Weslaco is a southern town in Texas that's only 12 miles from the border of Mexico. The area has a tropical climate and has become a popular winter Texan location thanks to its year-round high temperatures. The area was named after the W.E. Stewart Land Company after it bought 90 acres to start the town in 1917. Today, the area has grown and offers multiple acres of lush, fertile parks that are dog-friendly and offer a great place to take your pup.
Head down to the Weslaco Dog Park if you're looking for a beautiful, open area to let Fido run around off leash. The park is fenced-in, with separate areas for large and small dogs, double-gated entrances, shaded sitting areas, and free balls. Additional features include dog-sized water fountains, clean-up stations, trash bins, and nighttime lights. The area sits in the larger park of Harlon Block Sports Complex, which has over 4 fenced-in baseball fields, .6 miles of paved walkways, a soccer field, a playground, and a picnic area. Dogs are welcome into the rest of the park to run around and play or take a walk, but must remain on a leash outside the dog park.
The Estero Llano Grande State Park is another amazing place to take Fido for a walk and explore the natural wetlands and marshlands that make up the area. There are 230 acres of protected land here, with a large outdoor pavilion, a 2-mile nature trail, benches, and restrooms. Dogs must remain on a leash 8 feet or shorter, and you should remember to bring your own water and clean-up bags.
Weslaco doesn't just offer a sunny and vibrant outdoor retreat, but also had 2 veterinarians and a love and compassion for its four-legged residents.
North Weslaco is a busy neighborhood filled with residential homes, shopping centers, and home to the South Texas College. Not far from the college is Cavazos Park, a small but open park with a small field to run around and play, a paved walkway that encircles the park, a playground, swingsets, a picnic pavilion, and fenced-in basketball court. Fido has plenty of room to play in the fenced-in courts, in the open area, or to take a walk around the park while they remain on a leash. Pups also have access to additional features like water fountains, benches, and trash bins. The Monterrey Cafe is the best way to start yours and Fido's day since it offers some outdoor dog-friendly seating, and delicious coffee and complimentary water!