th Street Entertainment District is just a quick walk away, as is plenty of shopping downtown.
North McAllen also has it share of nightlife along the Nolana corridor between 23rd St. and McColl Rd. Many bars, lounges, and clubs call this area home.
The historic Cine El Rey hosts live bands, nationally known comedians and theatrical productions right in the heart of the 17th Street Entertainment District where you can enjoy the local nightlife at fine dining restaurants, sports bars, night clubs and lounges.