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Explore the attractions of McAllen, TX

Ideally located near McAllen International Airport (MFE), our Radisson hotel offers a free shuttle to help you discover all that McAllen, TX has to offer. Attend a trade show at the McAllen Convention Center, or catch a touring Broadway show at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. You can also spend an afternoon shopping at La Plaza Mall, located within walking distance, or at the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets, just 30 minutes east on I-2. Looking for outdoor things to do? Stop by Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center and the National Butterfly Center, two organizations known for their dedication to protecting the wildlife of South Texas.

Culture and education:

  • McAllen Convention Center (3 miles)
    This multipurpose facility offers 174,000 square feet of exhibit halls, ballrooms, conference rooms and other meeting spaces in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley.
    Phone: +1 (956) 681-3800
  • McAllen Performing Arts Center (3 miles)
    Located beside the McAllen Convention Center, the McAllen Performing Arts Center is Texas’s most technologically advanced arts venue south of San Antonio. Join 1,800 other spectators for thrilling musicals and concerts.
    Phone: +1 (956) 681-3800
  • International Museum of Art & Science (6 miles)
    Discover more than 8,000 specimens and works of art at the International Museum, widely regarded as the premier art and science museum in South Texas. Kids love the award-winning watershed exhibit and NASA’s Science on a Sphere exhibit.
    Phone: +1 (956) 681-2800
  • Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle National Shrine (7 miles)
    One of the most visited shrines in the country, this basilica dedicated to Our Lady of San Juan del Valle welcomes more than a million visitors each year.
    Phone: +1 (956) 787-0033
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (15 miles)
    Almost 25,000 undergraduate students, including about 700 international students from more than 60 countries, attend this university known for its emphasis on technology and research. UTRGV also offers graduate programs and men’s and women’s athletic teams.
    Phone: +1 (888) 882-4026

Outdoors and nature:

  • Quinta Mazatlan (1 block)
    Visit one of the largest adobe structures in Texas and learn about birds, plants and environmental stewardship as you tour the surrounding nature sanctuary. The on-site World Birding Center is home to more than a hundred different species of bird.
    Phone: +1 (956) 681-3370
  • National Butterfly Center (7 miles)
    Formerly an onion field, the National Butterfly Center is now a 100-acre habitat where more than 200 species of butterflies live uncaged and free to roam among the visitors.
    Phone: +1 (956) 583-5400
  • South Padre Island (60 miles)
    Take a day trip to the barrier island of South Padre to enjoy beach activities, great dining, shopping and a vibrant nightlife.


  • La Plaza Mall (2 blocks)
    This spacious mall features more than 150 stores such as Coach, Dillards and Armani Exchange.
    Phone: +1 (956) 972-5454
  • Palms Crossing (2.5 miles)
    This outdoor shopping center next door to the McAllen Convention Center offers popular stores and restaurants like Barnes & Noble and P.F. Chang’s.
    Phone: +1 (800) 759-2020
  • Nuevo Progreso (18 miles)
    Join the millions of people who cross the border to shop and dine in Mexico each year. Have a blast perusing six blocks of sidewalk sales, dining options and live music venues.
  • Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets (20 miles)
    More than 570,000 square feet of outlet shopping awaits you in Mercedes. Find great deals at stores such as Aldo, Guess and Under Armour.
    Phone: +1 (956) 565-3900