Perhaps you have heard about the area's exhilarating activities, its relaxing atmosphere, its water, and the spiritual feeling that you get by being one with nature... The uniqueness of Brazoria County experiences is not found in a single detail, but in collection of diverse experiences.
Attractions | Beaches
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
|Birdwatch in one of the countries top birding destinations!|
"Study And Research"
The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory is new to Southern Brazoria County. While visiting this beautiful attraction, you will experience: An authorized bird banding station; primitive nature trails with photo blinds; interpretive center; screened teaching porches; research lab and quarters for visiting scientist; native wildscape; hummingbird and butterfly gardens; outdoor learning pavilion; picnic and event area.
The Center for The Arts & Sciences
See a Life-Sized Dinosaur Replica & the Largest Shell Collection in the South
Built for the cultural enrichment of Southern Brazoria County, the Center promotes the appreciation of art, natural science, theater, nature and music. Explore the home of the state shell of Texas and also the South's largest shell collection in the Museum of Natural Science.
See live theater productions held at Center Stages Theater. View and purchase art exhibits at the Art League Gallery, with works by talented local artists and internationally recognized artists. Experience the joy of live symphony music. Experience an Elizabethan Madrigal Feast. See the stars under the domed roof of the Nature Center and Planetarium. Explore The Center for The Arts and Sciences... You'll be glad you did!
Hours: Tues-Fri, 9-4, Sat, 10-5; Sun, 1-4; Mon-closed.
Free to public, except Center Stages productions.
SEA CENTER TEXAS
"Sea Center - Educational Center" Fish Hatchery/Aquarium
Located in Lake Jackson, the eleven million dollar saltwater fish hatchery showcases a 22,000 square foot hatchery building housing red drum and spotted sea trout. In addition, the hatchery includes "touch tanks" for children and three aquariums. The two thousand gallon tidal grass aquarium features fish found in Texas bays, rivers and lakes. The five thousand gallon surf tank aquarium features fish caught off Texas beaches and jetties. Finally, the 52,000 gallon offshore aquarium features species found in the Gulf. All aquariums present the species as they would live in their natural habitat.
[P5]Exhibits include salt marsh exhibits, coastal bay aquarium, jetty tank, artificial reef tank, culture ponds and salt march walkways. Located at 300 Medical Dr., Lake Jackson; free to the public 6 days a week. Phone: (979) 292-0100 Hours: Tues-Fri, 9-4; Sat, 10-5; Sun, 1-4; Closed Monday.
Wildlife Refuge Areas
The county sports three major National Wildlife Refuges which contain every variety of rail including the black and yellow wood storks, dowitchers, purple gallinules, and many other species. More than three hundred birds stay on these refuges during the winter with an additional fifty migrant bird varieties beginning in March and ending in mid-May.
The Brazoria and San Bernard Wildlife Refuges are used by a great diversity of resident and migratory wildlife. The refuges provide habitat for wintering migratory waterfowl and other bird life. More than 425 wildlife species use the Refuges during all or part of their life cycles. Approximately 80,000 acres of wildlife refuge is a haven for more than 300 bird species.
Mammoth Lake Dive Park
Texas' newest and largest dive-specific Lake, offers 55 acres of clear water for scuba enthusiasts. Divers will have an immense range of objects to dive around, including an F-5 jet, wrecked boats, submarine, antique fire truck, a Colombian mammoth replica and a cave system. New to the collection of artifacts is an F-150 Hercules airplane.
Come discover Surfside Beach with its 21 miles of unspoiled shoreline. It is a perfect retreat for recreational sports, sun worshippers and nature lovers alike. Explore miles of sandy beaches - walk, fish, or just watch the ships come and go from the ship channel jetties. The sun sparkles like diamonds on the waves, and the neo-tropical climate is at an average of 75 degree year-round.
While on vacation, you can enjoy a variety of restaurants offering fresh seafood and island specialties. The night life at Surfside Beach is always active, sip a tropical drink at an open-air beachfront club, listen to some blues, or go boot scootin'. Whatever you choose, you are sure to have a great time. Surfside Beach is the perfect vacation destination.
Historic Quintana Beach
"Tour a Piece of History"
[P4]Quintana Beach County Park, fronting the Gulf of Mexico, is uniquely located on Quintana Island. The fifty-one acre park is filled with history, historical characters, colonization, Spanish exploration, beach, dunes, wildflowers, cattails, birds, migratory sea and shorebirds, fishing, boating, surfing or just watching the ships come and go from the Port of Freeport. Adjoining is Bryan Beach State Park with 10 miles of undeveloped beach.
Bryan Beach, Freeport
In late 2003, the City of Freeport annexed 3.5 miles of beach on Quintana Island, from FM 1495 to the mouth of the Brazos River. Freeport annexed the beach with the expectation that traffic would increase substantially with the opening of the new bridge. These expectations have been realized. In addition, Texas Parks and Wildlife recently donated nearly 900 acres of undeveloped parkland to the City of Freeport with the stipulation that it cannot be developed or used for any purpose other than public recreation. The property is located just north of the mouth of the Brazos River, between the dunes and the Intracoastal Canal.
Bryan Beach is popular with birders, surf fishers, and swimmers. Freeport welcomes visitors and tourists to our beach, and is committed to maintaining a pristine family destination.
Whether you find pleasure in active pursuits or in quiet solitude, Southern Brazoria County is the place that satisfies.