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Family Must-Dos on the Upper Texas Coast

Upgrade your next family vacation with our family must-dos on the Upper Texas Coast. Picture that backdrop of picturesque landscapes, state parks, and engaging museums so you can check off the education portion of the trip with stops in Jefferson, Matagorda, Brazoria, and Galveston Counties. 

Jefferson County Delights:

  • Sea Rim State Park: This coastal gem offers everything from beachcombing and birdwatching to kayaking and fishing. With its diverse ecosystems, your family can learn about the delicate balance between land and sea while having a blast.
  • McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge: Here, your little explorers can dive into the fascinating world of marshes, swamps, and prairies. Guided walks and nature trails offer ample opportunities to spot unique wildlife and delve into the intricate ecosystems of the region.

Tip: Both these stops are included in our Explore Nature Trip Plan.

Matagorda County Magic:

  • Matagorda Bay Nature Park: This park invites you to enjoy its sandy beaches, paddle in the calm waters, and even ride horseback along the shore. Keep an eye out for dolphins playing in the bay!
  • Matagorda County Birding Nature Center: A treat for bird enthusiasts, this center provides an educational experience in a serene setting of 34 beautiful acres and is located on the Colorado River in Bay City, Texas. The riverfront location makes it great for paddlers. 

Tip: Both these stops are included in our Explore Nature Trip Plan.

Brazoria County Bliss:

  • Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge: Get ready for some up-close wildlife encounters! This extensive 43,000-acre refuge has a varied habitat of salt grass prairies, mud flats, fresh and saltwater marshes and lakes, and salt cedars. Ask about the self-guided auto tour CD and brochure available at the Information Pavilion and Discovery Center. Cars make good observation blinds, so drive slowly. Go fishing, kayaking, and enjoy this incredible refuge with your family. 
  • Lake Jackson Historical Museum: Dive into the county’s rich history through engaging exhibits and interactive displays. From the prehistoric era to the oil boom, this museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the past.

Tip: the Lake Jackson Historical Museum is included in the Texas History Trip Plan

Galveston County Wonders:

  • The Bryan Museum: The Bryan Museum has one of the world’s largest collections of historical artifacts, documents, and artwork relating to Texas and the American West. Here, you’ll see 2,000 tiny soldiers depicted in the Battle of San Jacinto in an amazing diorama and rare guns, pistols, rifles, saddles, and spurs mixed in with art and artifacts.
  • Moody Gardens: A true family-fun hub, this attraction combines education and entertainment seamlessly. Explore the Rainforest Pyramid, the Aquarium Pyramid, and the Discovery Museum for an enriching and exciting experience.

Tip: The Bryan Museum is included in our Texas History Trip Plan.

The Upper Texas Coast is a must-do for families. Make it your family’s playground of exploration and bonding. From the beautiful natural landscapes to the educational treasures in local museums, this region offers plenty of fun to cater to all interests and age groups. Happy exploring!

About Lone Star Coastal Alliance

The Lone Star Coastal Alliance is a 501(c)3 created to preserve and promote the upper Texas Gulf Coast region in a manner that enhances coastal resilience while fostering economic development focused on conservation and tourism, elevating the unique natural, cultural, and historical assets of the region and benefitting quality of life within the communities.

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