5100 7th Street
Bay City, TX 77414
Phone: (979) 245-9300
Fax: (979) 245-2250
Visit this center, located 50 miles south of Houston, to see how sea life is raised to replenish and stock the Gulf and Bay coast. The large aquariums, rearing ponds, and fisheries teach both adults and children about marine preservation and ocean conservation. Special fishing programs are offered for youth several times a year. After experiencing the "touch tank," salt water demonstration and wall displays, you will be hooked and might consider returning with a larger group to tour the hatchery.
Welcome to the river bottom lands where you will find almost 5000 acres of nature at its best. Explore miles of hiking trails, wooded oak paths, lakes and wildlife. Do not forget to stop at the Nature Center and definitely keep your eyes open for a genuine alligator. You can spend a full day enjoying the picnic grounds, fishing pier and wild game viewing towers. Tent and RV sites with full hook-ups are available for the true outdoors enthusiasts who want to spend the night.
There is something about small, famous museums that draw people from afar, and this is one of the state's gems. Maybe it is because it was the dwelling place of Jane Long, "The Mother of Texas," or maybe because of the historical ranch activity. Whatever the attraction, visitors are able to follow much of Fort Bend county's history from the start of the Austin Colony in the early 1800s to the sugar cane pioneers. On the grounds you will be able to view the 1840s Long-Smith home as well as the 1883 Victorian residence of Texas Congressman John Moore.
We all love sugar and this is where most of the Texas sugar refining is done. On the same grounds since 1843, the plant now imports most of its sugar. Everyone with a sweet tooth or an interest in industrial processes can tour the facilities to see how sugar is cultivated, processed and packaged. The company got its name in an unusual way. The original owner visited Manhattan and stayed in the luxurious Imperial Hotel. Impressed with the property, he decided to adopt the name for his company. A few years later the city (Sugar land) was named in honor of the plant.
One of the most popular and record-breaking fishing spots on the Gulf Coast, this pier stretches out 1200 feet into San Luis Pass, the point where several bays and lakes empty into the Gulf of Mexico. The well-kept bait house at the lighted pier also features air-conditioning, restrooms and a snack bar. Whether you are a serious angler or just fishing for fun, this pier is the place to drop your line.