National Parks / Natural World

Quinta Mazatlan McAllen

Where is it at?

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Quinta Mazatlan
600 Sunset Drive
McAllen
TX
78503
Tel: 956 681 3370

Directions

To get to 600 Sunset Drive in McAllen, take expressway 83 to 10th St exit, and travel south. Turn east on Sunset Drive and keep going to the historic gates and the parking lot.

Where are we going today?

Quinta Mazatlan is a historical abode mansion which has an aim to enrich people's lives by sharing their love and knowledge of birds, plants and the environment with families just like yours who just love nature!

Wander around the art gallery which features a fascinating new exhibit every few months, whose themes focus on nature related topics such as tropical birds to the beautiful landscapes.  These are open all year round and are included in the admission!

For those wanting to basking in the beautiful Texan sun, you can enjoy their themed gardens, programs and trails where you can learn about all the lovely plants around you, and even create your own little slice of history!

Kids - this area is just for you!  The Discovery Center features a super fun outdoor play area which incorporates natural elements so you can literally play in nature.  There is green space for your creative play, and large windows that let the natural light in, as well as green techniques to preserve the quality of the building so you know your playing is safe for the environment! Perhaps you can imagine yourself to be a brave zoo keeper, or a wild explorer! 

There are a host of tours and programs throughout the year that you can enjoy, such as the Bird And Nature Walk, and even help celebrate Earth Day with them! 

Especially for the kids are youth education programs like Buckets of Fun, for 2-5 year olds where they can explore fun elements of nature using simple tools like a bucket and a song, or fun school science programs suitable for all grades. 

A fun, nature filled day! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$3
  • Children$2 (Under 12)
  • Free Under: 4
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Tuesday to Saturday, 8am to 5pm and Thursday nights until dark.

Teachers corner

Quinta Mazatlan offers programs for all grade learning, where they can learn all about nature and have outdoor fun! All science programs are curriculum driven, and they also offer summer camps and Saturday programs for families. .

Any Top Tips?

Try looking up their programs first and time a visit for a special day, you and the kids can pick up an incredible range of information from their guest speaker sessions.

Prices seem to vary depending on whats on..

Doing our bit

They are a very "Green" facility and take pride in the restoration and preservation of the environment. .

Can I get one of those?

Fun, educational and environmental gifts are available in the store - and anything you buy is supporting the habitat restoration! .

More information

Please keep in mind it's a non smoking facility. .

What people are saying?

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    It's an aging hotel in a neighborhood that is run down. You are constantly harassed by vendors on the beach and time-share solicitors everywhere you go. It seems the hotel's prime objective is to sell you a time-share (Don't sign up. You'll regret it.)
    There are new and wonderful resorts in Mexico. This isn't one of them.

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    I felt privileged to stay at El Cid castilla Resort. in the." Golden zone" downtown. Mazatlan.
    The building has weathered 30 yrs. Very well. All workers/employees were very helpful and friendly.

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    DO NOT STAY AT GRANADA! it is outdated with bad service and overpriced! Walk across the street to Moro or Castilla. You will thank me later. Nice room, ocean view, and get this... customer service!

    I will edit my review. Still a very nice place but confusion and too many hoops to jump through to get things figured out. Purchased AI, zip line, etc. Eventually returning them all because of lateness or last of explanation setting incorrect expectations.

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    I bought an El Cid timeshare that ran for 20 years. After about 10 years the maintenance fee was so high it was costing me money to keep this timeshare. I wrote multiple emails to the company asking that my contract be terminated. I stopped using the timeshare and before I knew it a collection company was calling and put a lien on my home for more than $1000. Beware of El Cid timeshares. They'll abuse you with their maintenance fees and then send you to a collection agency if you try to get out of the contract. I'll never stay with them again.

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    Best hotel in mazatlan... Dont get floors above 5 if you have kids

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