Things to Do & See
At the geographic center of the World Birding Center network, Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco attracts a spectacular array of South Texas wildlife with its varied landscape of shallow lake, woodlands and thorn forest. Even beginning birders and nature lovers will enjoy exploring this 230 plus-acre refuge. Take advantage of all they have to offer, including full moon hikes, bird, butterfly, and dragonfly walks and more! Located at 3301 S. International Blvd. Call 565-3919 for more information or visit http://theworldbirdingcenter.com/estero.html.
Loop through six acres of pure nature and feed the birds at Valley Nature Center, a secret garden in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. The Valley Nature Center is the oldest nature center in the RGV, and the only non-profit center fully dedicated to environmental education south of San Antonio and east of Eagle Pass. Includes Cactus Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bird Feeding Stations, 1/4 Acre Wetland, Board Walk, Small Ponds, Walking Trails, and more! Call 969-2475 for tour information or visit http://valleynaturecenter.org.
Frontera Audubon Center is a natural urban jewel located in the South Texas town of Weslaco. The 15 acre site attracts bird and butterfly enthusiasts from across the United States and world, thanks to its natural biodiversity. Be sure to visit the historic Skaggs House, one of Weslaco’s oldest buildings. In 1992, the Skaggs House was donated to Frontera for historic preservation. The home was designated as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1994 and renovations to its interior are underway. Located at 1101 S. Texas. Call 968-3275 for more information. Visit http://fronteraaudubon.org/
History and Education
- Sojourn through time at the Weslaco Museum, 500 S. Texas. The museum has an attractive art gallery to showcase monthly exhibits and programs. The museum also features a static exhibit on the history of Weslaco and the Rio Grande Valley. Visit www.weslacomuseum.org for information on their upcoming exhibits.
- Visit Weslaco’s Historic City Hall and Fire Station at S. Kansas & 5th St.
- Take a break at the Weslaco Business Visitor Center and watch a film on the sugar cane industry in the RGV or Historic Ranches. Located at 275 S. Kansas, right next to City Hall.
- Tour the historic Villa de Cortez, one of Weslaco’s oldest buildings. Call ahead at 968-4633.
- Walk by the World’s Smallest Museum on 6th St and Missouri.
- Visit Weslaco’s Mayor Joe V. Sanchez Public Library at 525 S. Kansas.
- Enjoy an evening of live music and art at Alfresco Weslaco! Held on the third Thursday of the month from August to February, Alfresco Weslaco features live music, art displays, sidewalk sales and all kinds of delicious food. Downtown Texas Blvd.
- The Mid Valley Lighted Christmas Parade is Weslaco’s hometown night parade, featuring lighted floats and displays, strolling down Texas Blvd.
- Join us at Texas Onion Fest! It’s a fun-filled event celebrating the development of the sweet Texas Onion, right here in Weslaco. Enjoy food vendors, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, dancing horses, kiddie rides, a car show and MORE! For more information, click here.
Arts and Culture
Enjoy a play by iTheatre of Texas at Weslaco’s Tower Theater, a historical landmark created from a 1928 water storage tank. This theatre in the round seats 100 people. ITheatre is comprised of like-minded individuals with a love for theatre. Their mission is to make theatre accessible to everyone. ITheatre is a 501.(c.).3 registered non profit community theatre that believes that a community can support local arts and artists, and by doing so, it will become culturally enriched.