Here are places to check out when visiting San Angelo, TX!
San Angelo is fantastic by Texas standards and a great place to visit for history and outdoor adventures. San Angelo is the largest city in the state without an interstate running through it. You’ll get an authentic Texas experience visiting San Angelo, Texas, with its small-town feel and nature-based activities.
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What You Need to Know About Visiting San Angelo, Texas
There are far more things to see and visit than can be done on the weekend! Pick a few of your favorites from this list and return to do the rest.
Must-See Attractions In San Angelo
Some attractions are explained more in detail below.
- The Chicken Farm Art Center is an artist’s studios and events center. They have a regular program of events and happenings.
- Fort Concho National Historic Landmark is a national landmark with much history. They have plenty of additional exhibits and displays throughout the year too.
- The San Angelo Performing Arts Center has a full calendar of music, dance, variety, and other performing arts. Check out the schedule in advance of your visit.
- Railway Museum of San Angelo – take a living history tour to learn about the Railway Depot built in the 1900s.
- Miss Hattie’s Bordello Museum is an old-fashioned, friendly American restaurant & lounge in a Victorian-style building dating from 1884.
- Heritage Park Of San Angelo – Heritage Park is a downtown oasis providing a unique environment for people to learn about the rich cultural heritage of West Texas.
- San Angelo Nature Center – You’ll find a collection of bobcats, skunks, a porcupine, hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, scorpions, turtles, lizards, and snakes. EEW!
The Old Central Firehouse Bed And Brew
Check out the Old Central Firehouse Bed and Brew for a cool and unique experience! Each room is a Firehouse themed.
Stroll along the Concho River and relish the perfect afternoon breeze. Visitors and locals can relax and enjoy the numerous complimentary amenities the San Angelo River Walk offers, including The Bosque, Celebration Bridge, and Art in Uncommon Places!
Miss Hatti’s Cafe And Saloon
Go for dinner at Miss Hattie’s Cafe and Saloon – an old-fashioned, friendly American restaurant & lounge in a Victorian-style building dating from 1884. Everything on the menu is impressive, especially the Chicken Del Rio and the famous Miss Hattie’s Brothel Burger.
Fort Concho National Historic Landmark
Start your day visiting Historic Fort Concho. The Fort is a National Historic Landmark encompassing most of the former Army post and includes 23 original and restored fort structures. This is a must-see stop and will likely take 2-3 hours of your time, but it’s well worth it!
International Water Lily Collection
Did you know that San Angelo is home to the most extensive collection of varieties of water lilies? It’s called the International Water Lily Collection. There are (7) seven ponds with more than 150 varieties that can be seen from April through October. Walking through the Civic League Park while taking in the beauty of the lilies is very peaceful and relaxing.
Travel Pro Tip: Peak bloom season is September.
San Angelo State Park
From fields to wildlife to herds of cattle, you will find it at the San Angelo State Park.
You can arrange a tour to see the bison and longhorn graze. It is not every day that you get to see roaming bison, so this experience is one that I am sure kids and adults alike will remember for years to come.
Travel Tip: A small admission fee per person is required to enter the park.
The Latest Scoop Ice Cream Parlor
The Latest Scoop Ice Cream Parlor has a variety of incredible flavors such as cookie butter, grilled peach, sea salt butter pecan, and blueberry lavender, just to name a few. A visit is worth it for your sweet tooth.
Railway Museum Of San Angelo
Celebrating 25 years in business (2022), the Railway Museum asks for $25 in donations if anyone feels inclined to do so. Kids that donate 25 pennies will receive a train whistle. How sweet of them. Pick a tour and have fun.
Eggemeyer’s General Store
The Eggemeyer’s General Store at 35 E Concho Ave is very impressive. The 13,000+ sq ft. of building space offers an authentic general store experience with historic tin pressed ceilings to the hardwood oak floor. You’ll find fresh ground gourmet coffees, kitchen wares, homemade fudge, jewelry, western books, fine leather handbags, and exciting things!
Public Art Everywhere
Art is everywhere in San Angelo–inside a museum, public parks, downtown building walls, cars, and even streets. The kind of art with broad appeal makes you want to take pictures and interact with them. So many art experiences in San Angelo that it’s deemed – “A city with public art everywhere.”
Be sure to stop by the visitor’s center to pick up the brochure on the first 100+ painted sheep in the city called the ‘Welcome Ewe.’ You will see many sheep as you drive around town. If you are willing to find all of them, there is a complete list of all the sheep online, so you can check them off as you go!
Visit The San Angelo Museum Of Fine Arts
The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts is probably the only San Angelo destination where you’d expect to see art, and of course, you will. The building is nestled along the river and was sculpted into the space with a curving roofline. This Museum is known for its collection of American ceramics. It’s the most humorous and enjoyable collection and a feast of colors, styles, and themes, from sea anemones to a fish shop and a green dog.
Make It A Weekend In San Angelo
If you’re debating about a weekend trip to San Angelo, don’t hesitate. It’s easy to get there. San Angelo is only about 4 hours from San Antonio, Dallas, or Austin. All the parks, shops, and attractions are 10-15 min. from the major hotels. Start planning your trip at Discover San Angelo, or stop by the Visitors Center downtown when you get there!