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Texas Travel Directory: 25 Fun Things to Do in Brazosport
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Beaches, Fishing, Boating, Sea Center Texas, and so much more




25 FUN THINGS TO DO IN BRAZOSPORT


1. Sea Center Texas
If "Grouper Therapy" is what the doctor ordered, your prescription can be filled at Sea Center Texas.  Drift lazily in the vast aquariums that include the Gulf of Mexico, Salt Marsh, Coastal Bay, Jetty and Artificial Reefs.  Visit the 20-foot touch pool and handle marine animals such as blue crabs, hermit crabs, urchins and anemones.  Or come face to face with Gordon the 250 lb. grouper who rules the Gulf of Mexico aquarium.
Tour the largest red drum hatchery in the world and marvel at the replicas of Texas state record saltwater fish.
Sea Center Texas is located at 300 Medical Drive in Lake Jackson.  There is no admission fee and Sea Center is closed on Mondays.  www.tpwd.state.tx.us/seacenter

2. The Center for the Arts & Sciences
The Center is a cultural and educational complex that features an art gallery, a science museum, a planetarium and two performance theaters.  The art gallery exhibits work by international, regional and local artists.  The Center is home to the longest running community theater on the Texas Gulf Coast and offers five major productions each season performing in either the arena or proscenium theater.  The museum contains the largest seashell collection in the South along with fossils, including dinosaurs and mammoth bones.  Other exhibits feature Texas coastal wildlife and a unique jade and ivory collection.  The planetarium has shows every Tuesday.  Visitors can also view images from the Hubble telescope in the lobby through View-Space.  www.bcfas.org

3. Go Fish
Offering miles of sandy beaches and lots of good fishing, the Brazosport Area is teeming with diverse fishing opportunities.  Bryan Beach, Quintana Beach, and Surfside Beach are ideal for surf and saltwater fishing. There are dozens of boat ramps, marinas, and bait and tackle shops in the area, making it a boat owner's paradise.  Cast a line from the abundant and easily accessible jetties or fishing piers.  For others, the deep Gulf is easily accessible from the many charter and party boats of all sizes that make their headquarters in Freeport and surrounding areas. 

4. The Lake Jackson Historical Museum
The museum chronicles the history of the area through interactive exhibits and life-like animatrons from the plantation era to modern industry.  Let Alden Dow explain why Lake Jackson's streets are named This Way or That Way.  Abner Jackson Plantation site tours are also offered through the museum.  Located at 249 Circle Way in Lake Jackson and closed Mondays. www.lakejacksonmuseum.org

5. The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
This research and education facility coordinates data on migrating and resident avifauna.  The observatory sits on 34 acres of Columbia Bottomland forest and has a great bird-banding program the third Saturday of each month.  Native woodland birds and migrants can be found on the many trails at the GCBO.  Make sure to visit on the second Saturday in September for the Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza where you will see thumb-sized hummers dart in and out of nectar producing flowers and feeders.   Self-guided nature trails are open Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and on weekends by appointment.  Located on Highway 332 in Lake Jackson.  www.gcbo.org

6. The Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
Snow geese, alligators and roseate spoonbills are almost always spotted along with the more than 400 species of wildlife that call this site home.  This extensive 46,000-acre refuge with a varied habitat of salt grass prairies, mud flats, fresh and salt-water marshes and lakes, potholes and salt cedars welcomes more than 30,000 visitors every year.  A self-guided auto tour, boardwalks, observation decks with interpretative signs and a discovery center make this a favorite among birders and naturalists alike.  Picnic shelters and restrooms are available and don't forget the sunscreen and insect repellant.  Open daily from sunrise to sunset.  www.refugefriends.org 

7. The San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
If your looking for a great place to bird watch on your own or in small groups then the San Bernard NWR is the refuge for you.  There is a unique blend of coastal marsh, prairies, potholes, fresh water lakes and oak forests that make this site special.  Auto-tours, hiking trails and boardwalks are great for spotting migrating warblers, cinnamon teals, purple gallinules, and western rarities on this 42,000-acre site.  Be sure to call ahead so you can follow the nature trail to Texas's largest Live Oak tree.  The Hudson Woods Unit is a Columbia Bottomlands tract and just a short drive north of the San Bernard.  It lies along Oyster Creek and has an ADA accessible interpretive trail.
Open daily from sunrise to sunset.  www.refugefriends.org 

