Monday, February 8, 2016

A Spring Break/Summer Trip Plan for the Needville Area!

When visiting the Needville area, the town and the nearby popular Brazos Bend State Park make a great base camp. Needville’s Creekside Farmers’ Market is open on Thursdays, 4pm-7pm, and the Jay Café receives great reviews for its chicken fried steak, hamburgers, and rib eyes. Brazos Bend State Park amenities include several lakes, tent and RV campsites, cabins, screened shelters, a lighted fishing pier, bird blinds, a nature center and museum, the George Observatory (popular with children), 35 miles of equestrian, biking and hiking trails, and alligators! Birding is fabulous, and park rangers host many family and children’s activities.

Hike 40 Acre Lake at Brazos Bend State Park   TPWD Copyright

Pettigrew Junction is located in East Bernard, 19 miles northwest of Needville. This family owned resale business sells everything that can be salvaged from old buildings. Inventory is located over three acres, and includes lavatories (some pedestals) tubs with and without legs, hardware, decorative wrought iron, pottery (McCoy, California, crocks), chandeliers, ceiling fans, plumbing fixtures (contemporary & vintage), and more. While in East Bernard, eat at Vincek’s Smokehouse; it receives great reviews! The Church of the Guardian Angle, one of the 21 famous Texas painted churches, is located in Wallis, 25 miles northwest of Needville. 36 miles northwest of Needville is the town of Eagle Lake. In addition to being a fabulous duck hunting area, Eagle Lake has two museums, the Prairie Edge Museum, and the Eagle Lake Depot Museum. The Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge is located 9 miles northeast of Eagle Lake. 29 miles west of Needville is Egypt Plantation, a town converted to a family business featuring an antique barn, trade days, historic buildings, a saloon, and a café. Tours are available.

Eagle Lake is a Great Place to View Trains

The 20th Century Technology Museum is located in Wharton, 25 miles southwest of Needville. While there, eat at the Taste Woods Bar-B-Q restaurant, a 4 to 5 star area restaurant! El Campo, 38 miles southwest of Needville, is famous for its 25 or more outdoor murals. The town also features one of Texas’ historic WPA Post Office Murals, the Wharton County Courthouse, the El Campo Museum of Natural History, the El Campo African-American Museum, the El Campo Community Theatre, and Muldoon’s Saloon & Dance Hall (live music). It has several restaurants receiving great reviews, including Father & Son’s Grill, Emil’s Place Café, Prasek’s Hillje Smokehouse, and Mustang Creek Bar-Bar-Cue.

Wharton County Courthouse & Veterans Memorial Eternal Flame    Ken Lund CC BY-SA

Angleton, the Brazoria County seat, is located 35 miles southeast of Needville. You can’t miss the 60 foot tall Stephen F. Austin statue in Munson Park. Town attractions include the Brazoria County Historical Museum, the 1897 Brazoria County Courthouse, the MSR Raceway (formerly the Angleton Raceway), and the La Casona Mexican Restaurant. The town of Alvin is located 43 miles east of Needville. Alvin attractions include the Nolan Ryan Exhibit Center at Alvin Community College, The Marguerite Rogers House Museum, the Alvin Historical Museum and WPA Post Office Mural, the Alvin Opry, the Gulf Coast Speedway, the Bayou Wildlife Park, the historic National Oak Tree, the Resoft County Park and stocked fishing lake, Haak Vineyards and Winery, and Kelly’s Place, a favorite local dining spot. Try Diana’s Grill for breakfast.

Stephen F. Austin Statue in Angleton     TexasDarkHorse CC BY

Richmond and Rosenberg are located 14 and 11 miles north of Needville. Richmond attractions include the 1908 Fort Bend County Courthouse, the 1887 Fort Bend County Jail, The Fort Bend County Historical Museum Complex, the Confederate Museum, and the George Ranch Historical Park. Good dining options include Bombay Grill, Fajita Pete’s, Lomonte’s Italian, and Sandy McGee’s. Rosenberg is a great place to see trains! Town attractions include the Rosenberg Railroad Museum, the Cast Theatrical Company, the Art League of Fort Bend Art Gallery, the Seabourne Creek Nature Park and pond, and Brazos Park on the Brazos River. The town has several highly rated restaurants, including Country Pho, Guanajuato Mexican Restaurant, McAlister’s Deli, Hunan Garden Chinese, Bandito’s Taco Grill, and Bull Creek Café and Grill.

Richmond's George Ranch Historical Park Cattle Round-Up   Roy Luck CC BY