I love state parks. I remember camping at Percy Quin State Park near McComb, MS, as a young girl with my dad and brother. I remember walking on nature trails, canoeing and talking with the Park Ranger. Those trips significantly dropped after my dad remarried and out little family grew from 3 to eventually 14. but it was always something I knew I wanted to do when I had my own family. I’m competing with things my Dad didn’t like an iPad and WiFi, but once we are in the thick of it, Jamie starts to enjoy himself.
We have been to Brazos Bend, part of Texas Parks & Wildlife, several times since moving to our current home 2 years ago, both on day trips and for a Cub Scout Pack camping trip. We have loved every visit and we still haven’t even seen all there is to do there.
Brazos Bend State Park is one of the first places we went Geocaching as a family. We have had a variety of exciting animal encounters at the Education Center. During the Education Center’s hours of operations you can see a variety of snakes on display, participate in hands-on lessons with snakes and reptiles and learn about the various ecosystems in the state of Texas.
You can participate in tours and hikes as well as explore the George Observatory, part of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. On Saturdays when the observatory is open, you can explore the cosmos through high-powered telescopes (weather permitting). During our Spring Cub Scout Pack camping trip, we were able to view a show about the impact of dinosaurs at the Discovery Dome Planetarium. The Scouts really enjoyed it.
Activities at Brazos Bend State Park include:
- Nature Trails, both hiking and biking
- Animal/Bird watching
- Horseback riding
- Camping- includes campsite, screened shelter, or cabin
- Volunteer opportunities
- Ranger/Junior Ranger programs
- Activities for Scout organizations
This weekend we will be be exploring another Texas State Park and will share that adventure with you soon.
PRICE RANGES FOR BRAZOS BEND STATE PARK (AT THE TIME OF POSTING):
- Daily Admission 13 Years and Older: $7 Per Person
- Daily Admission 12 Years and Under: Free
- Daily Admission Texas State Parks Pass Holder: Free
- Camping prices vary.
Bonus Points for Mom:
- Brazos Bend has a Nature Center and souvenir shop
- Interactive shows and animal encounters
- Various on-site play area also offers a chance for kids to burn off energy
- Hands-on and interactive activities and tours allow kids to connect with nature
Here are some images from our various trips to Texas’ Brazos Bend State Park.