8. Gulf Prairie Presbyterian Church & Cemetery
Stephen F. Austin, the Father of Texas, was originally buried at this pioneer cemetery in Jones Creek.  The cemetery was part of the Peach Point Plantation, which Austin considered to be his only home in Texas.  The Plantation was the home of Austin's sister Emily Austin Bryan Perry.  He is now buried in the state cemetery in Austin.  979-233-2464

9. Quintana Island Bird Sanctuary
Witness migration firsthand in the spring or fall.  The sanctuary is full of salt cedars, beach dunes, gulf frontage and brackish marshes and on certain fallout days every bush is full of migrants.   This quaint beach community is one of the hottest birding spots on the Texas Gulf Coast.  Trails open daily sunrise to sunset. www.quintana-tx.org

10. Surfside Beach
If you would rather be on the beach then Surfside Beach is your destination.  Miles of sandy beaches teamed with interesting seashells and marine life make this a perfect retreat for recreational sports, sun worshipers and nature lovers alike.  Beach house rentals, motels, offshore fishing charters, restaurants and souvenir shops are ideal for beach goers. www.surfsidetx.org

11. Bryan Beach
Bryan Beach is part of the city of Freeport and prides itself on being litter free for all families to enjoy.  Beach goers can even drive and park on the beach for no charge.  The beach is still in its natural state so if you need anything you stop in Freeport before you go over the intracoastal.  Hundreds of acres in Bryan Beach are available for a variety of recreational activities.  Perfect for sunbathing, camping, birding, fishing and relaxing.  www.freeport.tx.us

12. Quintana Beach
Need a little serenity?  Then, Quintana Beach is for you.  This sandy beach is perfect island getaway.  A bird sanctuary, popular fishing pier, historic cemetery and a 50-acre county park are all located on this tiny island.  The county park has full hookup RV sites, restrooms and showers, cabins, campsites, boardwalks to the beach, hiking trails and much more.   www.quintana-tx.org

13. Freeport Municipal Golf Course
Enjoy the gulf breezes on this 7000-yard long links-style course.  Golfers enjoy the numerous palm trees that dot the course and can appreciate that the Freeport Golf Course is the best golf value in Texas.  In addition to top-notch play, the course offers golf lessons, a driving range, a pro shop, carts and club rentals.  www.freeport.tx.us

14. The Wilderness Golf Course
Hit the links at the Wilderness Golf Course in Lake Jackson.  Exceptional bunkering and putting surfaces will challenge players of every skill level.  Surrounded by natural landscapes that native wildlife and birds thrive on, it's fitting that the Wilderness is a certified Audubon Sanctuary golf course.  A large practice facility and banquet capabilities make this a great group diversion.  www.thewildernessgc.com

15. The Clarion at Brazosport College
The "Spirit of Music" can be found at this 600- seat performance hall.  The Clarion is an exciting venue designed for the highest acoustical standards for today's live music performances.  Upcoming performances include Lee Greenwood, Doc Severinsen, Melissa Manchester, Diane Schuur and the Harlem Gospel Choir just to name a few.  And don't miss the International Film Makers Series, featuring globally focused films, lectures, and discussions hosted by the filmmakers.  The Clarion is home to the Brazosport College Music Department whose performing groups have earned consistent statewide and national recognition. Located at 500 College Drive in Lake Jackson.  www.clarion.brazosport.edu

16. The Mammoth Lake Scuba Park
Dive in this massive lake and marvel at the many different structures that sit at the bottom.  Boats, jets, a looping starship, fire trucks, a yellow submarine and a metal mammoth are just a few of the items divers will discover in this 52-acre park.  Before becoming one of the largest dive lakes in the nation, this was the site where Columbian mammoth remains were unearthed.  An exhibit dedicated to the mammoth is housed in a restaurant on the complex.  Located at 330 N. Dixie Drive in Clute, the park is open Thursday through Tuesday.    www.hydrosportsscuba.com

17. Bowl Texas or Skate America
Have some spare time?  Then, make your way to Bowl Texas.  Prefer to lace-em up?  Then, Skating America is the place for you.  Rain, wind and heat are never a factor at either of these family fun centers.  Perfect for groups of all sizes and ages. Bowl Texas is located at 125 FM 2004 in Lake Jackson.  979-265-4151  Skating America is at 1219 Highway 332 in Clute.  979-265-1426 

