Introduction to Weslaco, Texas
Weslaco, Texas, in Hidalgo county, is 15 miles E of McAllen, Texas (center to center) and 119 miles S of Corpus Christi, Texas. The city is part of the McAllen - Edinburg - Mission metropolitan statistical area (MSA). About 26,935 people live in Weslaco.
The area of Welasco was named after the W. E. Stewart Land Company. Early settlers transformed the land, which was filled with dense bushes, into agricultural land that was irrigated by canal systems and pump stations. Downtown Weslaco was considered the neon city because the downtown businesses utilized gas filled tubes for signage.
Weslaco and Nearby Attractions
- Weslaco Museum
- Weslaco City Park
- The Tower Theatre
- Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
- Villa De Cortez
- The Harlon Block Memorial
Things To Do In Weslaco
Museums to visit include Weslaco Museum, as well as the International Museum of Art and Science. Hiking, fishing, picnicking, and boating opportunities are available at popular parks like Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park, Delta Lake Park, and Weslaco City Park. Some of the places for bird and wildlife watching are Weslaco Pixie Trees, Rio Rico Bluffs, Golden Raintree Citrus Farms, Estero Llano Grande Lake, and Frontera Audubon Center. Local festivals include Dragonfly Days, Onion Festival and Festival de Guitarra.
McAllen Miller International Airport is a major airport nearby.
Weslaco Higher Education
South Texas College - Mid-Valley Campus is located in Weslaco. Other colleges and universities nearby include Texas Southmost College and University of Texas at Brownsville.