McAllen Recreation Overview
Great golf courses, hiking and biking trails, a large city park system and other offerings make McAllen the perfect place to enjoy outdoor fun.
With nearly 20 courses in the McAllen area, golf is a popular attraction in the Rio Grande Valley.
One of the most notable courses in the area is the Palm View Golf Course, an 18-hole public course with a private feel. With rolling fairways and Bermuda rough mounds, the course is an often-used location for professional and amateur tournaments, having hosted LPGA tournaments and Palm View's Amateur Golf Championship.
McAllen Country Club gives players at all skill levels a challenge with tree-lined fairways and small greens, and also offers members a swimming pool, tennis courts, a fitness center and other amenities. Other courses surround the city, including the Club at Cimarron, located in nearby Mission, which features an 18-hole course and provides a comprehensive junior golf program.
Every golf course in the area is constantly bustling week in and week out, especially in the winter, when “Winter Texans” come to the Rio Grande Valley. The weather generally stays in the 70s in the coldest months, making it a perfect place for winter golfing.
Hiking, Biking and Racing
McAllen residents enjoy plenty of hiking and biking trails on the east and west sides of town such as the Retama Village Park Trail, Westside Park Trail and Las Palmas Park Trail. Visiting cyclists are welcome to meet up with Team McAllen Cycling, a bike club that's been in the city for more than 25 years.
Racing fans can enjoy the McAllen International Motorplex and Event Center, which hosts stock car races, car shows and more. The racetrack is a family-friendly place, offering activities for children such as games, face painting and crafts.
The McAllen Parks and Recreation Department currently oversees 25 city parks. Ranging from historic parks established in the early 1900s to more modern facilities, there is a wide array of options suitable for the whole family.
McAllen's oldest park, Archer Park opened in 1912. Serving as a historic landmark in the city, it also plays host to many of the city's annual special events including the Candlelight Posada and Shakespeare in the Park.
Springfest Park, the city's largest park, hosts a variety of special events and is home to McAllen's Winter Polo League from January through March.
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