Activities in Bay City, Texas

Activities in Bay City, Texas

Another aspect of life in Bay City that set us apart from urban dwellers is how close we are to nature and the recreation it provides us year around.  All you have to do is go out your back door and look at the sky to see wonders that are missed in bright city lights.  Drive a little ways in your car or take a short bike ride and you have numerous activities in Bay City, Texas.  So what are you waiting for?  Get on out there and start enjoying it all.


Ah the birds in Matagorda County.  If you have gotten this far, you probably noted we are known for our birds.  Hundreds of them.  Best birding anywhere.  Largest Christmas count in the nation.  And if you have not discovered wildlife viewing as an outdoor activity, now is the time to think about it.  With the Matagorda County Birding CenterCentral Coast Birding Trail and Matagorda Bay Nature Park in our backyard, we are a bird watcher's delight.


For golf, we enjoy the beautiful Rio Colorado Golf Course that is built around the Colorado River and surrounding wetlands.  There is also Bay City Country Club, voted one of the best nine-hole courses in Texas, and where families enjoy the swimming pool in the summer and can play golf year round.  If you are out and about the county, there is also a nine-hole golf course at Palacios.


If you are looking for camping activities in Bay City, Texas you don't have to look very far.  Riverside Park at the edge of the City has camping or RV spots and there are sites throughout Matagorda County from the beaches in Sargent and Matagorda to the Bay in Palacios to set up your tent or RV.

The Gulf

Whether you are playing on the beach, fishing off a pier or kayaking in the Gulf, there is a lot to know about the marine life of our semi-tropical waters.  The Texas Parks & Wildlife has marine fishes and shellfishes of the Gulf information and provides online Coastal Species brochures to help you get familiar with the amazing critters in your new place.


Education and Saltwater fishing videos are provided on the Texas Parks & Wildlife site.  If you love fishing, you might like to know where to fish in PalaciosSargent or Matagorda.  Maybe you would like to take a look at the current Gulf Coast Fishing report.

If you are going to fish at any of the public waters in Texas, and that includes both fresh water and salt water, you will need a fishing license and the appropriate tags.  Residents or non-residents can purchase fishing licenses that allow them to fish.  You can find commercial fishing guides at Matagorda, Palacios and Sargent.


Matagorda has a kayak trail map for paddling around their area.  If you are new to kayaking or boating activities in Bay City, Texas the Texas Parks & Wildlife offers an Outdoor 101 brochure on water safety and information on the boating clubs in the state.  The online Texas River Guide has information on paddling trails, river safety and public boater access.


There are a few dedicated surfers around the county and Matagorda is one of the places they like to catch the waves.


Matagorda County is filled with hunters.  We hunt everything from ducks and geese to alligators and deer.  County seasons are important to know, as well as hunting regulations, where to buy your hunting license and where you can hunt.

A new activity to Bay City, Clay Time is available to help you hone your shooting skills.  Clay Time's field can be transformed to be appropriate for the first time shooter or world champion seeking new challenges. Clay Time has started phase one with 10 Mattarelli traps operated by Longrange T4300 wireless fire control system. This synchrony of technology puts on an aerial display for spectators and on stage shooters alike. for more information, please find

Schulman's Movie Bowl Grille is a one stop shop for fun! Enjoy dinner while the kids play games in the arcade, bowl, or watch a movie!

If we missed an activity you want to know about, just contact the Welcome Circle for more information.

Calendar of Events

We are a busy city! Check our calendar to see different events going on in our community. 

Please email to let us know if your organization would like to add an event.

Upcoming Events / Calendar »

27 February 2017

Bay City Video

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28 January 2017

Wild Game and Wine Camofest

The Bay City Main Street program is hosting the Wild Game and Wine CAMOFEST on January 28, 2017 f… Read More »

8 December 2016

Rock The Block...Ugly Christmas Sweater Party and Christmas Karaoke

Come down to the Historic Downtown Bay City from 5 to 7 pm. Don your ugliest Christmas sweater an… Read More »

19 November 2016

November Market Days on the Square

Bay City Market Days on the Square will be held from 9 am to4 pm. Saturday, November 19 at the Ma… Read More »

I have lived in Bay City for 7 years after moving from the Deer Park area. We enjoy living in Bay City for many of the city's attributes; from the slow pace, friendly atmosphere to the close proximity to the beach and river. It is easy to be involved in the community's organizations because people are friendly and willing to help each other out. It is such a great welcoming culture from the Houston lifestyle.

avatar Rafael Gonzales Bay City Resident