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Weslaco - In the Center of it All


History


The town was named Weslaco, an acronym for W.E. Stewart Land Company. Early settlers came as a result of excursion parties brought from: Chicago, Kansas City and the Midwest. These settlers converted wild brush land into thriving agricultural land irrigated by pump stations and canal systems.

Historic Weslaco City Hall and Fire Station was renovated in 1998 and has quite a presence with its stucco exterior and tile dome.

Villa de Cortez was originally built in 1928. It was a glorious community center with attractive and luxurious accommodations for land speculators and farmers considering locating in the Weslaco area in the early part of the 20th century. Today, the Cortez has restaurants, various shops, a barbershop and a beautiful ballroom on the second floor. Other rooms are available for rent for community and family functions. Tours are available, call (956) 969-3100.

Bugambilias Marketplace is an emporium of unique shops in one building with a central business center for your purchases. Browse to your hearts content among the unique items offered. Call (956) 447-0099.

In the 1937 downtown Weslaco was called the city of neon as downtown businesses used the gas filled tubes for signage. The place to be on Saturday night was downtown Weslaco for an ice cream soda at the corner drug store or dinner at Keno’s Café and dancing at the Villa de Cortez. Today, downtown Weslaco still offers much to see and do and businesses still use neon to identify their businesses. For more information of Weslaco’s mainstreet, pick up a Weslaco Mainstreet brochure from the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce. Call (956) 968-2102.

The Weslaco Museum commemorates Weslaco’s history and features a new cultural exhibit with a number of area artifacts. Chartered in 1971, the museum expanded in 2009 and relocated to 500 S. Texas Blvd. in downtown Weslaco. Highlights include an area for rotating exhibits, special programs, and a tribute to Weslaco son Harlon H. Block, one of the famous WWII servicemen who raised the American flag at Iwo Jima. For museum hours, call (956) 968-9142.


Nature


Weslaco was designated the Citrus Capital of Texas by the state legislature in January 1998. Groves can be found throughout the city and the fragrant scent of orange blossoms fills the air during spring.

Weslaco has become home to many species of birds and butterflies. In fact, Weslaco has four sites on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Pick up a “birding Hot Spots” brochure from the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce and start checking off birds on your list.


The Valley Nature Center

The Valley Naure Center is six acres of native habitat in the heart of Weslaco that is home to hundreds of birds and butterflies. A paved trail leads visitors through the lush vegetation, cactus garden, bog pond, and butterfly garden. Guided tours are available.

Located at 301 S. Border Ave. For further information, call (956) 969-2475 or visit

www.valleynaturecenter.org.


Frontera Audubon Center

Frontera Audubon Center is fifteen acres of restored native habitat once part of a historic estate. A vintage citrus orchard and butterfly gardens combined with sabal palms and a dense thicket and wetlands are home to resident birds, migrating waterfowl, colorful warblers, wild parrots and butterflies galore. The preserve is a model of how a city and native forest can co-exist.

Located at 1101 S. Texas Blvd. For more information, call (956) 968-3275 or visit
www.fronteraaudubon.org.


Estero Llano Grande State Park

Estero Llano Grande State Park, Weslaco Wing of the World Birding is at the geographic center of the World Birding Center Network, attracting a spectacular array of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and South Texas wildlife with its varied landscape of shallow ponds, woodlands, and thorn forest. Water is the magic ingredient for attracting wildlife.

Come and enjoy the largest wetlands environment in the World Birding Center network; located at 3301 S. International Blvd. (FM 1015). For further information, call (956) 565-3919 or visit

www.worldbirdingcenter.org.


Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is located on U.S. Highway 281 (Military Hwy), south of Alamo, Texas. This U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge is one of the most visited nature sites in the nation. Wildlife viewing is the richest at ecological junctions and at Santa Ana, the subtropical Gulf coast, Great Plains, and Chihuahuan desert meet. This is a 2,088-acre refuge that is home to almost 400 bird species, half of all butterfly species found in North America, and such rarities as the indigo snake and endangered ocelot.

For information on programs and hours, call (956) 784-7500.



Attractions


Weslaco shines bright in the horizon offering many attractions that are unique to the city and worth the distance.

Banderas de Weslaco

Banderas de Weslaco is a celebration of community that uplifts the American spirit, as well as the spirit of Weslaco. State flags are displayed in the order that the state entered the Union and are a diverse array of colors and symbols.

Located at 305 W. Railroad St.


Texas Onion Fest

Texas Onion Fest celebrates the Texas onion industry annually at the end of March or beginning of April. This festival offers sweet onion blossoms, dancing horse shows, onion eating contests, recipe contests, and a wide mix of musical entertainment.

