Weslaco, Texas

Weslaco got its name from the initials of the W.E. Stewart Land Company that promoted the townsite in the irrigated Rio Grande Valley in 1919. Weslaco is located in the heart of an immense citrus, vegetable and cotton-producing area.

The town's charming city hall, built in 1928, features intricate cast-stone sculpture adorning the entryway and cupola of the Spanish Moorish building. The interior stairway is set with colorful Spanish tiles in geometric designs. The building is a designated historical site at 500 South Kansas Avenue.

The Harlon Block Memorial features a simple, but elegant monument to a local Marine, who participated in the famed flag-raising on Iwo Jima. The monument is located at the Texas Army National Guard Armory, 1100 Vo-Tech Drive.

The public library is one of the most modern facilities in the Rio Grande Valley. It, too, boasts Old-Mexico style, complete with a Spanish open courtyard. The library is located at 525 South Kansas Avenue.

Birding has become a worldwide attraction to Weslaco. The city is the center of a major flyway of the continent as well as the home to the World Birding Center's geographic center. The 176-acre refuge is open by appointment.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Frontera Audubon

A 12-acre nature preserve featuring mature native woodlands, trails, wetlands and butterfly gardens. Target birds include Groove-billed Ani, long-billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, Green Jay and more, and more than 70 kinds of butterfiles have been documented on the property. Located at 1101

Weslaco, TX Nature Preserves

Valley Nature Center

Is composed of a half-mile nature trail winding its way through five acres of native Valley vegetation and also includes butterfly gardens, ponds and cactus gardens. The indoor Exhibit Hall features interactive children's exhibits of native wildlife and habitat, as well as a Gift Shop. 301

Weslaco, TX Nature Trails

Nuevo Progreso, Mexico

Seven miles south on F.M. 1015 and U.S. 281

Weslaco, TX Day Trips

Bicultural Museum

Artifacts accent daily lives of region's Hispanic and Anglo settlers;

Weslaco, TX Museums

Things to do near Weslaco, TX

Art and Wildlife Collection

Western landscape oil paintings are displayed in the lobby of the Dilley State Bank. Many trophy mounts native to the Dilley ...

Panna Maria Visitors' Center

Administered by the Panna Maria Historical Society, the center is housed in the 1875 Pilarczyk Store. Souvenirs, handmade cra...

Alamo Cenotaph

Dominating the plaza in front of the Alamo, the monument was designed by Pompeo Coppini, eminent Italian-born sculptor who ad...

Atascosa River Park

Towering oak and pecan trees shade picnic area; also tennis courts, athletic fields, and a specially designed playground for ...