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Things to do in Matagorda County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“Matagorda Beach is 23 miles long. Great shell collecting! I personally love to search for sea glass! Surf fishing at it’s best! You may catch trout, redfish or even a shark! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“We love the crab cakes, chicken fried steak, and grilled barramundi, as well as breakfast tacos in the morning. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“This place has a full bar and tropical nightlife atmosphere. Also available is a very nice menu of seafood and other items that you would like. It is a great place to hang out and eat and drink.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Cinema
“with bowling area, fun play and games area for kids or grown ups, bar and grill area, plus eight different movie theaters, right at the area where your budget is smiling.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“They pretty much have everything you will need, including hot food and gas, along with fishing gear.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Store
“This is an awesome store with great selections of shirts, caps, beach gear and souvenirs. You will love the atmosphere. This is a must stop for all Matagorda visitors.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We love our local PMR. It is not only (in my opinion) the best Mexican restaurant around it has some of the best Fried Shrimp around (my husband's opinion)”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Closed Monday. Serving breakfast on Friday, Saturday & Sunday morning. All of the fried dishes are pretty good. Full Bar with Happy Hour (call for hours) and a late night menu in the bar after 9pm. Located on the Colorado River - great screened outdoor porch (dog friendly).”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a rustic place that serves beer and other alcohol drinks, and has very good seafood on their menu, along with other choices.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“Also known as the City by the Sea Museum. Do you know about the excavation of La Salle's ship La Belle in Matagorda Bay in the mid 90's? It is arguably the most important shipwreck in the Western world. How about Hurricane Carla? It struck on September 11th, 1961 along the whole Texas coast, destroying about a third of the buildings in Palacios. It was the first time television cameras were allowed in the weather bureau offices and the first time the public saw radar. It was Dan Rather's debut. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent cuisine, but open seasonally and only on certain nights - be sure to call first to confirm they are open. Ask for Jackie or Hallie as your server - you won't be sorry. The fried green tomatoes and shrimp appetizer is a winner as is the Key Lime Pie (unconventional, but EXCELLENT)!”
  • 2 locals recommend
History Museum
“The mission of the Matagorda County Museum is to collect, preserve and protect the county's cultural heritage so it is only fitting that the museum makes its home in a historical building constructed in 1918 as the Federal Post Office in Bay City. To those ends, the museum's exhibits include early Texas exploration, regional ranching and farming heritage along with a display of artifacts from the shipwreck La Belle, a 17-century vessel of French explorer Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle. There is also a children's museum exhibit.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Great place to sit outside with a cold drink and watch the Barges go by. Right next to the last operating Swing Bridge in Texas which is being replaced in about a year. Weekend Music as well.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Lodging
  • 2 locals recommend
Food
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“We love the crab cakes, chicken fried steak, and grilled barramundi, as well as breakfast tacos in the morning. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“This place has a full bar and tropical nightlife atmosphere. Also available is a very nice menu of seafood and other items that you would like. It is a great place to hang out and eat and drink.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Closed Monday. Serving breakfast on Friday, Saturday & Sunday morning. All of the fried dishes are pretty good. Full Bar with Happy Hour (call for hours) and a late night menu in the bar after 9pm. Located on the Colorado River - great screened outdoor porch (dog friendly).”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We love our local PMR. It is not only (in my opinion) the best Mexican restaurant around it has some of the best Fried Shrimp around (my husband's opinion)”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a rustic place that serves beer and other alcohol drinks, and has very good seafood on their menu, along with other choices.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Great place to sit outside with a cold drink and watch the Barges go by. Right next to the last operating Swing Bridge in Texas which is being replaced in about a year. Weekend Music as well.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent cuisine, but open seasonally and only on certain nights - be sure to call first to confirm they are open. Ask for Jackie or Hallie as your server - you won't be sorry. The fried green tomatoes and shrimp appetizer is a winner as is the Key Lime Pie (unconventional, but EXCELLENT)!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“CASH ONLY! Good breakfast - ask for the Sargent special. Steak night on Saturdays, lunch buffet every day, breakfast buffet on Sundays.”
  • 1 local recommends

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