Whether you are in San Angelo Texas for a night or for a week, you’ll want to put The Bosque on your list of things to do. This lovely spot overlooking the Concho River has photo opportunities, places to sit and relax and best of all, places for kids to run around and burn off energy after a long car ride. There’s lots of fun in San Angelo Texas but The Bosque was our favorite place to hang out in this charming city.
The Bosque – Free (and almost free) fun in San Angelo, Texas
Location, Location, Location:
The Bosque is located just off downtown San Angelo – and really, everything in the city of San Angelo is pretty easy to get to from any place in the city. The Bosque is a lovely, scenic place to do something (or do nothing) when you’re visiting San Angelo.
The address is 330 S Irving St, San Angelo, TX 76903. The Bosque is open Tuesday through Friday 4:00 – 9:00 and Saturdays from 12:00 – 9:00. The Bosque is closed Sundays and Mondays. Parking is FREE.
The Bosque contains many free and low-cost activities for families visiting San Angelo. The Bosque is a public park and receives funding through the city’s parks and recreation department. It’s tranquil, fun, and totally Instagram worthy. You can spend an entire afternoon or just a couple of hours – totally up to you. There’s lots of activities to choose from that will work with even the smallest budget.
The Bosque is free to enter…you can enjoy the park, strolling along the river walk and many of the activities for no cost.
There are a few activities that require fees but most are super reasonable.
Things to do at The Bosque
Paddle boats are rented on a half hour basis. Boats can seat up to four people but only two can work the paddles. I think 30 minutes is a good amount of time to explore the area along the Concho river designated for the paddle boats. It’s an inexpensive activity, so extending it for another half hour probably won’t break the bank.
We found the paddle boats to be a fun time. They have a canopy which (slightly) helps keep the Texas sun from totally melting you and the life jackets are included in the experience.
The mini golf course at the Bosque includes 18 challenging holes. Most of the course is in the full sun, so if you’re playing during the heat of the summer day, make sure you have water, sunscreen and a hat.
How much does it cost to go to The Bosque?
Entrance into the park itself is free as is the parking. The paddle boats cost $10.50 for 30 minutes. The pricing is per boat and each boat can seat four people.
There are various prices available for mini golf:
- 1-game ticket: $5.50 per person ages 6 and older, $3 for children 5 and younger
- 2-game ticket: $8.50 per person
- 3-game ticket: $9.50 per person
- 12-game ticket: $38 (This ticket may be shared. Unused games never expire.)
Military and seniors get 20 percent off. Pro tip: When you’re in San Angelo, ask for a military discount wherever you go, even if there is not one posted. San Angelo is a very military town. Also, make sure you take cash! No credit cards are accepted at The Bosque.
Sand volleyball, washer pitching, over-sized chess and concessions are available as well as this sweet photo opp:
What to check out nearby The Bosque
I think you can spend as much or as little time as you like at The Bosque. If you take a walk along the Concho River behind the visitor’s center, you’ll find two more mosaic tiled vehicles – one VW bug and another truck. If you have little ones, check out Kids Kingdom, which is a completely free playground/park that has plenty of shaded seating for parents. This area is about a half mile from The Bosque, so if you fancy stretching your legs and checking out more of the scenic River Walk, this is a fun little side outing.
Be sure to check out the nearby ice cream shop The Latest Scoop. A cool treat is the perfect top off to family fun at The Bosque and their ice cream is the absolute best in Texas. But shhh! Don’t tell a certain little creamery in Brenham that!