For more information, call the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce at (956) 968-2102 or visit
www.weslaco.com.


Dragonfly Days

Dragonfly Days is a three-day festival that takes place every May. Participants enjoy a line–up of field trips led by local naturalists who will get you up close with the odonates of South Texas!

For details visit
www.valleynaturecenter.org, or call the Valley Nature Center at (956) 969-2475.


The Mid-Valley Lighted Christmas Parade

The Mid-Valley Lighted Christmas Parade takes place downtown the first Friday in December. The parade line-up includes antique cars, marching bands, dancers, and equestrians, making it an unforgettable experience. Each year the parade has a different theme and area schools and businesses compete for the winning float. Lights, music, and fanfare make every float a must see at this parade. Bring your lawn chair and arrive early for a great view!

Call the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce at (956) 968-2102 for details.


Golf


Golfing in Weslaco offers a number of course choices including Tierra Santa Golf Club, “the best, affordable public course in the U.S.,” as nominated by Golf Digest. For tee times, call (956) 973-1811.

Weslaco also offers Village Executive Golf Course, a beautiful 9-hole par 3 course with pull carts and a clubhouse. It is open fall and winter seasons. Call Village Executive at (956)968-6516 for more information.


Llano Grande Golf Course, with its historic clubhouse, offers a driving range, junior programs, pro shop, putting, chipping, rental clubs, snack bar & grill, and league play. Call (956) 565-3351.


Theater

Tower Theater on 2nd & Kansas is a local theater group that is housed in an unusual facility: a historic 1928 water tower storage tank. The theater in the round seats about 100 and performances are scheduled year-round. For upcoming performances and to make reservations, call (956) 969-2368.


The Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show

The Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show held in Mercedes, Texas, is the Valley’s largest Livestock Show and Fair. The show has become a 9-day event held annually in March. The fair includes many livestock show competitions and exhibits for South Texas youth. Other features include a covered arena with two weekends of rodeos, a parade, big name country music bands, a large carnival, commercial trade show exhibits, youth exhibits, food booths, and a myriad of midway entertainment. For details, call the Livestock Show at (956)565-2456.


Nuevo Progresso

Nuevo Progreso, Mexico, is seven miles south of Expressway 83 on FM 1015. The Mexican border town of Nuevo Progreso, known to locals as Las Flores (the flowers), has become the prime Mexico shopping destination for visitors to the Rio Grande Valley. This quaint little town caters to tourists. Shopping and dining are made easy. You can walk across the short international bridge or drive your car across. The main street is lined with shops of all kinds, including pharmacies, and doctor and dentist offices. Restaurants abound with a variety of food choices.


The Weslaco Business & Visiotrs Center

The Weslaco Business & Visitors Center, with unique vintage Weslaco architecture, is a new addition to the Weslaco downtown district. The building’s beautiful wood frame ceiling and rustic tile floor are a spectacular sight for visitors. The colorful landscaping is designed to entice butterflies and birds. Artistic roof overhang braces, depicting many Weslaco icons, accent the “train depot” style building. The state of the art audio and video display in the lobby offers visitors information about Weslaco, Texas and the world. For more information, call the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce at (956) 968-2012.

Movie Theatres



Cinemark Movies 10

2113 West Expressway 83
Weslaco, TX 78596
956-968-8437
www.cinemark.com

 

Hotels and Accommodations

Restaurants

Arturo's Bar & Grill
702 S. Texas Blvd.
(956) 351-5772
Mon - Sat 11am - 10pm
Sun 11am - 3pm
Accept: checks & all
major credit cards
Alcohol served

Ay Jalisco…!
1600 N. Westgate # 300
(956) 351-5981
Mon-Sun 7am—2am

Buffalo Wings & Rings
1600 N. Westgate # 100
(956) 973-9464
Sun - Wed. 11am - 12am
Thurs - Sat. 11am - 2am

Casa Del Taco
2708 N. Texas Blvd.
(956) 968-2424
Mexican
7am - 10pm
Accept: checks & all
major credit cards

Chili's Grill & Bar
1412 W. Expressway 83
(956) 968-6709
American
Sun-Thurs11am11pm
Sat 11am – 12am
Accept: All major credit cards. Alcohol served

Church’s Chicken
205 W. Bus. Hwy. 83
(956) 968-5611
Sun -Thurs 10am - 11pm
Fri - Sat 10am - 12am

Ciro's Restaurant
1506 W. Pike Blvd.
(956) 969-2236
Mexican & American
Sun -Thurs 10am-10 pm
Fri Sat 10 am -12 am
Accept: checks & all
major credit cards

