McALLEN The City of McAllen is offering tours of its unique historic and natural treasures from November through March. Explore the unique habitat of the McAllen Botanical Gardens on a guided nature tour witnessing the variety of plant and wildlife thriving in the largest and oldest tract of native forest remaining in the McAllen metropolitan area.

Discover McAllen's rich heritage on a tour of historic sites and landmarks. Enjoy a guided tour of the McAllen Heritage Center located in Downtown's La Placita. Learn about other McAllen landmarks including Casa de Palmas Hotel, Las Palmas Historic District, Cine El Rey and many more sites on a guided driving tour throughout the city.

Tours are scheduled monthly from November through March from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Nature tours are held the first Saturday of the each month (December 3, January 7, February 4 and March 3). History Tours are held every third Saturday of the month (November 19, December 17, January 21, February 18 and March 17).

Tours will depart from Quinta Mazatlan, the McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset Drive, just one block south of La Plaza Mall off 10th Street.

Tickets can be purchased for $5 each at Lark, Las Palmas and Palm View Community Centers during regular business hours. Tour tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be available for purchase on the day of the tour.

The history and nature tours were first offered to the public during a pilot program held in April 2011 and are now back by popular demand. For more information contact the City of McAllen Parks and Recreation Department at 956-681-3333 or visit www.mcallen.net