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Brazosport Area, Texas Travel Guide

Sunrise-on-the-Texas-coastLocated at the mouth of the Brazos River 50 miles south of Houston, Brazosport, along with the neighboring towns of Clute, Lake Jackson, Surfside Beach, and Freeport, is best known for its fishing, both saltwater and freshwater. Summer visitors also enjoy swimming, surfing, and crabbing in its waters. The area is a top birding spot and is home to several major wildlife refuges.

Attractions

Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge. Covering some 43,000 acres of coastline just north of Brazosport, this refuge is part of the dog-friendlyTexas Mid-coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Exceptional birding and wildlife viewing is found here as well as fishing and hiking opportunities. Leashed dogs are permitted within the refuge. Stop by the Discovery Center at the Big Slough Recreation Center first for maps and park information. 2022 County Road 227.

Center for the Arts & Sciences. Exhibits on local natural history, the Brazos river, and the freshwater and saltwater regions that surround Brazosport are the focus of this museum. The Mildred Tate Hall of Malacology has the largest collection of seashells in the south. 400 College Blvd., Clute.

Lake Jackson Historical Museum.  Learn about Lake Jackson’s storied past through interactive exhibits, including a flight simulator that lets you see the area from the air and a theater where you can watch home movies made here in the 1940s. 249 Circle Way, Lake Jackson.

San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge. Located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, this 34,679-acre refuge was established in dog-friendly1969 to protect indigenous birds, as well as those that migrate here during the winter months. The refuge is composed of habitats ranging from freshwater lakes and salt marshes to coastal prairie and bottomland forest. More than 250 species of birds have been spotted here, including snow and blue geese, herons, egrets, and terns. Drive around the Moccasin Pond Loop to see some of the wildlife at work and at play, or come here to hunt, fish, or hike. 6801 CR 306.

Sea Center Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department runs this marine aquarium, fish hatchery, and nature center to educate the public about the state’s marine resources and to protect them. The spotted speckled trout and juvenile red drum spawned from the hatchery here are used to stock bays around the state. The visitor center houses a number of interpretive displays, aquariums, and a touch tank where visitors can “pet” some of the marine life. Visit the Gulf aquarium to see nurse sharks, gray snappers, moray eels, and Atlantic spadefish, among others. 300 Medical Drive, Lake Jackson.

dog-friendlyShelling. Brazosport’s 27 miles of beaches are extremely popular with shell seekers who search for 600 species of shells along these sands. The best shelling is found on Quintana, Bryan and Surfside Beaches.

Festivals

MARCH:
Brazoria Heritage Day Celebration & Cattle Drive. The highlight of this event include a parade and a cattle drive through the city streets. Additional exhibits and demonstrations follow at the Brazoria Civic Center. 202 W. Smith St.

APRIL:
Brazoria Migration Celebration. Both experienced and novice birders flock to this event which celebrates the diverse birdlife of the middle Texas coast. Birding tours, educational sessions, and activities geared toward children are featured at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge.

JULY:
The Great Texas Mosquito Festival

Fishin’ Fiesta.  This week-long tournament has drawn anglers for over 50 years to Freeport with prizes for both offshore and inshore catches. A carnival, live music, arts and crafts, and food are also part of the fun. Freeport Municipal Park.

AUGUST:
Summertime Bikes and Blues Festival

Texas Billfish Championship. Thousand of dollars in prizes are at stake as competing boats search for their elusive blue water quarry. Freeport Municipal Marina, 202 E. 2nd St., Freeport.

SEPTEMBER:
Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza. Located on the migration path of hummingbirds from the US as they journey south for the winter, coastal Texas is the scene for intense hummingbird activity. Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 103 W. Hwy. 332, Lake Jackson.

OCTOBER:
Brazoria County Fair. This annual event has something for everyone with a carnival, livestock shows, a barbecue contest, a petting zoo and lots of musical entertainment. Held at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds, 901 S. Downing, Angleton.

DECEMBER:
Elizabethan Madrigal Feast. A holiday event that takes visitors back to Elizabethan England, this celebration is held in the Brazosport Center for the Arts & Sciences and includes a lavish meal attended by costumed “royalty” while being entertained by court dancers and musicians.

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