Nature abounds in Weslaco, Texas. Weslaco is home to three nature centers that share a wealth of wildlife and nature habitats. The Valley Nature Center, Frontera Audubon, and Weslaco’s newest addition, Estero Llano Grande State Park, cater to everyone from the laid back observer to the avid naturalist.
Birding and Butterfly watching attract avid naturists to Weslaco, Texas each year. People come to Weslaco from all over the world to view a wide variety of bird and butterfly species that migrate through the area every year. The region’s tropical climate also lends itself to various native plants and other wildlife.
With Weslaco's central Rio Grande Valley location, you'll easily find your way to the most popular nature hotspots in South Texas!
This 230-acre refuge and group camp facility in Weslaco attracts a spectacular array of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and South Texas wildlife with its varied landscapes of shallow ponds, woodlands and thorn forest. Explore over 5 miles of trails, boardwalks, pavilions and observation decks. Water is the magic ingredient for attracting wildlife and Estero Llano Grande offers the largest wetlands environment in the World Birding Center network. Visitor Center Hours are 8:00 am-5:00 pm Closed Mondays year around and Tuesdays July-October.
A twelve-acre nature preserve featuring mature native woodlands, wetlands, butterfly gardens, and trails. See migratory ducks, native birds, wild parrots, and colorful warblers. Rarities documented within the preserve include: Blue Mockingbird, Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Crimson-collared Grosbeak, White-throated Robin, Elegant Trogon and Mangrove Cuckoo. Raucous parrots may also be seen roosting for the evening. The Center is a model of how a city and a forest can coexist. Open Sunday thru Friday, 8 am to 4 pm; and Saturdays, 7 am to 7 pm.
Five acres of native habitat in the heart of Weslaco, home to hundreds of birds and butterflies. A trail leads visitors through the lush vegetation, cactus garden, bog ponds, and butterfly garden. Green Jays, Great Kiskadees, and Buff-Bellied Hummingbirds can be seen here, plus migrating birds in the spring and fall. The park is also home to the Texas Tortoise and the Texas Horned Lizard. The Center has weekly programs for all ages, offers guided tours, and hosts a native plant nursery with plants for sale. Visitors are invited to view the Center’s conservation resource library and gift shop for additional services.
Open Tuesday thru Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; Saturdays, 8 am to 5 pm; Sundays, 1 pm to 5 pm; and closed on Mondays. Located in the back of Gibson Park on Border Avenue.
Hilltop Gardens is a 500 acre organic Aloe vera farm. Facilities include a 20 acre botanical garden, a bed and breakfast and a visitor center. This is one of the prettiest places in the Valley to watch birds, see butterflies and stroll through beautifully designed gardens. A true oasis in the farm land these gardens attract most of the valley specialties and have proven to be a real nature hotspot in the mid valley area. Just 22 miles north of Weslaco on FM491. The gardens are open to the public Tuesday – Saturday 9 – 4:30. Reservations for the B&B can be made on our web site