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Brazosport Planetarium

Posted by Connie Marquez on January 14, 2012 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)
  • 400 college Blvd., Clute
  • (979) 265-3376 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (979) 265-3376 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
  • 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.

    Brazosport Museum of Natural Science

    Posted by Connie Marquez on January 14, 2012 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)
  • 400 College Blvd., Clute
  • (979) 265-7831 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (979) 265-7831 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
  • 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.

    Surfside Jetty County Park/beach

    Posted by Connie Marquez on January 14, 2012 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

    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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 979-230-9452 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
  • Beaches

    Posted by Connie Marquez on January 14, 2012 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

    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 - 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).

  • 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/
  • Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge

    Posted by Connie Marquez on January 14, 2012 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

    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 or 979-849-6062 
  • Hudson Woods - San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

    Posted by Connie Marquez on January 14, 2012 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

    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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 979-964-4011 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
  • http://www.refugefriends.org/history-HWU.htm
  • Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

    Posted by Connie Marquez on January 14, 2012 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

    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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 979-480-0999 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
  • [email protected]
  • Bayou Wildlife Park

    Posted by Connie Marquez on January 14, 2012 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

    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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 281-337-6376 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
  • Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site

    Posted by Connie Marquez on January 14, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)
  • FM 2852, West Columbia
  • (979) 345-4656 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (979) 345-4656 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
  • 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.

    Stephen F. Austin Statue and Visitor's Center

    Posted by Connie Marquez on January 14, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)
  • Highway 288, Angleton
  • (979) 239-8718 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (979) 239-8718 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
  • 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.

    James Briton "Brit" Bailey Plantation

    Posted by Connie Marquez on January 14, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

    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
  •  (979) 388-1208 
  • Lake Jackson Historical Museum

    Posted by Connie Marquez on January 14, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

    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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (979) 297-1570 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (group reservations)
  • Columbia Historical Museum

    Posted by Connie Marquez on January 14, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

    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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 979-345-6125 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
  • Brazoria County Historical Museum

    Posted by Connie Marquez on January 14, 2012 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

    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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (979) 388-1208 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
  • www.bchm.org
  • Brazoria Train Museum

    Posted by Connie Marquez on January 14, 2012 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

    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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 979-236-0241 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

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