Miles of soft sandy beaches, fresh sea breezes, one-of-a-kind museums, and some of the best birding and fishing in Texas await you in the Brazosport Area. An all-in-one getaway for travelers of all ages and interests, Brazosport includes the thriving communities of Clute, Freeport, Lake Jackson, Quintana, and Surfside Beach. Soak up the sun, surf or swim in the calm waves, or try your luck at catching a trophy fish before exploring a historic plantation or touring a marine fish hatchery. Then get your binoculars and camera and head to the nearby Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge or the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge to see rare native and migratory birds and a jaw-dropping diversity of wildlife.
There are, of course, many other adventures to have when you visit the Brazosport Area. Learn what the possibilities are by discovering what each city in the region has to offer.
Cities in the Brazosport Area
Browse an art gallery, catch a theatrical performance, and explore the stars when you visit Clute. Home to the one-stop-arts-shop known as the The Center for the Arts & Sciences, Clute is ground zero for culture in the Brazosport Area. Named one of the best museums in Texas by Frommers, the facility features an art gallery, science museum, planetarium, and two venues that host major shows throughout the year.
In addition to the arts, Clute is famous for two other things. It is home to the largest scuba park in Texas (Mammoth Lake Scuba Park), and its marquee event: The Great Texas Mosquito Festival, is one of the quirkiest festivals in Texas.
The July event consists of three days of live music, barbecue and fajita cook-offs, carnival rides, and more. You may even encounter a larger-than-life mosquito or two, but don’t worry; they don’t bite.
With the only protected harbor in the Brazosport Area and miles of sandy beaches, Freeport is a great place to get outdoors. Fresh and saltwater fishing are popular pastimes here, and some deep sea fishing charters sail into the Gulf of Mexico from the Freeport Marina. Along with the angling, go jet skiing on the Old Brazos River or kayak the Christmas Bay Paddling Trail, a 19.1-mile route that provides some of the best birding in the area. For another type of adventure, play your way through the 18-hole Freeport Municipal Golf Course. Designed with an open layout and a few tricky water hazards and sand traps, the course serves up a challenge even if you’re confident in your short game. When you’re ready to kick back and relax, head to Bryan Beach and let the sounds of the crashing surf soothe you.
The Brazosport Area is rich in history, and there are quite a few places you can go to take it all in. Your first stop should be the Lake Jackson Historical Museum, where high tech interactive displays and exhibits recount local history from the Karankawa era to the establishment of the petrochemical industry and the founding of modern Lake Jackson. Part of your journey back in time includes a visit to the Jackson Plantation, a once-thriving 6,400-acre sugar plantation founded in 1842. After you explore what remains of the plantation, head to Sea Center Texas to get an up-close look at the diverse marine life that resides in the warm waters of the Texas Gulf Coast. To get outdoors, play a round at the scenic 18-hole Wilderness Golf Course.
For a relaxing day on the beach, pack your towel and sunscreen and find a soft sandy spot in Quintana Beach County Park. Occupying 51 acres of beachside terrain, this park has plenty of space to play, fish, and have some fun under the sun. Along with the beach, the park features a lighted fishing pier and access to a jetty for anglers; covered pavilions, picnic tables, and grills; a playground and volleyball court; and a paved trail. If you’re looking for an overnight camping spot on the Gulf Coast, the park has a variety of options ranging from primitive tent campsites to cabins you can rent.
Imagine everything you’d expect from a beachside getaway and you’ll probably find it in Surfside Beach.Miles of soft sand teeming with fascinating seashells welcoming the warm incoming tides of the Gulf of Mexico, while beach house rentals, motels, restaurants, and quirky souvenir shops stand within walking distance.
Surfside Beach’s moderate waves makes it something of a Gulf Coast hotspot for novice surfers, while the Surfside jetties provide anglers an opportunity to catch redfish, trout, and many other types of game fish.
If you’re searching for that all-in-one beachside destination, look no further than the Brazosport Area. With its miles of scenic coastline, fascinating museums and historic sites, abundance of places to fish and enjoy the outdoors, and attractions for all ages, the Brazosport Area has it all.