How to Have a Wonderful Weekend in San Angelo

San Angelo is a pretty little town of 100,000 people in the Concho Valley between the Permian Basin to the northwest, the Chihuahuan Desert to the southwest, and the Osage Plains to the northeast. Drive 112 miles east of Midland on Garden City Highway 158 or 225 miles west of Waco via Highway 84 and US-87 South.

German immigrants settled in the Concho River area in the mid-1800s. Fort Concho was established in 1867 to protect settlers and travelers bound for California. San Angelo became the county seat of Tom Green County in 1883. Here’s a look at San Angelo, a great place to spend a weekend.

Concho River Walk & Celebration Bridge (Photo credit: San Angelo Chamber of Commerce)

Things To Do In San Angelo

Walk on the Concho River

The 6.4 km long Concho River Boardwalk features scenic water features, landscaped gardens, Bosque Park with a picnic area and grills, and the Kids Kingdom Playground. There are exercise areas for walkers and joggers and Celebration Bridge connecting the north and south shores. Bring your tackle box and rod for some relaxing fishing along the Concho River. The Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage, a 3-acre outdoor amphitheater, hosts concerts and private events. The Santa Fe Park Golf Course features nine holes spanning over 2,400 yards with affordable weekday and weekend rates.

San Angelo Railroad Museum
San Angelo Railroad Museum (Photo credit: San Angelo Chamber of Commerce)

San Angelo Railroad Museum

Visit the San Angelo Railroad Museum every Saturday, where you’ll step back in time to 1910, the year the depot was built. Enjoy living history tours given by guides dressed in period costumes. Check the calendar of events for Rail Days in May, Scare Station in October, and Santa’s Christmas Event in November and December.

San Angelo Historic Murals

Admire the downtown three-panel military mural on East Concho showing Fort Concho, San Angelo Army Airfield, and Goodfellow Air Force Base. Learn about the military history of the three panels and the significance given during World War II. I could spend an afternoon touring the historic murals and learning about the history of San Angelo from murals showing the Blacksmith, Santa Fe Depot, West Texas Ranching, and Overland Stagecoach. The proud citizens of San Angelo privately funded these historic murals.

Cannon Fort Concho.
Cannon Fort Concho (Photo credit: San Angelo Chamber of Commerce)

Fort Concho National Historic Site

Discover Fort Concho, established in 1867 along the Concho River to protect West Texas frontier settlements from 1869 to 1885, where Buffalo Soldiers served with the 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments and the 9th and 10th Infantry Regiments. cavalry. Use the site map to take a self-guided tour of the fort. Explore the extensive collection of historical artifacts like clothing, weapons, tools, bowls, military buttons, horse gear, and personal items representing the last quarter of the 19th century. I love watching the soldiers fire the cannon from the fort.

Western fresco;  Alley of brushes.
Alley of brushes (Photo credit: San Angelo Chamber of Commerce)

Art in unusual places

A group of over 50 artists dedicated to producing art in unusual places exhibits murals in Paintbrush Alley between the Texas Theater and Firestone on Concho Avenue. My favorite is the Western Mural in Paintbrush Alley. The Pop Art Museum is a free public art donation open 24 hours a day. Hike the Red Arroyo Art Trail and the River Corridor to see more public art.

San Angelo Fine Arts Museum
San Angelo Fine Arts Museum (Photo credit: San Angelo Chamber of Commerce)

Fine Arts Museum of San Angelo

Located in downtown San Angelo overlooking the Concho River, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts is home to three expansive galleries, two of which have 40-foot ceilings and a large sculpted rooftop terrace with city views. Explore the permanent art collection as well as traveling exhibits, a comprehensive gift shop, and research library with a growing range of exhibits of early Texas art. Enjoy an active education wing with classrooms and ceramic studios.

Murphy’s Theater

You must see the glorious Elta Joyce Murphey Performance Hall, remodeled from the old San Angelo City Hall and Auditorium and built in 1928 by El Paso architect Trost & Trost. After 3 years of resurrection work, the auditorium reopened in 2017 with a performance by the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra. Today, the performance hall, a Texas historical landmark, is called The Murphey. See upcoming performances like the freedom riders, The Simon & Garfunkel story, Alma Mexicana Mariachi, Where South Pacific.

Official herd of Texas State Longhorns at San Angelo State Park.
Official Texas State Longhorn Herd (Photo credit: San Angelo Chamber of Commerce)

San Angelo State Park

Just west of San Angelo, visit San Angelo State Park, home to the official herd of Texas state longhorns. The 7,677-acre park connects the OC Fisher Reservoir and the Concho River with 50 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Explore the 3 km Dinosaur Trail, where fossilized traces of pre-dinosaur creatures from the Permian era wandered. Hike lakeside on the nearly 6 mile trail or fish in the reservoir and river. No fishing license is required from shore or wharf, only when fishing from a boat. Choose campsites with electricity and water or primitive hiking sites. The group dorm, with a kitchen, living room and restroom, sleeps six or you can book a rustic log cabin with a restroom nearby.

