101 Things to do - Valley Stay-Cation

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					101 Things to Do in McAllen

1. Paint/Decorate your own pottery at "Made By U", then take finished product home.
2. Visit many of McAllen's galleries during Artwalk - first Friday of every month.
3. Explore McAllen's International Museum of Arts and Science, with kid's activities and great U.S. and Mexican art for adults.
4. Enjoy special events such as belly dancing, art exhibits, poetry readings, local band performances at Art Awakenings.
5. Create your own jewelry at BeadZone.
6. See the Nutcracker performed by McAllen Ballet Studio or Rio Grande Valley Ballet in December
7. Shop till you drop at Dias Festivos in December.
8. Get lost in the Christmas Tree forest at the International Museum of Art and Science the month of December.
9. Check out McA2 Creative Incubator and discover local artists and performers at work.
10. Bring the family to the McAllen Street Market downtown in January, February and March.
11. Immerse yourself in music by attending a performance of the Valley Symphony Orchestra.
12. Take Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, Tango, Waltz, and Belly Dancing lessons at Salsa Dance & Fitness
13. Experience the local flavor by attending the Cultural Arts & Entertainment Series, with workshops monthly.
14. Visit Casa de Palmas, McAllen's historic hotel, where presidents and other dignitaries have stayed.
15. Walk or drive along Main Street enjoying the architecture and landscaping of several historic homes
16. In the spring, drive just west of McAllen to smell the heady fragrance of thousands of orange trees in blossom.
17. Check listings for entertainment and special shows at the McAllen Civic Center.
18. Travel to a foreign country for shopping, dining or vacation. Reynosa or Progreso, Mexico are just minutes away.
19. Bowl to your heart's content at Flamingo Bowl.
20. Take family & friends to "The Zone Action Park" for a fun day playing miniature golf, riding go carts, and more.
21. On Wednesdays, have a fun-filled "Mariachi" night at "The Red Moon Lounge" inside the Holiday Inn "Holidome"
22. Step back in time. See film at Cine El Rey, McAllen's historic theatre.
23. Show off your stuff at the roller skating rink on Jackon - Fantasyland Skate Center.
24. Enjoy a nice breeze by taking a Trolley Ride in McAllen (seasonal)
25. Like the horses? Watch horse racing at Las Palmas Downs.
26. Take a drive, spotting as manyof the dozens of historical markers as you can (with the help of the Monitor’s Historical marker Guide.)
27. Check out the special entertainment including concerts, sporting and special events at Dodge Arena. www.dodgearena.com
