Hey RGV Moms, we’re adding more adventures to our “Let’s Explore” series and highlighting some great spots in the RGV to visit with your kiddos. Today’s stop: Quinta Mazatlan.
Location: 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen
Phone: (956) 681-3370
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Open Thursday Nights until Dark
Cost: $3/adult and $2/child ages 3-12; kids 2 and under are free
Time Needed: 1-2 hours
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/McAllenNatureCenter
Quinta Mazatlan is a hidden gem in McAllen that’s a great spot to get your kids out and into nature. It’s one of the nine World Birding Centers in the RGV.
After parking, you’ll need to check-in and pay at the mansion, so follow the red brick trail up the hill. Admission is $3/adult and $2/child ages 3-12.
Quinta Mazatlan has some great nature trails with informational signage that tells you about native plants and wildlife in the Rio Grande Valley. There are also lots of areas for the kids to play and get some energy out. Many of the paths have benches and seating areas, as well, in case your little ones get tuckered out.
Pre-pandemic, they offered some great programming for kids, including programs like Nature Tots, Buckets of Fun, and Summer Nights at the Mansion. We hope those fun activities start up again soon!
Quinta Mazatlan has a lot going on, from volunteer opportunities to scout workshops to school field trip programming. You can check out their website for more info.