• Local Attractions

    Arts, Culture and Theater


    Brazoria Civic Center Theater

    • A family-oriented entertainment and hall that seats 400.
    • Home of the West Brazos Actors Guild of the Old School (West BAGOTOS) and Brazoria Heritage Foundation Entertainment Shows.
    • Corner of Hwy 36 and W. Smith St. in Brazoria, Texas.
    • 979-798-6100 or 979-798-3636
    • www.wbag.org or www.brazoriahf.org

     Center for Arts and Sciences

    • The Brazosport Center for the Arts & Sciences is a 45,000 square foot cultural and educational complex located in the heart of the Brazosport Texas area.
    • Includes Art League, Museum of Natural Science, Center Stages, and Planetarium.
    • 400 College Blvd in Clute, Texas.
    • 979-265-7661
    • www.bcfas.org 

     

     

    History


    Brazoria’s “Bridge to Nowhere”

    • This lattice-framed bridge is still in service today, “connecting Brazoria to the rest of the world.” A new bridge for vehicle traffic is being built, but the 1839 national landmark will remain and be refurbished as a walking and biking trail.
    • On Hwy 521 and SH 332 over the Brazos River in Brazoria, Texas 

     Brazoria Civic Center Museum

    • The Brazoria Museum houses a diverse collection of artifacts for the local region. The Museum is staffed by very passionate volunteers from the Brazoria area. The museum really takes the local history off the pages and imparts the meaning of the ‘Beginning of Texas’ to everyone who walks through the halls. It’s a place to find new friends and meet the history that set the solid foundation of this great state of Texas.
    • Includes a multitude of exhibits in the fully restored 1933 Elementary School building, in eight unique rooms covering Texas’ vast history, culture, wildlife with a special exhibit honoring our brave military men and women. Also includes a gift shop where one can take home a piece of history for them. The museum is open Monday-Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tours are available on Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m.
    • Located in the Brazoria Civic Center, on the corner of Hwy 36 and W. Smith St in Brazoria, Texas
    • 979-798-1414 or 979-798-6100
    • www.brazoriahf.org/museum 

     Brazoria Train Museum

    • A great exhibit designed for children and adults alike, where everyone can learn about trains and their role in our history.
    • Located in the Brazoria Civic Center on W. Smith St in Brazoria, Texas
    • 979-236-0241 

    Masonic Oak Park
    • This is a chance to literally see living history. Still alive and thriving in Brazoria, the Masonic Oak Tree shaded the six founders of the Grand Masonic Lodge of the Republic of Texas as they met for the first time in Texas in 1836. The Masons had a huge hand in winning the War of Independence for Texas, and the Masonic Oak is a huge part of Brazoria’s heritage, and is featured in the city’s seal.
    • Located on the South end of Pleasant St in Brazoria, Texas

     Gulf Prairie Presbyterian Church Cemetery and Stephen F. Austin Gravesite

    • This pioneer cemetery, originally part of Peach Point Plantation, was used by descendants of Stephen F. Austin’s sister Emily Austin Perry and husband James Franklin Perry, and by the community since 1829. The first to be buried here was the 5 or 6 year old daughter of William Joel Bryan, Austin Perry’s son by a previous marriage. Austin was originally buried here, but his remains were reinterred in the state cemetery in Austin in 1910.
    • Gulf Prairie Road off Highway 36, Jones Creek
    • 979-233-2464

     Brazoria County Historical Museum

    • Located in Brazoria County’s historic 1897 courthouse, offers collection of artifacts relating to the area’s past.
    • 100 E. Cedar St., Angleton
    • (979) 388-1208
    • www.bchm.org 

     Columbia Historical Museum

    • Located in the first capital of the Republic of Texas, the Columbia Historical Museum displays artifacts from the area’s earliest beginnings.
    • 247 E. Brazos, West Columbia
    • 979-345-6125 

    Lake Jackson Historical Museum
    • The museum chronicles the history of the city with interactive exhibits and high-tech displays. Eras featured are prehistoric, plantation, development of area’s petrochemical industry, and founding and growth of modern Lake Jackson.
    • 249 Circle Way, Lake Jackson
    • (979) 297-1570 (group reservations)

    James Briton “Brit” Bailey Plantation
    • Brit Bailey (1779-1833), a pioneer Texas noted for his courage, integrity and eccentric behavior, came to Texas in 1818 with wife and six children and settled on what would later become Bailey’s Prairie. He joined Stephen F. Austin’s colony in 1824 and as a captain in the local militia, fought in battles preceding the 1836 Texas Revolution. At his request he was buried standing up, facing west, gun at side so no one could look down on him, even in death. His ghost is said to walk the prairie.
    • Highway 35 (roadside park), Bailey’s Prairie
    • (979) 388-1208

    Stephen F. Austin Statue and Visitor’s Center
    • Highway 288, Angleton
    • (979) 239-8718
    • www.stephenfaustin.org
    • Hours: call for hours
    • Admission: free
    • This 72 foot statue stands along Highway 288 as a tribute to the Father of Texas, Stephen F. Austin. The site also offers Henry William Munson Park with its Texas-shaped lake and a “Walk of Honor” that pays tribute to county residents who have made a significant impact on the area and the state.

    Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site
    • FM 2852, West Columbia
    • (979) 345-4656
    • www.thc.state.tx.us
    • Hours: guided tours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; call site for groups
    • Admission: entrance fees are $1 for adults, free for children younger than 12; guided tours are $6 for adults, $2 for ages 6 to 18 and free for children younger than 6.
    • In 1824, Martin Varner, his family and slaves started this sprawling plantation on the Brazos River. Varner sold the property in 1834, and the plantation continued to change hands until former Texas Gov. James S. Hogg purchased it in 1901. His children later remodeled the two-story brick home. The house remained in the family until daughter Ima Hogg donated the property to the state in 1958. Today Varner Hogg State Historic Site preserves the majestic antebellum home along with many of the Hogg family heirlooms, period furniture and historic documents.



    Recreation


    West Brazos Golf Center
    • West Brazos Golf Center is a public 9-hole fully lighted par 29 golf course with a well lighted driving range and practice green on the site. We also have a well stocked pro shop including on-site club repair and maintenance services available. Whether you are a beginner golfer or an 'old pro', this course will offer an enjoyable day of golf.
    • 4199 CR 507 in Brazoria, Texas
    • http://www.westbrazosgolfcenter.com/
    • 979-798-4653
    • pstedman60@hotmail.com



    Wildlife


    Bayou Wildlife Park
    • Come experience your very own African safari at Bayou Wildlife Park in Alvin, Texas. An adventure-filled tram ride with experienced wildlife guides will take you over 80 acres of natural habitat. See and feed animals and birds from Africa, India, Asia, Australia, and North and South America. Pony rides and a petting zoo are also available for the kids.
    • 5050 FM 517 in Alvin, Texas
    • http://www.bayouwildlifepark.com/
    • 281-337-6376

    Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
    • The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory is an independent non-profit organization with 501(c) status. We have become recognized as an innovative organization, which has designed and conducted a significant number of large conservation projects, including migration studies, habitat enhancement, land acquisition, regional habitat mapping, and others.
    • 103 West Highway 332 in Lake Jackson, Texas
    • http://www.gcbo.org/
    • 979-480-0999
    • info@gcbo.org

    Hudson Woods - San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
    • The Hudson Woods Unit of San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge consists of over 1000 acres of old growth forest, an oxbow lake (Scoby Lake), willow swamps, and partially cleared land which will be restored to wetland forest. As you hike the trails, listen and you may hear the drilling of a woodpecker, the sound of a squirrel cracking a nut, or the songs of a variety of birds, some of which live here all year, and some which migrate through on their journey between the tropics and northern regions.
    • 979-964-4011
    • http://www.refugefriends.org/history-HWU.htm

    Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
    • The thunder of 40,000 snow geese taking flight, the salty breeze off the Texas Gulf, or the sight of a 12-foot alligator loafing on a muddy bank make a trip to Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex a sensory banquet in any season.
    • 1212 North Velasco in Angleton, Texas
    • 979-849-6062

     

    Beaches


    Bryan Beach
    • This is one of the few Texas beaches left that you can still drive and camp on without having to pay a fee. Fishing, camping, beach combing and surfing are just a few of the activities that you can pursue at this secluded beach park.
    • From Freeport, southwest 2 mi. on F.M. 1495, then three miles south.
    • 979-233-3526

    Quintana Beach County Park
    • Quintana Beach County Park, fronting the Gulf of Mexico, is uniquely located on Quintana Island. This park is filled with History (historical characters, colonization, Spanish exploration), Nature (beach, dunes, wildflowers, cattails), Birds (migratory, seabirds, shorebirds) and Recreation (fishing, boating, birding, sports).
    • o Day use, first-rate facilities include paved off-beach parking, boardwalks, covered and/or shaded pavilions, air-conditioned cabins for overnight visitors, community house, hiking trails, restrooms and showers, wooden fishing pier, a playground, pedestrian-only beach with palapas for relaxing, two historic homes and an interpretive center.
    • 979-233-0848
    • http://www.quintana-tx.org/