18. Brazos Mall
Shop till you drop. There are more than 70 great stores to choose from for your retail experience.  This shopping mecca has it all:  national stores, food, local favorites, unique events, and a soft-sided indoor playground. Catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster at one of the fourteen movie screens at Starplex Cinemas.   New stores and restaurants coming soon.  Located at Highway 332 and FM 2004 in Lake Jackson.  www.shopbrazosmall.com

19. The Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary
This premier diving destination is about 100 miles off the coast of Freeport. The northernmost coral reefs in the continental United States are located here.  If you want to see Star and Brain coral, Manta Rays, Hammerhead sharks, and Loggerhead sea turtles then book a trip with one of the local dive charters.  You might even spot a whale shark if you visit this national treasure in July, August or September. Best suited for intermediate or advanced divers.   www.tourtexas.com/brazosport or www.flowergarden.noaa.gov 

20. Triple Play Fun Park
Triple the fun is what you will experience at this one-of-kind site.  Ferris wheel rides, miniature golf, batting cages, go-karts, and laser tag are some of the activities at this park.  Whether you are young or just young at heart you are sure to enjoy yourself here.  Located at 805 Brazos Park Drive in Clute and open seven days a week. www.3play.com

21. Special Events
Brazosport covers eight unique cities and each have their own special events and festivals.  Some of the festivities are:  The Great Texas Mosquito Festival, the Fishin' Fiesta, the Freeport Main Street Summertime Blues Festival, the Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza, the Brazosport Relay Triathlon, the Gulf Coast Golf Fest, the Harvest Fun Fest, the Festival of Lights, the Elizabethean Madrigal Feast, Holiday on the Brazos, the Holiday Tour of Homes, Seniorfest, the MLK Celebration & Parade, the Surfside Beach Marathon, the Texas Joy Ride & Rod Run, the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Freeport Riverfest & Flapjack Run, Migration Celebration, the Taste of the Town, and the Creekfest.  For exact dates visit www.brazosport.org

22. Parks
Get outside and enjoy the many public parks in the Brazosport Area.  The Clute Municipal Park is home to the Great Texas Mosquito Festival the last Thursday, Friday and Saturday of every July.  The Freeport Municipal Park is home to the River Place convention center that offers views of the Old Brazos River.  With a country-like the newest park in Jones Creek is ideal for families who want to get out of the city.  Wilderness Park in Lake Jackson has a four-mile hiking trail along Buffalo Camp Bayou.  Oyster Creek takes great pride in it's city park where visitors can fish, jog or picnic.  The Quintana Beach County Park is perfect for RV's or tent camping and has boardwalk access to the beach.  The Richwood Park emphasizes a family atmosphere with a swimming pool and both soccer and baseball fields.  The Surfside Jetty Park is the perfect spot to watch ships sailing in and out of the harbor. 

23. Discover Where Texas Began
Stephen F. Austin's original settlers, the "Old 300," first stepped off the schooner "Lively" at the mouth of the Brazos River here in 1821.  Visit any one of the hundreds of historical markers, cemeteries, plantation cites, statues or museums in the area to truly discover where Texas began.  Brazosport is also included in the Texas Independence Trail Region, under the Texas Historical Commission's Texas Heritage Trails Program.  Many sites in the Brazosport Area were crucial in Texas' fight for independence from Mexico.  www.bchm.org  or www.tourtexas.com/brazosport   

24. Gulf Coast Golf Fest
Golf lovers enjoy this 54-hole tournament, utilizing:  Columbia Lakes Resort & Country Club, the Freeport Municipal Golf Course, and The Wilderness Golf Course.  This three-day event is the last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of every September.  Each two-person team gets to play all three courses.  In addition to the tournament rounds, each player gets a complimentary practice round at each of the courses.  Golfers are also treated to a welcome shrimp boil dinner on opening night and a social on the second night. USGA rules apply.   www.brazosport.org

25. Eating Extravaganza
You crave it and we have it since there is no shortage of restaurants in the Brazosport Area.  Feast on American, barbecue, Cajun, Chinese, fast food, German, Greek, Italian, Mexican, and seafood just to name a few.  Whether you want to eat at a drive-thru, an intimate restaurant, close to the beach, on the river, in town, family style, in the country, at the mall, on the lake, outdoors or at the airport makes no difference because any one of these can easily be accommodated.  It's no wonder eating is the top activity for tourists and we are sure to please your palate.
 

 


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