Twin Buttes Reservoir

West of San Angelo on the Middle and South Concho Rivers, the 9,080-acre Twin Buttes Reservoir requires a Limited Public Use Permit ($12 per year) to fish, hike, camp, or picnic. picnic in the area for people 17 and over. Or purchase a $48 annual public hunting license to include hunting. You will find excellent bass and catfish fishing here.

Bart DeWitt Park

The 10-acre community, Bart DeWitt Park is a beautiful green space, a great place for a picnic and grilling, with walking trails, playgrounds, paddle boats, putt-putt golf, volleyball court -ball on sand, a petanque ball and giant chess.

Main hall of the Cactus hotel.
Cactus Hotel (Photo credit: San Angelo Chamber of Commerce)

Cactus Hotel

Conrad Hilton created a fine hotel and 14-story landmark in West Texas in the late 1920s, The Hilton Hotel, with elegant interior spaces and quality guest rooms. Later renamed Cactus Hotel, the historic landmark no longer accepts overnight accommodation but offers rooms for meetings, receptions, weddings and other special occasions.

Santa Rita neighborhood

I enjoy driving the affluent old neighborhood of Santa Rita with its eclectic mix of mansions and architectural housing dating back to the 1920s. The iconic neighborhood of Santa Rita, named after the first oil strike in the area, offers plays of light spectacular and panoramic views of the river.

Christoval Winery And Chapel In The Vines

In Christoval, 20 miles south of San Angelo, visit Christoval Winery and Chapel in the Vineyards, where you can book a Saturday or Sunday afternoon wine tour. The tasting room, open Thursday through Sunday, offers an epicurean platter of meats and cheeses or a sample cheesecake on the menu with a glass or bottle of wine.

Best restaurants in San Angelo

Mr. T’s Deli

Mr. T’s Grocery and Deli dates back to the 1920s, a local grocery store in the Santa Rita neighborhood. Order breakfasts like Eggs Benedict or Smashed Avocado Toast, or lunches like the Chicken Salad Croissant or Roast Beef Sandwich, with delivery arranged through San Angelo To-Go. They specialize in catering and private parties.

Enjoy a glass of local wine or beer and a plate of Mediterranean hummus with pita bread while browsing the latest artwork on display at the Monk Art Gallery and Wine Bar. Two art lovers fell in love with San Angelo’s art scene and opened the kitchen and bar in September 2021.

Brix Cellar

San Angelo’s downtown winery, Brix Winery, offers a Pomegranate Passion Fruit Zinfandel, a Strawberry White, or a Jalapeno Riesling, to name a few. Stop for a glass or bottle or two of your favorite wines.

Twisted Root Burger Co.

Right in historic downtown San Angelo, overlooking the peaceful Concho River, Twisted Root Burger Co. offers a fun, funky environment and the best half-pound burger in town, whether it’s venison, of elk, lamb, ostrich, duck, wild boar or antelope. Make it a Frito Bandito with Texas pepper, guacamole, cheddar and Fritos, or the Kevin Bacon with three strips of bacon and Danish blue cheese. And unless you say otherwise, it’s cooked to perfection. Get your burger with a fat Elvis shake or your favorite beer or cocktail.

Miss Hattie’s Cathouse Restaurant and Lounge

Since 1998, Miss Hattie’s Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge has been a favorite of San Angelo, a hotel business at the time. Miss Hattie’s offers bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with pepper jack cheese or hand-dipped onion rings. I like pecan crusted trout or surf and turf, three stuffed shrimp or lobster tails with a 12 oz aged tenderloin or rib eye. The Cathouse Lounge serves a glass or bottle of your favorite wine or a red velvet martini or a five-card draw with rum, bourbon, coffee liqueur and cream.

The best hotels in San Angelo

Old Central Fire Station Bed & Brew

The Old Central Firehouse Bed & Brew, built in 1929, was one of San Angelo’s first firehouses until 1976. The old firehouse features a renovated bed and brewhouse with comfortable king beds and private bathrooms. Adults-only enjoy happy hour every afternoon in the lounge and a light self-serve breakfast, including yogurt, cereal, bagels, coffee, and juice.

Hostel at the art center

On the unusual side, the rooms at the Inn at the Art Center were once chicken coops at the Old Chicken Farm Art Center. Explore the Ponderosa Room, a perfect spot for a family reunion, or the Santa Fe or French Country themed rooms in the old co-op. Outside, see artists at work or relax in a shaded enclave in the sculpture-laden courtyard. The Silo House restaurant offers locally sourced ingredients, exceptional premium beef or free-range chicken served with Texas-grown fruits and vegetables.

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