    Surfside Jetty County Park
    • Brazoria County Parks Department opened Surfside Jetty County Park to the public in December 1993. The park is open daily and has been a very popular destination for many visitors from Brazoria and surrounding counties.
    • This beach park has many features to offer...such as playground area, restrooms, pavilion rental, picnic tables, volleyball courts, fishing from a mile long jetty, surfing, and breathe taking views of the Intracoastal waterway...along with the newest addition two overnight air-conditioned cabins!
    • 101 Parkview Rd. in Surfside, Texas
    • http://www.brazoria-county.com/parks/Surfside_Jetty/
    • 979-230-9452



    Exhibits


    Brazosport Museum of Natural Science Center for Arts & Sciences
    • 400 College Blvd., Clute
    • (979) 265-7831
    • www.bmns.org
    • Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday
    • Admission: free
    • This museum is home to the South’s largest display of shells from around the world. Visitors can also see a life-size dinosaur replica and exhibits on wildlife, rocks and minerals, archeology and fossils.

    Brazosport Planetarium Center for Arts & Sciences
    • 400 college Blvd., Clute
    • (979) 265-3376
    • www.bcfas.org/planetarium
    • Hours: shows 7 p.m. every Tuesday; lobby open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and before and after shows.
    • Admission: shows for $4 adults, $3 for students and children.
    • The planetarium, which provides training for NASA astronauts from the nearby Johnson Space Center, has shows every Tuesday with varying programs and information for local stargazers.

    Sea Center Texas
    • 300 Medical Drive, Lake Jackson
    • (979) 292-0100
    • www.tpwd.state.tx.us/seacenter/
    • Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday
    • Admission: free, but donations are appreciated
    • This all saltwater-related aquarium with a 50,000-gallon Gulf of Mexico tank is home to many underwater creatures, including sharks. Other features include salt marsh, coastal bay, jetty and artificial reef tanks, a hatchery and a 20-foot touch pool with blue crabs, hermit crabs, urchins, clams, snails and sea anemones.

     


    County Parks


    Brazos River County Park
    (off CR 30 in the Planter's Point Subdivision near Angleton)

    Hanson Riverside County Park
    (off Hwy 35 between West Columbia and Sweeny, on the San Bernard River)

    Albert Finkle Memorial County Park
    (on CR 171 & Chocolate Bayou in Liverpool)

    Quintana Beach County Park
    1-800-8-PARK-RV
    (Quintana Island in Freeport)

    San Luis Pass County Park
    1-800-3-PARK-RV
    (off CR 257 at San Luis Pass & Galveston Toll Bridge in Freeport)

    Surfside Jetty County Park
    (at the south end of Bluewater Highway, CR 257, in Surfside)

    Resoft County Park
    (just north of Alvin off CR 281 and Hwy 35)

    Buffalo Camp County Park
    (corner of Otter Trail & Deer Trail in Lake Jackson)

    Brazoria County Parks Department
    Administrative Offices (313 W Mulberry, Angleton)

    Camp Mohawk County Park
    (On Hwy 35 approx. 8 miles south of Alvin-just south of Chocolate Bayou Bridge)
    1-877-CAMP MOHAWK (1-877-226-7664)


     

    Public Boat Ramps


    San Bernard River
    End of FM 2918 to Intracoastal & Gulf of Mexico
    Sportsman's Span on FM 2611
    McNeil Bridge on FM 521
    West side under Hwy. 35 Bridge
    (opening pending)

    Brazos River
    End of Levee Road CR 242A
    'Sonny' Travis Ramp under Hwy 36 Bridge
    End of CR 849 Southeast of Brazoria
    North side of FM 2004 Bridge

    Oyster Creek
    Stratton Ridge Ramp CR 226
    Parker's Cut off Levee Road CR 891
    Intracoastal Waterway - Bays/Gulf:
    Swan Lake Ramp CR 257 J
    Drum Bay - San Luis Beach Subdivision
    Seidler's Boat Ramp CR 257 S
    San Luis Ramp - End of CR 257
    Quintana Boat Ramp under the 1495
    Bridge on the Freeport side
     

    Bastrop Bayou 
    Demi-John Ramp - End of CR 227
    Under FM 2004 Bridge 

    Austin Bayou
    Under FM 2004 Bridge 

    Chocolate Bayou
    Under FM 2004 Bridge
    Off Hwy 35 behind Roadside Park 

    Hall's Bayou
    Under FM 2004 Bridge