Hotel & RV Park

2218 Blue Water Highway

Surfside Beach, TX 77541

979-233-5323

Escape to the Breeze

Amazing Things to Do in Surfside

1. Ride the Waves

Admit it, you always wanted to learn how to surf. Well, the waves at Surfside are some of the best on the Texas coast. There are surf-able waves 200 days a year, and most of the time the waves are perfect size and form for learning. Not quite ready to Surf, try a boogie board. In one afternoon, you’ll be catching waves.

2. Spot a Roseate Spoonbill

Take a bike ride to the marshland on Surfside’s Intracoastal shoreline and spot one of these rare roseate spoonbills. Roseate spoonbills capture the pink glow of sunrise in their wings in flight. Those same rosy feathers proved a near death sentence when demand for feather hats decimated spoonbills, great egrets and other fine-feathered fowl until plume hunting ended before World War I.

Surfside’s Intracoastal Shoreline is the southern boundary of the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuse. The Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge is the key location on the Texas Gulf Coast which drew one the highest Audubon Christmas bird counts in the nation – more than 200 species. In winter, more than 100,000 snow geese, Canada geese, pintail, northern shoveler, teal, gadwall, American wigeon and mottled ducks fill the plentiful ponds and sloughs to capacity. Sandhill cranes join in too.

In summer, birds that nest on the refuge include ten species of herons and egrets, white ibis, roseate spoonbill, mottled duck, white-tailed kite, clapper rail, horned lark, seaside sparrow, black skimmer, and scissor-tailed flycatcher.

3. Walk in the footsteps of Stephen F. Austin

Known as the Cradle of Texas, Surfside is the home of the famous Fort Velasco. The actual Fort was located near the current City Hall. It was at this port that Stephen F Austin and his colonists first arrived in Texas in 1821. Eleven years later, in 1832. The first battle of Texas’ war for independence was fought here. Historical Markers state:

Here was fought a battle– the first collision in arms between Texas colonists and the Mexican military– a conflict preliminary to the Texas War for Independence. On June 26, 1832, when Texans under John Austin and Henry Smith came down river with cannon for use against Mexican forces at Anahuac, they ran against the resistance of Lt. Col. Domingo de Ugartechea. As commander of Mexican forces at Velasco, Ugartechea refused passage through the mouth of the Brazos River to the vessel bearing the cannon to Anahuac. Some 112 Texans attacked the port at midnight, and after 9 hours under the fire of Texas rifles and cannon, the Mexican garrison was forced to surrender. The Battle of Velasco, brought on by a customs quarrel at Anahuac, was unknowingly fought after the dispute at Anahuac had been peaceably settled. After the victory at San Jacinto 4 years later, President David G. Burnet moved the capital of the Republic of Texas temporarily to Velasco. Here the Treaty of Velasco, ending hostilities between Texas and Mexico, was signed on May 14, 1836.

4. Go Fishing

Surfside Breeze - Go FishingThe Gulf Coast at Surfside is known for it’s excellent bay and offshore fishing. Offshore the depth of the water changes dramatically. This deep water habitat attracts many varieties of fish such as red snapper, ling, bonita, and kingfish.

The Gulf Coast at Surfside is known for it’s excellent bay and offshore fishing. Offshore the depth of the water changes dramatically. This deep water habitat attracts many varieties of fish such as red snapper, ling, bonita, and kingfish. Natural bottom structure, coral reefs, and offshore oil platforms provide a perfect underwater world for fish to thrive. Surfside is the headquarters for many charter and party boats of all sizes. Experienced captains make a day’s fishing out where the big ones are an exciting and enjoyable activity. Inshore wadefishing, bank fishing, or fishing off the long jetty, allow anglers without a boat the chance to tie into flounder, redfish, or speckled trout. Just north lies Christmas Bay and San Luis Pass, offering bay boaters miles of prime shoreline and deeper channels to explore. Or launch from Surfside and head to they jetties or venture offshore. Numerous Bait and Tackle stores can supply live bait, lures, fishing equipment, and offer advice on where to catch fish.

5. Dive the Flower Gardens

The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is one of 14 federally designated underwater areas protected by NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program. Located 70 to 115 miles of the coasts of Texas and Louisiana these underwater communities rise from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico atop underwater mountains called salt domes. The sanctuary actually protects three separate areas, East Flower Garden Bank, West Flower Garden Bank, and Stetson Bank. These banks are separated from each other by miles of open-ocean ranging from 200 to 400 feet deep, and each bank has its own set of boundaries.

6. Go Crabbing

Located across from Stalman Park, the Crabbing Pier has been rebuilding. To go crabbing, head off to the store and buy a roll of string, then a package of chicken necks, Buy 1 ounce lead pyramid sinkers and attach sinker to the bottom of an 8+ foot piece of string. Tie a chicken neck above the sinker. Buy a crab net to catch the crab while he is chewing on your chicken neck. Some stores sell “crabbing” rigs complete.

Walk out onto the crabbing pier. Find a place where you can get down close to the water. Drop the string in the water and WAIT. When the crab bites, you’ll feel it. Pull the string up slowly, have the net ready, and bingo, you have caught a crab. To go crabbing in Texas, you have to have a fishing license and a salt water stamp. Be sure you have a bucket to put the crabs in!

7. Go Shell Collecting

“Shell Shocked” is what you will be after discovering the 600 known shell species found among our 27 miles of sandy beaches of Brazoria County. Surfside Beach is one of the few of the Shell Hunting hot spots in the area. You will be astonished at the scads of sea shells speckling Brazosport beaches. While your at it don’t forget to go crabbing on a summer evening.

8. Photograph the Sunrise or a Moonrise

The Gulf provides some of the most breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, with brilliant colors that seem to change with the Gulf’s mood. Not ready to get up that early, how about watching the moon rise over the gulf. Nothing is quite as spectacular as a blue moon rise over the Gulf…..

9. Read a Book or maybe even write one.

You haven’t had the time to read that book? Bring a chair and umbrella and sit on the Pedestrian Beach, let the kids play in the gentle waves and read a book. Do you know that there are several published authors residing in Surfside, from short stories to novelists? There is something about the amazing scenery and interesting people that inspires people to write and create.