Why Bay City?

Why Bay City?

Pace of Life

Once you spend a little time in town we know you will love Bay City, just like we do.  In so many ways we have it all--small town values, family friendly amenities, welcoming neighbors and outdoor adventures. Our small town lifestyle moves along at a pace that allows us to enjoy the pleasures of family, work and community. We experience few traffic challenges, low crime rates and friendly people in our daily lives. We live close to Matagorda beach but are less than an hour from Houston.

Our culture is diverse and one of hospitality and history.  With lemon bars and sweet tea, we love to share the stories of how we arrived in Matagorda County--stories that date back to the 1400s and feature French explorers, Karankawa Indians and early settlers from Mexico. We are known for our friendliness and always welcome a chance to talk with strangers. In fact, most of us won't even treat you like you are new in town, but rather like a friend we just met.  

As Texans, our love of history is legendary. In Bay City we value our local history and traditions, but we are also committed to investing in our future.  Since 1992, we have been part of the National Main Street Program.  In partnership with the Bay City Historic Commission, we consistently work to celebrate historic pride, create economic vitality and exhibit the best of Texas hospitality in downtown Bay City.  Each year our Main Street projects have enhanced our downtown historical district through remodels, new businesses and innovative housing ventures.

Urban Access

Bay City is perfect for those of us who won't sacrifice our small town life for city traffic or crime, but who enjoy visiting a big city a few times a year.  Bay City is only sixty minutes away from Houston, the largest city in Texas, with a myriad of world class art performances, professional sports games and medical facilities.  

Houston is home to major symphony, ballet, opera and theater companies of worldwide acclaim and with a theater district that includes 17 blocks of performing arts venues.  Families visiting the city will want to see the Museum of Natural Science, Contemporary Arts Museum, Children’s Museum of Houston, or Kipp Aquarium and Houston Zoo.   

And for all the sports fans, professional sports teams include NFL football with Houston Texans, NBA basketball with the Houston Rockets, Major League Baseball with the Houston Astros and MLS soccer with the Houston Dynamo.  

As the largest medical complex in the world, the Texas Medical Center is an internationally recognized medical center of 54 medical-service institutions, including 21 hospitals and eight specialty institutions, eight academic and research institutions, three medical schools, six nursing schools, and schools of dentistry, public health, and pharmacy.

So you see, we really do have it all or at least real close by.

Calendar of Events

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

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

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