28. Like ice hockey? Check out a professional Killer Bee game.
29. Take in an Dorado's professional arena football game.
30. Try ice skating at a local ice rink.
31. Play laser tag with your friends.
32. Take in a movie. McAllen has 24 movie screens!
33. Enjoy a Rio Grande Valley Coyotes Baseball game.
34. Workout at one of McAllen's gyms.
35. Relax or read a book on the patio at Moonbeans or Starbucks while sipping some yummy cappuccino.
36. Have an ice cream cone and get serenaded at Marble Slab or Cold Stone Creamery.
37. Enjoy wine tasting at Sahadi's every Friday.
38. Stimulate your tastebuds with some sushi from Kohnami's.
39. Like steak? You'll love Santa Fe Steakhouse's awesome steaks and seafood.
40. Choose from a variety of filled kolaches at The Kolache Factory.
41. Taste a local flavor of cream cheese tamales at Delia's Tamales.
42. Play a round of golf at McAllen's Palmview Golf Course with suprisingly low green fees.
43. Have a pair of custom boots made in Downtown McAllen.
44. Visit the McAllen Convention Center off Ware Road - set to open in early 2007
45. McAllen's World Birding Center - Quinta Mazatlan eight acres will amaze you.
46. Like the outdoors? Stop by McAllen's Texas Tropics Nature Festival in the Spring.
47. Plan a long deserved vacation by attending January's International Travel Show at the Convention Center.
48. Take a drive to the Sharyland Estate, which was the home to John Shary, who developed the citrus industry in Texas.
49. Shop to your heart's content at La Plaza Mall, Mexico's favorite U.S. mall.
50. Browse the Bargain Bazaar on the weekend.
51. Like antiques or folk art? McAllen has several stores specializing in international items visit: Casa Antigua, Vida, Tierra Dulce, Hacienda San Miguel
52. Find contemporary art, home accessories, and clothing at The Loft
53. Try some grapefruit pie, a suprising and delicious McAllen specialty, at Lone Star Bar-B-Que or The Garden Room.
54. Enjoy the moving McAllen Christmas Pageant during December.
55. Take part in the Candlelight Posada during the first weekend in December.
56. Pick your own citrus fruit by visiting Kelement's Grove.
57. Swim a few laps at McAllen's Municipal Pool
58. Relax outdoors with a picnic at McAllen's Downtown Archer Park.
59. Choose from one of the many specialty shops in Historic Downtown McAllen to fulfill your shopping needs.
60. Interested in birding? McAllen has many places to see unique and colorful birds.
61. Cool your tastebuds by enjoying a Blizzard at Dairy Queen.
62. Visit the booths at Starry Nights at McAllen Chamber's Creative Incubator.
63. Try your luck by playing a game of Bingo at Bingo Gardens in McAllen.
64. Sample the local flavors of McAllen and Mexico at the International Food Festival held in the spring.
65. Show your patriotic side by attending the 4th of July parade in Downtown McAllen.
66. Watch the skies light up, with the 4th of July Fireworks Display.
67. Relax and unwind at one of McAllen's many day spas.
68. Challenge a friend to a game of pool at one of McAllen's many billiard locations.
69. Like great bargains and finding treasures? Visit one of McAllen's Flea Markets.
70. Check out what is going on at the Villareal's Special Events Center.
71. Visit a food processing plant (seasonal)
72. Discover Mexico's authentic taste. Enjoy a taco at Tacos & More.
73. Take a stroll or a jog down our beautifully landscaped walking trails on 2nd Street and Bicentennial Avenue.
74. Join one of our local tour operators for a Mexico Day Tour.
75. Visit a local tortilla factory. (appointment required)
76. Enjoy an old fashioned hamburger at Lee's Pharmacy.
77. Jog on the pathways at Bill Schuppe Park.
78. Cool off in the summer heat with a snowcone or "raspa" at one of our many snowcone stands.
79. Take yourself out to the ballpark, to enjoy McAllen Little League.
80. Discover local landscaping by taking a McAllen Garden tour.
81. Cheer on the local athletes, by attending a high school sporting event.
82. Attend the Movie in the Park Night.
83. Take a self tour of one of our many vegetable farms.
84. Read any good books lately? Visit some of our local public libraries and book stores.
85. Enjoy a McAllen tree tour.
86. Step into the past, by visiting our vintage stores in McAllen.
87. Bring the kids to Wild Walk in October for some hands on activities and educational information on nature preservation.
88. Ample out to the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Posse Arena for a rodeo every Saturday night.
89. Live in the fast lane by attending auto racing at one of the local tracks.
90. Dance your socks off at one of McAllen's local night clubs.
91. Get creative by taking classes in flower arranging at Hobby Lobby or Michael's.
92. Start your day off with the local flavors of a local favorite burrito or "pato," from El Pato.
93. Treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure at one of McAllen's many nail salons.
94. Roller blade on the lovely walkways in McAllen.
95. Take part in the March of Dimes Walk for America in April.
96. Save a life by walking in the American Cancer Society's Walk for Life.
97. Fly a kite in one of our many city parks.
98. Explore North McAllen's new shopping area down 10th street.
99. Drive down Main Street and enjoy the lovely historic residences.
100. Don't forget the men who served our country proudly, stop by the Veteran's War Memorial.
101. Stop by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce for information on even more things to do.