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The Rio Grande Valley is home to some very special sacred places. Start your family’s day with a tour of these distinctive landmarks.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and La Lomita Mission Chapel are significant because of their historical richness and architecturally beautiful designs. Five miles west of McAllen is the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle - National Shrine. Recognized as a National Shrine by the Vatican. in 1998, this site serves as a memorial to a miraculous healing that occurred in 17th Century in San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico. Over a million visitors pass through annually to the Basilica and to attend mass.

After lunch, treat the family to all things aquatic. McAllen has three city pools to enjoy, each located at strategic points throughout the city. Two McAllen Splash Parks-Zinnia Park and Splash Pad & Palmview Splash Pad are very popular with families, and suitable for children of all ages.

Combine dinner and games in one location at Dave and Buster's. Whether you’re into traditional games such as billiards or bowling, or something more virtual, the fantastic array of games will keep you busy for the evening.

If you’re fortunate enough to be visiting during spring or fall, don’t miss the Sunset Live Concert Series at the McAllen Convention Center for a perfect ending to your fun-filled day.

Day Two:

You can’t go wrong with the super fun youth and educational programs offered at The International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS) or at Quinta Mazatlan.

IMAS offers attention-grabbing and ever-changing displays and programs for children of all ages. For the adult art enthusiast, spectacular revolving collections are on display from regional and national artists.

At Quinta Mazatlan, your family will be charmed with the gorgeous urban sanctuary. A historic 1930’s adobe mansion and its grounds act as an interactive stage to showcase indigenous plants, migrating birds and butterflies, and the occasional mammal. Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen's wing of the World Birding Center also offers a stellar opportunity to witness ongoing environmental conservation. A bonus during your visit is Quinta Mazatlan’s art gallery which spotlights the Ann Maddox Moore Mexican folk art collection. The nature gift store carries the very best in nature and environmentally related toys and souvenirs.

Up the energy level in the afternoon with any one of these options: Fantasy Skateland or Frio Grande Valley Ice Skating Center. Both offer flexible “free skate” schedules in the afternoon and evenings. Or if you’d rather be free flying, visit one of McAllen’s three trampoline parks-Altitude Trampoline Park, Get Air McAllen, or Skypark Trampoline Park.

In the evening, join in on all the amusement that Topgolf has to offer. Golfer or not, there’s literally something for everyone there. All things golf, from in- house designed challenges, to lessons, leagues, and tournaments are ongoing. There’s a wide range of other non-related golf gaming and live music all available in one location.

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