Freeport’s subtropical climate and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico offer a wealth of recreational opportunities. Whether visitors prefer beaches, birding, golfing, boating, diving or fishing – or all of the above – historic Freeport has it all.
The downtown area features several blocks of early 1900 historic buildings surrounding beautiful Memorial Park. The Dow Freeport Historical Museum has something for all ages including a Children’s Museum Exhibit and special exhibits showcasing local birding, Texas history and World War II. A recent expansion to the museum is a restored 100-year-old building available for rental.
In 1929, the Brazos River was diverted, resulting in a natural harbor that nearly bisects the city. A levee system and a unique guillotine gate protect the city from Gulf flooding. The Freeport Marina, one of two marinas in Freeport, is located within the levee system. During rough weather the guillotine gate is closed so that boats in the harbor don’t feel the effects of rising water. At the head of the Old Brazos River channel is RiverPlace, its floor-to-ceiling windows offer an unparalleled view of the water in a climate-controlled atmosphere, and the Freeport Municipal Park. Both hosts numerous family-oriented and civic events and are available for rental.
As a coastal city, Freeport has some of the best deep sea fishing around. A number of charter boat services are available for large and small groups, taking both day and overnight trips. For those who prefer surf fishing, Freeport has 3.5 miles of the cleanest beaches on the Texas Gulf Coast that are patrolled regularly by police and fire personnel to ensure public safety.
In addition to family-friendly beaches, nearly 900 acres of natural parkland are available for recreation. Birders come from all over the world in December for the annual Freeport Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Bryan Beach, the Freeport Wetlands, and the Dow Chemical Black Skimmer Colony make Freeport one of the premier areas for viewing wildlife.
The Freeport Golf Course is an 18-hole links-style course, open and challenging with the gulf breezes. The course offers golf lessons, a driving range, a pro shop, carts and club rental. Freeport is the departure point for The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. The 300 acres of coral reefs are home to at least 22 species of coral, as well as 175 fish species including angelfish, eagle rays, hammerheads, loggerhead turtles, manta rays, octopuses and sea horses.