While the rest of the country is gearing up for a freezing winter, we are just beginning to have weather cool enough to spend the entire day at the park rather than the pool. RGV parks are the place to be with kids.
Park weather in the RGV is at its best October through March. Now is the perfect time to begin exploring new parks that you haven’t tried yet or return to your favorite one.
Our list of parks includes favorites from some RGV Moms Blog Contributors.
Check to see if your favorite park made the list!
Bill Schupp Park-1300 Zinnia
Tucked away from busy 10th street, Bill Schupp Park is a staple for north McAllen play time. Trails encircle an expansive play area with a sunken garden, multiple swing sets, playgrounds, and picnic areas. Beautiful mature trees provide lots of shade and the running trail is equipped with multiple work out stations.
McAllen’s Park and Spray Ground – 29th and Zinnia
This park is full of fun for kids of all ages. The park includes a splash park that is open mostly in the summer. The park also includes many swings for kids. There are several picnic areas for families and a fitness trail.
Fireman’s Park-201 N. 1st Street
Fireman’s Park is an amazing park for kids of all ages as well as family events. The park has a pavilion that is able to serve 250 people. Little ones can enjoy the playground while older kids can play on the sand volleyball court or large jungle gym. From June through August, you can enjoy the Town Lake located at Fireman’s Park with paddle boats, kayaks, and fishing.
Gonzalez Elementary-201 E. Martin
This beautiful playground is located at Gonzalez Elementary and is full of fun. Kids are drawn to and enjoy the brightly colored playground equipment.
Crossings Park-N. 25th and W. Arroyo Avenue
This unique park is in the middle of a beautiful McAllen subdivision. The park has a large covered area with picnic tables. Another great feature of the park is the traditional swings. There is even workout equipment that moms can use while the kiddos run off some energy.
Palm View Park-3411 Jordan
Another gem of McAllen parks is Palm View Park. It is located next to the Palm View Community Center and Library. The park has a splash park that is separate from the playground equipment. This is helpful because the kids do not get the playground equipment wet. The playground has a large slide and is most appropriate for kids ages 3 and above.
Summer Breeze-401 N. Bentsen Road
Summer Breeze Park is a quiet park that is perfect for toddlers ages 18 months-3 years. The park is equipped with playground equipment and swings. It also has a beautiful pavilion with picnic tables.
Municipal Park-714 S. Raul Longoria Road
The Edinburg Municipal Park is so much more than a playground. This park includes a birding center, a community garden, fields, playground equipment, trails, lakes, and a large pavilion. There is so much to do and see at the Municipal Park.
Memorial Park-Freddy Gonzalez & Veterans Boulevard
Memorial Park recently added a splash park to their facility that can be utilized in the summer. Their playground equipment is suitable for all ages. It also has a jogging trail and fields.
Bannworth Park-Shary Road & Village Drive
This park offers more than just a playground. It has a jogging trail, a pond with a pier, pavilions, picnic tables, fields, restrooms, and an open play area. It is also the best place to come and feed the ducks. This park can be for any age but is better for ages 3 and up because of the open water and pier.
Los Cabos Park-Los Cabos Subdivision (Sharyland Plantation)
Located inside Sharyland Plantation, this newer park is the ideal park for toddlers ages 18 months-3 years. It’s equipment is easy to climb and teaches kids how to become more independent on playground equipment while also being safe. The park is located next to a quiet, rarely occupied street so it is important to keep a watchful eye.
Gibson Park-301 S. Border Avenue
Gibson Park includes playground equipment. The best part is that it is located right in front of the Valley Nature Center. So, you can make a full day of it and explore nature and play!
McKelvy Park – 1325 S 77 Sunshine Strip
This 11 acre park has lots of open area, covered picnic areas and playgrounds along with access to the Arroyo Hike & Bike Trail.
Los Fresnos Memorial Park – 900 N Arroyo Blvd
Across from the Los Fresnos High School is this large park equipped with a running trail, large pavilion, and fun play yards and a zipline for kids.
Los Fresnos Skate Park – Ocean Blvd (Hwy 100)
This skatepark is best described as a flow plaza. The park features a lot of different obstacles that have never been built anywhere else. On the route to South Padre Island, the park will be a very popular stop along the way.
Brownsville Sports Park – 1000 Sports Park Boulevard
The Park also includes a public park and nature trail perfect for pick-nicks during the games. A lake, boardwalk and recreational fishing pier can be found at the park and make it a perfect place for bird-watching during the seasonal migrations. Sports fields equipped for baseball, football, little miss kickball, softball, basketball, little league baseball, soccer, and volleyball.
Dean Porter Park – 501 East Ringgold Street
This 25 acre park along the Resaca waterway is scenic and perfect for play time and picnics. Activities include: Sam’s Memorial Pool and water playground, 13 individual free picnic cabanas, a playground for children with physical challenges, walking and fitness trail, rentable large picnic pavilion & BBQ oven, Ringgold Civic Pavilion, Camille Playhouse Theater, Children’s Museum, Costumes of the Americas Museum, Butterfly Garden, a physically challenged playground and open space meadow.