South Texas has a lot to offer. From beautiful parks to amazing venues. Find a nice spot to eat or an event that will surely be one to remember.
This is Area956.
From Laredo to South Padre Island, there is an enourmous collection of events ranging from concerts to holiday festivals. There are so many events that you will definitely never be bored.
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Some local spots in the 956 that are must visits!
Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets
a 578,000-square-foot (53,700 m2) shopping center located in Mercedes, Texas located on Expressway 83. It is owned and managed by Simon Property Group, and part of Simon's Premium Outlets family of outlet malls. The shopping center has 140 stores.
FOR SHOPPING THAT'S ALWAYS WORTH THE TRIP.
The McAllen Convention Center
Located in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, the McAllen Convention Center is the preferred venue in the Region for gatherings.
Our flexibility can accommodate virtually any event, from small intimate meetings to large conventions, weddings, tradeshows, sporting events, and concerts with over 174,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. We offer a 60,000 square foot column-free exhibit hall and over 25,000 square feet of meeting space in four ballrooms and up to 16 breakout rooms.
For much of its existence since construction in 1935, the Spanish Revival Style mansion was a private and rather luxurious residence, complete with a Roman tub. It possessed the distinction then and now of being one of, if not, the largest adobe structures in Texas (10,000 sq. feet).
After a period of over 60 years and two different owners, the house was put up for sale at an auction. Despite Quinta Mazatlan’s appeal, developers with eyes on other projects wanted to demolish the adobe home. Thanks to the citizens, the City of McAllen bought the property in 1998, Quinta Mazatlan avoided the bulldozer and assumed a much wider responsibility in the community. In 2006 Quinta Mazatlan opened as a “mansion with a mission” under the stewardship of the McAllen Parks and Recreation Department.
Previous owners Jason Matthews and later Frank Schultz may not have looked beyond the gates of their property in terms of its potential influence. But now the 20-acre Tamaulipan Thornforest property joins other protected areas from South Padre Island in the Gulf all the way to Roma in the west under the World Birding Center (WBC) organization.
For the City of McAllen, the mansion welcomes business people and dignitaries to the area. Its Spanish architecture and extensive gardens make Quinta Mazatlan a fine reception area for all ambassadors who seek audience in McAllen, one of the largest cities in the Valley.
Quinta Mazatlan is now an urban sanctuary working to enrich people's lives by sharing knowledge about birds, plants and environmental stewardship in South Texas. Quinta Mazatlan and its WBC partners promote birding and conservation of Valley habitat, especially as it benefits numerous avian residents and neo-tropical migrants. The Valley currently has 1.2 million people on the American side (and at least 2.1 million on the Mexican side), and represents the fastest growing metropolitan area in the country. The protection of woodlands and green space is an important goal for the City of McAllen and its neighbors.
South Padre Island
With 34-miles of uninterrupted beaches, South Padre Island leads the Texas beach scene for all ages!
From young and old and everyone in between, South Padre Island welcomes guests to this paradise in South Texas. Whether you are planning a romantic weekend, spring break or the perfect family vacation, South Padre Island has the events, lodging and activities for visitors of all ages.