When you visit Matagorda County, you'll never run out of things to do... that is, unless you want to. you'll find miles of world-class beaches, amazing nature and
wildlife, museums, historic sites, unique shopping and great dining. Wherever you go, you're sure to encounter nature at its best and Texas hospitality at its warmest.
Bay City is your gateway to the great outdoors, but depending on what you're in the mood for, we offer so much more!
Shop our downtown merchants for gifts, antiques, greeting cards and crafts
Visit our health food store for a smoothie
Enjoy a fresh cup of gourmet coffee on Main St.
Visit Matagorda County Museum for historical and children's exhibits
View our many historical homes, not far from our courthouse square
Many of our visitors to Matagorda County come for the variety of outdoor activities we offer, and Bay City is a great place to start.
Visit our world class Birding and Nature Center and see exotic plants in our cactus and butterfly gardens, wetlands and wildlife and many species of birds arriving at different times of the year
Kayak the Colorado River with experienced guides and discover our diverse ecosystem
Play a round of golf at the Rio Colorado Golf Course
Worked up an appetite yet? From Bar B Q and Seafood to Steaks and excellent Tex-Mex cuisine, Bay City offers a range of tasty meals sure to please the whole crowd.
Use our complete restaurant guide to make your choice easy.
A short drive to Palacios or Matagorda opens the door to a lot more outdoor activities on the Tres Palacios Bay, Matagorda Bay and Harbor, and Matagorda Beach on the Gulf of Mexico!
Matagorda is a thriving recreational and commercial fishing center. It is also home to the LCRA Matagorda Bay Nature Park, a 1,600-acre park and preserve at the mouth of the
Colorado River on the Matagorda Peninsula. If you want some beach time, Matagorda is for you.
Natural science center with classrooms and exhibits
Fishing along the shore and from four free public piers - three on the river channel and one on the Gulf
Tent camping on the beach
22-mile beach (vehicle access requires $6 Matagorda County permit)
Half-mile pedestrian beach
Trails and shaded wildlife viewing areas
Group pavilion and covered picnic shelters
New state of the art RV park
Our Historic Cemetery
Episcopal Church on the historic registry
Restaurants serving freshly caught seafood
Oyster boats, sailboats and other craft coming into the harbor
Fishing is one of the great attractions visitors enjoy in Palacios. With two 400 foot lighted public fishing piers, you can fish at any time of the day or night. With only 5,000 residents,
Palacios is also a great place to just relax and unwind.
Enjoy a walk along the seawall on Tres Palacios Bay. The 1.5 mile paved path is lighted so you can enjoy in the early morning hours or after sunset.
Check out the lobby of the Luther Hotel and see the signed photos of Rita Hayworth (who stayed here while entertaining the troops at Camp Hulen during WWII) and Shirley Temple.
See the shrimp boats and other craft at the marinas at the Turning Basins. Just drive west on Main Street (which is also Hwy 35 Business at this point) and the basins and marinas are on the left.
Play nine holes at the Palacios Golf Course on Hwy 35, just west of town next to the airport.
Visit the Palacios public library conveniently located on Main St. for great books on the history of the area, or browse the internet.
Have a snowball at the stand on the corner of Main and 6th across from City Park (with its flower gardens and gazebo).
Visit the City by the Sea Museum for a look at many of the artifacts from the shipwrecked La Belle, LaSalle's sailing vessel which came ashore near Palacios.
Enjoy a cup of coffee and browse for books and gifts at the book store downtown.
See the many hand painted murals depicting the history and industry of Palacios.
Be sure to stay for dinner and the breathtaking sunsets over the bay. Choose from Mexican specialties to Steaks and Seafood at locally owned restaurants.