McAllen is in Texas' lower Rio Grande Valley, which is noted for its subtropical climate and facilities catering to summer and winter visitors. Golf is popular and numerous courses are available. It's a great destination for birders and nature enthusiasts. Several wildlife refuges and parks offer excellent bird-watching. Several fruit and vegetable groves offer tours. Shoppers will find five primary shopping districts. The small Town Lake at Firemen's Park offers catch and release fishing, kayaking, canoeing and camping. The McAllen Information Center can provide information.

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