The Cottage
601 S. Texas
(956) 447-4000
Soups, Salads, Sandwiches
Mon - Fri & Sun 11 am-2 pm
Closed Sat
Accept: checks & all
major credit cards

Dairy Queen
916 N. Texas Blvd.
(956) 968-9115
American
10am - 10pm
Accept: checks & all
major credit cards

El Pato Mexican Food
209 N. Westgate Dr.
(956) 969-1414
Mexican
6:30am - 10pm
Accept: checks & all
major credit cards Alcohol served

Extreme Nutrition
539 S. Texas Blvd.
(956) 975-2508
Smoothies & Health Food Store
Mon - Fri. 9am - 10pm
Sat - Sun 10am - 7pm

Fiesta Tex Mex
Restaurant
615 W. Bus. Hwy. 83
(956) 968-9440
Mon - Sat 7am - 9pm Sun. closed

Guilles’s El Pollo Asado
RGV Premium Outlet Mall
Mercedes
(956) 514-5030
Mon - Sat 9am - 9pm
Sun 9am - 7pm

Keno Cafe
253 S. Texas Blvd.
(956) 968-2474
American w/ homemade rolls
Sun Thurs 7am - 10pm
Fri - Sat 7an - 11pm

Margo’s Corner
401 E. Pike Blvd.
(956) 472-6108
Gourmet Snow Cones
Mon - Sun 12pm - 9pm

Milano's
La Piccola Italia
2900 W. Pike Blvd.
(956) 968-3677
Fish, Variety, Italian
Tues - Sun 5pm - 10 p.m.
Accept: credit cards
Alcohol served

Mi Pueblo Bakery
1504 W. Pike Blvd.
(956) 968-1333
Mon - Sat 6am - 7pm
Sun 6am - 6pm

Mustang Lounge
3610 E. Expressway 83
(956) 825-9959
Mon - Sat 3pm - 2am
Alcohol Served

Oyster Bar VI
1501 W. Bus. Hwy. 83
(956) 968-9002
Seafood & Salads
11:30am - 2:30pm
Accept: local checks & MC

Peter Piper Pizza
3001 E. U.S. Exp. 83
(956) 968-9655
Pizza & Salads
11am - 10pm
Accept: checks, MC & Visa

Ron & Nancy's
Little Italy
425 S. International Blvd.
(956) 447-4100
Mon - Thurs 11am - 9pm
Fri - Sat 11am - 10pm

Savory Perks
1000 Texas Blvd.
(956) 968-1030
Coffee Shop - serves fresh pastries & light lunch
Mon-Thurs 6:30am - 9:30pm
Fri - Sat 6:30am - 10:30pm
Accept: MC & Visa

Starbucks Coffee Co
1915 W Expressway 83
(956) 968-1786
Coffee and Pastries
Mon—Thurs 5:30a-11pm
Friday 6:30am—12am
Saturday 6am-12am
Sunday 6:30am-11pm

Taqueria Azteca
1025 N. Texas Blvd. #16
(956) 969-3727
Sun - Thurs 10am-10pm Fri-Sat 10am - 11pm


The Blue Onion
423 S. International Blvd.
(956) 447-0067
Pizza, Sandwiches & Salads
11am - 9pm
Accept: All major credit cards
Alcohol served

Vidasoy Market
623 E. Bus. Hwy. 83
(956) 587 -1053
Healthy lunches, dinners and baked goods
www.vidasoymarket.com

Whataburger
318 N. Westgate
(956) 447-1300
1500 E. Business 83
(956) 968-9505
1100 N. Texas Blvd.
(956) 968-0521

Ybarra’s Cake Shop & Bakery
600 W. Railroad Street
(956) 968-9421
Mon - Sat. 7am - 7pm
Sun 7am - 2pm

Caterers
All Affairs and
Occasions Catering
Mile 6 N. & Mile 17 W.
Elsa
(956) 330-2192

Jason’s Deli
1308 E. Expressway 83
McAllen, TX
(956) 664-1700
www.jasonsdeli.com

Jose's Cafecito
Courtyard
260 S. Texas Blvd.
(956) 447-5030

Palm Aire Restaurant
& Bar/Catering
969-2015
415 S. International Blvd.
Accept: checks & all major credit cards
Alcohol served
www.gametimefbs.com

Victoria Palms
Restaurant/ Catering
602 N. Victoria Rd.
Donna, TX
(956) 782-3256

Harold's Country Kitchen
2111 E. Business Hwy 83
Donna, TX
(956) 464-2185
American & Mexican
11am - 3pm
Accept: personal checks
Catering Available