There’s something special about spending time in Texas during the fall. As the temperature starts to drop, days become shorter, and life eases back into a gentle sway. Fall is the perfect time to explore San Angelo’s incredible outdoor activities. From sprawling parks that dot the city to splashing around in the lake (with fewer crowds), San Angelo has many gems you can discover for a fun adventure—especially when you know where to look.
Spend Time in San Angelo’s Beautiful Parks
With more than 50 miles of trails, San Angelo State Park is your paradise just outside the city if you’re an avid hiker, mountain biker or enjoy horseback riding. These trails are perfect if you want to enjoy the park’s well-manicured trails when fall temperatures hit. Besides hiking, you can fish, camp and take advantage of the wildlife observation areas when you go. The park has 7,788 acres, so you have plenty to explore and see.
The Bosque is a place to hang out by the river, play a few rounds of putt-putt golf, rent a paddleboat, play sand volleyball or bocce or just relax and admire the beautiful scenery as the sun sets. Sitting along South Irving Street along the Conch River, The Bosque is open daily and is the perfect place to bring the entire family.
It goes without saying that Kid’s Kingdom is just that—a literal kingdom in San Angelo for kids. The wooden playground will impress the whole family with its labyrinth of slides and bridges, monkey bars, swings, countless places to hide and more. With restrooms and picnic tables, pack a lunch and see for yourself why locals can’t get enough of this park.
Best Places in San Angelo for Explorers
At the San Angelo Nature Center, learn about the native animals in this part of the Southwest, observe them in their natural habitat, and see the well-curated exhibitions, hands-on camps and more. There’s even an adopt-an-animal program. Join as a member and support the efforts of the center and the porcupines, turtles, tarantulas and more that call the center home.
The International Waterlily Collection in San Angelo is one of the finest collections of live water lilies in existence. The collection is part of Civic League Park, where visitors can peruse the pools of beautiful and diverse varieties of water lilies on display at their leisure. This is a unique way to get in touch with nature this fall. Stop by to see this incredible collection before the winter weather hits and the lilies disappear for the year.
With a 14-foot-wide path that runs from Knickerbocker Road to Sherwood Way (east to west), the 3.6-mile Red Arroyo Trail is an ideal place to admire the wildflowers, plants, trees, and birds that are native to the tributaries and rolling plains that make up this part of West Texas. Not only is the trail a great place to get in touch with nature but it’s also a great place to get close to local art. Curated by the local group that leads the Art in Uncommon Places initiative, the pieces have been installed across the trail to combine nature and art, from larger than life snails to ornamental birdcages. The artwork adds to the trail’s allure as one of the most peaceful—and beautiful—places to spend time in the city.
The newly renovated Angelo State University Planetarium is just the place for space lovers. When you visit the planetarium, you can observe more than 500 million stars and celestial objects thanks to the Sci-Dome HD digital projector and large tilted dome theater that make up the planetarium. Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, the planetarium hosts about 9,700 students a year, but also offers public programs, so you don’t have to be a student to take advantage of this amazing facility.
The Pecan Creek Farm and Ranch is the perfect place to spend a fall day. With mazes, a pumpkin patch, baby chicks and a petting zoo, as well as an Ag Playground and corn canon firing range, the farm is a playground for adults and kids alike.
Explore the Lakes and Rivers
San Angelo’s downtown Concho River Walk is one of the city’s best spots—and the American Planning Association agrees; the group named it one of the top five Great Public Spaces on its annual Great Places in America list. Walk alongside the river and take advantage of everything the trails have to offer, including the beautiful gardens and displays of public art, fountains and parks and walking trails. The Concho River is a peaceful place to relax as you enjoy the soothing sounds of the river.
With boat ramps, camping areas and plenty of areas to fish, Lake Nasworthy is one of the best places in town to spend a fall day in San Angelo. The lake gets plenty of attention from visitors and locals in the summer months, but the secret is that fall is also a great time to visit and spend time on or by the water—especially when it comes to fishing. Sink a line and you’ll find largemouth bass, white bass, smallmouth bass and white crappie, hybrid striped bass and catfish.
Practice Your Swing and Hit the Links
Score a hole-in-one at the 9-hole Santa Fe Park Golf Course that sits along the Concho River. Opened back in 1915, the course is 2,466 yards with a par of 34, so it’s great if you’re short on time but want to play a few rounds.
When you want to play longer, San Angelo’s Mesquite Ranch Golf Club has 18 holes. The golf course is open to the public and can be found off of North 87.
For one of the most challenging courses in Texas, Quicksand Golf Course is 320 acres of bunkers, water hazards and generous fairways spread across 18 holes. The lush and green course is a sight to see, and fall weather means you can take your time playing since there are fewer crowds and more temperate weather.
Take Time to Discover San Angelo
Discover San Angelo – an oasis in west Texas, off the beaten path.